Whitfield County Board of Commissioners meets Monday

Feb. 8—The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners meets Monday at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse. The meeting will be livestreamed on the county's Facebook and YouTube pages.

The commissioners are scheduled to vote on whether to apply for a $300,000 federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. The grant would be used to fund "various sidewalk and pedestrian safety projects near or around county schools and neighborhoods," according to the meeting agenda packet.

The grant does not require any local matching funds, but it does require proof that the county has committed funds to cover any unforeseen cost overruns that exceed the grant amount. The commissioners are also scheduled to vote on whether to approve committing up to 20% of the grant or $60,000 to cover any potential cost overruns.

The commissioners are also scheduled to vote on:

—The purchase of two John Deere tractors with mowers for the Public Works Department for $349,211 through Sourcewell, a buyers cooperative representing more than 50,000 local governments and school systems across the country.

—Applying for a $283,750.74 Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters grant to buy 14 LUCAS Devices, which provide hands-free chest compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The grant requires a 5% local match.

—The purchase of two F-150 trucks and one F-350 from Ford of Dalton for $186,600 for the Public Works Department.

—A memorandum of understanding with the state Prosecuting Attorneys' Council for a federal Victims of Crime Act Assistance Grant of $125,130. This has been an annual recurring grant for many years. The grant funds services to victims of crime, particularly victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and child abuse.

—A $120,000 contract with Barry Smith Trails of Chattanooga to build a summit trail at Rocky Face Ridge Park.

—Renewal of a contract for one year with Silvia Andrade to provide Spanish interpretation services in Superior Court for $98,750.

—Accept another $50,000 in COVID-19 Mitigation in Georgia Confinement Facilities Grant. This is a grant program administered by Georgia Southern University, the Georgia Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reimburse the county for COVID-19 expenses at the jail.

The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has already received $100,000 from this grant, which it used to buy seven heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units for the jail. With this additional funding, the sheriff's office plans to buy three more HVAC units for $48,189. Due to the time constraints of the grant, the board chairman approved the order and the sheriff's office is now requesting the commissioners to ratify the purchase.

—A $27,000 contract with Fort Orange Press for absentee ballot by mail services.

—A request by Hardnett and Peck for a special use permit in a general agricultural district for 60 acres on Coley Cliff in Rocky Face. The owners wish to create an event center on the property. In January, the Dalton-Varnell-Whitfield County Planning Commission recommended approval of the request contingent on improvements to the road into the property.