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April 22--  A proposal to close the Green-Tippett Road in Toombs County died for lack of motion at the April meeting of the Toombs County Commission.

The board refused to vote on a petition to close the road after learning it would cost the county $233,000 in a reimbursement to the Georgia Department of Transportation.  The state had used federal money to engineer replacement of a bridge on the road and wanted the county to repay the money if the road closed.  Commissioner Tommy Rollins said he had no problems closing the road until he learned of the financial payback to the state.

The commissioners approved a resolution enabling Chairman David Sikes to represent the county when a regional roundtable convenes to study renewing a one penny sales tax for transportation projects when the current T-SPLOST expires the end of 2022.  Lyons Mayor Willis NeSmith will be the other local representative, according to County Manager John Jones.

Next month the commission is expected to proceed with an alcohol ordinance implementing  the new so-called "Brunch Bill" which allows restaurants to serve alcohol prior to noon on Sundays. If approved, the new ordinance would take effect on July 1.

The commission gave retroactive approval of a $77,000 contract to McLendon Enterprises of Toombs County for emergency work it did to repair a washout on the Johnson Corner Road.

County Manager Jones reported county expenses are 4% under budget for the first quarter and that revenue for the E-911 system is up by 11%.

The new County Director of the Division of Family and Children Services introduced herself to the Commission.  Ashley Payne says the Toombs County office serves 7,000 recipients of food stamps and Medicaid and oversees 75 children in foster care.

Toombs County EMS Director Drew James reported 626 calls were answered in March.

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