Taylor authorizes utilities relocation
by Neil McGahee
Aug 07, 2014 | 1241 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a house-cleaning session Wednesday, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor awarded a contract for $817,259 to John D. Stephens Inc. to relocate water and sewer lines at the U.S. Highway 41/State Road 3 interchange and the U.S. Highway 411/State Road 61 interchange.

The project is part of a state relocation plan that shifts State Road 20 north to form an intersection on Highway 411 at Peeples Valley Road.

“The state will be overhauling the interchange and replacing several bridges,” Taylor said. “The county’s role in this is to relocate water and sewer lines.”

The entire project, estimated to take 2 to 2 1/2 years, has an expected finish date of December 2017.

“This is the last phase of the relocation project,” Taylor said, “but traffic is going to be a mess for a while.”

An architectural services contract was also authorized for Carter-Watkin Architects of Madison for the design and construction of Fire Station No. 9 on Brown Farm Road. The station will better serve the southwest portion of the county.

Taylor also authorized a consultant agreement with THC Inc. for land acquisition services. The company will work to secure 18 easements necessary to begin the Mission Road project and the Jones Mill Road culvert project.

Two alcohol beverage license applications were approved, one for consumption on premises at the Casa Los Mezcales restaurant, 1325 Cassville Road, and a retail application for Cass Grocery in Cassville.

In other business, Taylor:

• re-appointed Boyd Morris Jr. to a three-year term on the planning commission.

• re-appointed John Morgan to a five-year term on the board of the Department of Family and Children.

• awarded a $17,750 contract to Court Makers Inc. to resurface the tennis courts and basketball courts at Hamilton Crossing Park.

• authorized the sale of three surplus vehicles, two from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and one from the recreation department.

• authorized the renewal of a rental agreement with the Georgia Office of the Courts for use of office space in the old courthouse.

Finally, Taylor approved the appointment of Charles Lowry to the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport Authority, replacing Henry Floyd, who passed away July 30.

“Henry was a long-standing county representative on the airport authority, and we are all deeply saddened by his passing,” Taylor said. “A lot of what he did for this county was through public service, not necessarily on boards. Henry was a dear friend of mine and many citizens of Bartow County. He will be remembered for all his years of service and the contributions he made to this community.”

The commissioner’s next public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center, 135 W. Cherokee Ave.