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.
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.
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.
in the county are being looked at as well and could result in crossings being
installed in the future.
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.
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.
commended Billy Massengale for his efforts in getting the paving done and
keeping the roads in good shape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
manager of the Dade County Public Library, addressed the Commission on events
at the library and thanked them for their continued support.
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.
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.
approved resolutions declaring the results of the May 20, 2014 SPLOST vote;
surplus property sale and the Public Transportation FY14 Operating Grant.
also approved the purchase of general liability insurance through ACCG-IRMA
(Interlocal Risk Management Agency).