Discussing stormwater and zoning issues

Catoosa County Zoning Director James Davis (right) discusses stormwater and zoning matters with Commissioner Jeff Long during a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Catoosa County commissioners recently approved bids for upcoming stormwater projects, and for the upgrade of the phone system at the Sheriff's Department.

The stormwater project involves three neighborhoods in the county; Morris Estates, The Meadows, and Everett Road. Residents in each community have been dealing with water issues, which prompted the county to secure an engineering plan to remedy the problems.

"The projects have been designed by CTI Engineering," Zoning Director James Davis said during the Sept. 19 commission meeting. "The county received complaints from residents at the locations regarding water from county roads impacting homes and properties. The engineering for the project has been completed and bids for the work were opened Aug. 17, with two companies bidding on the project."

Davis recommended the low bid on the project, which came from Rock Spring-based Baker Contracting Company in the amount of $460,076.

"We recommend awarding that bid for all schedules to Brown Contracting," Davis said. "They are experienced with projects of similar complexity. The project will be funded from 2014 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds."

The board unanimously approved the bid, as well as one for the needed phone upgrades at the Sheriff's Department in the amount of $25,342.31 following a brief recommendation from Maj. Kelly Holcomb.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.