The Upson County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a $9,564 increase for the contract renewal with the Three Rivers Regional Commission (TRRC) for the purpose of replacing a shuttle bus used for public transportation services in the county at their regular meeting held last week. Chairman Rusty Blackston told the board the 2009 bus, which is primarily used at the Senior Center, has over 300,000 miles on it and has experienced engine problems. It is estimated the replacement will take between 12-18 months, but could perhaps be ready earlier than expected.
The board heard from Robert Hiett of TRRC last month, who explained there is a formula the Department of Transportation uses based on the model year of the vehicle and the amount of miles it has on it, to determine when it should be replaced. Commissioner Steve Hudson stated that Upson County uses the transportation system more than any other county in the region and he feels the board is right to approve the increase. Commissioner Ralph Ellington agreed.
“You see it all over the county and they do a good job,” said Ellington noting he agreed with Hudson that it is money well spent for the citizens of Upson County.
In other business, Milton Chapman spoke to the board during public comment to voice his concerns about stray animals in his neighborhood. Chapman, who lives on Garner Street, stated there are dogs and cats roaming around and he would like to see Animal Control come out to do something about it. He also asked the board to look into the possibility of placing speed bumps on his street to slow down the excessive speeders. Chapman noted he is afraid those speeding will not see some of the children in the neighborhood and an accident could occur. Chairman Blackston thanked Chapman for his comments and stated the board would look into getting Animal Control to patrol his neighborhood. He also suggested Chapman speak to the Sheriff about patrolling the area to crack down on the speeders.
Finally, Laurie Mameli was approved to serve on the McIntosh Trail Community Service Board as a representative of Upson County.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1