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Montgomery County Recreation Director Resigns

The Montgomery County Commission accepted the resignation of Recreation Director Steve McLeod during its regular session Monday, March 8, but McLeod is not leaving his post for the time being.

The commissioners also approved keeping McLeod on as interim director until a replacement can be found. McLeod is stepping down from his job after four years in order to devote more time to a new business he started during the health pandemic. He also hopes to have more time to coach. “My passion is coaching the kids. I will still be around to do more of that,” he said. During the session, the Commission also approved the appointment of Tarrytown businesswoman Jan Warnock Moore to the District 4 post on the Montgomery County Development Authority.

In other business, the Commission received reports from various county agencies. Joe Filippone announced that the new Ace Hardware in Mount Vernon will have a soft opening this month with a ribbon-cutting planned for April.

Under consent agenda items, the Commission approved an engineering contract with GMC for a CDBG application for draining and paving of Bowtie Circle and Hardeman Road. A request from Sikes Brothers, Inc., for a 38-day extension to complete draining and paving on Ashley Alley and Largo Drive was approved. The additional time was required because of weather delays. The Commission also approved the Behavioral Health Contract with the Community Service Board of Middle Georgia.

Commissioners also gave a nod to the purchase of a new CAT Model 140 motor grader at a cost of $312,835. Payments will be $3,750 monthly at an interest rate of 2.07%, which was offered to the county by BB& T. The new machine replaces an aging road grader that was approaching the end of its warranty. The Commission is also considering replacing a 2005 model excavator after a swing gear malfunctioned.

In his financial report, County Manager Brandon Braddy reported that as of the end of February, the county had collected $2.7 million in revenue, or 60% of the $4.5 million budget. Expenses to date are at $800,00, for 18% of the budget, resulting in a net of $1.9 million.

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