LEESBURG, Ga. — Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 82 north of Albany will be asked to slow down soon as they travel through the Hickory Grove area of Lee County.
Lee Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge acknowledged during Tuesday night’s commission meeting that he’s expecting a letter from the Georgia Department of Transportation within days that will enable that speed limit to be lowered from 65 mph to 55 mph.
Muggridge said the lower limit in Lee County will begin just south of where Oakland Road intersects with U.S. Highway 82 and continue toward the Dougherty County line.
“This has long been a goal of Commissioner (Ed) Duffy, so I congratulate him for his work in the past,” said Muggridge. “I also want to thank State Rep. Ed Rynders of Lee County and State Sen. (John D.) Crosby of Tift County.
The stretch of U.S. Highway 82 between Oakland Road and the bypass in Albany has been the scene of numerous high-speed accidents.
Meantime, Lee Commissioners also adopted a revised budget calendar for this year in addition to approving a set of budget guidelines for department heads and constitutional officers.
The new guidelines come after department heads and elected officials submitted budget requests that are approximately 10 percent higher than the current $22.1 million budget.
Budget Commission Chairman Greg Frich stated early in the process that he wanted more cooperation this year among department heads and elected officials in developing a spending plan.
There was no evidence Frich’s suggestion was followed this year.
Muggridge said he and Frich came up with a set of guidelines to clearly communicate what they want in terms of the budget process.
The entire commission approved the guidelines which state the Lee County board of Commissioners:
.364n Values adhering to a budget that does not facilitate a millage rate change.
.364n Seeks efficiencies and budgetary cooperation between departments.
.364n Desires to limit requests for new positions to those that are necessary due to legal requirements or those that will result in no increase in the department’s overall budget.
.364n Desires to limit capital requests to those absolutely necessary to meet legal requirements, those essential to maintaining current level of services or those that would not exceed overall budget cost but would reduce operating cost in the future.
Under the revised calendar, the current budget requests will be returned to the departments to be reviewed and revised. Those revised spending plans are to be sent to County Administrator Lynn Taylor and Finance Director Heather Kittrell by April 1.
Taylor and Kittrell will then meet with the budget committee (Frich and Muggridge) on April 8.
Department heads and elected officials will meet with the entire county commission between May 8 and May 17 to discuss specifics of the new spending plan.
The 2013-14 budget is expected to be adopted on June 25.