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Cost of courthouse repairs drops
Commission also discusses roads, wages
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Repairs to the Long County Courthouse are expected to cost less than initially anticipated. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Several agenda items were discussed during the Long County Commission meeting July 3.
One of the projects was the placement of striping, and pavement and raised markings on county roads 111 and 41.
Commissioners accepted a bid of $99,925 submitted by Peek Pavement Marking of Columbus. The total area to be covered will be 13.9 miles.
The state Department of Transportation will review the proposed plan to set an amount to be reimbursed to the county.
Commissioners also received news regarding the county courthouse. During the June meeting, a bid of $35,000 was approved to make roof repairs, but according to contractor Wells Roofing the cost would be less than that amount.
Commissioners also finalized a joint venture between the board of education and the county regarding an emergency phone contact system through Windstream Communications.
With the new system, emergency messages could be sent to all residences in the county by way to establish the contact information.
County Commissioner Mike McGowan reported on planning and zoning issues. He said a complete draft was being created and a map designating property usage was being established for review.  
McGowan also gave an E-911 report and said the mapping for the county had been completed regarding the E-911 project. He noted an architect had been hired for building the new communications center in Darien.
Commissioners also met with new recreation department Director Shawn Mills and discussed making the recreation board active.
Commissioners also told  Mills the new board would need to create a set of bylaws. The recreation board is comprised of five people appointed by the commissioners.
Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles addressed the commission asking for more deputies and higher pay for the sheriff’s department.
According to Nobles, the department’s workload has increased substantially. To accommodate the increase, he said, he needed four new deputies and another secretary.
The sheriff also asked for a pay increases for his deputies, saying their current pay was less than police officers make in Liberty County, Hinesville and Ludowici. Nobles said the current starting hourly rate for a deputy was $10.32.
“If we can raise their pay to $13.97, this will make their pay comparable with the cities’ pay,” the sheriff said.
The matter will be considered during budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year.
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