Hart County Board of Commissioners

September 23rd, 2003

7:27 p.m.

 

The Hart County Board of Commissioners met September 23rd, 2003 at 7:27 p.m. in the Hart County Administrative & Emergency Services Center.

 

Chairman Randy Banister presided with Commissioners R C Oglesby, Daniel Reyen, Ricky Carter and Joey Dorsey in attendance.

 

  1. Call to Order

 

Chairman Banister called the meeting to order.

 

  1. Welcome

 

Chairman Banister welcomed those in attendance.

 

  1. Prayer

 

Chairman Banister offered prayer.

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

 

Everyone stood in observance to the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. Approve Agenda

 

Commissioner Carter entertained a motion to amend and approve the agenda as follows:

Consent Agenda

        Schuler Subdivision

        Bolden Subdivision

Old Business

c) GPTV Lease

d) Green Meadows Subdivision

New Business

h) Jones Family Estate Subdivision Variance

 

Commissioner Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
    • 9/8/03 Budget meeting
    • 9/9/03 Regular meeting
    • 9/19, 9/22 Budget meetings

 

Commissioner Reyen entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the meetings held September 8th, 9th, 19th, 22nd, 2003. Commissioner Carter provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Remarks by Invited Guests, Committees, Authorities

None

 

  1. Reports by Constitutional Officers & Department Heads

None

 

  1. County Administrator's Report

 

Interim Administrator Jon Caime reported that a second public hearing for the CDBG water project is scheduled October 9, 2003 at Calvary Baptist Church.

 

  1. Chairman's Report

None

 

  1. Commissioners' Reports

 

Commissioner Carter reported that there is a rumor that the county is going to sell the new Recreation Park.

 

  1. Consent Agenda
    • Smith Subdivision, Willis Subdivision, Schuler Subdivision and Bolden Subdivision

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Commissioner Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Old Business

a)                 Consideration of funding & use of Road Dept. for Shoal Creek FS Site work

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to fund the project out of the Premium Insurance Tax Account. Commissioner Oglesby provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

b)                 Consideration of funding for Shoal Creek FS Electrical, HVAC

 

Commissioner Oglesby entertained a motion to fund the project out of the Premium Insurance Tax Account. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

c)                  GPTV Tower Lease Agreement

 

Commissioner Oglesby entertained a motion to authorize Chairman Banister to execute the GPTV Tower Lease Agreement. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

d)                 Green Meadows Subdivision

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to remove the item from the table for discussion. Commissioner Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to approve Green Meadows Subdivision. Commissioner Oglesby provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. New Business

 

a)                 Approval of Trinity Estates Subdivision

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to approve Trinity Estates Subdivision contingent on a bond for the road. Commissioner Oglesby provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

b)                 Approval of Point Place Subdivision

 

Commissioner Oglesby entertained a motion to approve Point Place Subdivision contingent on a bond for the road. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

c)                  Budget Amendment Resolution 2003-023

 

Commissioner Oglesby entertained a motion to adopt the Budget Amendment Resolution 2003-023. Commissioner Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0. The resolution is recorded in the minutes book.

 

d)                 Discussion on Performing a Peer Review of the Hart County Board of Assessors

 

Attorney Walter Gordon stated that he has not completed a review of the legislation and he will request input from the Department of Revenue.

 

After discussing the matter, Commissioner Oglesby entertained a motion to move forward with a Peer Review. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. Commissioner Reyen entertained a motion to table the item. Commissioner Carter provided a second to the motion.

 

Jerry Linne' asked how long will the matter be tabled.

 

Chairman Banister called for a vote. The motion carried 3-2 (Commissioners Oglesby and Dorsey opposed).

 

e)                 Adoption of FY04 Special Revenue Fund Budget

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to adopt the following FY04 Special Revenue Fund Budgets:

        Drug Abuse Treatment & Education

        Education

        Insurance Premium Tax

        10% Jail Surcharge

        E911

        DFACS Building

        Victim Assistance

        Multiple Grants

        SPLOST I

        SPLOST II

        Solid Waste Disposal

 

Commissioner Oglesby provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

f)                    Adoption of FY04 General Fund Budget

 

Interim Administrator Caime announced that Mary Hughes was selected for the newly created IT Specialist position and reported other personnel changes for FY04.

 

Chairman Banister entertained a motion to adopt the FY04 General Fund Budget of $7,310,236. Commissioner Carter provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 3-2 (Commissioners Oglesby and Commissioner Dorsey opposed).

g)                 Adoption of FY04 Millage Rates

 

Commissioner Reyen entertained a motion to approve the Millage rate. Chairman Banister provided a second to the motion. The resolutions are recorded in the minutes book.

 

Buddy Gerber went to the Board of Education and requested them not to raise the Millage rate.

 

Chairman Banister called for a vote. The vote carried 5-0.

 

h)                  Jones Family Estate Subdivision

 

Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to grant a variance. Commissioner Oglesby provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Public Comment

Jerry Linne' remarked that it has been one whole year since the Hart County Tax Property Owners Association has approached the Board about problems with the Tax Assessors' office. He respectfully asked for a Peer Review of the Board of Tax Assessors' office.

 

Buddy Groover remarked about comparative property values and stated that the Assessors are showing favoritism. He said he felt that the Grand Jury or the District Attorney should review the appraisal system.

 

Joel Moore complimented the Board for their efforts in preparing the FY04 budget. He suggested that the Board make an analysis of the major items in the budget. He reported that the Sheriff/Jail budgets have increased from twenty percent of the budget to twenty-eight percent over the past several years.

 

Chairman Banister remarked that the Board of Tax Assessors' oversees the staff in the appraisal office and that the Board of Equalization members are appointed by the Grand Jury.

 

Mr. Groover said he followed the appeals procedure and went before the Board of Equalization with his case. However, the Board of Equalization did not change the value of his property in comparison to other property in the area.

 

Paul Roosenberg requested a Peer Review.

 

Jerry Linne' remarked that all the Board members were shown inadequacies with the appraisal system.

 

An individual from Hartwell Energy stated that Mendola Associates has audited the energy plant. He asked if the assessment process has been done fairly throughout the county.

 

  1. Executive Session

None

 

  1. Adjournment

Commissioner Oglesby entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

 

 

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Randy D. Banister, Chairman Lawana Kahn, County Clerk