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February 18--  Toombs County is proceeding with expansion of the county landfill.

At its February meeting Tuesday night, county commissioners agreed to seek a $5 million line of credit from local banks to build more cells at the landfill.  Tipping fees collected by the landfill will be used to repay the money.

At the same time, Commissioner Darriel Nobles reports plans to concentrate on recycling and composting to reduce the amount of trash placed in the landfill.  

The county has closed a deal with a Bibb County lumber company to buy 443 acres of land adjacent to the landfill for $2,500 an acre.  Commission Chairman Blake Tillery says the $1.1 million purchase guarantees the county will have sufficient space and dirt for landfill operations for at least the next 50 years.  

Even better, he says, is that the land has timber valued at $500,000 to help offset the purchase price.

The county courthouse has a space problem and officials are considering a portable building for relief.  County manager John Jones says four courts use the building and have had to hold court in Partin Park and in Vidalia because of the space issue.

If county voters approve extension of the one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in May, the county commission is poised to reorganize the county road department.

It would use some of the tax money to buy more than $600,000 worth of equipment to prepare roads for paving.

It would also create a road paving crew whose operating costs and salaries would be paid by an estimated $300,000 in funds collected by the one percent transportation sales tax.

Toombs County has 360 miles of dirt roads and officials believe a dedicated  road paving crew can improve the drainage and base of many roads and prepare others for paving at a considerable savings to the county.  The actual application of asphalt would still be done by a contractor once the heavy lifting has been done by county personnel.

The five-year plan includes seven roads for paving and five for facelifts.

On the list for paving are Blaxton Road, Hammond Mission Road, B. Hitchcock Road, Ben Boatright Road, Pendleton Creek Road, Vann Road and the Clifford Rogers Road.

Major drainage and road base improvements would be made to Deer Run, Joe Page Road, Benton Powell Road, Ben Jackson Road and the Bud Jordan Road. 

{mosimage}The commission also named Alvin Hitchcock as the Toombs County Employee of the Month for February. (L-R) Commissioners Jeff McCormick and Wendell Dixon, Alvin Hitchcock, Chairman Blake Tillery, Commissioners Roy Lee Williams and Darriel Nobles.

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