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Douglas votes against LMIG bid

COVINGTON — The county commission approved a bid of $1,167,134 from Pittman Construction Inc. of Conyers to handle Local Maintenance Improvement Grant projects, but one commissioner voted in opposition because he’s not happy with one of the projects.

District 1 Commissioner John Douglas said the one-and-a-half mile stretch of County Road 229 between U.S. Highway 278 and Willow Wood Road that is being resurfaced with LMIG funds is not the portion of the road that most needs work. Douglas prefers that a section south of there, where County Road 229 intersects Cooper Road, be resurfaced. The road is in Douglas’ district.

“I wasn’t asked about this ahead of time and so I just want everybody to know, the part of 229 being paved, that’s great, but it’s not the part I think needs to be paved,” he said.

Transportation Director Tom Garrett said patchwork will be done in the area Douglas mentioned. Chairman Keith Ellis said the project list cannot be revised as bids have already been advertised and received.

“The point is, nobody approached me and asked me what part of 229 needed to be paved. I had no input in that,” Douglas said.

The vote to accept Pittman’s bid was 3 to 1, with Douglas opposed. Commissioner Lanier Sims was absent.

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded Newton County $894,910.73 in LMIG funds. The county is required to match at least 30 percent. The county’s match is $272,224.

The LMIG project list includes the following roads: Williams Road, from Oxford to Covington city limits; County Road 229 from U.S. Highway 278 to Willow Wood Road; Fairview Road from Rockdale County line to Jack Neely Road; Cowan Road from Oak Hill Road to Ga. Highway 81; Flat Shoals Road from Covington Bypass to the bridge at Dried Indian Creek; Somerset Springs subdivision and Highlands Forest Lane.