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The Tift County Board of Commissioners discussed service delivery compromises at the Sept. 8 work session.

TIFTON — Tift County Commission voted to send a letter with a proposal for ending the ongoing service delivery dispute between the county and City of Tifton during a Sept. 14 meeting.

At the Sept. 8 County Commission work session, County Manager Jim Carter presented a letter detailing service delivery proposals for 10 services where the city and county cannot reach agreement.

The letter proposes the county would provide several services that would be funded out of the general fund, including EMS, animal control and non-emergency E-911 dispatch.

The public library would still be funded jointly by the city and the county, road construction and maintenance would remain the same as the current SDS agreement.

The city could contract with the Tift County tax collector, the Tift County Board of Elections and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office for municipal tax collection, elections and inmate housing.

Recreation would be handled by the county with the understanding that should a contract for recreation services be drawn up with the Tiftarea YMCA, the service delivery strategy would be updated.

The letter stipulates the SDS would be updated once a judge renders a verdict on pending water and sewer litigation and the city and the county would dismiss any claims other than the ones strictly regarding the water/wastewater system.

The letter will be sent to Tifton City Council for discussion.

The board tabled a mask ordinance or resolution until what that ordinance or resolution would look like and when it would terminate.

The board approved several other items, including:

– A contract with Traylor Business Services in the amount of $18,000 for personal property audit services, to be paid from the general fund.

– Accepting a quote from Excelsior Buildings in the amount of $22,871, to be paid by SPLOST VI.

– A three-year VMware support and subscription production in the amount of $15,222.85, to be paid from the general fund.

– Accepting a quote from Campbell Construction in the amount of $32,900.30 to replace the Neighborhood Service Center roof, to be paid out of the revolving loan fund.

– Accepting a quote from Webb Flooring in the amount of $21,793.40 to replace flooring and from Gibbs Painting in the amount of $10,950 for painting at the Tift County Health Department, to be paid from the revolving loan fund.

– Accepting a quote from Gibbs Painting in the amount of $62,275 for painting, from Custom Metals in the amount of $4,265 for metal work and $1,500 to rent a lift for the metal work on the exterior of the administration building, to be paid out of the general fund.

– Purchase of two lawn mowers from Powerhouse Outdoors in the amount of $17,752.90, to be paid out of the general fund.

– Accepting a bid from Roundtree Construction in the amount of $171,178.40 for the installation of curb, gutter and boxes on Oak Ridge Church Road.

– A letter of support for Bioscience Research, Inc. to help secure a medical marijuana license from the State of Georgia.

– Accepting a bid from the Tifton Downtown Development Authority in the amount of $1 to remove a structure located at 221 Chesnutt Ave. and giving 120 days to relocate the structure.

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