Intersection Changes to Higgins Road and Highway 16 Coming Soon

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ButtsCountyGeD05aR03aP01ZL-Madison3a_mdmThe Georgia Department of Transportation has notified our offices that a significant intersection change is planned for Highway 16 East at the intersection of Higgins Road in the upcoming weeks. Responding to concerns raised by local officials about traffic safety at this intersection, which has seen a noticeable increase in traffic accidents over the past year, the Georgia DOT Office in Thomaston plans to convert this intersection to a four-way or “all stop” intersection. This change will require vehicles traveling these roads to come to a complete stop at the intersection from any direction.

County officials designated this intersection as the “highest priority” concerning the need for improvements in November of 2015. The Butts County Transportation Board also concurred with this assessment and a letter in support of an improvement project was sent to DOT at that time. Since then, District 2 Commissioner Robert Henderson, County Administrator Keith Moffett and Government Relations Director Michael Brewer have been in frequent contact with officials at GDOT about what could be done to make the interchange safer. State Representative Susan Holmes and Senator Burt Jones have also expressed concerns to the state about the need to slow down or stop traffic traveling east and west on Highway 16 due to cars frequently pulling out in front of oncoming traffic from Higgins Road. Following a review of the intersection, including traffic counts and verified incidents that have occurred there, state officials agreed this week to make the changes as soon as possible.

“The initial plan given to us by GDOT is to make this a four-way stop intersection” said Michael Brewer on Wednesday. “This is a short-term fix to the problem that should immediately remedy the concerns until they are able to program a more permanent solution in the future, which likely will be a roundabout-type intersection. The County is very appreciative of the assistance from Representative Holmes and Senator Jones, and to GDOT for working towards a solution to make this interchange safer”.

GDOT plans to put warning signs up immediately to caution drivers that the change is coming and hope to have new intersection stop signs installed within the next ten days, weather permitting.

 

Telephone Line Issue in Leisure Services

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Due to a telephone line issue, the main number at Leisure Services (Parks and Recreation) is down. Callers trying to reach the department on 770-775-8228 will continue to receive a busy signal. Please use 770-775-8229 to contact the department.

Thank you for your understanding as the telephone company works to resolve this issue.

Site Maintenance Notice

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ButtsCountyGeD05aR03aP01ZL-Madison3a_mdmWe will be making some upgrades and changes to the County news site in the coming weeks. During that time there may be periods of outage while work is being performed on this site. We anticipate disruptions will be minimal.

News and information will continued to be broadcast on the the County Twitter site (@ButtsCountyGa) and also on the County Facebook Page (Butts County Commissioner’s Office) and will be unaffected by this upgrade.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Board of Commissioners’ Regular Meeting on July 11th

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The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop on July 11th at 5PM and a regular meeting following at 6PM in the C. Wayne King Auditorium at 625 W. Third Street, Jackson, GA.  The public is invited to attend.

The Commission meets on the 2nd  Monday of each month at the above location unless otherwise posted.  For more information, contact the County Clerk, Crystal Griggs-Epps at cepps@buttscounty.org.

BOC Called Meetings Scheduled

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The Board of Commissioners will hold a series of called meetings for the purpose of passing the FY2017 budget. The budget proposal was presented in its final form at a called meeting held on Thursday, June 30th, at 5PM with the purpose of conducting a public hearing for the public to comment.

Today, July 7th, the Board will hold three required called meetings beginning at 5:00 PM to adopt the final FY 2017 Budget, followed by a called meeting at 5:15PM to set the County mil rate and a called meeting at 5:30PM to adopt the school mil rate, hospital mil rate and set the total mil rate.

The FY2017 Budget document is available for public review in the Commissioners Office at 625 W. Third Street, Suite 4  Jackson, GA during normal business hours.

Phone Issues at Leisure Services

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The Butts County Leisure Service Department is currently experiencing phone issues on their main line; therefore, please call 770-775-8229 to reach someone in this department.

Transportation Board to Meet July 6th

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The Joint City-County Transportation Board will meet on Wednesday, July 6th at 6PM in the auditorium of the Administration Building located at 625 West Third Street, Suite 4, Jackson. The public is invited to attend.