MAYO — In the final Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners meeting of 2019, Chairman Anthony Adams asked his fellow board members to consider a Christmas present for veterans in the county: their own veterans services officer.

Adams said he’d like for the board to discuss the possibility of hiring a VSO for the county. Currently, Ellis Gray, the veterans services officer for Suwannee County, visits Lafayette County one day a week to provide services.

The board will discuss the position further at its first meeting of 2020, which will be Jan. 13 at 9 a.m.

Also in the board’s Dec. 23 meeting, it unanimously approved for Public Works Director Scott Sadler to look at previously set guidelines as a reference for setting guidelines for the advertisement for bids for resurfacing County Road 411.

Sadler also told the board that the Florida Department of Transportation approved a bridge rehabilitation for the old 26-foot, one-lane wooden bridge at Pickett Lake. Sadler said the timeline for the project is critical with a bid opening set for February.

The board also unanimously approved a contract with Anderson Columbia to begin work on the McCray Grade Project as well as Dewberry to serve as CEI on that project.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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