Paris says Wal-Mart intersection still problematic


BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris convened the November Commissioner’s Meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the Union County Courthouse.

Paris said in his Commissioner’s Comments that some Wal-Mart patrons are trying to defeat the blocked left turn at the lower Wal-Mart exit on Hwy. 515 in an effort to avoid making the U-turn at the intersection of Hwy. 515 and Kiutuestia Creek Road (K-Rd), even though a concrete curb has been installed and road markers are in place directing them to the right. The gallery agreed that this is not only inconsiderate of and dangerous for the drivers attempting to avoid the U-turn, but also a major hazard for unsuspecting traffic traveling east on Hwy. 515 to Blairsville. Also mentioned were the hazards of people driving while distracted with cell phones. Paris said plans are in place to rework the K-Rd./Hwy. 515 intersection because of this and because of the limited turning area for semi-trucks leaving Wal-Mart and attempting to make the same U-turn. Wal-Mart patrons leaving the store and wanting to travel to Blairsville are urged to use the K-Rd. exit.

The commissioner explained the purchase of 1.784 acres of land behind the Union County Fire Department Station 1/Headquarters Building on Shoe Factory Road. Paris said this involved a limited warranty deed between Union County and the Union County Development Authority and was the culmination of a property line problem that has existed since before he took office in 2001. He said a corner of the fire station had encroached over the property line when it was originally built and, after many years of attempting to correct the problem, was finally resolved with the purchase of Tract 2 (0.860 acre) and Tract 3 (0.924 acre) for a total cost of $33,344.40 (see aerial map and video).

Paris approved the Notice of Award and Contract to Stahlman-England Irrigation, Inc. for the Butternut Creek Golf Course irrigation upgrades at a price of $636,000. Paris said the irrigation would significantly improve the look and health of Butternut Creek Golf Course, as is evidenced by the increased rainfall over the last two years. He said two other companies bid on the job and Stahlman-England came in lowest.

The commissioner approved an agreement between Union County and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for the period July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, in the amount of $30,960. The Agreement calls for Union County to bear 50 percent of Union County Transportation costs. GDOT will pay the other half. Paris said the county runs two buses for the benefit of those who do not have their own transportation.

Paris approved a contract between Union County and Paragon Consulting Group, Inc. in the amount of $75,000 to provide pavement condition assessment on all Union County roads. Paragon, he said, will provide Union County with the ability to more accurately prioritize road maintenance.

Paris declared October 24, 2017, “World Polio Day” and encouraged all citizens to join him and Rotary International in the fight for a polio-free world.

The commissioner approved the 2018 schedule of county meetings which are as follows: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.

Paris approved the following two Union County Business Licenses:

  • Mountain Escapes Property Management, Inc. at 319 Chicory Drive E
  • Mountain View Bed & Breakfast at 261 Track Rock Gap Road

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