County purchasing old transit mini-buses
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta County will be purchasing the two old Coweta Transit mini-buses that the state has declared surplus.
The Coweta Transit System recently received two brand-new mini-buses, paid for with federal and state funds. The old buses were then declared surplus by the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Coweta was offered the chance to buy them.
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to purchase the two vehicles, for $5,500 each. One of the vehicles has a failed engine, but the county's transit operator, Quality Trans, will pay for repairs or a rebuilt engine.
According to county staff, several county departments have expressed an interest in using the vehicles, including the road department, the recreation department, and the event services department. It's also important to have a reserve vehicle for the transit system when one of the main vehicles is out of service for repairs.
The commissioners also approved an agreement for the future replacement of the other three transit buses. Coweta will be responsible for $10,796, which is 10 percent of the total cost of the three vehicles.
Lastly, the commissioners approved a maintenance services agreement with Quality Trans, which will allow the transit vehicles to be serviced and maintained by the Coweta County Fire Department Maintenance Shop.
The agreement should lower the maintenance costs, said Tavores Edwards, Coweta's transportation manager.
Chairman Bob Blackburn asked if there was any chance that the transit buses could be retrofitted to run on propane. Blackburn has pushed for a pilot study to retrofit some county vehicles with propane.
County Administrator Michael Fouts said they have had a brief discussion with the GDOT on alternative fuels.
In other business:
• The board set the nonresident alcoholic beverage caterer event permit fee at $35.
• Approved was a request for vested development rights for property owned by Development Company of America. The property is located on Pine Road and will be affected by the proposed intersection improvement.
• The board voted to move forward with condemnation proceedings to obtain property needed for the Pine Road intersection improvement. Negotiations have been successful for the property, owned by Consolidated Ventures. The parcel includes 0.366 acres of right-of-way and 5,900 square feet of temporary construction easement. The appraised value of the parcel is $102,800.
• The board heard the annual Christmas presentation from Coweta County 4-H'ers, and received packages of homemade sweets from 4-H.
• Approved was a request from the White Oak Community Association to allow the association to encroach on county right-of-way to place radar speed signs at three locations.
• The board voted to reimburse the town of Haralson for the water service charges for the county's voting precinct. The total charges, since March of 2000, are $3,780.50.
• The board approved an extension of the consultant agreement for final design services for the Poplar Road interchange.
• The board recognized Commissioner Al Smith for completing the training to become a certified county commissioner.
• The board executed a certificate of substantial completion for the third floor Justice Center build-out project.