CHIPLEY – In a joint effort with City of Chipley, Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved the application to pursue a $5 million grant for the Governor’s Growth Fund when they met in regular session August 23.

Chipley City Administrator Dan Miner approached the commission on August 15 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.

The commission approved phase II of the Emerald Coast Subdivision project where there are currently seven existing lots and seven more have been added to the subdivision.

The Emerald Subdivision site is a two-lane county road located along the 7.9-acre tract where the existing lots are to be developed as single family homes. The newly approved plat will be used for the same purposes. The initial lots were approved in November 2017 with five lots having already been sold for development.

In other business, approval was granted to Dewberry Engineers to design plans for the 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.

The commission also approved a quote for the bridge at Pioneer Road and Hard Labor Creek repair. 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 requested approval to pay vouchers for July totaling $1,061,231.50, the request was approved.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. o. September 19.