Public Safety will replace aging vehicles


WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to replace two aging vehicles for the Public Safety Department during a called meeting and work session Monday (Feb. 22).

Public Safety Director David Murphy requested the purchase of a 2021 Ford Explorer for EMA/911 to replace a 2007 Ford Crown Vic and a 2001 Ford Command Van. He also requested the purchase of a Ford 150 4×4 to replace a 2013 Ford F150.

Murphy explained the vehicles, which would be requested to surplus once the new vehicles were delivered all, had high mileage, high idle times, and mechanical issues.

The vehicles will be purchased through Jacky Jones Ford at a cost of $36,704.14 for the Ford Explorer and $35,908.28 for the Ford 510 with funds from the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Following a public hearing — during which there were no objections — commissioners unanimously approved Verizon Wireless’ land use application for a conditional use permit to build a 195-foot communications tower on 36.11 acres on Howard Road in Cleveland.

The Board also approved the land use application filed by Terry Sims to redistrict 1.01 acres located at 43 Poplar Stump Road in Helen from R-1 (Residential Single Family) to C-2 (Highway Business District) for the purpose of adding restrooms and a dressing room for his business — Cool River Tubing.

The Board also voted unanimously to introduce local legislation to the General Assembly to request an increase in the commissioners’ compensation on a per meeting basis.

There was a was discussion of the bids received for the 2021 LMIG (Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant) for full depth reclamation, leveling, and overlay of Post Road – 2.52 miles from Tom Teague Road to Old Hwy 75 South.

County Manager Jason Cobb stated the low bidder was Blount Construction at $755,019. He noted that award of this project would be brought before the Board at their next meeting. Mr. Cobb explained that materials testing was included in the contract bid, however the Board would need to provide guidance on the inspections portion of the project.

Cobb also said he would provide the Board with information on suggested modifications to the Senior Center Parking area in the near future, as these modifications would be beneficial to complete prior to the temporary closing of facility accesses along Hulsey Road due to the Phase 3 By-Pass Construction Project.


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