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New HVAC systems approved for Tattnall Jail
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To qualify as a municipality to receive LOST funds, they must provide at least three of the following services: water, sewage, garbage collection, police protection, fire protection, or library.

The removal and replacement of three HVAC systems for the Tattnall County Jail were approved at the Monday, June 6, 2022, Tattnall County Commissioners’ meeting. 

Low bidder Terrell’s Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning of Glennville was awarded its low bid of $204,212. Other bidders were Waters Mechanical of Glennville at $221,750; Indoor Climate Experts of Pembroke at $262,907; and Air Management Systems, Inc., of Baxley at $266,062. The outlay of funds will come from ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) money previously awarded to the county.

Another replacement was approved for flooring at the Action Pact-Tattnall County Senior Center, with Graham’s Floor Covering of Reidsville the low bidder at $14,216. Another bidder was Vidalia Carpet Center, Inc., at $26,886.

Other items

County Attorney Tom Peterson commented that in the May 24 election, voters had made Tattnall a “wet” county, which allows for the sale of distilled spirits by package and by drink on the premises for Monday through Saturday in the county.  A certificate of these results has been sent to the Georgia Department of Revenue, and the county can now pursue an amended ordinance for the county to issue these new types of licenses.

A request by Tattnall EMA (Emergency Management Agency) Director Walt Rogers was approved to solicit bids for a new fire truck, with funds of $101,000 still in the EMA budget from the 2014 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) for fire expansion in the county.  Also, other funds are available from CARES money that was designated for public safety, which the EMA has not yet spent.

A request was also approved to surplus a 2013 Ford DRW Super Duty Ambulance for EMS (Emergency Medical Services), which has 278,000 miles on it and has far outlived its life expectancy.

County Attorney Peterson also commented on the right-of-way revisions for Milefield Road, which allows the county to quitclaim its interest belonging to the property owners of A. Sikes Family, LLLP, and belonging to Ann Lyon, respectively. The county commissioners approved these. The portion of the old roadbed will be divided equally between the two landowners.

Tattnall County Sheriff Kyle Sapp stated that the noise ordinance that was previously approved was for the times of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., specifically referring to music.  Peterson added that revisions are being considered to extend that for an entire day, since complaints continue to be received by the Sheriff’s office on loud music and other loud noises not pertinent to business operations.

Also, two appointments were made by the commissioners to the Tattnall County Board of Tax Assessors for Billy Collins and Tara Martin for four-year terms.

Charles Thomas and Jewell Jones also appeared before the county commissioners, requesting once again that Alberta and Willie Robinson Road (County Road #18) be paved due to its poor condition, and especially when it rains.

Durell Lynn also commented on a legal issue involving changing part of Herman Lynn Road.

Dennis Odom of the Tattnall Elections Office related that the run-off election will be June 21, with early voting only at the Elections Office in Reidsville June 13-June 17 and not the two satellite offices in Collins and Glennville. Only those who voted a Democratic ballot, did not vote in the May 24 election, or only voted the non-partisan ballot are eligible to vote in the June 21 Democratic run-off. The four statewide offices on the ballot are Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Labor Commissioner, and Insurance Commissioner.