2019-01-09 / Front Page

County installs more cameras at dumpster sites

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

The Jenkins County Commissioners are continuing their efforts to eliminate illegal dumping at county dumpster sites. During a recent meeting of the group, County Administrator Grady Saxon presented an update on the next phase of the project, stating that cameras at additional sites were scheduled to be installed the next week.

Those caught dumping illegally face fines of up to $1,000. Several citations have previously been issued by the county.

Mr. Saxon presented for approval a Recreation Grant through the CSRA Regional Commission in the amount of $5,000 with a local match of $555 required. The grant funds would be used to increase programs and activities offered at the Jenkins County Senior Citizens Center. The grant was approved.

Mr. Saxon also reported that the two new outdoor warning sirens had been installed and that the system testing and programming had begun. The sirens were received as part of a Hazard Mitigation Grant that was made available through FEMA/GEMA, which together funded 85% of the cost.

It was noted by Mr. Saxon that the airport fencing project had been delayed due to communication issues between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT had requested an easement from the DNR to allow the fencing to be placed on state park property. The easement would save approximately $100,000 in earth moving costs. Commissioner James Henry suggested that the local legislators be contacted for assistance with the matter.

Commissioner Henry discussed information that he had received at a Regional Transportation Special Purpose Local Option (T-SPLOST) meeting. He said that results of the meeting were favorable with all counties of Region 7 in favor of proceeding with another regional T-SPLOST upon expiration of the current 1-cent sales tax, which was approved in July 2012 by voters in Region 7. The tax went into effect January 1, 2013 for a 10-year period. He noted that planning of the referendum for the tax would begin in 2019.

Other actions taken by the Commissioners included the following: approved submission of the FY2020 application for the county transit program, a 50/50 cost share, with the total budgeting being $62,542; approved low bid from Overhead Door Company of Augusta for $13,660 for the replacement of four rollup doors at the county shop; rejected the bid for the library remodeling project and with a architect to be selected to rebid the project; and accepted a bid from N&P Fence Company in the amount of $33,744.50 for the Jenkins County Recreation Department.

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