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Beautification project approved for a busy intersection

The Houston County Commission approved a beautification project Tuesday for this corner of Ga. 96 at Lake Joy Road as well as the opposite corner.
The Houston County Commission approved a beautification project Tuesday for this corner of Ga. 96 at Lake Joy Road as well as the opposite corner. The Telegraph

The Houston County Commission on Tuesday approved a beautification project for a booming intersection.

The commission approved a contract to make landscaping improvements on opposite corners of Ga. 96 at Lake Joy Road. The contract for $99,600 was awarded to Dixie Lawn & Landscaping of Cochran. The project calls for what the county termed as “flag plazas” on unused land at two corners of the intersection.

One is on the corner of the Publix shopping center and the other is at the corner where the Walgreens sits.

“We had abandoned right of way in that area,” Stalnaker said after the meeting. “It was either leave it and let it grow up in weeds or landscape it and make it look nice.”

Stalnaker said the project will feature a display of flags, including the U.S., state, county and city flags, as well as benches and landscaping.

Mark Baker, the county purchasing agent, said work likely won’t begin until January because the county first has to do some grading work it agreed to do in order to keep the costs down. The aim is to have the project finished by April 1.

The project is being paid for out of the 2006 special purpose local option sales tax. Dixie Lawn & Landscaping’s bid was substantially lower than the other two bids, which were both about $175,000. Baker said that was a cause of concern, and he had extended discussions with the company to be sure they had not missed anything and could do the project for that amount.

He said the company agreed that it could do the work, and Baker said he also extensively checked the company’s record on other projects, and it had a good record. The contract also requires a performance bond, which is essentially insurance that the company will do the job successfully for the amount of the contract.

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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