2/5/2013 BOC Regular Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Administration Building.
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
Chairman Hood read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in the month of February and Commissioner Cunningham drew the name of Richard Cooper with Emergency Management as Employee of the Month.
PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment of Roads
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to go into the public hearing. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and all voted aye.
County Attorney Smith advised that this is the public hearing for the abandonment of Linda Lane and a portion of East May Street from Linda Lane to Peters Street. The notice was run in the Calhoun Times and County Attorney Smith read the notice that was run in the paper (copy attached). The property owners were identified according to the property records of Gordon County and each was sent a letter advising of the public hearing. County Attorney asked if there was anyone in attendance that wished to speak during the public hearing.
No one came before the Board to speak at the public hearing.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and all voted aye. Public hearing closed.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Hood asked if there were any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session January 15, 2013, and the Regular Meeting January 15, 2013. Commissioner Gazaway made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and all voted aye. Minutes approved.
Administrator Dowling read the report.
Commissioner Gazaway gave a report on his attendance at the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Meeting and advised that he had also attended the Existing Industries meeting, and the Community and Government Affairs meeting. Commissioner Cunningham gave a report on his attendance at the Historical Society meeting. Commissioner Sexton commented about attending the recent ACCG Capitol Connection Conference, and hearing about the need to have extra security at the Tax Commissioner’s office when the new vehicle tax comes into effect. He also commented about serious consideration for mental health needs being serviced at the mental health facility.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC – GERMANE TO THE AGENDA
CONSIDERATION OF OLD BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF ABANDONING LINDA LANE AND THAT PORTION OF EAST MAY STREET FROM LINDA LANE TO PETERS STREET
County Attorney Smith advised that this is for the Board’s consideration of abandoning the roads as covered in the public hearing. She also advised that there has been a change in the law; it now requires a Certification of Abandonment. County Attorney Smith read the document into the records.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve abandoning these roads and approving the Certification of Abandonment. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Gazaway, Steward and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
APPOINTMENT TO THE LIMESTONE VALLEY RC&D FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2014
County Administrator Dowling advised that this is an appointment to the Limestone Valley RC&D for a two year term ending December 31, 2014 for Sara Clark.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the appointment of Sara Clark to the Limestone Valley RC&D. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Gazaway, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
CONTRACT FOR THE 5311 VAN PROGRAM WITH GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
County Administrator Dowling advised the Board that is an annual contract with the Georgia DOT for the 5311 Van Program. Beginning this year the DOT will fund the program in the amount of $114,517.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the contract. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Sexton and Gazaway voted aye. Motion passed.
CONSIDERATION OF WAIVING PERMIT FEES FOR A 30-DAY PERIOD FOR STORM DAMAGED HOMES
County Attorney Smith advised the Board that this is consideration by the Board following a presentation given by the Chief Building Official, Tom Burgess. The request to the Board is to approve a waiver of the building permit fee on storm damaged homes for a 30-day period. Additional time may be considered after the first 30-day period.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve waiving the building permit fee for a 30-day period. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Gazaway, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
CONSIDERATION OF WAIVER OF ORDINANCE PROVISION CONCERNING CAMPER, RV, OR MOBILE HOMES USED FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING ON STORM DAMAGED PROPERTY
County Attorney Smith advised the Board that this is consideration by the Board following the presentation by the Chief Building Official, Tom Burgess for the Board to allow a waiver of the ordinance. The zoning ordinance currently provides that you cannot live in a camper or RV on a building site during construction unless you are the person building it and going to be living there. This waiver would allow for relief for some of the homeowners allowing them to remain on the site on a temporary basis during the storm rebuilding for a period of 90 days.
Commissioner Gazaway made a motion to approve the waiver. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Gazaway, Cunningham, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.