The economic downturn created a boon for the Lamar County water authority as bids for the upcoming water line project came in.
With $2,933,874 to spend, the low bid from Strack, Inc., of Fairburn came in at $1,437,207. Coupled with $264,839 in engineering and legal fees, that left $1,231,828 to lay in more lines with Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority grant/loan funds.
"Bids were substantially lower than our estimated costs," said engineer Tom Sloope. "It has everything to do with the economy and lack of work. It's not uncommon now to see this sort of pricing."
What is now phase I of the project will lay lines on Highway 36 East and Etheridge Mill, Abbott, Grape Creek, Morgan Dairy, Barnesville, Five Points and Piedmont roads. Work will begin with smaller connector lines needed to loop parts of the system together then branch out to bring service to customers. So far, 45 people have signed up, raising hopes that more than the projected 50% of possible customers will sign up. [Full Story »]
The Ward 4 Barnesville city council race now boasts four candidates after general contractor Bobby York qualified this morning. York, 58, lives at 107 Honeysuckle Drive.
He joins Neal Devane, Calvin Scandrett and Larry Whitworth in the race that will almost assuredly lead to a runoff.
Ward 2 incumbent Chris Hightower also qualified this morning. Hightower, 41, is an educator who lives at 111 B Street. Hightower and fellow incumbent Butch McDaniel of Ward 5 have not yet drawn opposition. Qualifying ends Wednesday. [Full Story »]
With to the addition of another 181 people to the job market, Lamar County’s unemployment rate jumped to a record-breaking 16.4% in July, up .9% from a revised June count of 15.5%. Joblessness was 8.4% in July 2008.
Lamar’s work force numbered 8,333 people in July with 6,969 working – an increase of 80 jobs –and 1,364 looking for work. In June, the numbers were 8,152 total people, 6,889 working and 1,263 seeking jobs. [Full Story »]