The mid-June date allows the council the legally required time to advertise for a public hearing, as well as making sure that council members have returned from scheduled trips, explained Mayor Harvey Persons.
In other action, the council voted unanimously for the mayor to sign an agreement with Jackson Paving Co. for the final leg of construction of the Bright Star Road / Bright Star Connector intersection project.
Jackson Paving was the only pre-qualified and low bidder on the project, at a cost set not to exceed $202,862. Douglas County has committed to paying one-half, not to exceed $100,000, toward the project that opened nearly three years ago.
The county had put up barricades which narrowed the four-lane road to two lanes, keeping it within the city limits due to its safety concerns.
During discussion at last Thursday night’s work session, city development services director Jeff Noles said both the city and county were eager to get this project done as quickly as possible.
He explained there will be a southbound left turn lane to allow Bright Star Road traffic onto the connector.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as weather permits, and the entire project should be completed in 60 to 90 days, said Noles.
“This will complete the project,” he said.
“The barriers will be removed and the road will be open.”
The city council also voted to authorize the mayor to sign a certification agreement with Douglas County, the Douglas County Board of Education and the cities of Villa Rica and Austell concerning the collection and distribution of title ad valorem taxes.
According to Assistant Chief City Attorney Suzan Littlefield, this agreement between the governments is a recommendation, not a requirement, of the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Also, the mayor made his recommendations for all current appointed positions to remain the same for the city’s new fiscal year, which begins July 1. According to the city’s charter, the mayor will make recommendations to be ratified by council vote on the first regular voting meeting in May each year.
A proclamation was issued to recognize May as National Stroke Awareness Month. Bev Kartheiser of Cobb-Douglas Public Health and chairperson for Live Healthy Douglas County, represented the agencies before the council.
Persons issued a proclamation recognizing May 5-11 as Municipal Clerks Week in the city of Douglasville, recognizing Douglasville City Clerk Joyce Stone and Deputy Clerk Vicki Acker, during the meeting.