Barrow County will be receiving help from the state to patch and resurface six county roads over the next several months.
The Barrow Board of Commissioners last week approved the county’s application to the Georgia Department of Transportation to receive Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant money to complete the work.
The road projects, which entail milling, patching, striping, shoulder reconstruction and turf establishment, include:
•a 1.62-mile stretch of Kilcrease Road between Ga. 316 and Stonebrooke Drive.
•a 0.44-mile stretch of Patrick Mill Road between the Gwinnett County line and the pavement joint southwest of Barrow Industrial Parkway.
•a 0.52-mile stretch of Patrick Mill Road between Barrow Industrial Parkway and Ga. 316.
•a 1.83-mile stretch of Carl-Bethlehem Road between 1,060 feet west of Patrick Mill Road and the Carl city limits.
•a 0.37-mile stretch of Pinebrook Road between Kennedy Sells Road and the dead-end cul-de-sac.
•a 0.12-mile stretch of Pinebrook Court between Pinebrook Road and the cul-de-sac.
The work is projected to cost roughly $1.03 million and the bulk of that will be covered by the county’s LMIG formula amount of $695,412.
The county, which is required to provide a minimum 30-percent match of the grant, will be on the hook for the remaining $331,734, which will come from a combination of proceeds from SPLOST 2012 and the Fiscal Year 2017 budget general fund.
Once the county receives its check from the state, it will competitively bid out the road work. Construction is expected to begin spring 2017 and be completed by summer.
In other business at its Nov. 22 meeting, the board of commissioners:
•approved a reduction in Barrow Animal Control pet adoption fees from $35 to $25, effective Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. The reduction is an effort to get more people to adopt pets during the holidays and make more space available for incoming animals.
•approved a temporary 25-percent increase in the non-contract wholesale water price from $2.87 per 1,000 gallons to $3.59 per 1,000 gallons. The change is in response to the state’s recent declaration of a Level II Drought Response area across most of north Georgia, including Barrow. The increase will remain in effect until the drought designation is lifted by the state, county manager Mike Renshaw said.
The board’s meeting was the first since commissioner Billy Parks was sworn back into office earlier this month. Parks, of District 5, resigned his seat this spring in order to challenge chairman Pat Graham in the Republican primary in May, and the seat had remained vacant since. Parks lost his challenge, but was the only candidate to qualify for a special election for the seat which was to be held in conjunction with the Nov. 8 general election.
Since Parks was the only one to qualify, he was declared the winner and the special election was not held.