A young Boy Scout led Lee County Commissioners and attendees of the board's meeting Tuesday in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

LEESBURG — The Lee County Board of Commissioners discussed several road projects at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night.

The commission voted at the meeting to award the bid for the design and engineering of Bruner Road, Mathis Lane and Ackers Circle to EMC Engineering.

The cost for the three road projects will be slightly less than $30,000, compared to the next-highest bid for the same projects from Lanier Engineering for more than $80,000.

“We had the staff go back and make certain that we were comparing apples to apples and we were,” Commission Chairman Billy Mathis said. “Their bids were for the same services.”

All three projects were made possible by the passing of T-SPLOST.

The board also adopted a resolution that would begin the process of abandoning Maxwell Road and scheduled a session to talk about the next set of T-SPLOST projects on June 25 at 5 p.m., one hour before the board’s regularly scheduled commission meeting.

At the meeting, a public hearing took place for a request submitted by Genia Marks to rezone 0.82 acres from a General Commercial District to a Transitional Office District at 2601 Ledo Road.

One neighbor expressed some concern and asked the board if it would be possible to make sure that Marks would be required to use the property for the exact use requested (a psychic reading business). The property will also be in the overlay district planned for the area around the Lee County Medical Center property, which would have some restrictions associated with it.

“If the board is inclined, we can just make a conditional use, and you (Rozanne Braswell, the county’s Planning, Zoning & Engineering director) can come up with the language with Mr. (Jimmy) Skipper (county attorney) before the next meeting about the office use, so it won’t be intrusive to the neighbors,” Mathis said.

The commission also:

♦ Approved the repair of a county sand truck for $29,156.19 using T-SPLOST funds;

♦ Held a public hearing on the proposed FY 2019-2020 budget;

♦ Appointed Christopher Prokesh to the Housing Authority Board for a term of five years ending on June 20, 2024;

♦ Appointed Greg Crowder and Donna Ford to the Library Board of Trustees for a term of three years ending on June 20, 2022;

♦ Authorized Co-County Manager Mike Sistrunk to request a bid for a new generator for the county 911 center;

♦ Discussed Sunday alcohol sales.

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