BOC de­ci­sions:

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See the BOC’s other de­ci­sions from Tues­day, in­clud­ing im­prove­ment projects and fix­ing the jail sewer sys­tem

In ad­di­tion to ap­prov­ing raises for the Fire Depart­ment and Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers took care of sev­eral other items of busi­ness at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Chair­man Keith El­lis promised Sher­iff Ezell Brown that he would al­lo­cate $150,000 from public works to fix the sewer sys­tem in the jail.

The Board voted to pur­sue aban­don­ment pro­ceed­ings for Old Alvocy Tres­tle Road.

Com­mis­sion­ers gave the trans­porta­tion depart­ment the go ahead to open the bid process for a new as­phalt spreader, and to ap­ply for Sur­face Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram grants to cover four road projects.

If ap­proved, the grants would re­quire a 20 per­cent match from the county, which would come out of 2011 SPLOST funds.

The projects in­clude the Crow­ell Road and Ac­cess Road in­ter­sec­tion, a $5 mil­lion im­prove­ment process re­quir­ing $1 mil­lion from the county; the re­place­ment of the Brown Bridge Road Bridge over Yel­low River, a $4.8 mil­lion project re­quir­ing a $985,000 match from the county; the re­place­ment of the Brown Bridge Road Bridge over Snap­ping Shoals Creek, a $3.8 mil­lion project re­quir­ing $756,000 in match­ing funds from the county; and the Brown Bridge Road Cor­ri­dor study, a $150,000 project re­quir­ing a $30,000 match from the county.

The board tabled a re­quest from the trans­porta­tion depart­ment to amend the pur­chas­ing pol­icy to ad­dress pro­cure­ments un­der the Fed­eral Aide High­way Pro­gram funds through FHWA grants.

County At­tor­ney Tommy Craig also re­ported to the board about the county’s re­cent legal victory with the state Depart­ment of Au­dits, led by Craig’s firm, at­tor­ney Buddy Welch, and the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. The rul­ing saved the county and the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

The con­sent agenda in­cluded the ap­proval of Amanda Mul­li­nax as an in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tor for Ju­ve­nile Court; an MOU with the City of Ox­ford to resur­face Cindy Court and Coke Street; the ap­proval of an agree­ment with Elec­tion Sys­tems and Soft­ware; and the ap­point­ment of Apryle Jones to View­Point Health Board; as well as min­utes of sev­eral meet­ings.

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