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Roadwork, drainage dominate countys mid-month meeting
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The Liberty County Commission received a report on road projects and dealt with other routine business at their midmonth meeting Jan. 19.

County Engineer Trent Long told the commissioners that work is well under way at the intersection of Bill Carter and Highway 84.

Unsuitable soil is being removed and improved drainage structures and lanes and signs are being installed. The $350,000 project is scheduled for completion by March 21.

A $75,000 contract for striping Liberty County roadways has been completed, Long said. NPR South finished the project in advance of the Feb. 12 end date.

Dunham Enterprises is at work on Fox Lane which will be graded and paved. Base is expected to be laid this week. The contract allows 120 days for completion of this project; cost is $215,000.

Proposals for building a recreational pavilion at Fleming Park are being reviewed. Long said he would report more about this project at the February meeting.

Long told the commissioners that the site work for the new animal shelter was suitable and that the building was under way.

County Administrator Joey Brown reported to the commissioners that drainage work was completed for the runway extension at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield. He said contractors expect to begin paving in April.

Brown said the new Detectives’ Office building was nearing completion and that he expected a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held in March.

The commissioners passed a resolution formalizing their decision to seek a Community Development Block Grant to help finance expansion of the county’s water system.

Brown said officials would have no time to waste to complete the complex CDBG application by the April 1 deadline.

The commissioners will hold their annual general planning session Feb. 13 at MidCoast Regional Airport.

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