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Cusseta to rename Neighborhood Service Center
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From the September 18, 2013 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
The Commission of the Unified Government of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County voted to rename the Neighborhood Service Center in honor of a beloved late resident, decided to proceed with converting meter readers to a digital system, and conducted various other items of business during its recent monthly meeting.
The Neighborhood Service Center on Broad Street in Cusseta will be renamed as the Mable Gordon Baker Neighborhood Service Center. The late Ms. Baker started the Meals on Wheels program and numerous other senior citizen activities. An official dedication ceremony will be held at a later date.
Six months ago commissioners approved a trial run with 150 digital water meter readers and it has worked well enough for them to decide to fully convert. They voted to purchase 1,050 more of the digital meter readers. With this equipment, workers simply drive by the house and the number of gallons is digitally recorded without them even getting out of the vehicle.
Officials also voted to accept a grant of $29,000 from the Two Rivers Regional Development Corporation to raise and rework about 2,000 feet of Gordy Mill Pond Road. The county will provide the labor, but will not have any other expenses for the project. Currently the section of the road doesn’t drain well. It also sits just above the water line, which is only around 4-inches under the surface at that location.
Commissioners also voted to pay off a loan early. A couple of years ago they received a loan of $200,000 to improve water lines inside the former city limits of Cusseta. Officials said the county is in good enough shape to go ahead and pay off the remainder of the loan early, which will save an estimated $88,000 in interest and fees.
In other business, commissioners granted a variance for Craig Nelson to operate a gunsmith business out of his home on Manta Road (with orders expected to be mainly mail order), and voted to put nine surplus vehicles up for bids to the sold. The bids will be opened on October 28 and they are expected to vote on them on November 5.
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