Hart County Board of Commissioners

Planning Session

October 9th, 2000


Chairman Moore called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. Those present were as follows:


Commissioners Burdick, Brown, Hannah and Oglesby. Others attending were Rick Haney, Mike Cleveland, Joey Dorsey, Randy Banister, Nancy Hardigree, Mary Alice Applegate, Earl Johnson and Mark Lanford (Hartwell Sun).


Chairman Moore recognized Earl Johnson. Earl explained that he, Nancy and Mary Alice were there on behalf of the DDA and were seeking the Board's guidance on proposed renovations to the Courthouse Property. Several different design approaches were discussed. The question of the "trees" and how to handle them in the design. Also, the issue of clustering the monuments or simply moving them slightly to accommodate the design was discussed. The results of the earlier public hearing were discussed.


Walter Gordon was asked to followup with William Carter concerning his issues raised at the public hearing. The Board said to proceed to the next design stage but withheld their final approval until they review the design.


County Administrator's Report


        E911 Project


Dan Yeargin reviewed the project status. Namely we have narrowed the vendors to two. The remaining major question is the consolidation of county dispatch into a central organization. The pros and cons of central dispatch were discussed. Sheriff elect, Mike Cleveland, was firm in his opinion that it would not work for him in Hart County. He was concerned about how functions of his office would be handled "after hours" and he stated that employees under his direct supervision could better support his deputies than those dispatchers in a central communication center. No conclusion was reached.


        Rental House - Park Property


The County Administrator recommended that the small rental house on the new park property not be rented further and simply secured until a decision is made on what to do with it. The Board concurred.


        The Assistant Coroner resigned effective the end of the month. The Coroner has requested that two assistants be hired and paid by the case per the state schedule of $125/case. The Board concurred.


        Veteran's Day Courthouse Activities approved.


        #29 Industrial Park Project


There is an interested party considering purchasing the last lot on Industrial Park Road. The Board agreed it may consider some level of inducements after numbers are determined.


        Health Board Resignation


This board appointment is the City of Hartwell's appointment.


        Courthouse Annex Window Treatment


The subject was postponed until a later date.


        Arcade License Status


Two businesses have applied. County Administrator stated that the staff would hand deliver applications and after the 19th, citations would be issued.


        LARP List


Rick Haney presented a list of potential LARP List Roads for consideration. Twenty-five roads were evaluated and ranked. The board decided to accept all roads rated 8 or higher and Griffin Road. Further, if a district receives no LARP funding it would be made up from SPLOST. Matter to be placed on New business Agenda.


        New Job Description for Roads Foreman


To be placed on the Consent Agenda.


        New Job Title for Chief Jailer


To be placed on the Consent Agenda.


        Informational SPLOST Meetings


After discussion on this topic, it was decided to hold 5 meetings around the county.


        Hayes et al Variance


Directed to be placed on the Consent Agenda.


Chairman's Report


Chairman Moore reviewed the 2000 Goals List.


Discussion was held on whether to meet with elected state representatives. A suggestion was made to write them instead. It was decided to meet after the election.


A letter was received from Curran Smith appealing the BOC decision on his Beer & Wine License application. The hearing will be scheduled at the 24th meeting.


Rick Haney was asked to respond to Ann Parmalee.


Motion by Commissioner Oglesby, 2nd by Commissioner Brown to go into executive session as provided by O.C.G.A. 50-14-4(b) to discuss litigation matters. Vote 5-0.


Motion by Commissioner Burdick, 2nd by Commissioner Hannah to go out of Executive Session. Vote 5-0.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.




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Joel Moore, Chairman Gary S. Cobb, County Administrator