Propane vehicle fuel program hits roadblocks
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta County's plans to power some vehicles with propane keep fizzling.
Tuesday night, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners followed the recommendation of county staff to reject the sole bid for a propane pilot program.
It's the second time the county has rejected bids for the pilot program. The first time a request for bids was sent out, the bid submitted by Alliance AutoGas didn't meet specifications.
This time, the sole bid was submitted by Amerigas.
"Amerigas was working with a local contractor for the installation of the conversion kits," said Assistant County Administrator Kelly Mickle. "They have recently broken ties with this local contractor and are unable to perform the services in the contract." The funds set aside for the program will be rolled into the 2014 budget.
Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn wanted to make sure the county will try again. County Administrator Michael Fouts indicated they would.
"This is an excellent way to save the county a ton of money and not pollute the air," said Blackburn. "It has merit to it. I'm glad to see us move forward and to continue to see us pursue the program."
In other meeting business:
• The board approved a contract with Peek Pavement Markers for new striping and raised pavement markers (reflectors) on various county roads. The total amount is $159,085.
New striping will be put down on Fischer Road, Tommy Lee Cook Road, Hammock Road, Old Corinth Road, Poplar Road, Rockaway Road, Stewart Road and Willis Road. The raised pavement markers will be on Fischer Road, Tommy Lee Cook from the Cedar Creek bridge to Jim Starr Road, Hammock Road, Rockaway Road, Stewart Road and Willis Road.
"I want to point out that this is being funded by" the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, said Commissioner Paul Poole. "Thank you, citizens, for approving SPLOST."
• The commissioners voted to approve the "preferred alternate" for the improvements to the "Five Points" intersection of Poplar Road, Turkey Creek Road, East Newnan Road and Martin Luther King Drive, and to execute an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Newnan for the project. The preferred alternate includes a roundabout, a new section rerouting Turkey Creek Road to the roundabout, and creation of cul-de-sacs for existing portions of Turkey Creek and East Newnan roads.
• The board executed a proclamation declaring July 2013 "Coweta History Month." The proclamation was presented to Carolyn Turner, president of the Brown's Mill Battlefield Association. The battlefield site opens later this month.
• A public hearing was held on the resolution to transmit the draft capital improvements element and 2013 Short Term Work Program update.
The capital improvements element lays out the projects that will be done with impact fees. The STWP identifies various projects to be done over the next five years, and identifies accomplishments in 2013, said Planning Director Robert Tolleson. Coweta's impact fees go toward improvements in five categories: the Coweta County Fire Department, Coweta County Jail, Coweta County Sheriff's Office, parks and recreation, and roads.
The impact fee balances, as of Sept. 30, are: fire — $656,196; CCSO — $8,980; jail — $28,962; parks and recreation — $689,700; roads — $1,800,342.
• The board approved an architectural agreement with K.A. Oldham for phase II jail and sheriff's office improvements, including "video visitation" with a public entry lobby, additional holding cells and improved patrol and office space. The project will be funded through SPLOST.
• The board approved closing of several roads for filming of AMC television show "The Walking Dead."
Coweta Event Services Director Tray Baggarly said the filming had been delayed because of rain. The closures were probably going to be Wednesday but possibly today, he said. Electronic signs telling people about the closures "have been up for over a week," he said, but the dates have had to change.
The roads are Dead Oak Road between Fox Hollow Drive and Aaron Todd Road, North Hunter Street between Church Street and West Road, Odom Road between North Hunter Road and Reese Road, Rising Star Road between Rowe Road and Ga. Hwy. 85, and Rowe Road between Rising Star Road and Dead Oak Road.
• The board set several public hearings for August. On Aug. 6 there will be a public hearing on the conditional use permit request of All Souls Church of God in Christ for a church at 401 Buddy West Road. On Aug. 20, there will be public hearings on a rezoning request of WeFly Inc. for property on Dingler Road and Cine Road, a request by Daniel Holl/Four Oaks Farm to rezone property at 68 Chandler Road, a request by EP Properties/Hollz Village Apartments for property on the western side of Hollz Parkway adjoining the Xpress park and ride lot, and a request by JHP Family Investments to rezone property on east side of Hollz Parkway.