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Hogansville Moves Forward with Pine Street Paving Project

Hogansville Moves Forward with Pine Street Paving Project

Tommy Murphy

Staff Writer

During the first Hogansville Mayor and City Council meeting of 2021, the council authorized a request for bids for the Pine Street paving project.

The repaving project has been in the works for quite some time, much to the chagrin of local residents dealing with the street’s many potholes and cracks.

To go along with the fulldepth reclamation of Pine Street, geo-technical testing must be done before any work can be started. This will ensure that the soil is compatible and will compact properly for the new road surface.

Initial cost estimates provided by Turnipseed Engineers projected the testing to cost as much as $20,000, so city staff drew up proposals requesting approval for funding not to exceed that amount. Mayor Pro-tem Mandy Neese, who works in the industry, advised that from her experience that amount seemed to be very high for the scope of the testing.

City Manager Jonathan Lynn advised that they had only recently received updated estimates indicating that the testing would likely cost less than $10,000, but they had not updated the request. Ultimately, the council unanimously approved the testing at a cost not to exceed $12,000. In other business, the council unanimously approved a renewal of the city’s $300,000 line of credit with Community Bank and Trust for 2021.

The council also approved an agreement provided by Turnipseed Engineering for long-term monitoring of water quality and for biological and habitat monitoring. The monitoring is required by the Environmental Protection Division to remain in with compliance with the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The testing and reporting will cost $21,635 for 2021 and is already in the current budget.

Finally, the council approved an agreement with Georgia Safe Sidewalks for sidewalk repair services in the Mill Village Area.

The city reached out to Georgia Safe Sidewalks to conduct a trip-hazard report for the area, which identified 408 potential trip hazards that their proprietary service can repair. In order to bring the city into ADA compliance, the council approved a contract with Georgia Safe Sidewalks to repair the 408 identified hazards at an estimated cost of $37,350, not to exceed $50,000.

The money for the project will come from special- purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. The next regular Hogansville Mayor and City Council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in Hogansville City Hall.

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