Blue Ridge, Ga. – For now construction on the new emergency center / fire station located off of Windy Ridge Road in Blue Ridge will come to a halt. Plans to finish the current construction and move emergency personnel in will continue but a portion of the building that was not deemed to be finished in the current phase will remain undone for the time being.
At the Oct. 9 Fannin County Board of Commissioners meeting unexpected high bids were received for the completion of the project.
Fannin County Emergency Management Director Robert Graham explained that the completion of this particular area of the facility was not necessary for the building itself to be a functional space for emergency management staff.
The main purpose of the incomplete area will be for training and living quarters.
Graham reached out to 25 contractors in hopes of finding a winning bidder to complete the project. Local contractors were included in this list of 25, but no local companies opted to bid.
Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss opened two sealed bids at the meeting.
The first bid came from Engineered Structures, Inc. of Kennesaw, Ga. in the amount of $486,460, and the second bid came from JM Williams Contractors of Marietta, Ga. in the amount of $439,927.
Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson was first to express his opinion after a lengthy silence from all the commissioners: “I think it’s way too much money.”
“I feel like that’s really high,” Graham said agreeing with Johnson and adding, “I don’t know what happened between now and last year. That’s almost double what we started out at.”
Graham said this referring to a quote that was given previously for the completion of the area that was substantially less than either of the two new bids.
County Chairman Stan Helton, agreeing with opinions expressed by Johnson and Graham, questioned Graham if any issues, either from safety or structure, would arise by not completing this particular section at the present time.
Graham responded that there would be a need to heat the space in cold temperatures due to the sprinkler system in that area already being live and functioning.
Johnson clarified that the sprinkler system was a wet system: “The lines on a wet system are charged with water at all times and in a dry system they are only charged once needed.”
Graham suggested heating the area with a propane heater, possibly a hanging heater, and that there would be no safety issues in doing so as long as the heater had proper ventilation.
“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get a more favorable bid on this,” Helton concluded.
Johnson motioned,” I make the motion that we deny both bids due to the extreme cost.”
This motion passed unanimously.
With the area partially complete, Johnson made a last suggestion of looking into the cost of piecemealing the project out to specialized contractors in hopes cutting costs and also encouraging local businesses to bid on the process.
Specific areas mentioned that would need completion include sheetrock, flooring, heating and air, plumbing and electrical.
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Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for September. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.
Students chosen for September are: Devin Hogsed, daughter of Jason & Victoria Turner of Blue Ridge; Tyler Ensley, son of Rodney & Pam Ensley of Epworth; Maddie Buchanan, daughter of Jacob & Tiffany Buchanan of McCaysville and Russell & Jennifer Jones of Mineral Bluff; and James Kyle, son of Tim and Mary Kyle of Blue Ridge.
Pictured Left to Right in featured image:
James Kyle, Devin Hogsed, Maddie Buchanan, and Tyler Ensley
Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
October 7, 2018 thru October 13, 2018 Responses
Mutual Aid: 0
Total Emergency Calls: 489
Total Calls: 1491
October 10, 2018
For information contact Shannon York, Coordinator
The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Leadership Fannin Class of 2019, which will begin in February of 2019. Leadership Fannin is an extremely rewarding experience designed to educate and develop local community leaders. Participants learn about community leadership, gain a greater understanding of issues in Fannin County and network with people from all walks of life and geographic areas of our community.
Coordinating the program for the Chamber is Shannon York, and the 2019 Chair is Chris Hall. If you are interested in applying or know someone who would benefit from the program, please contact Jan Hackett at email@example.com or call the Chamber at 706-632-5680, with the applicant’s name and contact information. The deadline for nominations is November 15. Nominees will receive applications and a schedule of programs in December and the class will be approved in early January, 2019.
Leadership Fannin was established in 1999 in cooperation with the Fannin Cooperative Extension. The Chamber program consists of 14 classes since 2004. Nominees should have lived in Fannin County for more than two years. Tuition is $200 however scholarships are available for representatives of non-profit organizations.
By, Mrs. Mary Jean Pace, 4th grade science teacher
West Fannin Elementary had the great privilege of joining in the Rivers Alive Clean-up on Saturday, September 29th. We began our morning at WFES with a safety briefing from Trout Unlimited representative, Peggy Reich, who then passed out Rivers Alive t-shirts, gloves, trash bags, and bug spray. Students from Pre-K through fifth grade, along with family members, scoured our school campus, nature trail, and stream for trash and debris.
Some of the items removed included rubber tires, a toilet tank, rusty gallon cans, foam stuffing, metal poles cemented into rubber tires, as well as plastic containers and trash. After loading the trash and debris onto a trailer, we shared a delicious lunch and dessert by the river at Tammen Park, with many of our kids enjoying a wade or swim at the boat ramp! Our WFES Rivers Alive Clean-up Day was a great success! Cleaning our campus, nature trail, and stream of rubber tires, trash, and old building debris has made West Fannin a safer and more environmentally-healthy place to learn and enjoy! Thanks again to our families who attended as well as Trout Unlimited for including West
Fannin Elementary in the 2018 Rivers Alive clean-up!
Pictured above are the members listed below in front of the tree-house rental now open from 6 Ponds Farm. From left to right are Chamber Ambassadors, Debra Amburn and Bob Amburn, friends Carol Ledoux, Jim Studeny, Owner Gilda Lyon and friend Cindy Hillsman.
The builder of the incredible tree house is Mitchell Brown.
Congratulations on your new addition and on the Ribbon Cutting.