Hart County Board of Commissioners
May 24th, 2005
The Hart County Board of Commissioners met May 24th, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hart County Administrative & Emergency Services Center.
Chairman R C Oglesby presided with Commissioners Daniel Reyen, Gary Mize, Ricky Carter and Joey Dorsey in attendance.
Chairman Oglesby called the meeting to order.
Chairman Oglesby welcomed those in attendance.
Rev. Terry Meeks of Cornerstone Baptist Church offered prayer.
Everyone stood in observance of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioner Reyen entertained a motion to amend and approve the agenda with the addition of Executive Session to discuss personnel matters. Commissioner Mize provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the meetings held May 10th and May 17th, 2005 as amended. Commissioners Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
BOA Chairman Burdick reported some of the accomplishments from the findings of the Peer Review recommendations. The following is a breakdown of the results:
· Currently three BOA members are certified, remaining two will complete the certification course within a month
· The BOA meets twice a month
· Personal property taxed at $7,500 - refunds have been issued
· Chief Appraiser Crossley has taken steps to correct the lack of uniformity
· Developing a policy for the public for Ag land conservation
· Insured complete separation between the BOA & the Board of Equalization
· Appeals are to be forwarded to the BOE in a timely fashion
· Sales ratio will be reviewed by neighborhoods
· Certified Appraiser staff
· Developed a small acre parcel policy
· Identified small acreage breakpoint in accordance with the State
· Adopted a personnel policy
He noted that uniformity problems were worse than expected and they are in the process of correcting the problems. He noted the turn over in staff in the past was not due to salary issues but was mostly due to the employees were not given the responsibility to perform their duties. The BOA is in the process of reorganizing the office by cross training and empowering the staff to allow them to accomplish their duties.
He commended Missy Carter for successfully acquiring her Appraisal II certification within a year of employment with the county. He thanked Ms. Thompson for her services.
He reported that Mr. Fogerty is in the process of developing a policy manual for the public; they are still working on a webpage; developed a plan for the 2005 county wide revaluation; expect to receive the tax digest June 30th and will submit it to the BOC by the end of July.
Commissioner Reyen thanked the BOA for the efforts and commended the Tax Assessors staff. He noted that the county can get the best return for a trained staff and committed that funds would be available for appropriate pay increases for them.
Commissioner Reyen noted that the Editorial in the May 19th edition of The Hartwell Sun was extremely negative for the new proposed SPLOST. He noted that a million dollars has been spent on the new Recreation site and is still short of SPLOST funding. He commended Jon Caime for his efforts to accomplish as much for the project for the funding that was available.
Commissioner Dorsey noted that he will request the County Administrator to give an update on the new Recreation project at the next meeting.
a) Intergovernmental Agreement Annexation of Rec Park
Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion for the County Attorney to review the Intergovernmental Agreement and after review to allow the Chairman to execute the agreement. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion.
After discussing the agreement, Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion to amend the previous motion that after the County Attorney's review that he brings anything that is not feasible back to the BOC. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the amended motion. The motion carried 5-0.
a) Acceptance of OPD Grant
Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion to accept the OPD Grant. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
b) EMS Substations
After EMS/EMA Director Terrell Partain presented the EMS Substation plan, Commissioner Dorsey entertained a motion to authorize the County Administrator, EMS/EMA Director and County Attorney to proceed with plans for substations for the Nancy Hart, Goldmine and Shoal Creek areas. Chairman Oglesby provided a second to the motion.
Commissioners Reyen, Mize and Carter noted that they were not opposed to the concept but would request the full cost of the project before continuing.
During the public comment session Andy Walters, James Strickland, Kerry Brown and Billy Parham made some comments.
Chairman Oglesby called for the vote. The vote failed 2-3 (Commissioners Reyen, Mize and Carter opposed).
Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion to direct EMS/EMA Director Partain to come back with a cost analysis to implement the plan for the last BOC meeting in June and hire a consultant with a transportation or management science degree to do a facilities study. Commissioner Carter provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
c) Agriculture Proclamation
Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion to adopt the Agriculture Proclamation. Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
a) Personnel Matters
Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion to exit into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters. Commissioner Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0. The affidavit and resolution is recorded in the minutes book.
With no further action taken during Executive Session, Chairman Oglesby entertained a motion to exit Executive Session. Commissioner Reyen provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Commissioner Reyen entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Carter provided a second to the motion. The motion carried 5-0.