The Hart County Board of
Chairman Joel Moore presided with Commissioners Ken Brown, Don Burdick, Harry Hannah and R. C. Oglesby in attendance.
Call to Order, Welcome, Moment of Silence
Chairman Moore called the meeting to order, welcomed those in attendance and called for a moment of silence.
Commissioner Oglesby entered a motion to approve the meeting agenda. Commissioner Hannah provided a second to the motion. The motion carried unanimously. The agenda is recorded in the "2000-2001" minutes book.
Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
07/24th, 07/25th, 2000
Commissioner Burdick entered a
motion to approve the minutes of the meetings held July 24th and
Remarks by Invited Guests, Committees, Authorities, Etc.
Reports By Constitutional Officers & Department Heads
a. Greg Oglesby/Short term work program - Comprehensive Plan
County Administrator Gary Cobb introduced Greg Oglesby to explain the Short-term work program.
Mr. Oglesby explained under the Georgia Planning Act, each local government is required to maintain its status as a Qualified Local Government. Reporting, this is done by preparing and adopting an approved comprehensive plan and then keeping the plan current through five-year updates.
Mr. Oglesby reported the Short-term work program accomplishments for the previous five-year period. He also reported the work program goals for the period of 2000-2004. A copy of the report is recorded in the "2000-2001" minutes book.
County Administrator Gary Cobb
announced a public hearing would be held to adopt the Short-term work program
Commissioner Burdick suggested Mr. Oglesby review the Chamber of Commerce's work program.
Chairman Moore thanked Mr. Oglesby for his report.
County Administrator Gary Cobb
reported the FY'01 budget schedule has been set to meet with the Department
Heads & Constitutional Officers beginning August 14th and 15th. He announced the digest numbers would be
Mr. Cobb also announced the
individual that was offered the Fire Training Officer's position received a
better offer from his present employer. Therefore, the position has been
offered to the second individual on the list, which is to respond by
Chairman Moore reported the E911
Ad Hoc Committee would meet
a. Wooden Bridge Grant Amendment
b. Reimbursement of Bowersville Right-of-way clearing expense
c. Master Planning & Recreation Design Services
Commissioner Oglesby entered a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Commissioner Hannah provided a second to the motion. The motion carried unanimously. The Consent Agenda is recorded in the "2000-2001" minutes book.
Bids/Ridge Rd., Kings Bench,
The following sealed bids were
received for widening
· GA Highway Pavers $522,103.29
· Sloan Construction $589,607.78
· ER Snell $555,479.90
Commissioner Hannah entered a
motion to direct the
a. Kevin Heaton/Video arcades
Mr. Heaton stated that
Senator Fair remarked that
Senator Fair advised everyone to contact Georgia General Assembly to do everything in their power to ban the video poker machines.
Chairman Moore asked if Senator
Fair is currently serving in South Caroline and what district he is serving.
Senator Fair responded that he is representing
Commissioner Burdick remarked that the State Legislators reduced the penalty for cash payoffs to a misdemeanor.
Senator Fair stressed that individuals should lobby the State Legislators. He wished the county well and God speed to ban the machines.
b. Dr. Hugh Kirby/Video arcades
Dr. Kirby remarked that it is never
too late to do the right thing. Adding that people have got
to determine that we don't want video poker. He said since his home
Kevin Heaton said that he has not
found one positive thing about video poker. He added that
c. Arch Adams/Video arcades
Local Attorney Eugene Harper said
it would take an effort from the local officials to encourage State Legislators
to get involved. He urged the board to take some action to limit or regulate
video arcades. He also complained about the traffic problems in the
Chairman Moore asked Mr. Harper since he is an attorney what the county could legally do. Attorney Harper responded that a general business license to limit or regulate poker machines. He also added that the State Legislators usurped local powers to apply regulatory fees to video poker machines.
Chairman Moore said video poker opens the floodgate to undesirable activities. He suggested license all businesses in the county.
Ben Fant encouraged the
commissioners to do whatever can legally be done to protect the citizens of
John Lewis also spoke in favor or an ordinance and offered to pray for the commissioners.
Kevin Heaton wanted to know what the commissioners are going to do and when do they plan to do something.
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to schedule a time and place for the sole purpose of taking evidence relating to the impact of video poker on lives and families. He added that based on the evidence obtained at the meeting the commissioners would immediately proceed to adopt an ordinance. Chairman Moore provided a second to the motion. Motion was then open for discussion.
Mr. Gordon explained the county could require owners of video poker machines to register the machines. He said there are certain requirements, which are not only necessary but could legally stand. Accordingly the temporary ordinance will regulate the location of machines and place limits on the number of machines a business establishment can have.
Mr. Gordon stated the county can not charge a fee for the video arcades therefore, the cost to enforce the ordinance will be born by the taxpayers. He suggested the commissioners accept the draft ordinance for the first reading. Adding it is imperative to gather further evidence at the hearing scheduled August 14th.
Commissioner Burdick also stated they need people to provide supportive evidence against video poker.
Chairman Moore said the board is following the Roberts Rule of Order and further discussion will be among the commissioners.
Commissioner Burdick said he appreciated the demeanor of the group. He reminded everyone that video arcades are already in the county, naming The Stor, Silver Dollar and Dad's II.
Commissioner Burdick remarked that he was in favor of adopting an ordinance as soon as possible and amended his motion to accept the ordinance presented by Mr. Gordon for a first reading of today.
Commissioner Oglesby stated he agreed to go ahead and act on a temporary ordinance. He remarked that he is still against a zoning ordinance and he wants people to understand what the ordinance is about. He said he is definitely against video arcades.
Commissioners Hannah and Burdick stated they believe zoning will stand to benefit everyone in the county. Commissioner Burdick asked for support from the people who approve zoning rather than against naming Troy Worthey as opposing zoning.
Commissioner Brown remarked that he is against video arcades and is ready to act on an ordinance.
Chairman Moore stated he is ready for battle and is willing to go forth in approving an ordinance. He said the road ahead will not be easy and they will have to face the legal challenge. He added that the county would have to use enforcement capability diligently.
Chairman Moore added that the video arcade ordinance will be an interim measure and they will pursue an occupational business license ordinance.
Chairman Moore called for a vote on the motion. The motion carried unanimously to accept the ordinance presented by Attorney Gordon as a first reading and proceed with a video arcade hearing as rapidly as possible.
Troy Worthey stated he did not appreciate being singled out by Commissioner Burdick as being opposed to zoning. He also reported he has witnessed a crime being committed and the District Attorney or Sheriff would not investigate it. He said he presented the evidence to the GBI.
Rev. Hulon Bryant asked if the
ordinance would affect businesses already established in the county.
Joyce Sanford requested that everyone should be in earnest prayer over the matter.
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Hannah provided a second to the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Joel Moore, Chairman Lawana Kahn,