Banks County officials are trying to settle a dispute with R&B Landfill concerning ownership of Poole Road.
The issue concerns whether the road is public or private. The county says it is public while landfill officials contend it is private.
During last week’s July meeting, county attorney Randall Frost announced following a 10-minute closed session that the county will try to get landfill officials to concede that Poole Road is indeed public since it has been maintained by the county for more than seven years. If this fails, the county will file a “declaratory judgment action for the court to determine if Poole Road is public,” Frost said.
In other action at the July 8 meeting, which last approximately 25 minutes, the BOC:
•learned the Justice Department has officially approved the county to hold its binding referendum this November on increasing the number of commissioners from three to five. The referendum will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
•awarded a patching contract for work on Damascus Road to Stratmon and Sons for $46,775. The Carnesville-based company presented the county with the lowest bid for the project for the 2.1 miles of work.
•agreed to buy Georgia Power $44,000 for a lighting contract for work at the new annex building. The work will be for security lighting from Eagles Nest Road to the parking lot area. Chairman Gene Hart said money is available for the work and explained to the board he needed authorization to sign the contact when Georgia Power became ready to do the work which could be as soon as a few days.
•agreed to pay Ansley Communications $34,085 for to install the new phone system at the renovated courthouse and $16,275 for cable work during renovation work.