The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners approved several business items during a special called meeting Tuesday night. All votes were 3-0. Commissioner Mike Cowan did not attend the meeting and chairman Mike Babb only votes to break ties.
• Awarded a $21,900 design proposal contract to American Consulting Professionals for a Habitat For Humanity project off Ezzard Avenue in Dalton. Under the Local Option Sales Tax agreement that provides in-kind services, city of Dalton officials asked Whitfield County to build roads and take care of required stormwater facilities and erosion control measures. The final phase of Habitat For Humanity’s project includes the building of 12 to 14 homes.
• Agreed to pay the Georgia Forestry Commission 10 cents per acre of protected forest land in Whitfield County, up from 4 cents last year. The county will pay the commission $7,725 to provide fire protection for the land. Because of state funding cuts for fiscal year 2011, the commission has raised the rate.
• Appointed Chad Mulkey, manager of the Whitfield County Environmental Department, to the Conasauga River Alliance board.
• Transferred a new district attorney’s vehicle to Murray County. Two vehicles were awarded to Whitfield County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and one was transferred to Murray County as part of the agreement.