City Approves Bay Door Replacement for Fire Department, Website Development Contract

The Toccoa City Commission approves a bid for the replacement of bay doors for the Engine Room at the Doyle Street Fire Department.

Monday, city commissioners approved a bid for the project from Overhead Door Company of Clayton at a cost of $17,893. This was the lowest of two bids for the project. The other bid came from Overhead Door Company of Atlanta at a cost of $20.287.

Commissioner Ron Seib did recuse himself from the vote due to his relationship with the bidder. The other four commissioners approved the bid unanimously.

Meanwhile, city commissioners also approved a proposal to submit for a new tower lease agreement with the University of Georgia.

The lease covers the use of a tower by the University for WUGA-TV.

Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson said the city will propose a 25-year agreement.

Under that agreement, it is separated into two 10-year terms and one 5-year term, Jackson said.

According to Jackson, the first 10-year term would be at a rate of $500 per month, while the second 10-year term would be $550 per month, and the 5-year term would be $605 per month.

With Mayor David Austin recusing himself due to having formerly worked for the University, the other four commissioners approved the proposal unanimously.

Jackson said that with the approval of the commission, he will submit it to the University for its consideration.

Also on Monday, the Toccoa City Commission unanimously approved a contract with SouthFire Incorporated of Augusta, Georgia to design, develop, host, and maintain the city’s new website.

Under the contract, the city will pay SouthFire $3,000 as a one-time cost for website development and then pay $4,164 yearly as an annual maintenance fee.

Finally on Monday, city commissioners unanimously re-appointed Gail Barrett to the Northeast Georgia Housing Authority board for a new, one-year term.