The Douglas County Board of Commissioners was expected to approve advertising for a public hearing Tuesday night for the purpose of amending Section 14-72 of the Code of Ordinances to remove the roads needed to establish a new detour route in connection with the SR 92 re-alignment project.

The vote did not take place before Sentinel press time Tuesday night.

The ordinance as it stands prohibits trucks with more than six wheels from designated streets and would have to be amended to remove specific roads in order to provide truck traffic to be re-routed, according to Director of Transportation Miguel Valentin.

There are two alternate routes that are being considered to be removed from the non-truck list.

One alternate truck route under consideration is North Burnt Hickory to Maroney Mill Road. The other is a Malone, Huey and Industrial Access Road alternate truck route, Valentin told the BOC during its Monday work session.

The Georgia DOT is requesting the county’s approval to close the railroad crossing at Mozley Street to facilitate relocation of the railroad tracks by Norfolk Southern so that construction can then start on the SR 92 railroad underpass. This will require establishing a new truck detour because Mozley Street is part of the current detour route and would no longer be accessible.

There are two alternate detour routes under consideration, one partly in the county and the city, and the other one entirely in the unincorporated section of the county.

Both routes under consideration have some sections of road that currently have a truck prohibited designation. The BOC has to pass a resolution for an alternate truck route as a result of the Mozley Street Railroad Crossing closure until the new Highway 92/Dallas Highway underpass is built and open, the proposed resolution states.

In the agreement, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will perform necessary repairs on the temporary designated truck detour route until the new Highway 92 underpass is built and open for traffic. GDOT will perform before and after pavement core sample of the designated detour route to ascertain the existing condition and conditions after the new Highway 92 unpderpass is built and open for traffic, the resolution read.

Tuesday night, the BOC voted to set qualifying fees for the 2018 county elections. Qualifying fees for district commissioners has been set at $658.15; the chief magistrate judge, $2,173.02; Solicitor General, $4,594.04; state court judge, $4.742.99 and school board member $519.48.

The Official Code of Georgia requires the county to fix and publish the qualitying fee that must be paid by individuals seeking to run for election to county office.

The qualifying fee is required to be 3 percent of the office’s base salary.

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