McDonough City Council approves expenditures

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

A few weeks after county officials approved a similar measure, the McDonough City Council agreed officially to step up with its share of the cost for a permanent traffic signal at McDonough Parkway and Hwy. 20/81.

The signal was intended to be temporary, installed by the Georgia Department of Transportation as part of its McDonough Parkway expansion project, but the state agency agreed to leave it if the county and city agreed to pay the costs of the installation. The Henry County Board of Commissioners officially approved its end of the bargain last month.

The intergovernmental agreement approved at the City Council’s Sept. 6 workshop meeting calls for the city to contribute $50,000 toward the cost of the signal, and that money will come from the city’s SPLOST funds. The vote was 6-0 with council member Craig Elrod not present for the meeting.

In other business, the council approved the design phase for a roundabout on Postmaster Drive. City manger Keith Dickerson pointed out the necessity of getting this done because of the new McDonough High School and McDonough Middle School being constructed in the area.

Total cost to the city for survey, design, utility construction, right-of-way acquisition and construction engineering inspection is not to exceed $135,000 and will be paid from SPLOST funds, according to a staff report.

Mayor Billy Copeland called a motion to approve the design and engineering work by Vaughn & Melton. The motion passed with no one in opposition.

The council approved the purchase of six police vehicles and assorted equipment for the McDonough Police Department at a cost of just under $200,000. That includes $135,510 for the cars from Don Jackson Chrysler Dodge Jeep and $44,610.14 for emergency equipment from West Chatham Warning Devices. Digital Alley is providing cameras for four of the vehicles for $16,180 and another $1,925 is for decals from Firehouse Graphics for five vehicles. Window tint for all six vehicles will be purchased from The Bass Station for $1,170.

Two purchases for the city’s Wastewater Department were approved. A Kubota KX040-4R1A tractor with a six-way blade will be acquired for $47,020 and a 2018 Ford F-150 for $29,969. Also approved was a $55,308 package for design drawings, engineering and site inspections to provide automated valve controls for existing four catch basins and filters. Future construction is expected to be about $419,000 according to a staff report.

Three separate zoning matters were discussed at the workshop meeting in advance of public hearings set for later in the month or in October at the councils regular business meeting.