Coweta Commission

Intersection right-of-way plans approved

by W. Winston Skinner

The Coweta Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with acquiring rights-of-way from two property owners for a road improvement project at Pine Road and U.S. Highway 29.

"The construction of this project will greatly improve safety,” said County Administrator Michael Fouts. There will be a realignment of the roads and placement of a traffic signal.

There has been "a history of traffic accidents” at the spot, Fouts said during the meeting at the council chambers on Perry Street.

One parcel belongs to Joe Williams Homes Inc. County Administrator Michael Fouts said there had been "unsuccessful negotiations with the owner" and that the property is appraised at $47,200.

The county would acquire .47 acre of right-of-way and .37 acre of temporary right-of-way for construction.

A second tract belongs to Pinky Inc. The commission approved a resolution of acquisition for that .128 acre tract, appraised at $25,200. In addition to that right-of-way, there would be temporary right-of-way for an additional 22,000 square feet. In other business:

• Approved was an amendment to the Local Option Sales Tax agreement.

The county and cities agree periodically on how to divide LOST funds. The current agreement was approved last year, took effect on Jan. 1 of this year and runs through 2022.

Moreland has completed requirements to receive a share of LOST. The commission approved changing the agreement to reflect that change. Moreland will begin getting funds from taxes collecting on Jan. 1, 2014.

• Approved was a grant application with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to upgrade the walking trail at the Hunter Complex. Fouts said the grant is for $72,436 and requires a 50 percent match.

The grant program does allow for "in kind matching of labor and materials,” he said.

• Approved were easements for stormwater improvement at Lynhaven Drive and Thomas Way. "Several existing cross-drain pipes have to be replaced,” Fouts said.

Construction easements and a one-time drainage easement along the two streets were approved. "With large weather events, we may see more and more of this coming,” Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn said.

• It was agreed to donate an ambulance the county no longer uses to the City of Newnan. Its placement there "will benefit Coweta County citizens who live in the City of Newnan,” Fouts said.

"Even though it’s going to the City of Newnan, it still would benefit the citizens of Coweta County,” Commissioner Tim Lassetter said. He added it is good "to work with the City of Newnan and the other municipalities in our county for what’s best for the citizens.”

• Approved was the purchase of security cameras for the morgue/coroner’s office project.

• Commissioners Rodney Brooks and Paul Poole said they would have nominees for openings on county boards at the next meeting.

• Blackburn paid tribute to Dr. Matt Burns, a local physician who died recently. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” he said.

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