2018-05-17 / Front Page

Fort Gordon’s Cyber Command Center could spur significant growth by 2023

Curley Avent, the Lincoln County representative to the Fort Gordon Alliance, told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that the area can expect significant growth in the next five years due to the Cyber Command Center at Fort Gordon.

At a recent meeting of the Fort Gordon Alliance, Avent reported, Garrison Commander Colonel Todd Turner provided a station and growth chart. The chart predicts growth at Fort Gordon and the surrounding area over the next six years. It shows the military, civil service, and contractors expected to come into the CSRA, along with an estimate of the number of dependents that will come with the workforce. According to the chart, it adds up to 13,194 people estimated to come into the area.

“At the same time, I met with the Executive Director at Camp Lakeside, Morgan Tomberlin, about starting a Robotics and Coding Camp at Camp Lakeside for Lincoln County children,” said Avent.

“This will not interfere with the cyber training conducted by the school right now. We had two meetings with the chairman and Superintendent Dr. Samuel Light, and they both have agreed to partner with Camp Lakeside. Tomberlin is now looking at grants as well. We are laying out plans to start this in October, for four Saturdays in a row, just to start,” he continued.

Director of the Office of Emer­gency Services Casey Broom ad­dressed the board by submitting quotes from two companies for the purchase of seven full sets of per­sonal protective firefighting turnout gear to be paid for out of SPLOST funds. The low bid of $14,175 was approved by the board. Broome also gave his monthly report, citing that for the month of April there were 110 transports, 33 EMS NPUs, six fires, three rescues, and nine EMRs, with an average response time of 8.9 minutes.

Director of Public Works Robert Seymour introduced a policy for the board to approve in reference to speed humps. “There has always been an unofficial policy with the county, but I felt like a written one was necessary at this point because of a request by the residents of Mur­ray Jones Circle,” said Norman.

Seymour reported, “There is a difference between speed bumps and speed humps. Speed bumps are usually used in parking lots to stop or nearly stop traffic. Speed humps are there to control speed in a given area, but shouldn’t impede emer­gency vehicles and the like.”

The report detailed a list of re­quirements that must be fulfilled by the residents of a street in order to qualify for speed humps.

The requirements include that: the street must be a county main­tained, two-lane and paved local residential street, with a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour; streets will not be segmented – the entire length of the street will be considered; the width of the pave­ment will not exceed 20 feet, and the street must be 1,000 feet in length or longer; humps will not be installed on any portion of a street with less than 12 homes per one-quarter mile. Once all criteria has been met, there must be a signed petition of not less than 75 percent of the property own­ers on that street.

Various commissioners ques­tioned the criteria. Having 12 homes in one-quarter mile would leave little road frontage for each property, one stated. Another wanted residents to be able to “plead their case” for extenuating circumstances, such as a sharp turn in the road. Norman then noted that the policy would be sent back for review and possible revisions.

Seymour also gave his water re­port for April. The report included 1,498 water customers, 153 sewer customers, and 596 availability cus­tomers. The report also indicated the department installed three service connections, repaired five leaks, and made continued maintenance on various hydrants, valves, and meters. Maintenance was also done on the Savannah Bay and the Pointe Shores water systems.

Director of Planning and Zoning Roby Seymour also submitted an oc­cupational tax report, showing that in April there were five licenses is­sued; one new, and four renewals. In the April monthly code and building activity report, there were 141 build­ings inspected, 41 building permits issued, 68 on-site evaluations, and five plan reviews.

A report submitted by Recreation Department Director LaTrellis Glaze indicated that the Jesse Gunby Aquatic Center is due to open Tues­day, May 29. His report also stated that certified lifeguards are in short supply.

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