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Minutes - Fayette County Government

Minutes - Fayette County Government

Board of Commissioners

Board of Commissioners Minutes May 26, 2011 Page Number 10 recommended and that staff was looking for authority from the Board to begin advertising the potential changes to the County’s Local Legislation. Discussion followed during which Mr. Bennett answered questions from the Board. The Board consented to authorize staff to advertise an amendment to Fayette County’s Local Legislation pertaining to purchases in Fayette County in the County’s legal organ, The Fayette Daily News. A copy of the request, identified as “Attachment 15", follows these minutes and is made an official part hereof. 16. Consideration of the City of Fayetteville’s request for the Fayette County Road Department to resurface and stripe two segments of Redwine Road within Fayetteville’s city limits. This item was removed from the Agenda during the Acceptance of the Agenda. A copy of the request, identified as “Attachment 16", follows these minutes and is made an official part hereof. 17. Consideration of staff’s request to allocate $250,000 of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 321 funds for the employment of temporary staff to assist with the construction of the West Fayetteville Bypass, Phase II (R-5) and other SPLOST projects. Public Works Director Phil Mallon requested Board authorization of up to $250,000 utilizing Transportation SPLOST 321 funds to hire temporary / seasonal staff to assist with field work, namely road construction projects. He said the majority of the work was expected to be used for the West Fayetteville Bypass–Phase II, although it would be likely that the workers could be assigned to smaller projects. He said the intent of the request, if approved, is that the money would be used in one of three ways: 1) to possibly hire through Human Resources somebody into the Road Department, 2) use the services of a temporary placement agencies, and 3) to obtain proposals from contracts on lending an operator and a piece of equipment. He said staff would identified the cheapest method, depending on the particular need, and he asked for authorization for the money to be set aside for this purpose. Discussion followed. Commissioner Hearn moved to approve staff’s request to allocate $250,000 of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 321 funds for the employment of temporary staff to assist with the construction of the West Fayetteville Bypass, Phase II (R-5) and other SPLOST projects. Commissioner Horgan seconded the motion. Commissioner Brown stated he would not vote in favor of the request since it involved the West Fayetteville Bypass, and since he thought the West Fayetteville Bypass was unwarranted and that it was even “more significantly clouded by the revelations that we have had in the past couple of weeks about land ownership.” The motion passed 3-2 with Commissioner Brown and Commissioner McCarty voting in opposition. A copy of the request, identified as “Attachment 17", follows these minutes and is made an official part hereof.

Board of Commissioners Minutes May 26, 2011 Page Number 11 18. Consideration of staff’s recommendation to award engineering and design services for the proposed Veteran’s Parkway Bridge (WFB-2) over Whitewater Creek to Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $133,238. Public Works Director Phil Mallon stated that this agenda request pertained to the West Fayetteville Bypass-- Phase II. He explained that the project requires the construction of a new bridge over Whitewater Creek, and that now is the appropriate time to make the design. He said staff solicited competitive bids from two companies, both of which have or are in the process of doing bridge design work for Fayette County. He said the quotes were very close, and all else being equal, the County went with the lower bid offered by Heath & Lineback Engineers. He asked for the Board to approve engineering and design services to Heath and Lineback in an amount not to exceed $133,238. Discussion followed. Commissioner Horgan moved to approve staff’s recommendation to award engineering and design services for the proposed Veteran’s Parkway Bridge (WFB-2) over Whitewater Creek to Heath and Lineback Engineers, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $133,238. Commissioner Hearn seconded the motion. Commissioner Brown stated he would oppose the request since it concerned the West Fayetteville Bypass, a road that the majority of the citizens of Fayette County do not want. The motion passed 3-2 with Commissioner Brown and Commissioner McCarty voting in opposition. A copy of the request, identified as “Attachment 18", follows these minutes and is made an official part hereof. 19. Engineering staff will provide an update on the proposed design for SPLOST Project FC-15, intersection improvements at Goza Road, Inman Road, and State Route 92. County Engineer Carlos Christian informed the Board that Wilton & Associates had been previously approved to make a study of the intersection located at Inman Road, Goza Road, and State Route 92. He said the purpose study was to provide options to align Inman Road with Goza Road, to provide a left-turn traffic movements going to Inman Elementary, and to make it a safer intersection where people coming out from Inman and Goza Roads would have less opportunities for conflict with traffic travel along State Route 92. Three options were studied: 1) placing a traffic light at the intersection, 2) creating a roundabout at the intersection, and 3) creating a two-way stop at the intersection. Mr. Christian informed the Board that adding a traffic light at the intersection was not warranted. He said creating a roundabout had some promise, but as the study advanced the cost, required right-of-way, and scope of the project grew as well. He concluded that staff thought it was losing the overall objective of aligning the intersection with a roundabout, however, he added that the Georgia Department of Transportation had expressed an interest in placing a roundabout at the intersection at a future date. The third option, proceeding with a two-way stop at the intersection, would be an appropriate design due to safety mitigation and since it met the intent of the 2003 SPLOST referendum. Commissioner Hearn agreed that the two roads needed to be aligned since it would make the road a safer intersection for the traveling public. He thought at the present time it would be hard for him to support a roundabout or a traffic signal since they were not warranted. He agreed that the intention of the 2003 SPLOST referendum was to move forward with a two-way stop where the motoring public on Inman Road and Goza Road both have to yield to the traffic on State Route 92, and he added that by making the

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