2017-07-20 / Front Page

County seeks to improve safety with advanced warning flashers

By JANE ELLYN AARON
news editor

As promised by Chairman Walker Norman, efforts to slow down traffic at the intersection of Highways 47 and 220 at Cliatt Crossing have be­gun, as the Board of Commissioners voted to submit an application for an advanced warning flasher permit so that two beacons can be erected on either side of 47.

After official reports from the Georgia Department of Transporta­tion showed that upwards of 6,000 vehicles travel through the intersec­tion Monday through Friday, with an increase in traffic on weekends, the board took action to deter the often speeding travelers as the inter­section has also been the location of many devastating wrecks.

Norman projected in mid-June that the community would see ef­forts to increase highway safety within the next 60-90 days, with the flashing beacons being a part of the plan, along with road lines being re-painted, and detour signage being moved so that drivers could better see road signs.

In other business, the board voted to pay its membership fee of $5,000 to be a part of the Alliance for Fort Gordon, which spans Lincoln, Columbia, Richmond, McDuffie, and Burke Counties in Georgia, and Edgefield and Aiken Counties in S.C.

“We think it is in the best interest of our county to be a part of the alli­ance, so hopefully we can reap some of the benefits of what’s coming out of Fort Gordon,” Norman said. “We feel like we need a seat at the table to be able to promote Lincoln County in this growth.”

The chairman included that “We’re just across the river from Point West, the recreation center of Fort Gordon, and we would like to get some of the housing and even work with part of the retired mili­tary community to sail down on our county. If we’re going to grow and we’re going to have businesses and services that people expect and want in a community then we’re going to have to broaden our spectrum on what we do.”

According to representatives, “The primary purpose of the Alli­ance is to demonstrate the potential for Fort Gordon to grow existing missions and take on new missions. Additionally, the Alliance promotes economic development through partnerships capitalizing on the information technology, commu­nications, and medical expertise prominent at Fort Gordon.”

The alliance likewise pushes to the forefront the Fort Gordon Cy­ber District which promotes cyber growth for the benefit of all, with a vision to make it a nationally recog­nized “destination for cyber work, life, and play by 2020.”

At this time, the board will split the cost of the membership fee with the Development Authority.

In other business, activist Linda Brown approached the board about placing historical documents in the Lincoln County courthouse, as a part of the Historical Display Law’s initiative to have certain documents displayed in all of Georgia’s public buildings.

“It is important to the future of America, so I appreciate you giv­ing me the time to talk about this,” Brown said. “I’m here to ask your permission to display in your court­house what are known as the docu­ments of America’s law and govern­ment. This is a law here in Georgia, it was passed in 2006, and it was amended in 2012. It was amended in order that it be any public buildings, not just courthouses, but I’d like to do is see them hanging in counties across the state.

“They begin with the Ten Com­mandments for a very good reason, Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Preamble to the Georgia Constitution, the Star- Spangled Banner, Lady Justice, and the national motto of the United States, which is ‘In God We Trust,’” Brown continued. “Ronald Reagan said it better than I can say it, and he said that ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away.’ Every generation has got to protect, and defend it, you’ve got to fight for it, turned off on the cut off list; and that various repairs were made over the past month.

Ben Alligood reported on behalf of the wastewater treatment plant, stating that Lincoln County had an approximate influent of 533,000 gallons; the city had an approximate influent of 7.3 million gallon; that 6,953,000 gallons were treated effluent/ discharged; and that the plant accumulated six inches of rainfall.

Farrand reported that Planning and Zoning issued 10 building per­mits, one demolition permit, and received two rezoning applications for $1,056.75.

Furthermore, seven inspections on building permits were issued; there was one plat approval; 27 meetings with property owners were held; five complaints or related issues were received; there were six violations; and three complaints/violations were closed.

The Lincolnton Police Depart­ment answered 207 calls for service in June. These calls included 17 indecent reports, 29 miscellaneous calls, five accident reports, along with eight citations, and 45 warn­ings.

“During the month of June we received positive feedback from the community in reference to enforce­ New ment of minors operating golf carts, four wheelers, [and other ATVs],” Chief Lively said.

“We do have one vehicle in the shop now, and one that’s got to go right after that. The upper ball joints went out on the explorer, so they have to be replaced. We have to get an alternator on the 2005 Crown Vic,” Lively said. “We have been experiencing issues with our 2005 and 2007 Crown Vics, causing our shop bill for the half-way mark to be $2,459.54 out of our budgeted $2,500. We still have a hot sum­mer ahead of us which will lead to further wear on these vehicles as well as the need for tires on fleet. have restricted certain duties with these older vehicles, but emergency response cannot be restored – we are the only 24/7 operation in the city.”

City Fire Chief Matt Ivey reported that there were no calls for service over the past month, and that he has received turnout gear, but that the department has not ordered bottles yet.

The next meeting of the Lincoln­ton City Council will be held on Tuesday, August 1, begging at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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