Bibb County commissioners balked Tuesday at hiring a project manager for the county’s sales-tax-funded building projects, saying the commission hadn’t decided how work and responsibilities would be split among elected officials, county employees and the new company.
In a morning Committee of the Whole meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 to table commission Chairman Sam Hart’s recommendation for T.I. Real Estate to serve as a project manager for special purpose local option sales tax money. Hart said the company is affiliated with Piedmont Construction Group.
Hart, along with Commissioner Bert Bivins, voted against the tabling of the decision. Commissioners Lonzy Edwards, Joe Allen and Elmo Richardson voted to delay the action.
Hart told The Telegraph that his presentation should have been better, and he wants to work out the issues with other commissioners in a special called meeting that hasn’t yet been set.
“There’s a legitimate concern,” Hart said. “All those things have been discussed” but not settled.
Edwards said he didn’t see any clarity in the proposal about what the role of the commission, staff and project manager would be.
“I’m not going to sit back and let anybody take responsibility” for his role as a commissioner, Edwards said.
The commission voted earlier to have Hart seek the proposals. Some 32 proposals were received.
But commissioners haven’t even decided what projects would fall under the project management. Richardson said some SPLOST items, such as paying off debt or buying land near Robins Air Force Base, probably didn’t need to be under the project manager.
Two county projects, Fire Station 109 on New Forsyth Road and a Juvenile Court building, are nearly ready for construction.
Hart said he’d like a project manager to include local subcontractors who represent the diversity of the community by being small businesses or minority-owned businesses.
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