Big day for SPLOST in Clayton

By Justin Boron

The county commission approved $484,112 in special local option sales tax funds for three transportation projects at Tuesday's business meeting to move along its scheduled 2004 SPLOST projects.

The bulk of the funds passed Tuesday will be allocated to the realignment project on Clark Howell Road from GA 85 Circle to Sullivan Road.

Brindley Pieters & Associates of Atlanta will receive $246,652 for the realignment's design, right-of-way acquisition, and inspection, said Andy Adams, the deputy director of transportation and development.

Another $63,960 bid was granted to Moreland Altobelli Associates of Norcross for the construction inspection of Pointe South Parkway, which Adams said is a necessary step in clearing the way for the road's re-paving.

The third SPLOST bid of $173,500 went to an outside consultant needed for critical right-of-way access on Rex Road at Big Cotton Indian Creek that has federal dollars at stake, Adams said.

"An outside consultant is being utilized because the federal acquisition procedures involved the relocation of a few residences," he said.

Sheriff money transfer put off

Commission Chairman Crandle Bray avoided conflict Tuesday after he tabled a measure to transfer $83,394 from sheriff's office to code enforcement, calming a frustrated Sheriff-elect Victor Hill for the time being.

"I'm optimistic and impressed with this approach," Hill said. "I'm always willing to build bridges."

Hill had said the measure was aimed at stripping the sheriff's office of its resources before he took over in January.

Bray said he put off the measure so he could discuss it with Hill before the county commission acts upon it.

Hill said he was surprised by the move, but thought it was in the spirit of collaboration that he is looking for as he prepares to take office in January.

Bray honored with dedication

The county commission passed a resolution that named the county police headquarters after Crandle Bray to thank him for his contribution to Clayton County as the chairman leaves public service.

The dedication is Bray's first in the county.

"I was shocked by the naming this morning," he said. "I've got a lot of special interest in that building."