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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher



The Dade County Commission held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday at the Dade Administrative Building. As usual, the work session started promptly at 6 p.m. and after just eight minutes the regular meeting was called to order.

This month’s agenda was light and the meeting moved along quickly.

The Commissions reports included a report on the Three State Three Mountain bike event coming up in May. Commissioner Mitchell Smith reported that meetings have already started with local officials and some changes are being planned to make the event safer for everyone this year.

Commissioner Scottie Pittman said things are picking up at the recreation center with the start of baseball season and work is continuing to improve the playing surfaces. He also reported he had been questioned about why softball didn’t play there and he explained that was a recreation department decision and not a County one.

Commissioner Robert Goff gave his monthly SPLOST reports and reported that while revenue was up in February the overall downward trend seems to still be in place overall.

Commissioner Allen Bradford stated that everyone at the transfer station was doing a great job and he also commended the roads department on their efforts on the county roads.

County Executive Ted Rumley reported the IDA had some good prospects for the new addition to the industrial park. He also said upcoming meetings with the railroad on a possible spur for the park and discussion on street blockages.

Rumley also stated that a red light would be installed at the high school in the near future. “It has been approved and the only cost to the county will be installation and we hope to share that cost with the City of Trenton and the Dade County Board of Education,” he said.

Items approved on the consent agenda included reappointing Dr. William Pullen to the Dade County Water Authority through Dec. 31, 2017.

Also on the consent agenda was a $499.98 for technology equipment for the Dade County Library.

The City of Trenton announced they had approved the intergovernmental agreement for the upcoming SPLOST vote and the commission approved the resolution (R-12-14) to put on the ballot to re-impose the current sale and use tax. This will appear on the ballot in the upcoming May 20th election.

Marshana Sharp, manager of the Dade County Library, updated Commissioners on library events, Cody Doyle reported on activities of the UGA Extension and the local 4-H Club and Chris Musser, Executive Director of the Dade County Chamber of Commerce updated everyone on Chamber activities.

The Commission then went into executive session for personnel and returned to adjourn the meeting, with no personnel action taken.


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