Two roads to see drainage im­prove­ments

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

County of­fi­cials at their Dec. 4 board meet­ing ap­proved a new fee pro­posal for de­sign of align­ment and drainage im­prove­ments to Liv­ingston Lane and Veal Road.

County en­gi­neer Tom Gar­rett made the rec­om­men­da­tion to the board to re­place the ex­ist­ing pur­chase or­der with Hatch Mott McDon­ald, which has a re­main­ing bal­ance of $135,759.06, with a pur­chase or­der to Moreland Al­to­belli As­so­ci­ates in the amount of $87,687.80.

Gar­rett said the net sav­ings on the fee would be about $48,000. The fund­ing for the project comes from the 2005 SPLOST.

The ser­vices that will be pro­vided by Moreland Al­to­belli As­so­ci­ates for the project will be con­cept ver­i­fi­ca­tion, which is es­ti­mated to take about one to two weeks; en­vi­ron­men­tal doc­u­ments, ex­pected to take about two weeks; pre­lim­i­nary, to last about three to six weeks and fi­nal plans, to last seven to 10 weeks; right-of-way plans and right-of-way stak­ing, which are es­ti­mated to take about 10 to 11 weeks; and in­di­vid­ual plat and le­gal de­scrip­tion prepa­ra­tion, ex­pected to take 11 to 16 weeks.

The com­pany will also hold two pub­lic meet­ings for the project.

Com­mis­sioner Lanier Sims thanked Gar­rett for his work with the project

and said the project has been in the works for a while and that he re­mem­bered the road as a young boy.

He then made a mo­tion to re­place the pur­chase or­der and as­sign it to Moreland Al­to­belli As­so­ci­ates.

In other busi­ness, the board ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to rat­ify a con­tract with Snapfin­ger Creek for the pur­chase of mit­i­ga­tion cred­its re­quired for Crow­ell Road and Gaithers Road im­prove­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion on Oct. 2, the board ap­proved and sub­se­quently en­tered a con­tract with Snapfin­ger Creek for the pur­chase of 2,290 U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers ap­proved stream mit­i­ga­tion cred­its and 4.6 US­ACE ap­proved wet­land mit­i­ga­tion cred­its for a to­tal cost of $155,373.

Un­der the terms of that agree­ment, the county was re­quired to pur­chase the mit­i­ga­tion cred­its within 30 days of re­ceipt of the last re­vised per­mit. The Crow­ell Road per­mit, the last re­vised per­mit, was is­sued on Nov. 6 and re­ceived by the county on Nov. 16.

The $155,373 for the mit­i­ga­tion cred­its will be paid out of sep­a­rate project funds: that be­ing $96,555 from the Crow­ell Road per­mit, and $58,818 from the Gaithers Road per­mit.

The board of com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a ve­hi­cle trans­fer re­quest from East Metro Health. Ti­tles to five Pub­lic Health En­vi­ron­men­tal Health ve­hi­cles were re­quested to be trans­ferred to the New­ton County Health De­part­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from Jim Grif­fin, Gwin- nett, New­ton and Rock­dale Health De­part­ment district ad­min­is­tra­tor and COO, New­ton County pur­chased the five ve­hi­cles and was re­im­bursed with Health De­part­ment funds. The county re­tained the ti­tles and has billed Pub­lic Health on a monthly ba­sis for in­surance and main­te­nance since the pur­chase.

As the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Di­vi­sion of the New­ton County Health De­part­ment has re­or­ga­nized, there was only a need for two ve­hi­cles. The re­main­ing three ve­hi­cles were avail­able for pur­chase from the Rock­dale and Gwin­nett County Health De­part­ment, which Grif­fin said are in need of the ve­hi­cles. The board of com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved ob­tain­ing one of those ve­hi­cles, which is a 2004 Ford Taurus F150.

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