The Barrow County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night agreed after much debate to allow county manager Jock Connell to hire an expert to determine whether private companies could deliver some county services cheaper and better than the government does. The move kept alive the idea of privatizing some functions of county government at a moment when it appeared that a majority of the BOC was prepared to nix the concept.
Winder moves to replace pension plan
At a meeting called primarily to change the city’s retirement system, the Winder City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to replace the “defined benefit” plan with a “defined contribution” plan.
Bethlehem has vast cash reserves
Bethlehem may have one of the wealthiest local governments in the country on a per capita basis. According to the town’s recently released audit, Bethlehem has nearly $1 million in cash reserves in its general fund. That’s around $1,610 for each of the town’s 611 residents.
Dual enrollment students growing
Thanks to a new Lanier Technical College tuition waiver, more Barrow County high school students this school year are getting head starts on their careers and college educations.
Last year, 40 local students participated in the Dual Enrollment Program to earn college credits that also fulfilled high school graduation requirements. This year, 84 students have been accepted and as of Monday afternoon, 56 had registered.
Winder to brush up its public image
Winder city officials are taking steps to improve the government’s communications and image.
This week, a contractor installed a new sign with an electronic reader board on city property at Punkin Junction Road and Highway 81. Last week, the city council approved an arrangement that will give the city four months of advertising rights on a large electronic sign off Highway 316 near Carmike Cinemas. And on Monday, the city posted a job opening for a new position of “Marketing & Media Relations Specialist.”