Commissioners consider donation of antique tractor
Lumpkin, Ga.- Commissioners consider donating / loaning an antique tractor from a local citizen for the beautification of the government building through an exhibit during the August 3 working session.
Commissioners were further given options to consider for a partnership with Georgia Power for the Yahoola Creek Park lighting project and a request for assistance from the GMRC for trail development at Yahoola Creek Reservoir. In addition, Yahoola Creek Pickleball made a presentation to the Commissioners at the meeting.
Mr. Jeff Underwood offered to donate or loan four vintage tractors in his possession for the government building lobby at 99 Courthouse Hill, Dahlonega, Georgia. Underwood has proposed that donated tractors can be replaced every six months to a year however the board has seen adjustment.
He would maintain insurance on tractors so the county would not be held liable for damage. Also, he is responsible for putting up some kind of barrier to keep children out of the machine. Underwood would place the tractor on a Saturday so as not to disrupt ongoing work. The proposal will be voted on at the regular meeting on August 17th.
“I think it would be something good for the county to do to have something pretty local in that area, like the old safe over there, stuff like that over there can be neat. Everyone in County Lumpkin goes through this building at least once a year, ”said Commissioner Rhett Stringer District 3.
Special Projects Director Ashley Peck presented options to council for a partnership with Georgia Power for the Yahoola Creek Park lighting project. Georiga Power has made two offers to staff for the board to consider.
The first offer is a one-time initial cost of $ 159,000.00, then a monthly cost of $ 2,203.86. The second offer has no upfront cost and a monthly fee of $ 4,485.00.
Either option includes monthly maintenance and power costs. The maintenance fee will not change, but wattage is subject to change with use. These were summer estimates, so you don’t expect usage to increase much.
“There would be a difference because the monthly fee wouldn’t go down after the 159 was paid, so in 20 years you would be paying double. If you pay four thousand dollars a month from now on, they’ll get their money back in six years, but we’ll continue to give them more, ”said President Chris Dockery.
Currently, staff are working to improve the trail system around the Yahoola Creek Reservoir. With the help of volunteers, they were able to add two hundred new feet of trail, but they are asking the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission for help in hiring a professional trail builder to help complete the work.
The work that still needs to be completed is the construction of new trails, the restoration of existing trails, as well as the development and rehabilitation of the starting facilities.
If the commissioners choose to go ahead with the request, it would be next year before they can possibly get the award, by which time volunteers are thought to have completed 40% of the work. They currently have 20% completed solely thanks to volunteers.
Finally, Sally Trapnell applied to council for six new pickleball courts. Trapnell informed the board of the financial benefits of adding the courts as well as information on the costs she found for installing the courts.
Trapnell has already made the same request to the City but has no commitment to move forward at this time. For more information on the presentation made to City Council visit, https://lumpkin.fetchyournews.com/2021/07/20/council-approves-resolution-to-place-package-sales-on-ballot/
“Your timing is great as this is something staff have already started to consider when it comes to the possibility of additional courts,” Dockery said.
New County Director Alan Bear was in attendance for his first commissioner meeting with County Lumpkin. He replaces Stan Kelley in the role. Ours started this new position on Monday August 2nd. For more information on ours, visit https://www.lumpkincounty.gov/182/County-Manager