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Long County hires new rec director
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Long County Recreation Department has begun renovations of fields at the sports park. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
LUDOWICI --  Long County Commissioners appointed Sam Taylor as the new Recreation Department Director at the March 4 Meeting.
Outgoing Director Shawn Mills told the board he and the recreation board had met and agreed to recommend Taylor for the position.
"Sam has been an umpire. He is prior military. And he now lives in Long County," Mills said. "I've talked with him and so has the recreation board and we think he will do a good job."
Mills also agreed to stay on and assist Taylor with the transition, "for as long as necessary," with the commission's approval.
Commissioners also accepted a bid from Tippins-Polk Construction for construction of two new ballfields and a concession stand at the Long County Recreation Department.
According to consulting engineer Trent Long, the bid was for $482,600, but cuts are possible.
Commissioners accepted the bid, but Commissioners Charles Reddish and Mike McGowan agreed to the price only, under the condition that "an effort be made to work in every way possible to lower that price".
Long said the anticipated completion time is 30-45 days.
County maintenance crews have been working on the field, preparing it for the contractor to begin work.
This is first phase of a multi-phase recreation project. In addition to the two baseball fields and concession stand, the goal is to also add soccer and football fields and two more baseball fields.
Commissioners also heard a report from Krista Pilon, administrative assistant from the Tri-County MACE Team, regarding the budget for the upcoming year.
According to Pilon, Long County's 2007 portion was $62,774, but it had been lowered to $55,000 due to a refund back to the county.  
"We haven't had to increase our operating budget since 2003, but as a result of our PEPI (purchase of evidence and purchase of information) account and our fuel costs increasing we are having to this year," Pilon said.
According to Pilon the amount Long County would need to pay for 2008 would be $67,540. She did say there was a chance for another refund.
Commissioners also approved Associates in Local Government Assistance, to plan and manage a community development block grant request to pave Wilkerson Road.  The amount of the grant request is $500,000.
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