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Engineer seeks alternate funding for Riceboro pavilion
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The Liberty County Commission last week gave county engineer Trent Long the go ahead to look for ways to fund rebuilding a picnic pavilion in Riceboro.
“Because the pavilion needs to be put back up,” McIver said. “Whatever means we can do it, [maybe] do it at a lower level scale.”
The pavilion is one of two at a popular leisure and fishing spot on Highway 17 near Riceboro. It was accidently damaged in 2007 and needed to be torn down.
The year and half wait for state Department of Transportation funding has been too long, McIver said.
“It’s one of those things [where] everything’s been frozen here and there,” Long said.
McIver, a former Mayor of Riceboro, suggested working with that city to come up with funds, “do a lower scale pavilion” and use any state money that may come in for other projects.
If the state DOT provides written documentation, McIver said they “don’t mind waiting a little while longer until they get their act together.”
“But let’s make sure they truly say the funds are fully coming at a point in time,” McIver said.
The lapsed time would require rebidding the project.
But Barrington Ferry in Riceboro is definitely on tap for work after commissioners received a $15,049 proposal to repave two of its intersections; one with Highway 17 and the other with Highway 119.
Almost two inches of asphalt is set to overlay the areas after major scoring and deterioration.
With heavy truck traffic on the road, Walden said it is going to continue to be a problem and suggested something more durable.
“If we’re going to do it, let’s at least get a bid on concrete [or] we’re going to be back there again,” Walden said.
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