T-SPLOST to Transform Deepstep Road

By: Elizabeth Jordan, Sandersville Progress
Staff Reporter

Orange cones and the smell of freshly poured asphalt will fill the atmosphere of Deepstep Rd. beginning in the next few weeks.
A kick-off celebration was held on May 12 along Deepstep Rd. for the resurfacing project that is fully funded through the Transportation Investment Act (TIA).
“You’re to be commended and congratulated, because a lot of hard work went into getting the one percent sales tax passed in the CSRA,” said DOT District Engineer Jimmy Smith.
The CSRA was one of three regions to pass the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST).
“This project goes from the Fall Line to the Baldwin County line,” said Smith, adding that there are areas of patching, deep-base patching, and resurfacing to give those traveling on Deepstep Rd. a “smooth riding surface.”
Smith went on to say that once completed, the roadway will become a local truck route.
District 2 Georgia DOT Board Member Jamie Boswell remarked that the project is estimated to cost $1.76 million.
“We’re off to a great start,” said Boswell. “We all know what transportation means for communities and for economics.”
Ben Tarbutton III was also at the celebration, and remarked that this was a long process, and one of the reasons that the T-SPLOST passed in the CSRA was because of a “great project list.”
Tarbutton commended Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews and Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairman Horace Daniel for representing the area.
“They got Washington County two projects on the list including the resurfacing on Deepstep Rd. and the Sandersville-Tennille truck route,” said Tarbutton.
Tarbutton also thanked the citizens of Washington County for passing the T-SPLOST.
“Getting this TIA passed in the environment that we were in in 2012 was not easy,” said Tarbutton. “We had a good local platform.”
Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews echoed Tarbutton’s comments, saying that it was a very special day for the community.
“This is one of the main roads of this county,” said Andrews.
Chairman of the County Commissioners Horace Daniel remarked that everyone worked hard on the project.
“We had a hard time in some areas because anytime you’re going to pass a tax, nobody’s going to like it,” said Daniel. “I don’t blame them. But if you’re going to have anything this day and time, everybody’s going to have to take a part of it.”
Mayor of Deepstep Randall Veal stated that the Town of Deepstep will reap the benefits of so many people’s hard work.
“Deepstep’s a very small community, but there’s a lot of activity on the road,” said Veal. “It’s very important to maintain it for safety reasons.”
Veal went on to say that the project will be money well spent.
Pittman Construction will work on the project. They estimate that the project will take approximately 120 days.

 

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Washington County Property Taxes May Now Be Paid Online

Jeannette W. Anderson, Washington County Tax Commissioner is pleased to announce that effective April 9, 2014 property tax bills may be paid online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover cards. There will be a 3% convenience fee charged by the merchant, Government Window, for this service.

Taxpayers may access the online payment window by logging onto the county website: www.washingtoncountyga.gov and navigating to the Tax Commissioner page. There you will find a link to the online payment page.

Customers will have the option to pay, view, and print property tax bills at their convenience.

The Tax Office will also have available a “Self-Serve” customer computer. Taxpayers who would like to pay with a credit/debit card but do not have a home computer or internet access may use this computer to access the online payment website.

Coming later in 2014…………………….Online Motor Vehicle tag renewals!

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WCSC & WEMS Partner to Begin Vial of Life Program in Washington County

       On June 13, 2013, Lynne Beal, Activity Coordinator of WCSC, and Cherry Bowen, Administrative Assistant for WCRD, attended an Elder Abuse Conference in Augusta Georgia.  During the conference, different vendors from the area had the opportunity to share their programs and ideas with those in attendance.  At break time, participants had the option to visit these vendors to obtain information to take back and share with their Centers.  One of the vendors attending on this particular day was Gold Cross, who shared with participants a Vial of Life Program that was currently set up in the Augusta Area.  Beal and Bowen could see the tremendous benefit that this program could be, not only for the Senior Community, but for the entire County.  Several days after attending the conference, Bowen contacted Alan Smith, local EMS director, and set up an appointment to speak with him regarding the program.  Upon speaking with Bowen, Smith stated that he was very familiar with this program, and was anxious to help get the program in place in Washington County.  Since Smith had recently become a member of the Tennille Rotary Club, he knew that it was looking for some new projects to promote.  Newly elected president of Tennille Rotary Club and writer for The Sandersville Progress, Elizabeth Jordan, was ready to help promote the program as soon as sufficient funding was available and enough supply could be made to distribute.  Smith received a donation from the first partner, Tennille Rotary Club, to allow for printing of labels and stickers for the vials.  WCSC agreed to help fold, stuff, and label the vials as needed.  Smith then decided in order to provide enough vials for the community, a grant would need to be written.  Smith applied for a grant on behalf of EMS through Washington EMC’s Operation Round-Up.   In November, EMS received a grant for $1500 the needed vials.  All parties involved were tremendously excited that this program had become a reality in such a short amount of time, and a date was set for an official kick-off event! 

        On Thursday, December 19th, Santa arrived by ambulance to the Washington County Senior Center.  Instead of his usual bag of toys for “all good little boys and girls”, he handed out Vials of Life from his big red pack.   EMS personnel were on hand to assist in filling out forms to register Senior citizens for the program, and each was advised what to do with the Vial upon returning home.   The vial would be placed in the refrigerator door, and a sticker prominently placed by the front door of the home to let EMS know that he/she was a participant in the program.  This way, EMS could go straight to the refrigerator and obtain the vial to retrieve health history, medications, and physician/insurance information. What an outstanding program to help save a life!  There will be upcoming events to hand out more Vials, but Washington EMS is located directly behind Washington County Regional Medical Center for your convenience.  Please participate in this worthwhile program by bringing by your medicines today and getting signed up for a Vial!  WCSC would like to thank all partners involved in this event: Washington EMS, Washington EMC, and Tennille Rotary Club.  Thanks for all your efforts in making this a reality!

Submitted by: Cherry E. Bowen