Mayor meets with Per­due and GDOT

Carter op­ti­mistic about lo­cal projects

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

Af­ter meet­ings with Gov. Sonny Per­due and the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sioner last week, Mayor Kim Carter is op­ti­mistic the two of­fi­cials will keep Cov­ing­ton in mind when they are con­sid­er­ing fu­ture projects.

On Tues­day Carter, along with State Sen. John Douglas (R-Cov­ing­ton), State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Cov­ing­ton), City Man­ager Steve Hor­ton, Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent John Boothby and Frank Turner Jr., a mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs, had a 15-minute meet­ing with the gov­er­nor.

Carter de­scribed the meet­ing as a brief ‘ meet and greet’ in which she in­tro­duced her­self to the gov­er­nor and pre­sented him with a bas­ket full of New­ton County mem­o­ra­bilia in­clud­ing items from the county’s four in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing as well as prod­ucts from the county’s chief in­dus­tries in­clud­ing Gen­eral Mills and Saint Gobain Desjon­queres.

By in­clud­ing items taken from out­side of the city, Carter said she was work­ing un­der the mind­set of “ we’re all in this to­gether.”

On Thurs­day Carter, along with Hor­ton and Douglas, met with GDOT Com­mis­sioner Gena Abra­ham.

“I in­stantly liked her be­cause she is a no- non­sense sort of per­son,” Carter said. “ This was a work­ing meet­ing. We could go in to ask for some­thing.”

Know­ing that GDOT is faced with a monumental short­fall in fund­ing, Carter said she de­cided it would be fruit­less to ask for any state fund­ing for road im­prove­ment projects.

In­stead Carter said she asked that GDOT con­sider re- rout­ing Ga. High­way 36 onto the By­pass Road go­ing north to­wards I- 20. The city would trade with the state for a por­tion of Ga. High­way 36 go­ing into the Cov­ing­ton square.

The road swap would have the ef­fect of re- rout­ing truck traf­fic away from the Cov­ing­ton down­town Carter said.

“ She was very re­cep­tive to that,” Carter said. “ She asked that we send to her the nec­es­sary ae­rial pho­to­graphs. I feel like that was a huge suc­cess.”

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