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County holds February meeting

Larry Bruce visited last week’s County Commissioner meeting and shared his thoughts pertaining to county roads from the standpoint of his 55 years in the construction business, saying the road problems in the county can’t be fixed with 2-3 men. He added that the county needed five motor graders. He suggested the commissioner get a grant to pay for bringing a construction company into the county to fix the road problems.
The commissioners agreed to approve a resolution presented by the Board of Education to enable the board to sell bonds to finance a variety of school improvements.
Commissioner James Emory Tate brought up the need for help building an agricultural facility at the fairgrounds in which livestock shows can be held. School Superintendent Chris Roppe said ground will be broken this summer on such a facility on Charles Rogers Blvd. because of its close proximity to the schools.
In other action, the commissioners ….
…. reappointed Shirley Maley to the Library Board and Dr. Kirk Munsayac to the Health Department Board.
…. heard from Sheriff Preston Bohannon who asked that the environmental training building off the Douglas Highway be turned into a law enforcement training facility under the sheriff’s department’s authority. He shared that 80-100 law enforcement personnel will meet at the facility for a training session in which the sheriff’s department partnered with the Hazlehurst Police Department to conduct the training.
…. approved Sheriff Bohannon’s request to hire an additional person as a school resource officer.
…. approved rules for operation of a revolving loan fund used by the Joint Development Authority to assist business growth.
…. agreed to allow the Jeff Davis Veterans Association to use the investigation building at the old Sheriff’s Department.
…. met for 30 minutes in closed session. After re-opening the meeting to the public, the commissioners approved a motion that Road Superintendent Dewayne Stone, after completing his 6-month probationary period, not receive a raise and Mr. Stone is no longer to take the county provided truck home, it is to be parked on the yard during non-working hours.

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