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Dade County Commissioners met last week for their monthly workshop and regular commission meeting. Commissioners are, from left, Mitchell Smith, Scottie Pittman, County Executive Ted Rumley, Rick Breeden and Alan Bradford.
This railroad crossing in the Industrial Park in Trenton is like the one that will be installed on Carroll Road in Wildwood in the near future. Another crossing is scheduled to be installed at Sarah’s Chapel Road at a later date and the possibility of two more in the county exist after meeting with state and railroad officials recently. The state, railroad and county will all share in the projects. Also the railroad wants to close one crossing in the county but that site has not been identified at this time.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Board of Commissioners met for its monthly workshop and regular commission meeting last Thursday at the County Administrative Building with all commissioners present for the meeting.

During the work session all items to be voted on were discussed and if action was needed they were put on the consent agenda for voting during the regular monthly meeting.

The first order of business during the regular meeting was reports from each commissioner.

Commissioner Mitchell Smith reported that during May Emergency Management Services answered 296 calls, fire and rescue responded to 256 calls and 1,385 calls were answered by law enforcement.

Smith also reported on the railroad crossing that is to be installed on Carroll Road. Meetings with the state and railroad recently secured the crossing that will be installed in the near future but no exact date has been set at this time.

Other crossings in the county are being looked at as well and could result in crossings being installed in the future.

Commissioner Scottie Pittman reported that next month the state Dixie Youth 12–year–old baseball tournament would be held at the Dade County Sports Complex. “This is a big event and could lead to other tournaments at the park in the future,” he said. The tournaments are a good source of revenue for local businesses and we are looking at ways to attract them to the county.

Commissioner Rick Breeden reported that paving in South Dade was almost complete but a breakdown at the asphalt plant had delayed things somewhat. Repairs are expected to be completed soon and work should resume.

Breeden commended Billy Massengale for his efforts in getting the paving done and keeping the roads in good shape.

Breeden also attended a meeting on the Preserve at Rising Fawn and reported that a private buyer is interested in some of the property but will have to follow the requirements of the Georgia Land Trust for any development. A lot of details remain to be worked out before the sale can be made. Breeden also reported meeting with the Joint Development Authority to get a better understanding of what the agency does for Dade County.

Commissioner Allan Bradford thanked the Dade County Sheriff’s Department for all the work the inmates do helping around the county. “That’s a good use of tax dollars,” he said. He also reported that things are running smoothly at the transfer station and also commended Billy Massengale for his department’s efforts in keeping the roads clear of all the downed trees in the last few days.

County Executive Ted Rumley gave further details on the railroad crossings. A meeting between state officials, the railroad and the county took place recently and two crossings will be getting attention. Carroll Road will get cross arms and lights in the near future while the Sarah’s Chapel crossing is also in line to get the same but a timetable has not been set for that project.

Rumley also reported that two more crossings could be upgraded in the future but said the railroad wanted to close one crossing in the county. That crossing has yet to be identified by the railroad and will have to be negotiated with the county for that to happen.

Marshana Sharp, manager of the Dade County Public Library, addressed the Commission on events at the library and thanked them for their continued support.

Chris Musser, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, also addressed the Commission on upcoming chamber events and various meetings that took place over the past few weeks. Planning is underway for the revival of Dade Days and more information will be coming soon on that.

The Commission appointed Darrell Pardue to the County Alcohol Beverage Control Board to fill the unexpired term of Eddie McBryar who recently moved out of District 3. The current term expires at the end of this year.

 The Board also approved the purchase of a new Ford Explorer to be used for county employees travel. The money for the purchase came from a Tax Commissioner Surplus Fund. Mountain View Ford was the low bidder at $25,895.

The Commission approved resolutions declaring the results of the May 20, 2014 SPLOST vote; surplus property sale and the Public Transportation FY14 Operating Grant.

The Commission also approved the purchase of general liability insurance through ACCG-IRMA (Interlocal Risk Management Agency).

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