Fayette County has heard the feedback, and they are eager to tackle a enhanced mowing schedule around our roads.
Currently, the right-of-way on local roads is cut three to four times per year by two road crews, along with supplementing the work done on State Roads 54 and 74 by GDOT. Staff would implement an increased mowing plan that would see a third crew added and local road cuts five to six times per year, along with continued supplemental cutting of 54 and 74.
The enhanced program will be paid for in part by ending a partnership with a neighboring county. The 20-year old contract between Fayette, Coweta County, and GDOT is supposed to supply prison work crews from Coweta to help maintain the right-of-way in Fayette, but it’s not happening as promised anymore. Whether it be mechanical issues or other reasons, Coweta has not been supplying the work they are contracted to do.
“We’re not getting our bang for the buck,” said Road Department Director Steve Hoffman, who noted they have repeatedly tried to improve the partnership to no avail. “It’s beyond working with Coweta on this. It’s time to terminate the contract. We’re not getting what we paid for.”
Commissioner Steve Brown was among those that wholeheartedly agreed to send a letter ending the contract.
“I’ve been so desperate to do this, I’ll hand deliver the thing,” Brown joked.
Commissioners unanimously approved sending a letter to Coweta to dissolve the contract as soon as possible. Fayette has a similar program in place with Spalding County, but Hoffman said that partnership is going very well and will not be ended.
As part of the enhanced program, staff requested several pieces of equipment, along with additional full-time employees, with an eye on starting in early July. The Commission approved the purchase of $255,879 in equipment, to include three new tractors, two batwing mowers, one 6-foot bush hog mower, a F-250 crew cab truck, and one weed eater. Funding for the equipment will come from a previous sale of surplus equipment. Staff will analyze staffing needs, be it through seasonal or full-time employees, and when best to hire and bring that information to the next meeting.
Commissioners unanimously approved the equipment purchase.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 25, rather than the usual Thursday schedule.