Breedlove updates Lions on county

Published 2:35 pm Friday, June 15, 2012

Interim County Administrator Gary Breedlove discussed the status of several county projects with the Bainbridge Lions Club on Wednesday.

“I’ve got some good news and some bad news,” he said, in opening his remarks.

“The good news is that our new landfill on U.S. Highway 27 South has plenty of room for potential increased capacity and expansion and our county prison was named the top county prison in Georgia.

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“The bad news is our waste water treatment plant on U.S. Highway 27 North still needs upgrading.”

Breedlove also told the Lions that the county’s emergency radio system, in conjunction with the city of Bainbridge, the city of Cairo and Grady County, will be upgraded by the end of the calendar year.

Former Decatur County Tax Commissioner Cotton Hester told Breedlove that he was concerned about the money that would be generated from a one cent regional special option sales tax for transportation and roads (T-SPLOST), that will be voted on Tuesday, July 31. Hester was worried the money would be sent to Atlanta and then dolled back out to the 14 counties in the region.

Breedlove said the tax could go into effect, even if Decatur County voters vote it down.

“If Dougherty County, which is the largest county in our 14 county region, votes heavily in favor of the tax, it could be implemented,” he said.