New­born to in­stall side­walk for safer pas­sage

The Covington News - - CRIME - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­

New­born’s Dol­lar Gen­eral on Ga. High­way 142 gets a lot of foot traf­fic, so of­fi­cials are plan­ning to in­stall a side­walk to make the path safer for pedes­tri­ans.

Mayor Roger Sheri­dan said a lot of res­i­dents live on Ga. High­way 229 and County Road 213 and walk to the Dol­lar Gen­eral on Ga. 142, which is danger­ous. The town had planned to put a side­walk along the road pre­vi­ously, and Sheri­dan said the move “would elim­i­nate any prob­lem there.”

The side­walk will run from Ga. High­way 229 to Duke Street and will be paid with SPLOST funds; it has not yet been bid out. More Old School­house

The coun­cil also is spend­ing 2011 SPLOST money to con­tinue im­prove­ments to the Old School­house, also known


for as the New­born Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 4326 Ga. High­way 142.

The town is con­tract­ing with Bobby Hatchet on an hourly ba­sis to in­spect the build­ing and pri­or­i­tize a list of re­pairs. Sheri­dan said Hatchet has ex­ten­sive main­te­nance ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on schools and was in-be­tween jobs, mak­ing him a nat­u­ral fit for a short-term po­si­tion. Hatchet’s work will be cov­ered by SPLOST funds set aside for the com­mu­nity cen­ter. The town will try to do re­pairs us­ing in­house em­ploy­ees. Rain caus­ing is­sues

The year’s ex­ten­sive rain has cost the town some ex­tra money, as it’s had to make re­pairs to its mow­ers and re­place one of them be­cause of all of the grass-cut­ting re­quired. The town tries to keep two mow­ers go­ing at all times, with one on standby, and Sheri­dan said de­spite the prob­lems, the city had man­aged to stay on sched­ule.

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