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Long County getting grant to buy ambulance
MR raymer at commission
Developer Joe Raymer recently went before the Long County Commission to request help in the establishing of a deceleration lane. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI — The Long County EMS unit will be getting a new ambulance soon, as result of a $72,000 grant submitted through the county and Liberty Regional Medical Center.
EMS Director Jim Turner told the Long County commissioners at their May meeting that the county was selected from 156 applications for the grant.
Turner said the county doesn’t have a back-up ambulance, and that the plan is to have the current vehicle used in that capacity.
According to Long County Commission Chairman Bobby Walker, bids will be accepted for the ambulance.
Commissioners also discussed the county’s culvert policy, stating the county would strictly enforce it. According to Walker, private land owners cannot install their own culverts, instead have work done through the county.
The chairman said the county wants to insure drainage considerations are taken into account and that culverts are installed properly.
According to Walker, if a homeowner installs their own culvert, without authorization from the county, that culvert will be removed, and taken to the county barn.
Regarding the county’s E-911 project, Walker reported there was a problem with road signs being stolen.
He said that despite this ongoing problem, the county crews were still installing all road signs consistently. The chairman said a new group of signs had been received, and installation would begin soon.
He also reported E-911, which is a joint project with McIntosh County is moving along, and that the Wiregrass Communication Center in Darien, was being constructed. He also said the hope is the project will still be completed around November.
Commissioners also approved a third member to an animal control research committee, adding Mark Hall.
Commissioners said the number of complaints about not having animal control has made the research committee a priority.
Three of the five members on the committee have been appointed and Walker said the goal is to have members from each of the county’s districts.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, call 545-2143.
Commissioners also heard a request from developer Joe Raymer, of RMR and Associates for help constructing a deceleration lane on Highway 57 where Raymer is building a convenience store.
Raymer said once the store is open he plans to continue building the Town Center Village.
County Attorney Jay Swindell said there are concerns involved in the county helping a business owner.
Commissioner Wallace Shaw, who is also a member of the Long County Development Authority, said the county could not help Raymer, but the authority probably could. He said it was looking at helping.

In other business the commissioners:
• Appointed Ricky Peacock to the Long County Recreation Board.
 • Appointed Beth Vandervort and Vanessa Cunningham to the Long County Library Board.
• Reported that bids would be taken to buy a side-arm mower.
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