Hart County Board of Commissioners

Planning Meeting

October 23rd, 2000



Chairman Moore called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. Those present were: Commissioners Burdick, Oglesby, Brown, Public Works Director Rick Haney, County Administrator Gary Cobb, County Attorney Walter Gordon, Billy Kidd representing Skelton Morris Insurance Agency, Troy Worthy, Mark Lanford (Hartwell Sun), Martha Golden (Anderson Independent), Paula and Bill Little.


Chairman Moore recognized Bill Little. Mr. Little explained that the county bushhog contractor had cut cedar trees along his fence line twice. The last time, about three weeks ago, he cut the tops out of 30 trees. The Littles live at 460 Moore Road. This matter will be investigated with Mr. Leard.


Billy Kidd of Skelton Morris Insurance Agency was recognized. Mr. Kidd informed the Board that Coregis Insurance Company presented the county through him a very large 30-40% increase in our liability insurance premiums. This was contrary to the agreement reached two years ago that the premium would remain level over three years. This change by Coregis was done on a nationwide basis. Lost ratios with individual clients were not considered. Mr. Kidd did secure a binder from Coregis for three months ending January 1st, 2001. Mr. Kidd also reported he was seeking coverage from other carriers using our existing rate as the criteria. The Board agreed to give Skelton Morris until November 14th, 2000 to secure the coverage to run from January 1st, 2001 until September 30th, 2001. Further, the coverage should be at our existing base rate. If the coverage cannot be secured, then the Board will bid the package with an effective date of January 1st, 2001.


County Administrator's Report


        Brent Massingill of Robert and Company presented the preliminary Master Plan for the Public Works Department. The plan is a 10-year look at our needs including what is expected to be a rapidly growing Water & Sewer Authority. The Board asked many questions. They requested that the county property to the east of the State Detention Center be shown as future Public Works expansion and recreation use.


        Reading Project


The County Administrator presented Larry Poole's request that the Hart County Government join the new reading program. The program involves about 1 hour per week to listen to an elementary student read. Several issues were identified, namely needs of the workload, how the citizens feel concerning time away from job etc. The County Administrator was directed to prepare a draft policy for consideration.


        E911 Status


The list of vendors for a new system has been reduced to two. One has revisited for detail instruction. The other is scheduled for a October 25th, 2000 visit. On November 8th, 2000 at 9:00 a.m. the vendors will each give a 1 1/2-hour presentation on their proposal. This information along with the Board's direction on central dispatch should yield a recommendation for the Board to consider at their November 14th, 2000 meeting.


        Arcade License


All known potential arcade sites, except Max Saver, have submitted an application. All applications do not meet the distance requirement. The Board's previous instruction was to gather the application. This is now done. A meeting on November 2nd, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. was scheduled to consider the issue of the license and potential "grandfather" condition.


        DCA Comprehensive Plan


The County Administrator reported that the RDC had approved and passed the STWP of the Comprehensive Plan. However, the DCA has said that the plan does not meet their minimum standards. We have until October 31st, 2001 to correct this situation. Further details will be provided following a meeting with the RDC.


        LWCG Grant Resolution


Item to be placed on the Consent Agenda.


Chairman's Report


        Discussed remaining SPLOST community information meetings and who would attend from the county.


        Set November 2nd, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. as a called meeting to discuss Arcade License applications.


        Directed County Administrator to prepare a proclamation for the late Harry Hannah.


Motion by Commissioner Oglesby, 2nd by Commissioner Brown to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing litigation matters. Vote 4-0. The resolution and affidavit as required by O.C.G.A. 50-14-2, 50-14-3, 50-14-4(b) is recorded in the "2000-2001" minutes book.


Motion by Commissioner Oglesby, 2nd by Commissioner Burdick to exit Executive Session. Vote 4-0.


Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.




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Joel Moore, Chairman Gary S. Cobb, County Administrator