Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve up to $40,000 to purchase a vehicle for meal delivery by Upson County Senior Center officials.
The vehicle previously used to deliver meals to elderly residents requires a transmission replacement, according to county staff.
“We have struggled with our senior center fleet recently,” County Manager Jason Tinsley said. “We want to cap the cost at $40,000, but the goal is to try to find a good, economical SUV, new or used, not to exceed that amount.”
Tinsley added that the new vehicle also could be used as a “pool car” for staff, but said, “The intent would be to deploy a vehicle to the center immediately to use for meal delivery.”
Finance director Allen Salter said a reliable vehicle could be used until the transmission is replaced in the 2019 model previously used for delivery.
“We’ve been doing a lot of fleet juggling lately,” Tinsley told commissioners. “I like to keep it lean, but it’s very lean right now.”
Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve Fulton & Kozak as county auditors.
F&K will collaborate with local firm Driver, Adams + Sharpe CPAs, who have conducted the county audit for consecutive years. Local partners Reshann Adams and Sydney Sharpe will continue their lead role in auditing services, according to presentations by firm representatives.
In other business, Tinsley said Parrish Construction is beginning to plan a groundbreaking ceremony for the county’s new judicial facility, tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, May 31. With the exception of one judge, the entire circuit plans to attend, Tinsley said.
Clerk Jessica Jones reminded board members the grand opening for the Upson Lee Agricultural Center is slated for Friday, May 19, and the county employee picnic is scheduled for June 16.
Chairman Norman Allen addressed the ongoing “rooster saga.”
“When you live in residential areas, [chickens, pigs, etc.] can get overwhelming,” Allen said. “We take the comments to heart and I’m sure we’ll discuss it further.” Citing “unintended consequences,” he concluded, “Our hearts are in the right spot… we’ll talk about it.”
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