Barrow BOC to consider borrowing money to run sewer to new school

WINDER - Barrow County's new school on Mulberry Road might be a little closer to materializing, although the county will have to borrow money to pay for the sewer.

The Board of Commissioners will consider a request Tuesday to run sewer lines to the site. The proposal would divide the roughly $1.7 million cost between the Boards of Commissioners and Education.

To run sewer to Mulberry Road would require construction of a pump station and force main, funding for which the county does not have. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the Board of Education would pay for the first three years of payments to support the project. The annual payment with 4.5 percent interest would total about $134,000, records state. The county would make the remainder of the payments for 17 more years.

New equipment and software for public safety

Barrow County Fire Department officials will ask the Board of Commissioners for $12,382.50 to purchase an upgrade to its software system.

The Fire Department uses software called Firehouse installed on computers in each fire station. However, those databases are not connected to one another. The upgrade will allow the department to network the systems and create a central data depository.

The Sheriff's Department plans to buy three thermal imaging devices. Two bids were submitted in the amounts of $34,386.12 and $34,439.96. They will be funded by a grant from the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Barrow County Board of Commissioners meeting

· When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

· Where: 233 E. Broad St., Winder