During the March 12, City of Flemington Workshop the Mayor and Council discussed the possibility of using T-SPLOST, SPLOST and Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) funds to cover the costs to relocate water and sewer lines as needed during the upcoming McLarry's Curve roadway project.
Mayor Paul Hawkins and Council had tabled the matter during their March 4 meeting to allow Mayor and Council more time to review their options.
Councilman David Edwards made a motion to use TSPLOST (or SPLOST) funds to cover the water utility relocation at zero cost to Flemington residents. Councilwoman Gail Evans seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously
Mayor and Council also voted to create a committee to review the funding options and continue discussions with the City of Hinesville and the County as the project gets nearer. Mayor and Council also formed a committee to research the possibility of creating and building a fire department within City limits.
The City of Hinesville voted in favor of a new intergovernmental agreement at their March 4 meeting where the City of Flemington would be responsible for roughly $397,500 for the project because it is within the jurisdiction of their City limits.
Hinesville is contributing $22,500.00 to cover the fees associated with the 10 customers who reside in the Hinesville City limits.
During their March 9, Flemington Council meeting, City of Hinesville Finance Officer Kimberly Ryon attended and explained the proposed assessments customers would have faced in a worst case scenario if the City didn’t offset the fees by contributing to the cost.
Flemington residents faced possible assessment fees that ranged in price from $9.74 per month up to $623.36 per month for a possible 60-month period. By approving the alternate funding options the residents no longer face assessment fees.
There are still two meters that fall within unincorporated Liberty County that need to be funded or could face assessments.