Houston & Peach

Peach OKs projects list for stimulus package

FORT VALLEY — Peach County commissioners unanimously approved a list of six projects totaling $9.175 million for funding from President Obama’s proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, the economic stimulus package now before Congress.

The action took place at the commission’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday.Projects are, in order of priority, State University Drive bridge repair, $275,000; Moseley Road bridge replacement, $1.5 million; water and sewer in southwest Peach County, $4 million; a Regional Workforce Development Center, $3.1 million; the amphitheater at North Peach Park, $204,000; and four emergency warning sirens, $96,000.

“We’re getting together our list of worthy projects and getting ready to get in line for funding,” said Martin Moseley Jr., commission chairman.

“I want to see these six projects done,” said Melvin Walker, commission vice chairman, responding to commission member Walter Smith’s suggestion they expand the list with a water line project down River Road. Walker added if the list were expanded some projects would not get funding.

“We can do the River Road project later,” agreed commission member Roy Lewis.

The applications for funding have to be sent to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office by Friday, said County Administrator Marcia Johnson.