County engineer to OK water project payment

Published 7:30 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal


Representatives of the Lowndes County Water Authority appeared before the Lowndes County Commission Monday and assured County Engineer David Butts that he would be allowed to sign off on repairs to residents’ property before funds are released for the completion of an ongoing waterline improvement project.

Commissioners wanted assurance that repairs would be made to cut driveways and rights-of-way in the county.

Orbuty Ozier, chairman of the Lowndes County Water Authority, told the Signal following the meeting, “That’s already in the contact that we hold the retainer until we as a client are satisfied.”

She said, “They (the commission) just wanted to know if that was there (holding the funds) and could they be a part of enforcing it (allowing the county engineer to sign off). We told them, of course they can, because that’s already in the contract.”

In other matters the commission approved appropriations to the Boys and Girls Club in the amount of $2,000, the Lowndes County Board of Education in the amount of $1,600, Collirene Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $7,000, Mosses Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $3,085 and Black Belt/Hicks Hill Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $4,900.

The commission also approved payment of invoices and insolvents, errors and tax litigation for the Tax Collector’s Office.