Second-phase of Feagin Mill Road project in Warner Robins expected in March

bpurser@macon.comNovember 5, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- City Council approved Monday an agreement with Houston County on the second phase of the Feagin Mill Road project, signaling the expected March start of the project.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen said the project widens Feagin Mill Road from Houston Lake Road to Moody Road. The project was funded by a 2001 special purpose local option sales tax.

The agreement calls for Houston County to administer the project, with Warner Robins to accept maintenance of the roadway within city limits. The county will assume maintenance for the portion in the unincorporated area.

The agreement also calls for the county to acquire all necessary rights of way. In addition, the city will be responsible for any relocation of its utilities and the county for its utilities.

The city spent about $800,000 to move its utilities for the Corder Road widening project. But city staff told council members that the cost on this project should not be as high with no gas or sewer lines to move. Only water lines will require relocating or repositioning.

Robbie Dunbar, the county’s director of operations, said by telephone Monday that county commissioners may award the project in February if all moves on schedule. That would place the start of the two-year project in mid-March, he said.

The cost of the project is estimated from $3 to $4 million, with the range based on variables of rights of way acquisitions, moving utilities and engineering design costs, Dunbar said. Those costs have not been finalized.

In other action, council approved $64,000 from the city’s fund balance for the demolition of the fire-gutted La Quinta Inn at 109 Willie Lee Parkway. The fund is expected to be replenished once the city is paid back for the demolition.

Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins said she’s looking forward to the demolition of the building, which was destroyed by fire in November 2011, because it’s become an eye sore. Officials hope the demolition will be complete before Thanksgiving.

In addition, council approved on first reading several annexations of properties mostly in the Governor’s Estate subdivision. The properties are contiguous to the city and were requested by the property owners. A second reading is required by council before the annexations become final, said City Clerk Alton Mattox.

Also, council approved an agreement with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission to assist in setting up tax allocation districts. Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which helped set up TADs in Macon, will receive $33,000.

TADs allow the city to reap increased tax values of blighted property, with the goal of spurring redevelopment in the area.

Telegraph archives were used in this article. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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