Com­mis­sion­ers ded­i­cate high­way

The Covington News - - The Second Front - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Fam­ily and friends of the late J. Dixon Hays were in at­ten­dance at the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on Tues­day night as a por­tion of a high­way was ded­i­cated in his name.

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Doug Holt read house res­o­lu­tion 1177 passed by the Ge­or­gia Gen­eral Assem­bly, which gave back­ground in­for­ma­tion on Hays and ded­i­cated a por­tion of Ga. High­way 11 and U.S. High­way 278 as the J. Dixon Memo­rial High­way.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion, Hays, of Mans­field, died on Nov. 21, 2010. He was a dairy farmer in New­ton County for 50 years and served on the boards of the New­ton County Dairy As­so­ci­a­tion, the New­ton County Farm Bureau and Gold Kist Co-op. He was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Agri-Busi­ness Leader Award in 1982 by the At­lanta Farm­ers Club. He also served on the New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter Author­ity for 32 years and on the Snap­ping Shoals Elec­tric Trust Board for 13 years.

Af­ter the read­ing of the res­o­lu­tion, Holt un­veiled the sign, which would be placed on the spec­i­fied por­tion of the high­way. He also gave the fam­ily copies of the res­o­lu­tion and smaller in­di­vid­ual signs as per­sonal keep­sakes.

Holt said Hays was ex­tremely in­flu­en­tial in New­ton County and he was an ac­tive community leader. He said he made the county bet­ter by work­ing with sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in the community.

“In­deed Mr. Dixon was com­mit­ted to serv­ing his fel­low man. He was a quiet, unas­sum­ing very ef­fec­tive leader to many or­ga­ni­za­tions with pur­poses to ben­e­fit New­ton County and this state,” Holt said. “New­ton County is a bet­ter place for his ef­forts and we owe him a great debt of grat­i­tude.”

Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan said The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion will make ar­range­ments to place the sig­nage on the high­way.

In other busi­ness, Mor­gan said she ap­proved for county en­gi­neer Tom Gar­rett to pur­chase speed ac­ti­vated radar signs for Brown Bridge Road near River­stone Park­way.

Ac­cord­ing to a pro­posal from Gar­rett to Mor­gan, three firms sent in bids for the radar signs. Those in­cluded Mosley Elec­tric Com­pany for $9,200, Bass Sig­nal Cor­po­ra­tion for $15,400 with an al­ter­na­tive price of $17,000 and Moye Elec­tric with a bid of $21,400.

Gar­rett rec­om­mended that the board pro­ceed with Mosley Elec­tric Com­pany. Mor­gan said they would start the process as soon as pos­si­ble. Com­mis­sioner J.C. Hen­der­son made a com­ment to Mor­gan about the ap­proved signs.

“I think as soon as we can get those signs up, which I know you said would be as soon as pos­si­ble, I just feel like it will pre­vent an­other fa­tal­ity there,” he said.

Also at the meet­ing, Mor­gan told the board that the re­pairs at Crow­ell Road are mov­ing for­ward but they are wait­ing on the rightof-way ac­qui­si­tion, which County At­tor­ney Tommy

Craig’s of­fice is han­dling.

The board voted to ap­prove for Gar­rett to seek bids, ac­quire ease­ments and hire a con­sul­tant for con­struc­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­spec­tion for the Mt. Ta­bor Bridge project. Gar­rett said the road was dam­aged dur­ing a flood in 2009 and it needs re­pairs.

The board tabled mak­ing a de­ci­sion on the Kirk­land Road resur­fac­ing project. The board will dis­cuss giv­ing per­mis­sion to seek bids for that project at their Sept. 4 meet­ing.

The coun­cil ap­pointed An­dre Cooper as the new Dis­trict 3 Re­cre­ation Board rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz said in May, Carl Wilkins con­tacted her and said he was de­vot­ing more of his time to his church and could no longer serve as a board mem­ber on the Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion. Schulz said Wilkins served the board well and she was very ap­pre­cia­tive of his ser­vices to the board.

Friends and fam­ily of the late J. Dixon Hays were present at the Tues­day’s Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

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