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New year brings more than $1M for commissioners to consider spending

The new year could mean new purchases for Dougherty County. / Mary Green

The new year could mean new purchases for Dougherty County.

In their first meeting of 2018 on Monday, Dougherty County commissioners had more than $1 million in spending on their agenda to consider.

Assistant County Administrator Mike McCoy said the start of the year is usually the time when the county makes some of its larger, annual purchases.

One approval commissioners did make Monday was for a new Caterpillar wheeled excavator for the Public Works Department, costing $297,641 from SPLOST VII.

They also budgeted $265,000 for a future storm memorial at the Radium Springs Gardens.

But several items still remain and will be voted on at a future meeting, including $141,670 for roof repairs at the Dougherty County Police building.

McCoy said that will fix damage left by Irma.

"There was an antenna on the building that was blown off, and as a result of the antenna being extracted from the building, it damaged the roof, and we're replacing it," he said.

The money from those repairs will come from the county's risk management fund.

Here's a look at the rest of the spending still up for approval:

• $386,324.43 to purchase a used 2008 Caterpillar dozer & compactor for the landfill, covered by the risk management fund

• $30,290.24 to replace four HVAC units at the Department of Human Services Building, covered by the DHS Building Fund

• $52,839 for two 2018 F150 trucks for the jail, covered by SPLOST VI

• $22,215 for a 2018 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for Public Works, covered by CIP

• $26,576 for a 2018 F150 for the sheriff's office, covered by SPLOST VII

• $88,590 for four 2018 Ford Escapes for the sheriff's office, covered by SPLOST VII

County commissioners will also later decide whether or not to approve $84,265 for architectural services from SRJ Architects Inc. for future renovations and repairs to the Albany-Dougherty Government Center.

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