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Landfill Expansion on Horizon
Friday, 23 May 2014

May 23--  Toombs County is on the verge of spending more than $5 million to expand the county landfill.

County manager John Jones says bids will be opened June 4 to add seven new cells.  At the same time, the county has accepted an offer of $62,000 from Sands Logging of Daisy to cut 52 acres of timber adjacent to the landfill.  He said the land is needed for cover dirt at the landfill and for use by the county road department.

Jones informed county commissioners at their May meeting the county's health insurance premium is expected to go down about two percent next year.  He estimates the county will save up to $81,000 in premiums because of partial self-funding and a change to deductibles.

In road-related news:

*A petition to close Providence Church Road was withdrawn.

*The county agreed to accept Chris Zorn Road in a year if it is brought up to county specifications.

*Peek Pavement Markings won a $148,500 contract to stripe 40 miles of county roads.

*Randy Harden complained about the maintenance of dirt roads in the county.


*Aurelio Ascencio of the Road Department was named the county Employee of the Month for May. (L-R) Commissioner Jeff McCormick, Aurelio Ascencio, Chairman Blake Tillery and Commissioner Darrell Nobles.

Image*Road Department boss Fuzzy Swain thanked the commissioners and the county manager for their support.  They were each given $50 from road department employees in a reverse recognition effort.  Jerry Bellflower (L) makes the presentation to Commissioner Jeff McCormick.

The commission appointed Terri Overstreet to the Ohoopee Regional Library System Board.  

It also approved $111,018 as the county's share of funding the Public Defender's Office in the Middle Judicial Circuit.

The commission accepted a handwritten Bible from the Toombs Area Bible Literacy Project.  It was written over the course of the year and copied by 60 groups in the county from churches, schools and businesses, according to project director Vicky Tillery.  It weighs fourteen pounds and is more than six inches thick.

ImageThree students from Vidalia Heritage Academy who helped write verses from Genesis (L-R) Collin Morris and Foster and Mary Ellen Jones presented the Bible.  Initially it is being kept the the county Probate Judge's office. 

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