The District has completed 41.67% of the fiscal year as of November 2012. Revenues were 6.18% less than expected. Expenditures were 1.26% less than projected. The general fund balance was $414,104.33. Interest earned for the month was $94.18 funds invested at .07%. The Balance in the State Reimbursement RMS and VES Account is $246,198.04. The Balance in the 2008 Construction Account is $1,022,675.63. The Balance in the SPLOST III account is $250,995.24. SPLOST proceeds reported for November were $402,747.97. The Balance in the SPLOST IV account is $4,225,308.35.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for sidewalk improvements in the city of Cedartown, Polk County. Georgia DOT recently approved the preparation of a city contract covering the reconstruction of sidewalks on two streets in Cedartown.
“The Georgia DOT is committed to providing a pedestrian friendly environment in all our cities and towns,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. “The approved sidewalk improvements will certainly enhance the safe mobility of Cedartown’s residents.”
While contract preparation has begun, construction cannot begin until the contract has been signed and a work order issued.
The project includes 0.19 mile of sidewalk improvements on Main Street from East Avenue to Noyes Street, and on Grace Street from W Main Street to South College Street in the city of Cedartown.
“The State Board of Transportation shares with pride the ability of Cedartown and Polk County to meet the demand of maintaining safe mobility for all their residents,” said State Transportation Board Member Jeff Lewis. Lewis who represents Georgia’s Eleventh Congressional District, including Polk County, has been instrumental in gaining approval for this project.
Funding for this project comes from the Georgia DOT’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) Program, which allows local governments to decide the types of project that are most beneficial to their local jurisdictions. Every year, Georgia DOT notifies local governments to submit requests for their local transportation needs. Funding for LMIG is allocated each fiscal year and is between 10 and 20 percent of the funding from the state motor fuel taxes collected in the preceding fiscal year. Funds for projects are distributed to local governments by a formula based on population and local road mileage. Funds can be rolled over for three fiscal years to assist with funding more expensive projects. LMIG funds can only be used on improvements for roads and bridges within county, city or state rights-of-way. Eligible projects include—but are not limited to—safety, economic development, sidewalk, maintenance and bridge.
In addition to its primary responsibility to provide for the safety, maintenance and growth of Georgia’s federal and state highway system, the Department of Transportation assists cities and counties in the care and expansion of local roads and streets. Through its Local Maintenance and Improvement Grants (LMIG) program – formerly the State Aid and the Local Assistance Road (LARP) programs – Georgia DOT has given cities and counties nearly $860 million during the past decade.
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Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has signed an order finalizing new rules that will require all insurance companies who sell individual health policies in Georgia to also offer “Child-Only” individual health coverage beginning January 1, 2013.
“Georgia consumers who want to provide healthcare coverage for their children can begin the process during the open enrollment period of January 1-31,” Commissioners Hudgens said. “To guarantee that children get the quality medical care they need, I encourage parents and guardians with uninsured children to consider purchasing this coverage. ”
A “Child-Only” plan is a type of policy that can be purchased by parents that are uninsured, whose employers do not offer health coverage to dependents, or who have had a qualifying event such as loss of coverage due to job change. A legal guardian can also purchase this type of policy if they are insured by Medicare.
House Bill 1166, which established “Child-Only” policies, was an effort by the Georgia Legislature to assist parents with children under age 19 who are not currently covered, and who do not have access to creditable health insurance coverage. The bill was sponsored by Representative Alex Atwood.
“This was a common sense, free-market initiative that received overwhelming bi-partisan support,” said Rep. Alex Atwood. “I am honored to have authored legislation that will provide hard-working Georgians with an additional insurance option for their children.”
Coverage for this healthcare plan will begin on March 1, for persons applying during the January open enrollment period. Insurers are required to offer guaranteed issue during this period even if a child has a pre-existing condition. Children with loss of coverage due to qualifying events after January 2013 may also be eligible for special enrollment.
Commissioner Hudgens recommends parents and guardians to contact their local health insurance agent directly to inquire about enrollment during the month of January. Anyone with questions about the open enrollment process may also contact the Department toll-free at 800-656-2298. Calls are taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The open enrollment period for the “Child Only” policy is January 1-31, 2013.
A former professor at Dalton State College will be tried on rape and child molestation charges next week. Monte Salyer had negotiated a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office but backed out at the last minute. The former English professor faces charges of rape, statutory rape, child molestation, aggravated child molestation and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is suspending its sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut. A statement on Dick’s website expresses sympathy for the victims families. It says sales of modern sporting rifles will be suspended during this “time of national mourning.”
A daycare teacher in Paulding County has been arrested for hiring someone to kill her ex-husband. Melissa Silvers, 48, thought she was hiring a hit man, however, the hit man was an undercover agent. Silvers was arrested at Lost Mountain Academy Daycare. Silvers has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is in jail without bond.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is clearing a path for travelers this holiday season by lifting lane closures over the extended Christmas and New Year’s travel period. GDOT announced today that all scheduled and ongoing construction-related lane closures in Northwest Georgia would be suspended for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The suspension will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 and continue until midnight Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Georgia Power has agreed to buy more power from solar equipped homes and businesses as part of its plan to increase the amount of solar power it sells. The Ga. Public Service Commission recommended the change in the utility’s plan. Ga. Power agreed to buy 30 megawatts a year for three years from solar equippedhouses and businesses. It also plans to buy 60 megawatts a year for two years from solar farms. One megawatt can power a department store.
Georgia highway safety officials are urging motorists to take extra care this holiday season.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says the state is on track to experience an increase in fatalities for the first time in six years. If fatalities continue at their current rate, the state will surpass last year’s total of 1,226 deaths on the roadways.
State highway officials always reinforce their zero tolerance policy for impaired driving during the holiday season. This year, they want people to be extra careful to avoid an increase in fatalities.
The state’s annual Operation Zero Tolerance campaign begins Friday and lasts through New Year’s Day.