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Probate Judge Recaps Annual Activities At Toombs Commission’s Last 2020 Session

Toombs County Probate Judge Larry Threkeld, who retired December 31 after 12 years at his post, apprised Toombs County Commissioners at their last session of 2020 about the recent activities of his office. His report was heard at the Commission’s December 15 meeting at the Toombs County Courthouse. Despite being closed for two and half months due to COVID-19, the office still processed more cases than during the previous year. “In 2019, 165 cases were filed and in 2020, 240 cases were filed,” Threlkeld told commissioners. In 2019, 159 marriage licenses were handled by his office, but in 2020, the number was 193. While in 2019 there were 678 applications for new and renewed fire arms licenses, Thelkeld’s office processed 1,071 of these permits in 2020. The judge said he expects a smooth transition as Tina Lindsey steps into the role of Probate Judge. She won election to the post in the June 9 primary.

Public Works Director Chris Keene reported that his office started 2020 “in the hole with 29.18 inches of rain within a fourmonth period.” This challenge was compounded by COVID-19. “But we never missed a lick,” he told commissioners. His crews paved or resurfaced 14 miles of roads, maintained 115 miles of rights of way and striped 26 miles of road in addition to everyday duties, including grading dirt roads and maintaining pipes and ditches.

The Commission also approved the following: • A bid by C. Merrill

Construction of Statesboro of $1,740,000 for a the construction of a building at the proposed Ross Bowen Agricultural Complex.

• A bid of $115 per

transport by All Green for solid waste transportation. An agreement with Southeastern Technical College to provide clinical training for emergency medical technicians through the Toombs County EMS program.

• Indemnication and

hold harmless agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for a permit to provide driveway encroachment at the new courthouse.

• Final price and de sign/build renovation of the Emergency Medical Services/Emergency Management Agency building with Harry Moses Construction of Vidalia at a cost of $1,389,709 plus $14,879.12 for electronic door systems.

• Purchase of radios

for the county fire departments with HUB Electronics at a cost of $20,270.00. The purchase marks the first step in a long-term plan to convert completely to digital radios.

• A revolving loan ap plication for Vidalia Apicultural & Bee Co., LLC for $300,000 (10-year loan with a maximum 5% interest). The application previously received Toombs County Development Authority approval and final approval at public hearing the following week.

• A quote by BPM

Construction of $7,500 for replacement of the roof on the EMS building.

• An MOA and sub lease agreement with the GDOT for rental of the Old Lyons Primary School. The Commission approved the following alcohol licenses: Center Grocery/ CEKK LLC; Jani’s Mart; Fruteria Rodriguez; Pop’s General Store; La Joya Mexican Store; Cedar Crossing Grocery Store and Dennis Sport Shop LLC.

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