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Braddy Elected Chairman
Tuesday, 06 January 2009

January 6--  Veteran commissioner Brandon Braddy is the new chairman of the Montgomery County Commission.  He was elected at the commission's first meeting of the year Tuesday with new commissioner Franklin Brantley named vice-chairman.  Braddy says his main goal is to stay within the county's budget.

"We've got to tighten our belts and don't go over.  The property taxpayers would have to make up the difference and we don't want them to pay anymore, they're getting hit enough as it is," he said.

Braddy is starting his fourth term on the commission.  He's a proponent of the privately owned and operated jail for the county and hopes the economy will rebound so bonds can be sold to finance the $36 million dollar project.  "We're going to stay diligent and behind that project.  All the underwriting and the approval is complete, but we've got to find a buyer or buyers for the bonds and we're going to find that," he promises.

The commission awarded a contract to re-roof the historic county courthouse.  Skyline Construction of Eatonton won the bid for $371,520.  Also, a paving contract was awarded to Everett Dykes Grassing of Cochran for $296,793 to pave Southland Drive.

Commissioners named two new members to the Montgomery County Development Authority.  They are John Roller of Mount Vernon and Aaren Moses of Uvalda.  

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