Friday February 22nd, 2019 3:52AM

Dawson county leaders plan new facility for two departments

By Rebecca Hubbard Reporter/Anchor

Dawson County leaders plan to start construction on three new buildings that will house the Public Works and Fleet Maintenance departments.
Public Works Director David McKee said his new offices on Burt Creek Road will be easier for the public to access and will be more room for employees too.

"The bid did come in at 2-million, 600 something thousand dollars, which is more that what was allocated in SPLOST," McKee said. "However, this year I currently have budget funds from our solid waste fund and we manage the transfer stations out of my office. So we qualify to use those solid waste funds."

He said the Fleet Maintenance department will also benefit from the new facility and both departments will have room to grow.

McKee added that budgeting for the new facility got tricky saying, "We are fully staffed, we do not have a place where everybody  can sit down," McKee said. "We have people who have to stand in the corners. We make due, but same thing with inclement weather, if we are working around the clock we have to take shifts when folks can get in there and sit down. The new facility will allow us to have functional areas for our staff."

He said $2.5 million dollars will come from SPLOST 6 funds and they expect to be moved in by next spring.

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