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Senator releases list of proposed Gadsden projects

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By Alice Du Pont

ALICE DU PONT
Times Editor
Now that what has been described as a “very active” Legislative session has drawn to a close, State Sen. Bill Montford’s office released the following accomplishments for Gadsden County.
“North Florida has something unique and special and it must be protected and recognized,” said Montford in a press release.
This session he championed causes for improvements to education, state employee pay raises, preservation of the Apalachicola River basin and Bay, Public works squads and the Florida State retirement system.
Here are the items that were passed but all are subject to the Governor’s Veto:
• Technology Transformation Grant to establish/enhance wireless network of Gadsden School District: $229, 434.00.
• Mobile Health Unit: $200,000.00
• Opening of a 432-bed Gadsden Re-Entry Center (DOC):
• Farm Share: $1,000,000.00
• Gadsden County Sheriff’s Community and Recreational Center: $400,000.00
• Gretna-Potable Water Supply Upgrade: $150,000.00
• The Quincy Music Theatre, Inc.: $20,000.00
• Gadsden Arts Inc. (Grant): $5,994.00
• Quincy Loop N from State Road 12 to County Road 268 (Solomon Dairy Road) PD&E/EMO Study: $700,000.00
• State Road 8 (Interstate 10) from west of State Road 10 (U.S. 90) to Ochlockonee River Bridge PD & E/EMO Study: $750,000.00
• State Road 65 over Ocklawaha Creek Bridge replacement: $3.9 million
• Lewis Lane from County Road 379 Mt. Pleasant to County Road 379 (Glory Road) reconstruction: $605,011.00
• State Road 8 (I-10) from W of SR (U.S. 90) to Leon County Line resurfacing: $432,210.00