Barrow board considers grant match for runway

WINDER - Barrow County taxpayers might spend $143,750 to match a grant that will upgrade the secondary runway at the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport.

The airport has acquired a $575,000 grant from the Georgia DOT to rehabilitate the runway's surface. The GDOT will contribute $431,250 and Barrow County is required to match 25 percent of that amount with $143,750. The Airport Authority will pay the $46,600 cost of engineering.

The asphalt surface on that runway has deteriorated, according to Glen Boyd, director of the NGRA, and needs work to keep its condition from worsening.

As the secondary runway, it is ineligible for financial assistance from the FAA or the Georgia DOT for pavement maintenance and upkeep, Boyd said in a memo to the Board.

Two large-acreage rezonings on the agenda

The Board will consider whether to rezone 196.5 acres on Tom Miller Road to allow construction of a master planned development. The proposed residential/master planned development zoning classification would allow the recreation area to be designated as a separate parcel operating as a branch of the Winder-Barrow YMCA. The Planning Department recommends approval of the rezoning.

In a separate request, the owners of 57.87 acres on Loganville Highway are asking it be rezoned from agricultural to residential/master planned development. The property is owned by Frank Giles, Ronald Beacham and Martha Whitehead. Barrow County's Planning Department recommends approval of the project with the condition that the proposed Highway Corridor Overlay District be implemented for the entire development.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Barrow County Board of Commissioners meeting

· When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

· Where: County Annex building, 233 E. Broad St., Winder