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Oakwood City Council OKs road project bid
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Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to accept a bid for the realignment of M. Stringer Road.

But the city is postponing awarding the contract until a grant that would help fund the project is secured and work on acquiring right of way is finished.

“We’re just trying to move this project forward,” City Manager Stan Brown said of Monday’s action.

Patillo Construction Co. submitted the lowest bid on the road project, at $767,513.

Oakwood is seeking a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Employment Incentive Program to go toward the project.

The incentive program can help pay for a variety of projects, but those “creating opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons to advance themselves by obtaining employment, greater job security, better working conditions, job training, enhancement of workplace skills and advancement opportunities receive the greatest consideration,” states the DCA website.

California-based bakery King’s Hawaiian, which has been operating in a 120,000-square-foot plant since the fall of 2011, is off M. Stringer and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway.

The plant plans to double production at its current plant and build a neighboring 120,000-square-foot facility, creating more than 400 jobs by 2016, officials have said.

Officials said they expect, when the expansion is completed, King’s Hawaiian will have invested $100 million into its Hall County operations.