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$89K fire station driveway paid for with SPLOST money



The Jones County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 1 to pay for an $89,260 driveway at the fire station on Highway 57.

That money will come from the Jones County Fire Department's SPLOST money.

The only opposing vote to pay the bill came from Daylon Martin.

That's money that won't go toward things the department asked for like supplies and a new truck.

An invoice from Northeast Concrete Company shows more than $62,000 to form and pour an extra dense type of concrete used to cover an underlying gas line. The rest of the money was used to pump the concrete and for other things related to construction.

According to the Special Acts section of Jones County policy, "all purchases of supplies, equipment and other materials in an amount in excess of $25,000 dollars shall be by competitive sealed bids."

The board is supposed to attempt to get at least three competitive bits and pick the best one. The only exceptions are emergency purchases or repairs.

But that bidding process didn't happen.

The County has done business with Northeast Concrete in the past and County Administrator Mike Underwood said in Tuesday's commission meeting he didn't expect it to cost as much as it did.

It's still unclear why an estimate was not taken before the project began.

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