County Commission to discuss roads tonight

By Greg Gelpi

More than 21 miles of roads will be resurfaced if the Clayton County Board of Commissioners approves a deal with the state Department of Transportation at their regular business meeting tonight at 7.

Although the county passed a special purpose local option sales tax to, among other plans, fund road construction, this item would specifically resurface county streets.

Funding from the Local Assistance Resurfacing Program has dwindled in recent years, Clayton County Transportation and Development Director Wayne Patterson said. At one time, the county received about $1 million.

"Even when the county received the $1 million, it didn't cover everything," he said.

The SPLOST, though, picks up where programs such as this leave off, Patterson said.

SPLOST covers "many, many other things other than just resurfacing," he said.

Of the 200 to 300 streets the county asks to be resurfaced, only about 60 receive approval from the state for resurfacing, Patterson said.

The state grades each street and resurfaces streets based on this grading system and funds available, he said.

The board will also consider a land lease agreement with Tradewinds Air, L.L.C. regarding property at Clayton County Airport-Tara Field and accept funds from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association for dealing with juvenile criminal offenders.