September 10, 2013

Grant will help county fund emergency management

Charles Oliver

— Whitfield County’s emergency management budget got a big shot in the arm Monday night.

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to accept a $30,780 performance grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency Management Director Claude Craig said the money will be used to fund salaries of county emergency management personnel. Whitfield County’s emergency management budget is roughly $125,000, so the grant is roughly equal to just under a quarter of the budget.

“This will help us out quite a bit,” Chairman Mike Babb said. “Any money that we don’t have to spend there (in emergency management) we can spend somewhere else.”

Board members also voted 3-0 to

• Accept a $14,082 bid from Yancey Power System to rebuild an engine in a public works department dump truck.

• Award a contract $1.29 per square foot contract to Northwest Georgia Paving to mill Mount Vernon Road for paving. The estimated cost of the milling is $38,986.

• Ratify the $9,200 purchase of a compressor and the $12,000 purchase of compressor heads for the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the health department building. One side of the system shut down recently and was not keeping the building cool. County Administrator Mark Gibson made an emergency purchase of the equipment.

• Approve the purchase of $88,000 in wetlands credits from the Alaculsy Mitigation Bank in Gilmer County. Officials said the federal government requires them to purchase the credits to offset the loss of wetlands that take place during the extension of Brooker Road, which is being funded from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money.

 Commissioner Harold Brooker was absent from the meeting and board Babb usually votes only to break ties.