Pembroke will now be reimbursed by the Georgia Department of Transportation for maintaining state highways within the city limits after a decision Monday by the city council.
During a called meeting at City Hall, the Pembroke City Council approved 3-0 a contract with the DOT for $2,625 per mile per year to maintain 9.43 miles of state highway within the city limits. Council members Johnnie Miller and Kim McGhee were absent.
Mayor Mary Warnell said the total reimbursement for maintaining the 9.43 miles would be $24,753.75 a year.
According to the contract, the city will be reimbursed for maintenance such as mowing and cleaning of right-of-way, edging and weed eating, litter patrol and pick-up, all necessary emergency services and any other pertinent maintenance function need to keep the state highways clean.
Warnell said the city did not approve the contract at its regular meeting on March 11 because the contract was not ready.
“We have reviewed (the contract) and it is correct with the number of miles — (City Project Manager) Ricky (McCoy) has checked that,” Warnell said. “We reviewed the contract in total and think it is a good contract for us.”
“This is something we’ve been doing, we have just not gotten any money for it,” council member Diane Moore added.
Read more in the March 20 edition of the News.