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Winder to annex 155 acres for jail

WINDER - Winder's city limits will be redefined, and the city will annex the county's 155-acre jail and courthouse facility under an agreement signed on Tuesday.

The city will annex the land because the courthouse and jail are required to be in the county seat. Mayor Buddy Ouzts signed the agreement at last week's council meeting, and Commission Chairman Doug Garrison signed it Tuesday night.

In exchange for annexing the land, the county will help Winder find its city limits so the delivery of water, sewer and other services will be enhanced.

"There are pockets within the city that are county, surrounded by the city," Garrison said. "There are some very unique situations. They have a desire to bring that all in so providing services isn't an issue."

Commissioners and Ouzts agreed to ask the county's legislative delegation to introduce legislation so the annexation could be completed.

In other business, commissioners agreed to spend $24,700 from a state fund earmarked for the county so Keep Barrow Beautiful could participate in the Great American Cleanup on April 5-7. The county also spent $20,920 to buy a van from Akins Ford for Project Adam. The van was originally budgeted for $23,000.

Two road abandonments, for Hazel Moon Road and Briscoe Mill Road, were tabled, but a portion of Edgar Road was abandoned. Commissioners also decided to eliminate a water tap deposit fee, citing the difficulty in tracking the deposits. The irrigation meter fee was altered to $2,050. Public Works Director Terry Darragh said members of The Georgia Club would have their meters refitted.

Commissioners voted to use Moreland Altobelli's engineering services for a three-year series of road projects. They also appointed three members to the county's Animal Control Board and adopted bylaws for the board.