CHIPLEY - An amendment to the Future Land Use Map were approved by Washington County Board of County Commissioners when they met in regular session October 11.

The amendment was granted to Franklin Graham for his property at Yvonne Road from agriculture/silviculture to industrial. Graham has plans to build a water bottling facility on the property.

County Engineer Cliff Knauer updated the commission on the Florida Department of Transportation’s newly released five year work program and which roads were moved on the list.

The design phase for Buckhorn Boulevard has been set for 2019 with construction phase being funded in 2021. Old Bonifay is set for funding for design in 2019 and construction in 2020. Alford Road is set for the same schedule as stated above.

Construction on the widening and resurfacing project on the Kirkland Road project is set to start on October 16.

Public Works was approved to purchase a fuel system that tracks usage and mileage of county employees. The public works budget will foot the $21,000 cost.

Communications Committee member Randy Truette came before the board requesting permission to spend $49,529.13 for a tower top amplifier to be placed on the Mud Hill Tower. The amplifier will be used to help improve communication capabilities for first responders.

The Washington County Library Chipley Branch was approved to accept a grant from the Florida Humanities Council for $5,000 to have a traveling sports themed exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute. The exhibit will be on display for six weeks, starting September 28, 2018. There are only six libraries in Florida that will host the exhibit.

Residents of Sunny Hills will soon see new lights down the boulevard and at the entrance to the community. MSBU funds will pay the $94,000 price tag for new arms and LED lighting on the existing poles along the road. 124 lights in total will be redone. 15 decorative poles were also approved to be placed at the entrance to give a more welcoming feel. The price tag includes a five year contract with Gulf Power on the lights.

In other items, the Clerk of Court was approved to pay bills for September totaling $1,336,443.86.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on November 8.