By REBECCA HAZEN
Dade County Executive Ted Rumley spoke about upcoming road projects during the weekly county update on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Paving for Burkhalter Gap Road and Hales Gap Road will start later this fall. According to Rumley, bids have opened up for the projects.
There were three bids, and Talley Construction Inc., had the lowest bid. The Commissioners will vote on the bid during their next meeting, on Oct. 7.
“The paving will have to start no later than the middle of October, and Talley said that works well with their scheduling,” Rumley said.
Rumley estimates that the work will complete in about a month’s time.
Striping is going to happen on Old State Road, Tatum Gulf Road, Griffin Road, Vulcan Road, District Line Road, Bible Gulf Road, Yankee Road, Mt. Olive Road, Michaels Road and Gass Drive.
The cable barrier project on I-59 from the split to the Alabama line is expected to be complete on Oct. 31.
Phase 1 of grinding and paving on 136 at Sand Mountain, by Northwest Georgia Paving Inc, is expected to be complete on Nov. 30.
Also during the county update, Dade County Library Manager Marshana Sharp noted that her last day was Friday, Oct. 1, and she introduced the library’s new Youth Education Coordinator, Jessica Bowman.
“I am super excited to be working at the library. I am excited to be involved in the community,” Bowman said.
Bowman belongs to the Piney Grove Baptist Church, she works part-time at Jefferson’s, and she is a foster parent.
Upcoming events at the library include ongoing story time, for ages five and under every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. “Trick or Treat on the Square” will be on Oct. 23, from 5-7 p.m. If a business wants to be involved, they can call the Library and ask for Jessica.
Those who are interested in applying for the library manager position should submit a completed application to Lecia Eubanks at Cherokee Regional Library, 305 South Duke Street, LaFayette, GA, 30728, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the application, visit chrl.org/employment-opportunities.
“Thank you for all your support, everyone that has supported the library. I still want you to support the library. We have some wonderful girls over there. I encourage people to apply for the manager position. It’s a wonderful job if you enjoy helping people, getting to know people, and working in the community,” Sharp said.
In COVID-19 related news, it was noted that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices would determine when COVID-19 booster shots will be available to everyone. Right now, a booster shot is only available for Pfizer, for immunocompromised people. If anyone has questions, they can call the Dade County Health Department at (706) 657-4213.
Dade County has seen 54 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,745 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
The weekly county update is broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube on Thursdays at 3 p.m.