The Hart County Board of
Call to Order
Chairman Dorsey called the meeting to order at
Chairman Dorsey welcomed those in attendance.
Commissioner Banister opened the meeting with prayer.
Pledge of Allegiance
Everyone stood for the pledge of allegiance.
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to amend and approve the agenda as follows: Remarks by Invited Guests, Committees, Authorities, Etc. remove Judy Melton and John Stuckey; New Business item 13a) defer until the next regular meeting, 13 i) General fund budget amendment, j) CO#2 Engineering fees, k) CO#3 Engineering fees and Executive session. Commissioner Banister provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0. The agenda is recorded in the minutes book.
Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
April 9th, 12th, 16th and 17th, 2002
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to approve the minutes of the meetings held April 9th, 12th, 16th and 17th 2002. Commissioner Banister provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
Remarks by Invited Guests, Committees, Authorities, Etc.
Deborah Gaines, Clean & Beautiful
Deborah Gaines shared what's been going on in the community during the past year with the Clean & Beautiful program. She reported that thirty-eight individuals are involved in the Adopt-a-Spot program, sixteen in the Adopt-A-Highway program and she has various educational programs in the school system. She reported that there were four hundred seventy-five bags of litter picked up during the Great American Clean-up held on April 27th.
Commissioner Burdick thanked Ms. Gaines for the job she does and is attempting to do in the county to keep the scene clean. He suggested that the commissioners get involved in the Adopt-a-Spot program.
Chairman Dorsey read the Clean & Beautiful Proclamation designating the week of April 22nd - 28th as the "Great American Cleanup/Let's Keep Georgia Peachy Clean".
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to adopt the proclamation. Commissioner Brown provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0. The proclamation is recorded in the minutes book.
Reports By Constitutional Officers & Department Heads
County Administrator Gary Cobb did not have anything to report.
Chairman Dorsey reported that the
parking agreement for jurors would be delayed a week. He reminded the board of
Chairman Dorsey reported that the
Sheriff Cleveland has requested that the Sheriff's Department be allowed to
keep one Ford Crown
Commissioner Brown entered a
motion to allow the Sheriff to remove the Bronco from the vehicle fleet and
retain one Crown
Chairman Dorsey announced that Commissioner Oglesby is recovering at home from surgery.
a. Clean & Beautiful Proclamation
Item was taken care of after Ms. Gaines gave her report.
b. Tax Assessor Budget Amendment
Chief Appraiser Margaret Crossley reported that Diversified Golf has appealed the property appraisal and the matter is going to court. Therefore, the Tax Assessor Board has requested that the board amend their budget by $10,000 to allow them to hire a fee appraiser to review the property assessment with improvements.
Attorney Gordon remarked that Diversified Golf is in a unique situation in that the city owns the property however; the golf course is privately operated. He stated that Diversified Golf has a lease hold interest in the land for fifty-years.
Commissioner Burdick asked how the $10,000 fee was determined. Ms. Crossley remarked that Mr. Ferris has been the county's tax consultant since 1991 and he gave her an estimate of not less than $7,500 and not more than $10,000 to do the appraisal.
Commissioner Banister remarked that he saw the need of hiring a fee appraiser however, he wants to get fees from other appraisers to make sure the fee Mr. Ferris quoted was in the ballpark.
Chairman Dorsey remarked that he felt that the Board of Education should contribute to the cost of the appraisal.
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to amend the General Fund Tax Assessor Budget by $10,000 and the Chief Appraiser pursue experienced appraisers with qualifications in appraising golf courses. Commissioner Brown provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
c. Spring Industries Subdivision
There was no action taken since the subdivision is not in the county's jurisdiction.
EMA Ordinance - 1st
Attorney Gordon highlighted the four EMA Ordinances as adopted by the Georgia EMA.
County Administrator Gary Cobb reported that the grading bids were opened in the presence of the county clerk at the advertised appointed time in the meeting room and the procedure went very well. He remarked that he and the Public Works Director has reviewed all the bids and recommends accepting Lewis Construction Company's low bid.
Public Works Director
Commissioner Burdick entered a
motion to accept Lewis Construction bid of $248,729.00 for the grading project
and amend the 1%SPLOST to increase the
Lenford Smith asked if the board would consider 1b, ball field construction in the first phase, if SPLOST funds become available.
Chairman Dorsey remarked that the SPLOST funds are designated in addition to Recreation for Roadwork, Economic Development and Water projects.
The motion carried 4-0.
Attorney Gordon reported that notices were published in the Hartwell Sun as required by law and read the Resolution.
Commissioner Banister entered a motion to adopt the EMC Land Exchange Resolution. Commissioner Burdick provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
g. SPLOST II Budget Amendment - Water Authority
Commissioner Brown entered a motion to increase the 1%SPLOST II Water Authority line item 52.1100 by $75,000 for engineering design work. Commissioner Banister provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
h. Bid Opening - Methane Gas Remediation Engineering Svc.
The following companies submitted sealed bids for methane gas remediation at the landfill site:
· Goldie & Associations
· Advanced Engineering Management
· Jordon, Jones & Goulden
· Hayes, James & Associates
Commissioner Brown entered a
motion to defer the bids to the
i. General Fund Budget Amendment - Tax Assessors
Commissioner Burdick entered a motion to amend the general fund Tax Assessors' budget line item 52.3701 by $925.00 and line item 52.3501 by $1,550.00 from contingency funds. Commissioner Brown provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
j. CO#2 Engineering Fees-Landfill
k. CO#3 Engineering Fees-Landfill
Commissioner Brown entered a motion to amend the Solid Waste line item 52.120 budget by $14,000. Commissioner Banister provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
Commissioner Banister entered a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss threatened litigation as required by O.C.G.A. 50-14-2, 50-14-3 and 50-14-4(b). Chairman Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0. The resolution and affidavit is recorded in the minutes book.
With no further action taken during Executive Session, Commissioner Brown entered a motion to convene the regular meeting and adjourn. Commissioner Burdick provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 4-0.