Wilson 2020

Category: Meeting Update

Bid awarded for Peeksville Road phase I

Bid awarded for Peeksville Road phase I

Plan overview for Peeksville Road phase I (Henry County photo)

On Tuesday, July 21, county commissioners awarded a contract for the dirt road paving of Peeksville Road from New Hope Road to the bridge over the Tussahaw Reservoir. This contract represents phase I towards paving the last dirt section of Peeksville Road.

The contract was awarded to Pittman Construction in the amount of $1,384,109.75. The contractor will be provided 300 days to complete the project after the notice to proceed is issued.

Design work, right of way acquisition, and construction have been funded through the SPLOST IV program, approved by voters in November 2013. Additional funds are budgeted in SPLOST V — approved by voters in November 2019 — for construction between Old Jackson Road and the reservoir. After all phases are complete, Peeksville Road will provide a continuous paved connection between state route 42 in Locust Grove and Keys Ferry Road in Ola.

“This project, once complete, provides an important alternate route for local traffic,” remarked Commissioner Johnny Wilson. “I want to thank the residents for supporting SPLOST at the ballot box and to county staff for working to advance this project.”

For more information about transportation in commission district I, check out transportation projects.

BOC approves purchase for new ambulances

BOC approves purchase for new ambulances

Photo of Rescue 12 (staff photo)

Henry County commissioners approved the purchase of six new ambulances at their April 7 meeting. The new vehicles require a 12–13 month build timeline and should arrive in summer 2021.

The vehicles will be 2020 Braun Liberty ambulances built on 2020 RAM 4500 Ambulance Chassis. The vehicles were purchased through a national purchasing contract at a quoted price of $1,359,240.

The board’s approval also included equipment purchases for the new units for a total purchase price of $1,503,545. The purchase will be funded through capital project funding.

The board is expected to consider approving the capital project funding in May. Because of the year-long build time to receive the new ambulances, staff recommended the board proceed forward with the purchase now. Payment is due upon delivery of the vehicles.

Henry County last purchased new ambulances in September 2017 receiving five new vehicles in summer 2018. The county implemented a first-of-its-kind for Henry County fleet replacement program in 2019 to better manage the replacement and upgrading of county vehicles. The SPLOST V program includes $14.5 million towards the program.

In September 2019, the board approved the purchase of seventy new police cars — fifty for Henry County Police and twenty for Henry County Sheriff’s Office — and seven command vehicles for the fire department. The purchase was financed through an equipment lease purchase not to exceed $4.15 million.

This article has been written by Clayton Carte and republished with permission on multiple sites managed by the author.

Commissioners approve hazard pay for frontline county employees

Commissioners approve hazard pay for frontline county employees

Photo of Henry County Fire Station 2 (staff photo)

On Tuesday, April 7, county commissioners approved a plan to provide hazard pay for frontline county employees during the Coronavirus pandemic. The hazard pay will be backdated to March 17, the start of Henry County’s local state of emergency.

Commissioner Johnny Wilson described the hazard pay as showing support for county employees that are on the frontlines of this pandemic. “This affects our staff and their families as county staff risk exposure to an invisible enemy while continuing to provide for county residents,” Wilson said after the board meeting.

The hazard pay includes an additional $2.50 per hour for staff out in the field with a high likelihood of coming into contact with potential COVID-19 patients — first responders, building inspectors, parks grounds crews, and meals on wheels drivers to name a few. Other staff that are coming into the office, like courts staff and communications, will receive an additional $1.50 per hour.

The board approved up to $800,000 from the county’s fund balance to cover the hazard pay. County manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews explained that amount could cover up to two months of the increased expense.

Commissioner Johnny Wilson is seeking re-election to a second term on the Henry County Board of Commissioners. Visit our public safety page for more information about Johnny’s commitment to support first responders.

Commissioner Wilson encourages fellow board members to pass shelter-in-place ordinance

Commissioner Wilson encourages fellow board members to pass shelter-in-place ordinance

Photo of Coronavirus (CDC photo)

On Tuesday, March 24, the Henry County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to consider emergency actions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Johnny Wilson vocalized support for passing a shelter-in-place ordinance during the meeting.

Commissioner Wilson commented “we need to look at everything we can do today” to help Henry County. He continued he is concerned about the impact to Henry County first responders and the local hospital as more residents are diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

During the called meeting, County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews relayed a message from Piedmont Henry hospital that Piedmont modeling shows their medical system will be full with patients by Thursday, April 9, if a shelter-in-place ordinance is not put in place by the end of this week.

Commissioner Wilson motioned to recess the meeting for one hour to allow the county attorney to prepare a shelter-in-place ordinance for the board to consider. The motion received a second from Commissioner Thomas and failed 2-4.

Wilson voted against a later motion to enact restrictions on non-essential businesses. He encouraged other board members to consider the information from Piedmont Henry in his closing comments.

Henry County residents may visit https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Residents/COVID-19 for the most recent information regarding the county government, closures and cancellations, and health resources during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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