Warner Robins council approves funds to replace bridge

WARNER ROBINS — The Warner Robins City Council on Monday approved a $262,000 project to replace a bridge on Kimberly Road over Bay Gall Creek amid concerns that the bridge would not be able to handle the weight of large trucks and school buses.

The details of the project were presented to the council by Joe Musselwhite, the city of Warner Robins public works administrator, in a working session before the council meeting.

“This structure will hold up as much as twice what the present structure will,” Musselwhite promised the council.

The measure to replace the bridge passed unanimously.

The council also approved an ordinance that will restrict local businesses to display signs — be it an entrance sign or company logo — that cover no more than 15 percent of the front of the building.

The letter of the ordinance permits “no variances,” said James E. Elliott, attorney for the city.

Additionally, the council unanimously approved the purchase of a $7,000 bomb-sniffing dog at the request of the police department, among other purchases.

One measure that was not discussed at the meeting concerns looming tuition bills at Georgia Military College.

During the work session, council was presented a warning that $16,000 it approved to send nine city employees to the college soon will run out. The employees have attended the school for the past two quarters and have used more than $11,000.

The meeting was punctuated with one last order of business. Elliott, after more than 21 years as the city attorney and more recently as a contractor, was given full employment with the city at a salary of $121,078 a year by unanimous consent of the council.

“He argues hard for the city of Warner Robins,” Mayor John Havrilla said of Elliott before adjourning the meeting.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.