WARNER ROBINS -- Work to move water and gas lines along Corder Road is still pending as the city and county debate who will pay the bill.
County and city officials discussed the $516,755.85 payment for moving the lines last week, and county commissioners brought the issue up during their public meeting in Perry on Tuesday. The work is needed to continue with a three-mile widening project of Corder Road, a major connector between Watson Boulevard and Russell Parkway.
County commissioners voted unanimously to hold off on the work, or put it into “abeyance pending City of Warner Robins confirmation that their funds will be made available.”
County Chairman Ned Sanders said the road project, funded by a 2006 special purpose local option sales tax, was one of the most important road projects in the county because of the high volume of daily traffic.
“We’ve discussed this several times, and the city knows this is the agreement,” Sanders said. “It’s the way every other municipality cooperates in these agreements. I don’t think there should be any holdup.”
The city has not voted to go ahead with the payment, but the issue was discussed briefly last week during a Warner Robins City Council meeting.
Warner Robins leaders are trying to find different ways to pay for the work, or use city workers to offset the costs, which is needed to complete the widening of Corder Road, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen said this week.
“That’s a lot of money, and we’ve spoken about it. It’s not like it will not be paid, but we want to see if there’s a way to reduce that commitment some way,” Shaheen said.
Some work has been done on the road, but the lines need to be moved so grading and paving work can begin, Sanders said.
The bulk of the money, $346,511.30, is for moving gas lines. The balance of $170,244.55 is to move the water lines, according to a bill submitted by Georgia Asphalt to the Houston County Public Works Department.
City officials have said the money should come solely from about $4.2 million collected through the SPLOST tax.
The project has been in various design phases since 2001.
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