ALBANY -- The Dougherty County School Board's Transportation Committee on Friday heard a pitch from school system Transportation Director Kenneth Williams for eight new school buses and other assorted needs and wants of the department.
Williams informed the committee that the state of Georgia had issued $50 million in bonds to purchase more than 600 new buses statewide.
Dougherty County, he said, has been allotted eight buses in the bond issue, for which the state would chip in $76,292 per bus. The county would be on the hook for the remaining total balance of $189,826.
The buses are all Internationals. Here is a list of the vehicles with the cost of each to the county:
One 48 passenger ($5,385)
One 48 passenger with lift ($13,773)
One 72 passenger ($10,683)
Five 84 passenger, rear engine ($31,997)
"I selected the Internationals because of maintenance," Williams told the committee. "They (International) have a service center off Blaylock, and that would keep us from having to drive them to Macon for major service."
The transportation committee (David Maschke, Carol Tharin and Milton Griffin) voted unanimously to send the proposal to the full board for further consideration.
In other business, Williams asked the committee for help in repairing pumps at the system's Newton Road fueling station. He said the station was hit by lightning in May and the pumps have been inoperable since.
He also asked the committee to consider replacing all the pumps at the Newton Road and Turner Field fueling stations, saying the pumps at both locations were old and were in need of constant maintenance.
The director said the cost of new pumps at Newton Road would be around $14,000 and around $12,000 at Turner Field.
In less pressing matters, Williams said the five bus lifts at Turner Field's shop, installed in the late '50s, needed to be replaced. He also asked the committee to consider the purchase of an automatic bus washer.
Drivers currently wash their buses by hand.