Public may speak on proposed land deal

Oconee County Council entertains public comment next week on a proposal to sell a small part of its Golden Corner Commerce Park to allow Pioneer Rural Water District to build a treatment plant. The public hearing is high on the agenda for Tuesday night’s 6 o’clock meeting in council chambers. An Atlanta, Georgia certified public account firm is being recommended to provide auditing and consultant services to the county, starting with the fiscal year ending June 30. County staff recommends Mauldin and Jenkins LLC of Atlanta be paid $49,900 for the first year and that the county administrator be authorized to renew the contract for as many as four more years, provided the charge does not exceed the amount budgeted. The northern part of Oconee County is in line to receive two fire substations. Tuesday night the council will be asked to consider a contract to build one of them, at Keowee Falls. Based on the lowest proposal received, J-Davis Construction is recommended to build the substation for $219,622.83. “The County is still working on the details for the Cherokee Lake Substation and will present it to County Council once plans are finalized,” according to the pre-meeting agenda.