With no unfinished business to discussed, the agenda went directly to two items of new business.
The first involved an application from Gladys Angela McKernan, of Jake and Gianella’s Food Mart, 12471 Highway 18, Williamson, for a 2010 retail license for the sale of malt beverages and/or wine.
Commissioner Roosevelt Willis made a motion to approve the application with Commissioner Tommy Powers seconding. The subsequent vote carried 4-0.
The second and final item of new business was for commissioners to consider the request of Allan McCallum who was seeking a letter of support be issued to the Georgia Department of Transportation. McCallum said the Pike County Commission letter would be in collaboration with the city of Williamson and Spalding County, seeking a reduction in the speed limit at the intersection of Highway 362, Moreland and Rover-Zetella roads from the current 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour, with incremental reductions in the roadway sections west to the Williamson city limits and east in Spalding County to the city limits of Griffin from the current 55 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour.
“The last traffic count I heard was 10,000 cars per day,” McCallum said. “This is the best thing I can think of the increase safety for everybody — reduce the speed limit.”
Willis asked if letters of support have yet been issued by officials from the city of Williamson and Spalding County, but that was unknown.
“I don’t want to tell another county what to do,” Willis said.
County Manager Bill Sawyer then suggested commissioners draft the letter of support for the requested speed limit change with the contingency that the other jurisdictions respond in like.
That suggestion was then approved with a 4-0 vote.