County approves EMS uniform purchases, roof repairs

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

On Monday, the Dougherty County Commission held three back-to-back-to-back meetings after skipping a meeting the previous week for the July Fourth holiday.

During its regular meeting, the commission voted to adopt the minutes from the June 13 work session, the June 13 special called meeting and the June 22 regular meeting.

The commission voted 6-0 (Commissioner Jack Stone was absent) to award a $40,000 contract for uniforms and accessories for the Emergency Medical Services workers to two local vendors. Pro-1 and Logo Marketing group each will provide polo shirts and accessories as needed for paramedics and other staff.

The commission also voted 6-0 to award a contract for $146,437 to Anderson Roofing Company to repair the Central Library Roof. Anderson was the low-bidder and the item was budgeted for $220,000 from sales tax revenues of SPLOST V.

The commission voted to declare certain equipment and vehicles surplus. Some of the items will be sold on the website govdeals.com, while others, like 800 mhz Motorola analog radio equipment will be given to the city of Albany in exchange for a street sweeper.

In the work session that followed, the commission heard from Richard Fangmann, a consultant with Pond & Company, who gave a presentation on proposed bike projects offered by the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The projects have no current means of funding, but were presented for consideration as means to make the city of Albany, Dougherty County and parts of Lee County more bike friendly. They include projects to make roadways, traffic signals and signage incorporate the walking and biking public.

The commission heard from Assistant County Administrator Mike McCoy about the proposed purchase of one Ford Explorer SUV for the Facilities Management Department from Allen Vigil Ford on a state contract for $21,896. The SUV is budgeted in the FY2011 capital improvements budget for $30,000.

The commission also heard from County Administrator Richard Crowdis about renewing its contract for indigent defense services.

That contract is for $754,571 for the fiscal year that started July 1, and provides for the criminal defense of defendants who can't afford an attorney.

County Public Works Director Larry Cook presented the County Commission with the recommended road list for the FY 2012 Local Maintenance and Infrastructure Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

That road list includes resurfacing of the following roads:

- Weymouth Drive from Gillionville Road to the city limits.

- Stagecoach Road from U.S. 19 to Antioch Road.

- Halsey Avenue from Hardup Road until it dead ends.

- Little Train Lane from U.S. 19 until it dead ends.

- Pryor Street from Lindsey Road until it dead ends.

Rounding out the agenda was a presentation from McCoy on a proposal to allow county employees to voluntarily defer part of their pay into a Roth 457(B) account. The deadline to amend the county's agreement with Nationwide, the company offering the retirement accounts, is July 15, which prompted the county's special called meeting.

The only item on the agenda for the special called meeting, which immediately followed the work session, was the retirement fund issue. It passed 6-0.

County Notebook is a column on Dougherty County government. Email government reporter J.D. Sumner at j.d.sumner@albanyherald.com.