Peach County to close East Wesley Chapel Road

efarlow@macon.comJune 11, 2013 

FORT VALLEY -- The Peach County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to close East Wesley Chapel Road and remove it from the list of unpaved roads maintained by the county.

In a letter to board Chairman Melvin Walker Jr., C.A. Vinson requested the road be closed because few vehicles travel down it, dead animals and garbage are regularly dumped on the road and surrounding fields, and activities such as mud bogging damage the road and fields.

The only property owners along the road are Vinson, with Vinson Farm, and Charles Hancock.

Vinson said at the public hearing that the open road is “an aggravation.”

Commissioners also voted that temporary road blocks be placed at the road for 30 days, after which Vinson and Hancock are responsible for permanently blocking access to the road.

Also at the meeting, commissioners approved a budget request from Zoning Administrator Rickey Blalock to replace the county marshal’s vehicle with a 2014 Ford Escape and a $600 lighting package for the vehicle.

In addition, commissioners accepted a bid from Paul Schwindler to surface Smyrna Church Road from U.S. 41 to just past the cemetery at New Smyrna Baptist Church.

“Because of the budget right now, we need to figure out how to save some money,” said Schwindler. Instead of paving the road, Schwindler is going to do drainage work, create a base for the road and then put down an asphalt prime. This will not only save money, but it will also prepare the road to be paved if future budgets allow, said Schwindler.

A motion to rename Peach County Fire Station number three on Willow Lake Road in honor of former commissioner Annie Rumph also passed, as did a motion to renew a contract with Traylor Business Services.

After an executive session to discuss board appointments, the Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Janza Hilson Coar, Dorothy Conteh and Robert Ross to five-year terms on the Department of Family and Children Services board. Brenda Gilstrap and Ruth Thompson were appointed to four-year terms on the library board, and Wayne Robinson was appointed to a three-year term at Phoenix Center Behavioral Health Services. All terms begin July 1.

To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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