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The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners discussed purchasing two pieces of equipment for the Alapaha Water Treatment Plant and the Spring Creek System for a total of $1,638,000 during its Monday work session and is expected to vote on the issue tonight.

During the August 2013 commission meeting, the board approved the engineering services for the rehabilitation of the Alapaha Water Treatment Plant. The purchase price for this upgrade is $759,000. Staff also noted another similar type of treatment will be needed for the Spring Creek System in the near future and they negotiated to buy both pieces of equipment with the second piece discounted by $71,000 to $879,000. These purchases will use an existing GEFA loan and SPLOST VII funds. Orica Watercare is the sole source provider for these systems, county officials state.

The commission meets today at 5:30 p.m. at the county’s Judicial Complex. Other items on the agenda :

• The county’s emergency management

department is requesting that Chairman Bill Slaughter sign an application for the Response and Recovery Award through GEMA. The county is eligible to receive $25,000 if the request is approved. This amount comes with a required 50/50 match cost share.

Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye told the board these funds would go toward purchasing a new backup emergency generator for the Lowndes County 911 Center. The current generator was installed in 1993, when the building was first built, and the cost of maintaining the generator has been increasing.

• The commission will vote to adopt a resolution accepting the maintenance of roads in the Bemiss Landing subdivision.

• A contractual agreement between the Board of Commissioners and the University of Georgia needs to be renewed, and the commissioners will vote on this agenda item during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

• The county will vote to acquire road right-of-way needed for the future Riverside Road paving project from Loch-Winn Farms for $100 plus the future instillation of water and sewer lines along Hunter-McCormick Road by the county.

• Nick Hinson’s seat on the Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful Board has expired and he no longer wants to seek reappointment, so the county will re-advertise this seat and bring it to a vote during their next meeting.

• Three applicants are requesting an appointment to fill one seat on the Board of Health: Barbara D. Tucker, Dr. John M. Faircloth and Dr. Rebecca Green.

For more information on these agenda items, contact the Commissioner’s office at (229) 671–2400.

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