Barrow to auction off vehicles, equipment

WINDER - Anyone in the market for a Ford Crown Victoria, copy machine or even a chipper truck might find a good deal from Barrow County.

The county will auction off 44 items it no longer needs at www.govdeal.com. The auction begins Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 21. Interested parties can inspect items on Aug. 24.

Fifteen 1999 to 2003 Ford Crown Victorias from the Sheriff's Office will appear on the auction site, as well as 10 Mita copiers, several John Deere tractors, some as young as 2004, Caterpillar dozers and equipment, a Bush Hog, asphalt machine and a tar truck, among other items.

The county hopes raise about $130,000 in the auction, according to Keith Lee, Barrow County's chief administrator.

All revenue raised will go into Barrow County's general fund.

New jail road construction cost approved

County commissioners Tuesday accepted a bid of about $1.25 million from Merritt Contracting to build a road to the new jail currently under construction.

The 3/4-mile-long, two-lane Barrow Park Drive Extension will stretch from Pearl Pentecost Road to the jail. From there, the two lanes will be divided by a median until it reaches its end at Ga. Highway 211 between the creek and the Moose Lodge.

Workers will begin construction in late August or early September with a tentative completion date of January, 2008.

In a related move, the county will spend $172,460 to purchase stream and wetland mitigation credits from the Little River Mitigation Bank in Woodstock for the Barrow Park Drive Extension.

A mitigation credit is a unit of credit required to compensate for the loss of jurisdictional waters, according to Robert Brinkman, senior ecologist with LRMB.

Mitigation banks were established in 1995 under guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's web site.

The banks identified streams and wetlands with degraded ecological values and restored them, at their cost. The credits reimburse the mitigation bank for the work already done to restore those wetlands and streams, according to Brinkman.

In other action:

n County Commissioners agreed to pay Southern View Landscaping $124,451 for sodding and irrigation on the Victor Lord Park soccer field. Work on the field should be complete in about two months, according to Michael Fischer, Barrow County's deputy administrator.

n The patching and paving of Bankhead Highway is complete, but the project cost more than expected. County Commissioners agreed to pay C.W. Matthews $34,560.26 for additional materials needed.