WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Commission isn’t done with the 2001 special local option sales tax just yet.
Tuesday night the board approved a new road paving project using 2001 SPLOST funds left over from savings on other projects. The board agreed to pave about 1.1 miles of Terrell Road from Elko Road to Sewell Road.
Commissioner Larry Thomson, who made the motion for the project’s approval, credited the frugality of the Public Works Department as the reason there is still money remaining for the project.
“By working hard and saving every dime, we can pave another dirt road, and I really appreciate that,” Thomson said.
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It could end up being the last 2001 SPLOST project to get done. The only others are three dirt roads to be paved, but those are at a stalemate due to some property owners refusing to donate rights of way. The county paves dirt roads only if all the affected property owners donate the needed land.
Operations Director Robbie Dunbar said after the meeting that based on preliminary contacts, he is optimistic right-of-way acquisition will not hold up the Terrell Road project.
If all goes well, work could start in the spring, he said. The project is estimated to cost $250,000 if the county does the grading work and contracts with an outside company for the paving, which is the plan, Dunbar said.
Another benefit of the project, he said, is that the county plans to put in water lines when it does the paving so that county water will be available to residents living along the road.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.