Taylor approves 2 measures in short session
by Jessica Loeding
Mar 14, 2013 | 1547 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a called meeting Wednesday, Commissioner Steve Taylor made brief work of a short agenda.

Taylor approved a measure to grant a small piece of property to the Georgia Department of Transportation for construction along State Route 20.

“The State Route 20 project, which is going to improve 20 from the interstate to the cloverleaf at [highways] 41 and 411, is going to be let [awarded] in July,” City Administrator Peter Olson explained. “They need about a sixth of an acre in front of the Clarence Brown Conference Center to realign the entrance.”

GDOT will pay $19,500 for the portion of land.

Also Wednesday, the commissioner authorized an agreement with Townsend Park Health and Rehabilitation, LLC to transfer funds under the Upper Payment Limit Rate Adjustment Program.

Attorney Keith Lovell said this is the 23rd such grant the county has applied for.

“This is a federal grant program administered by the state whereby — I never understand this — but basically, what you do is, you send the state money and then they send you back more money,” he said. “... I guess they want to make sure you have some money to do the improvements and other things you need for the nursing center.”

Bartow County will send the state $958,000 and, in turn, receive $2,532,000.

Townsend Park will receive a majority of those funds for improvements and the care of residents. The county, as owner and main titleholder for the facility, will receive a 14.5 percent transaction fee, or roughly $240,000, Lovell said.

The commissioner meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the commissioner’s conference room at 135 W. Cherokee Ave. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3.