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Warnings to be added on hazardous roads

Posted: May 1, 2012 - 6:06pm  |  Updated: June 27, 2012 - 3:30pm
The county plans to put new warning signs on South Old Belair Road at a sharp curve near the intersection with South Belair Road.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
The county plans to put new warning signs on South Old Belair Road at a sharp curve near the intersection with South Belair Road.

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Four dangerous roads in Columbia County soon should get some added signs warning motorists of the potential hazards.

County commissioners voted Tuesday to add flashing signs near three intersections and a sharp curve.

Intersections receiving overhead warning beacons are Ray Owens and White Oak roads, William Few Parkway at Chamblin Road, and Harlem Grovetown and Louisville roads. A curve on South Old Belair Road near the intersection on South Belair Road will get a road-mounted warning beacon.

The beacons should be in place within 45 days, said county Construction and Maintenance Services Director Matt Schlachter.

Commissioners also voted to lower the speed limit on Ray Owens Road to 45 mph for a mile north of the White Oak Road intersection.

Altogether, the new signs will cost $14,000; to be paid for with 1-percent sales tax funds earmarked for transportation.

In other construction news, the commission authorized nearly $100,000 in improvements at two Appling parks.

Eubank Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobbham Road, will get a quarter-mile asphalt track, a picnic pavilion, irrigation system, fence for the ball field, repainted basketball court and more improvements worth more than $72,000.

The Lonnie Morris Sr. Park, 1951 Appling Harlem Highway, also will get a picnic pavilion, irrigation system and other upgrades worth nearly $27,000.

With the commission approval, Schlacther said he soon will take bids for those projects.

Money for the upgrades is coming from Commissioner Bill Morris’ sales tax discretionary funds. Morris’ District 4 includes the two parks.

Also at the meeting, commissioners tabled discussion of proposed upgrades to the county water and sewer system worth nearly $9.5 million.

The potential upgrades include booster, pump and lift stations; effluent filters; new water mains; and a meter system.

Commissioners said they wanted more time to discuss the projects before making a decision. They’ll take up the issue again on June 5.



• Commissioners appointed new board members to the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Those members are Surinderjit Singh, Ken Shah, Chris Noah, Jennifer Miller, Aubrey Nesbitt and Laurie Vanover.

The former CVB board disbanded last month following allegations that the 12-person group was too unwieldy. As their last act, the approved reforming with seven members appointed by commissioners.

Commission Chairman Ron Cross still has one more member to appoint.

The new board will serve until Dec. 31.

• The rezoning of 4.5 acres on Washington Road at Gibbs Road for a car dealership was approved. The commercial zoning allows for the undisclosed dealership that abuts a residential neighborhood.

Property owners, which include state Sen. Bill Jackson’s son, Billy Jackson, agreed to both fence and tree buffers and dim lighting at night to get the rezoning.

• The commission approved multiple zoning ordinance revisions to include adding more greenspace in high-density housing developments and increasing buffers to 15 feet between dissimilarly zoned properties.

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