Board of Commissioners updates

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 18 to award a $1,194,211.50 bid for milling and resurfacing of five roads, all in District 4.

The approved projects include Old Conyers Road from Flat Rock Road to Flat Shoals Church Road; Flat Rock Road from Millers Mill Road to Hwy. 138; Banks Road - Flippen Road to Rock Quarry Road; Tye Street from Banks Road to Red Oak Road; and Crumbley Road from Hwy. 138 to east of Creekside Drive.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of 12 vehicles for the Building and Plan Review Department. The F-150 regular cab trucks will replace the entire departmental fleet at a cost of $267,630. Funding for this purchase is coming from the department’s revenue.

A resolution passed adopting an employee wellness initiative with a $15,000 grant from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia to get started and reimbursable funding for $75,000 available form Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia.

The first of two rezoning approved at the meeting was from RA to R-1 for about 22 acres near the intersection of Airline Road and East Lake Road. The original zoning request was for R-2 and 28 lots, but the county’s Zoning Advisory Board recommended denial. The new plan calls for 17 lots with a number of conditions.

Also approved was a rezoning request for a 2.5-acre site on Crumbley Road that is part of a larger 35-acre tract with about 36 residential lots. When that was rezoned earlier this year the smaller tract was kept separate as a possible commercial parcel, but the developers determined that would not be in character with the surrounding property, according to county staff, so it was made part of the residential site.

A $60,911.34 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the Henry County Police Department’s HEAT unit was formally accepted. The unit consists of one sergeant and three officers who enforce DUI and traffic safety laws. The grant will cover expenses for the sergeant and one officer. The county’s local match is $91,367.01 which is in the current budget.

A resolution was approved to allow the shooting of simulated artillery and simulated gunfire during a Civil War-themed event scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at Nash Farm Park. The county code prohibits possession of fireworks in a park or recreational area without written approval from the commissioners.

Also approved was a supplemental agreement to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s capital assistance grant for Henry County Transit. The county is getting $157,561.34 in assistance for the replacement of four existing buses that have “met their useful life,” according to a staff report. When the previous vendor defaulted on the contract, the state DOT had to find another vendor which bumped up the price by $541.42.