After nearly three years of discussion and revisions, the Upson County Board of Commissioners approved an address display ordinance for the unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance will not go into effect until January 2015 to allow for an implementation period and will only be mandatory for new construction and new businesses, but is encouraged for existing homes and businesses. The county plans to purchase the signs from the correctional industry to sell at cost to the citizens; they believe the signs should not cost more than five or six dollars.
The commissioners have designated the signs are to be a blue reflective color with white reflective numbers, that are a minimum of three inches in height and half an inch in width. Originally, Planning and Zoning Director Doug Currier suggested the numbers to be four inches in height as that is the international standard used in building codes; however Commissioner Ralph Ellington noted that he could not find four inch numbers at any store in Thomaston or even in Griffin. He stated he did not feel it was a good idea to tell citizens they had to use something that is not readily available. The signs are to be placed where they are visible from the road, such as on a mailbox or towards the end of the driveway. However, they must be kept off the right of way so they will not be knocked over when there is work being done along the county roads. County Manager Jim Wheeless stated a good rule of thumb would be to keep the signs behind the utility poles to ensure they are in the proper location.
The board hopes that all existing households and businesses will voluntarily take part in the effort to place the signs at their residence or business, as it is the best way to ensure emergency personnel are able to locate the correct address.
In other business, the board approved having Upson EMC install three phase electricity at the M.G. Worthy Community Center. Commissioner Lorenzo Wilder told the board they are planning to install heating and air conditioning in the center ,which currently has single phase electricity. Wilder noted the three phase will be cheaper to operate and will allow for fewer units. The cost of the project will be just over $8,700 with the funding coming from SPLOST.
Finally, County Manager Wheeless announced the county had paid off the Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) for 2013 which were a little over six million dollars. He stated they are beginning work on the TANs for next year.