Hart County Board of Commissioners met on
1.† Animal Shelter:† Commissioner
Dorsey discussed a contract the Hart County Board of Commissioners has with the
Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter (NEGA).†
This contract is for $20,000 per year and expires
Banister explained that the Board is attempting to match the funding support to
McGarity, director of NEGA, explained the history of the NEGA and the funding
formulas for various agencies.† He also
explained that if they donít get their share of funding from
Carter questioned if the unincorporated population of
much discussion Commissioner Dorsey made a motion to amend the FY04 NEGA budget
from$17,500 to $20,000 to meet our contractual requirements with the NEGA.
Bannister seconded the motion.
Reyen suggested that the NEGA needs to revisit the funding formula and that in
his opinion, Hart and
McGarity stated that at this funding level the NEGA would close
Dorsey told the NEGA that the Board could revisit this issue at a latter date
and consider continued funding for this important function.
vote was unanimous 5-0.
2.† Hart Partners:† Commissioners
Oglesby made a motion to fund this agency $450.†
Commissioner Dorsey provided a second to the motion.
Poole, Executive Director of Hart Partners gave the Board literature on the
contribution of this organization to the County.
Banister explained that the County is committing only to help the organization
obtain grants but is not starting a new department.† If funds from grants do not fund the
programs, the County will not pick up the additional funding needs.
vote was unanimous 5-0.
Dorsey discussed the contract the County has with the Literacy Center and in
particular section 21 where improvements made by the Literacy Council will
revert back to the County when the Literacy Center vacates the facility in the
future.† Commissioner Dorsey then made a
motion to increase the Literacy Funding $2,500.
Oglesby provided a second to the motion.
Dorsey further explained that his understanding was that the County was not
phasing out the Centers funding and that we were contributing to the utility
and operations costs but not salaries.
motion vote failed with a vote of 2-3 with Commissioners Dorsey and Oglesby for
and Commissioners Bannister, Reyen and Carter opposed.
4.† HYDRA:† Wendy Chitwood, HYDRA director
explained the programs that HYDRA has for the youth of
Oglesby made a motion to increase the HYDRA budget $2,000.† Commissioner Dorsey seconded the motion and
the vote was unanimous 5-0.
5.† Ninth District
Oglesby made a motion to increase the Ninth District Opportunity Budget† $4,500.† Commissioner Bannister seconded the motion
and the vote was unanimous 5-0.
Oglesby made a motion to table the request. Commissioner Carter seconded the
motion and the vote was unanimous 5-0.
Alice Glenn described the program, grants, and funds received by the DDA
and stated that if they do not receive funding they will have to cut
programs.† Mary Alice Applegate explained
the phase II downtown development project and that
Banister made a motion to fund the DDA $12,000.†
Commissioner Reyen provided a second to this motion.† A call for a vote failed.
Reyen then made a motion to provide $15,000 to fund the DDA from the Economic
Development fund.† Commissioner Carter
provided a second to that motion.† After
much discussion the motion failed with a vote of 2-3 with Commissioners Carter
and Reyen for and Chairman Banister, Commissioners Dorsey and Oglesby against.
Oglesby then made a motion to fund the DDA $8,000 from the Economic Development
fund.† Commissioner Dorsey provided a
second to the motion and the vote was 3-2 with Chairman Banister, Dorsey and
Oglesby for and Commissioners Reyen and Carter against.
if these net millage rates are added to the sales tax rollback the gross
millage rates will be different and according to the GADOR the gross millage
must be the same.† Therefore the Board
will have to lower the incorporated tax rate to 4.910 which will cost† approximately
$9,000 in revenue.
9.† Recreation Department:† A lengthy
discussion took place with the Recreation Department and the Recreation
Advisory board on ways that the County could improve recreation services.†
Oglesby made a motion to remove the Courthouse grounds maintenance and County
facilities lawn mowing from the Recreation Department responsibilities in 2004
and that the Recreation Advisory Board come back to the Hart County Board of
Commissioners with a plan on how to improve operations at the Recreation
Department and that the overtime funding for the department be increased
Dorsey provided a second to the motion and the motion passed unanimously
4-0.† Commissioner Reyen was temporarily
absent from the meeting during this vote.
meeting adjourned at
Banister, Chairman†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jon