On Tuesday, June 3, the Appling County Commissioners held a monthly meeting. During the meeting board members approved two road construction projects, including adding a turn lane at the intersection of U.S. 1 North and Altamaha School/Lennox Roads, as well as, the resurfacing and patching of Pretty Ford Road. Both projects were awarded to the low bidder, Georgia Asphalt Producers of Baxley. The low bid for the U.S. 1 North turn lane was $1,049,349.38. Dykes Grassing submitted a bid of $1,060,981.60 for the project. The Pretty Ford Road project bid from Georgia Asphalt was $339,088.13. Dykes also submitted a bid priced at $367,269.00.
A motion was made by Commissioner Daryl Edwards, seconded by Commissioner Ronnie Rentz, to adopt a Resolution that would stagger the terms of the Tax Assessor Board Members. The motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Boatright was not present to vote at this meeting.
The commissioners unanimously approved to renew the Bacon County PDC Work Detail Agreement in the amount of $39,500.00 per year. County Manager Lee Lewis stated that he also requested an additional work detail crew to work in the county. Lewis stated that an additional crew is not available at the present, therefore the county has been put on a waiting list.
Manager Lewis reported that the County Farm Fire Department has a truck that was having mechanical problems. The truck was having difficulty shifting into third gear. It was inspected and the shift rails and plate were worn. A quote from Yancey Truck indicated that they could make repairs at a cost of $3,877.65, but if they found that the gears needed to be replaced, it would be an additional cost. A complete transmission replacement could be made for $4,436.40. County Manager Lewis stated he authorized the replacement of the transmission since it seemed to be the most logical decision and so the truck could be put back into service. Although the repairs have been made, the board still needed to approve the replacement of the transmission. A motion was made by Commissioner Rentz, seconded by Commissioner Edwards, to approve the replacement of the transmission for the cost of $4,436.40. The motion carried unanimously.
It was reported to the commissioners that the Appling County Recreation Complex fence is in need of replacement in some areas where the fence is rolling up at the bottom. Prices have been obtained for the repair of the fence. The low bid on the repairs was submitted by Dixie Fencing, of Valdosta, at a price of $14,650.00. There was no action taken on the fence repair at this time. Since this is not a budgeted item, board members decided to discuss this at a Budget Work Session in June.
County Manager Lewis gave the commissioners information on the software program Facilitydude.com. He reported that this software compiles work requests, schedules routine maintenance or inspections and all work request information is kept in a central location. Lewis stated this software could be beneficial for the Road, County Shop and Building and Grounds Departments. The cost of the program is $3,400.00 per year for the use of three entities. The manager stated board members may want to consider adding the funding for this software in the FY2015 Budget.
Under public input Santina Fryer addressed the Board informing them of Ladder to Success, LLC and the services it offers. Ladder to Success, LLC, was founded by Fryer in 2011 and was created to provide mental health services. The services provided include mentoring, career development, college tours, job/career fairs, tutoring, counseling and guidance, and leadership development to youth ages 14-21 in Appling and Jeff Davis County. The purpose of this program is to help young people achieve success by graduating from high school and enrolling in four-year college, technical college, military or entering the work force job ready.