The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Wednesday voted to spend $9,000 to update Geographical Information System mapping for new software the supervisors and Columbus City Council earlier voted to purchase for Lowndes County and Columbus E911 operations.
The mapping will be done by the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District for a cost of $18,000, to be split between the city and county.
E911 officials plan Tuesday to ask the Columbus City Council to share the cost.
County Administrator Ralph Billingsley reported the district agreed to allow the county and city to each pay $4,500 on Jan. 1 and $4,500 on Oct. 1, 2011, to split the cost between two fiscal budget years.
The supervisors also accepted a bid from Sullivan”s Paint Services to paint the former First Federal Bank building, located at 12th Street and Main Street, which will be used for county administrative offices.
The roof of the building — which the supervisors earlier purchased with $950,000 of interest money from the 2006 sale of the hospital to Baptist for $30 million — was damaged in a recent hail storm, Billingsley said, noting the roof soon will be replaced and the building likely will be ready for occupancy in late July.
Additionally, the supervisors authorized County Attorney Tim Hudson to work out an agreement with the Columbus Light and Water Department board attorney for the county to either sell or lease about two acres of property in the northern end of the Lowndes County Port to CLW for a new electrical substation to be built.
CLW General Manager Todd Gale noted $2 million already has been budgeted for construction of the substation; a lease or purchase agreement likely will be presented for approval at the Board of Supervisor”s July 15 meeting.
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