Elbert Co. Commission Approves Intergovernmental Agreement

November 13, 2013

Two down, and one to go when it comes to a proposed intergovernmental agreement between the Elbert County Board of Commissioners, Elbert County Board of Education, and Elberton City Council.

Yesterday evening, the Elbert County Board of Commissioners became the second governing body to approve the terms laid out in the intergovernmental agreement, which involves the demolition of the Hawes Center property located off of Mill Street in Elberton.

Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas explained how the county benefits from the deal.

“We will receive all the fees for the disposal of the demolition of the structure, and we will split any of the salvageable material that we may come across with the school board”, said Thomas.

In the contract it says the county will handle the demolition of the property, the city of Elberton will provide two dump trucks and two drivers to help in the hauling of debris, and the board of education will pay for the debris removal and asbestos abatement.

Thomas did say that up to six road department employees will be used on this project and that if any emergency work concerning the county’s roads came up, then that work would take precedent over the demolition process.

A motion was made to approve the intergovernmental agreement, which passed with a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Chris Alexander voting in opposition of the agreement.