CHIPLEY – In a joint effort with City of Chipley, Washington County Board of County Commissioners is poised to pursue a $5 million grant for the Governor's Growth Fund.
During a workshop on August 15, Chipley City Administrator Dan Miner approached the commission to request the county write a grant to round out funding for the purchase of land to be used as an additional capacity sprayfield. The 485-acre tract of land is located south of Interstate 10 and would serve the city for many years to come, and will help with development south of the 77 corridor.
If the funding would become available, the city would be in a position to close the three current sprayfields in use and would also allow the county to benefit from the growth south of Chipley.
Chairman Tray Hawkins said residents need to understand the county would still has the ability to develop south of the interstate.
"We still have the ability to develop south of the interstate," said Hawkins. "This is just another step in the right direction."
The measure is expected to be on the consent agenda for the next regular session.
Also at the meeting, an interlocal agreement between the county and its municipalities is set to be on the consent agenda concerning animal control services provided by the county.
The interim agreement will be used until September when the county will bring forth the final ordinance concerning animal control and code enforcement. The terms of the agreement state the municipality will pay for services rendered according to the size of their population and that it will be the participating municipalities' responsibility to capture the animal for the county to transport.
Also set to be placed on the consent agenda is approval for design plans to be drawn up by Dewberry Engineers for Greenhead Fire Department. The $15,000 cost will come from funds given to the county for the loss of a voting precinct due to the widening of Highway 77 that totaled $46,250. The remaining funds have been allocated to help with construction of the new facility that will also hold the new voting precinct.
In other business, a quote for the bridge at Pioneer Road and Hard Labor Creek repair is set to be approved. Ferrovial Services will repair the bridge at a cost of $26,295, which will be paid out of public works contingency fund.
Also, Clerk of Court and Comptroller Lora C. Bell advised receiving four proposals for auditing services and will be presenting the board with the choices during their regular session meeting next week.
Approval to advertise for an MSBU Coordinator will appear on the consent agenda, as well. The part time position will be 20 hours a week at $16.80 an hour.
Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on August 23.