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Funds for radio equipment approved

County Commissioners have approved spending $24,695 of SPLOST IV funds to buy radio equipment for the McDuffie County Fire Rescue Service.

The decision was made at the March 2 meeting.

Wilson Communications Inc. of Grovetown submitted the winning proposal. In a written summary Fire Chief H. Bruce Tanner said the existing radio equipment is outdated and difficult to repair.

Commissioners also discussed Spring Trash Amnesty Day on Saturday, March 26.

McDuffie County residents may drop off trash at the county waste transfer station at no charge.

Commission Chairman Charles Newton asked county employees to step up ticket writing for uncovered trash loads, making special mention of a stretch on Mesena Road that was littered with trash.

Newton also reiterated that all loads, whether small or large, are to be secured so as not to fly away. Fines for violations range from $100 to $1,000.

The commission also awarded a low bid of $142,912.50 to Reeves Construction for a lane-widening project on Mesena Road.

Two Mesena Road storm drains also will be replaced.

The commissioners approved $10,000 for materials for those drains.

The state Department of Transportation has awarded a bid for leveling and overlay of 2.98 miles of Mesena Road, from the Warren County Line to the Wire Road intersection.

Because of a recent resignation, the Public Works Department was granted a lift to the hiring freeze in order to replace an entry level street maintenance worker at a cost of $24,107.22 annually.

Commissioners also approved $4,400 for a new sign at the Law Enforcement Center.

The sign had to be replaced after the state acquired right of way for the East Bypass.

Web posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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