2018-05-17 / Front Page

Lots of county roads on schedule for new state, federal striping

Commissioners Charles Jackson and Esper Lee get a close look at the new 4-H bus. Commissioners Charles Jackson and Esper Lee get a close look at the new 4-H bus. The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners reported on two road striping projects coming up that will cover various areas of the county. One is a state project which requires local matching funds, and the other is a fully-funded federal project. Both will include centerline and side striping and some signs will also be included.

The state project should begin very soon and includes Jane Hill Road, Sherrer Road, Richardson Road, Orr Road, Bartram Trace, and Courtground Road. Cost of the project is $25,640.

The federal project “will take a little more time because it’s coming through the state,” according to Commission Chairman Sam Moore. Roads to be included are Pecan Grove Road, Philomath Road, Metasville Road, Centerville Road, Aonia Road, Stoney Ridge Road, Beaverdam Road, Callaway Road, Newtown Road, Delhi Road, Columbus Granade Road, and West Road. Total cost is $490,125, all of which is federal money.

Moore also reported on the Sandtown Road bridge project which is currently under construction. He said that the stands on the Danburg side have been set and the Metasville side should be set “in a few weeks.” An August completion date is expected. “They are moving along with that project pretty good,” Moore said.

All of the commissioners were in attendance at the regular May meeting of the board including Esper Lee, Ed Geddings, Charles Jackson, Clem Slaton, and Moore. The meeting was held in the Wilkes County courthouse last Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

Moore further reported that the commissioners had been treated to a tour of the new 911 Center behind the Cecil A. Moore Law Enforcement Center on Ashley Avenue. “It’s really a first class facility and something we can be very proud of,” Slaton commented.

Just prior to the meeting, the commissioners were also treated to a tour of the new County Extension 4-H bus recently purchased using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds. Moore thanked County Agent Audra Armour and former County Extension Coordinator Frank Watson for helping to secure the bus. “They did a lot of hard work to get that done,” he said.

Moore announced that some 8-10 appointments to various county boards and committees will be made at the June meeting of the commissioners. He also reminded those in attendance that in conjunction with that meeting on June 14, a public budget hearing will be held at 2:20 p.m. in the meeting room at the courthouse. Then, the budget adoption hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m., also in the courthouse.

Standing in as County Clerk, Carol Jackson reported that Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax received for the month of March amounted to $91,464.99, Local Option Sales Tax received was $59,452.06, and TSPLOST brought in $83,225.94.

Wilkes County EMA Director Blake Thompson reported on new, rebuilt, and remounted trucks and ambulances acquired by his department and reminded everyone about the Farm Safety Day to be held at the McGill-Woodruff Agricultural Center on May 31. The all-day event teaches all kinds of safety and attracts over 100 kids each year, he said.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, in the Wilkes County courthouse with a work session in the chairman’s office immediately prior beginning at 1 p.m.

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