2017-08-10 / Front Page

County accepts lowest bid for liability insurance plan

A bid for liability insurance was met with approval at a called meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week.

The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder – Franklin Insur­ance Agency – for $88,961. The policy encompasses property and buildings, law enforcement, public officials, employment practices, automobile, and general liability, along with other pertinent items

A secondary bid was also re­ceived from ACCG-IRMA for $110,563, however Franklin’s sig­nificant price difference and similar coverage was a deciding factor for the commission.

The board tabled making a deci­sion on a policy at last month’s meeting, so that each company could be further examined by board members and Finance Director Traci Bussey. The policies were likewise examined by the General Government Committee, headed up by commissioners Larry Collins and Cooper Cliatt, before a recommen­dation was made to the full board for approval.

Following the called meeting, a work session was held regarding several items that will be voted on at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the commission.

Discussion was given to the Southern­LINC wireless tower construction on Graves Mountain, which is now complete. As a part of the agreement between the county and SouthernLINC, the ownership of the tower will soon be conveyed to the county, however once this transfer if complete the agreement stipulates that a 30-year lease agreement will be granted to the company, as well as allowing South­ernLINC to be the anchor tenant on one of the four tower bays – an occupying equivalent of 25 percent of the tower’s space.

The Local Maintenance Improve­ment Grant (LMIG) list for 2018 was also discussed. The list of county roads for repair must soon be submitted to Georgia DOT in order to receive over $300,00 of funding from the state for next year’s use.

Currently the list includes Wa­ter View Drive, Ashmore-Barden Road, Mercier Road, Lovelace Road, Whiterock Road, Jones Martin Road, Rowland York Road, Metasville Road, Mallard Lane, Bryant Road, Bambi Trail, Wood­duck Trail, Amity-Woodlawn Road, Pinewoods Road, and Prater Road.

At the request of commissioner Lamar Wade, Lake View Drive will also be added to the list. Chairman Walker Norman likewise encour­aged each commissioner to submit any other roads they deem in need of repair to be included on the list for next year before it’s submitted to officials.

Roads must be officially listed on the LMIG request in order to have those specific monies used for re­pair. LMIG monies can not be used to repair an unlisted road.

A zoning request for the construc­tion of another 300-foot guyed tower, to be located off the August Highway, was also discussed.

Additionally, the board discussed the possibility of surplussing sev­eral county owned properties that have been unused for significant periods of time.

Clerk Sherri McKellar also pre­sented two contracts to be signed by Chairman Norman at the next meeting, should the board vote in favor of either document.

Both contracts – an FTA transit operating contract and a Coopera­tive Agreements Nutrition Services Program contract – would be con­tinuations of service used by the country for the past several years.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Commis­sioners will be held tonight, August 10, at 6 p.m. at the courthouse.

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