$2.5 million project to fix 37 county roads
Commission votes to borrow the funds for a 3 year tar and chip project
by Tilly Dillehay Editor
The Macon County Board of Commissioners met on September 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Lafayette courthouse. Among other business, the commission voted to accept the Road Committee’s recommendation to borrow $2.5 million for the Road Department to use to ditch, base, tar, and chip 37 county roads. A line of credit for this amount will be set up for the road supervisor to use as he needs it on this project, which will take approximately three years. The debt will be paid out of the debt service fund.
“We just made a list of the roads that were in very bad shape,” said Highway Dept. Administrator Regina Flippin. “Didn’t catch them all—couldn’t catch them all—but tried to spread them out all over the county as much as we could.”
Flippin also said that as this is a three-year project, “don’t expect us there in the next few months.” For questions about which roads have been included in the project plan, Flippin said, feel free to call the Macon County Highway Department at 666-3910.
The last time the commission funded a large roads project was in 2009, when they borrowed $4 million for a hot-mix project that was slated to take three years. That project has been completed. It covered less mileage than this project will, because hot-mix costs more than the tarring and chipping a road.
“I think the county—the mayor, commissioners, and road supervisor—are really working together to start seeing some improvement in our roads,” said Flippin.
The meeting was led by Chairman Mayor Linville, and eighteen commissioners were present.
The following people were elected Notaries Public: Angela Pedigo, Malinda Owens, and Dianne Jones.
The minutes of the following meetings were approved: commission 8/19, Committee of the Whole 9/9, Budget 5/20, thru 8/12, and Planning 7/16.
Budget Amendments #1,2,4,5, and 6 were carried on a roll call vote.
Resolution 88-9/2013 was adopted, naming September as Suicide Prevention Month in Macon County. Resolution 89-9/2013 was adopted, a “No Texting” call to Macon County drivers. AT&T is sponsoring a campaign against texting and driving, and have asked all 95 counties in TN to pass a similar resolution. Resolution 90-9/2013 was adopted, recognizing the MCHS Trap Team for an excellent season.
The commission voted to fund the new roof for Lafayette Elementary School. The pitched, metal roof will cost $587,993. The county will borrow the money and pay it out of debt service over a five year period.
The commission voted to accept a bid from Servpro for cleaning the ductwork at the jail. This was necessary in order to qualify the jail to keep accepting state prisoners (a source of revenue). The money for this cleaning will come out of the Justice Center Maintenance line.
The commission voted to accept resignations from Fair Board members Ray Goad, Sally Wells, and Debbie Mason, and a retirement letter from Steve Walker.
The commission voted to post a 35 mph speed limit on Wind Curve Circle, not because they believe safety necessitates it, but because the residents of that area requested it.
The mayor informed the commission that a resolution from the August meeting (Res. 82-8/2013) was corrected at the comptroller’s office. When the commission passed this resolution, they intended to adopt a three-year capital outlay note resolution, as opposed to a resolution with a life greater than three years. The resolution was corrected to reflect this, and the corrected resolution, along with a letter from the county attorney, has been sent to the comptroller’s office.
The commission voted that the county attorney ask hired engineer Chris Ballou to provide a letter certifying that for the time being, the visitors side bleachers at the Lafayette football stadium are safe. Earlier this year, the engineer had examined the bleachers and called them unsafe. The Board of Education had spent some budget money to temporarily fix the problem. Now the county commission deemed it best to have a letter from an engineer in hand, for legal reasons, stating that the bleachers are safe for the time being. If Ballou will not, another engineer will be called on to come and make his own statement.
The commission voted to give the sheriff the authority to do calendar advertisements this year.
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