The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve an agreement with the city of Douglasville for resurfacing Chicago Avenue.

This is the result of a Service Delivery Strategy agreement between the city and county governments in which the city pays the county for services such as fire/EMS, animal control and other agreed-upon services.

The resurfacing project is expected to cost $350,000, with the city paying half of the cost.

The county also approved an agreement with the city of Douglasville for the annual holiday traffic signal operations. The city and county rotate reimbursing the other one for the cost of changing the signal timing and engineering to monitor the traffic. The purpose of the holiday traffic signal operations is to help the flow of traffic around the mall area during the busy shopping season.

The county has contracted with Wilburn Engineering to provide traffic services with the traffic signal operations around Arbor Place Mall. The city of Douglasville will be responsible for 41.7 percent of the cost.

The BOC authorized the hiring of Mauldin & Jenkins for the performance of an external audit and financial preparation for the 2017 year. The total cost is $67,150 annually.

The board voted to authorize the awarding of a contract for the purchase of a new ladder fire truck to Pierce Manufacturing for a total cost of $1.18 million to be funded from the 2016 SPLOST.

The fire department had the opportunity to obtain a ladder truck with better specifications by the company that was already manufactured with a shorter delivery date. Normally, it takes approximately 300 days for delivery of this piece of fire equipment.

The cost of the new ladder truck, which will replace a 1998 model, is $1.182 million and will be paid from SPLOST funds. The older ladder truck will be put in reserve and return to service in the event one of the other two are in for repairs.

The BOC has authorized the county to issue holiday bonuses to its employees for 2017.

Full time employees hired before June 1, 2017 will receive a $100 bonus, full-time employees hired after June 1, 2017 and part-time employees will receive $50.

The cost to the county for the holiday bonuses will cost approximately $107,000.

A town hall meeting will be held by District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Ephesus Baptist Church, 8445 Ephesus Church Rd. off Post Road. The public is invited to attend.

The Douglas County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day. The annual Douglas County Veterans Day Lighted Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at Douglas County High School and wind through the streets of downtown Douglasville.

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