$3.5 million in SPLOST funds to be discussed

By Justin Boron

The county commission will discuss the approval of over $3.5 million in SPLOST funds for transportation projects today.

Over $2.6 million could be encumbered to pay Kimley-Horn and Associates of Norcross for the widening of Battle Creek Road and for other inspection services, according to meetings agenda.

Funds in the amount of $995,000 also will be considered for the widening of Richardson Parkway by Gary's Grading and Pipeline Company in Monroe, Ga.

Other non-pecuniary matters to be discussed are the amendment of the county's alcoholic beverage ordinance to redefine the qualifications for a "restaurant and a MARTA reciprocal agreement.

The county staff attorney, Dan Comer, has proposed removing a requirement that alcohol-serving restaurants be open for at least six days of the week.

"The requirement doesn't have anything to do with serving alcohol," he said.

The Marta reciprocal agreement would eliminate charges for riders transferring from CTRAN to Marta or vice versa, Comer said.