Stephens Co. LMIG Paving Work Ready to Get Started

Paving work on a number of Stephens County roads could get underway as soon as today, weather permitting.

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that Reeves Construction is ready to start work on paving the roads approved for the county’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant, or LMIG program, this year.

Ayers said at Tuesday’s county commission meeting that the paving work will take place on a number of county roads.

“Those roads are Clarks Creek Road, Pine Tree Road, Old Mill Road, Cooper Valley Road, Chase Landing Road, Acre Estates, (and) Old Oak Valley Road,” said Ayers.

In all, just over five miles of road will be worked on through the LMIG program this year.

The LMIG program provides state funding to cities and counties to help with local road projects, like paving work.

Leveling, painting, and resurfacing of the road are all included in the LMIG program.

LMIG funds from the state will not cover the total cost of paving these roads, which is just under $770,000.

The rest of the money to pay for this work will come from the county’s SPLOST V funds.

Stephens County Public Works Director Tim Mitchem said in August he tried to create a list that would represent the whole county.

Mitchem also noted that for the state to consider a road for LMIG funding, it must be up to a certain condition, meaning that a number of county roads are not in good enough condition to qualify for the grant program.

The paving is expected to be complete by later this Fall.

Meanwhile, Stephens County Commissioners also approved an increased contribution to the Joint Development Authority of Stephens, Franklin, and Hart counties for that agency’s audit expenses.

Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a motion to cover a $2,000 pro rata share of audit expenses for the JDA for Fiscal Year 2014.

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that this would increase the $1,500 already budgeted for this by the county.

“You would be amending your budget for an extra $2,000,” said Ayers to commissioners.  “It would come out of contingencies, which currently has about $241,000 in it.”

According to Stephens County Commissioner Dean Scarborough, the JDA had covered this expense in past years from another source of funding it had that is no longer available.

Hart and Franklin counties will also each be asked for an additional $2,000, county officials said.

In other action from Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting:

  • Commissioners approved a series of Fiscal Year 2014 budget amendments for the county marshal, the tax commissioner, and building and grounds.  The marshal’s amendment was within that department’s budget, while the other budget amendments will draw funds from the county’s contingency fund.
  • Commissioners approved a probation case management system agreement with the Judicial Alternatives of Georgia for the Probation Office.  According to county officials, this is the department’s current case management system software and just continues an agreement in place already.
  • Commissioners approved a motion to enter into a mutual aid agreement with the Georgia Coroner’s Association, something county officials called a basic mutual aid agreement.
  • Commissioners approved plats for the Currahee Club.
  • Commissioners approved a variance request to place a mobile home on a lot of land less than one acre in size that already had a residence located on it.  The variance was approved for hardship reasons.

All approvals were unanimous.