Barrow entities over budget, finance director tells commission

WINDER - Three Barrow County offices could overspend their 2007 budget by year's end, Finance Director Beth Horacek told county commissioners on Tuesday. The projected overage totals $186,000, Horacek said.

"They are taking steps to correct that," Horacek said.

According to the most recent audit, the probate court should go over its budget by $16,000, the tax assessor's office by $30,000 and the detention center by $140,000 if spending continues at its current rate.

In other business at Tuesday's Barrow County Commission meeting:

•Commissioners made four board appointments - Dr. Hugh Hodges was reappointed to the board of health, Jerry Thompson to the airport authority, Mark Williamson to Keep Barrow Beautiful and Shadie Thompson to the Piedmont Regional Library board. All appointees are Winder residents.

•Commissioners voted to spend $39,984 for a 4,000-gallon vertical emulsion tank, $724,735 for a lowboy trailer and $74,937 for a Freightliner road tractor to pull the trailer. The existing trailer will be sold at auction.

•Commissioners approved paying H.S. Feldman Inc. $111,240 to design a pump station force main and gravity sewer to convey wastewater to Winder's Cedar Creek Plant. The pump station will be located on the Mulberry River and will be paid for by 1-cent sales tax funds.

"This is the first step towards getting sewer to (Ga.) Highway 211," Public Works Director Terry Darragh told commissioners.

H.S. Feldman Inc. will provide all field studies, designs and drawings, as well as having the documents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, prepare bid documents and assist with project inspection and start-up. Barrow County will acquire easements.

•Commissioners voted to pay Carter Watkins and Associates Architects $142,500 for architectural drawings for the new 911 center and fire training center. The fire training center, to be located on Pleasant Hill Church Road, will house training rooms, a tower and planning areas, Keith Lee, administrator, said.