3/21/2017 BOC Regular Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 21, 2017
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session March 7, 2017, and the Regular Meeting March 7, 2017. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Owens and Steward voted aye. Motion approved.
County Administrator King read the report.
Commissioner Owens reported that he attended the Calhoun Rotary Club meeting and was guest speaker, also attended the statewide Leadership Conference in Buford, and a Regional EMS Council meeting in Ringgold, plus the Calhoun College and Career Day. Commissioner Cunningham attended the ACCG Spring Training in Tifton. Commissioner Cunningham went to the ACCG District Days at the State Capitol for a day, attended the Gordon County Young Farmers Banquet, and the Public Safety committee meeting. Chairman Hood attended Leadership Georgia and attended the Paranormal Investigation at the Resaca Battlefield.
CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
RESOLUTION TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE GEORGIA CONSTITUTION REGARDING GENERAL OBLIGATION SALES TAX BONDS ISSUED BY THE GORDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
County Attorney Ledbetter advised that this item pertains to the Gordon County School’s
e-SPLOST and their issuance of $22,450,000 general obligation debt. In November of 2015 there was an election where it was approved to re-position a 1 cent e-SPLOST continuance and the issuance of $23,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The School District has historically gone ahead and borrowed the money that they anticipate collecting under SPLOST, rather than pay as they go. The SPLOST estimated that it would raise not more than $59,000,000 with up to about $37,000,000 being distributed to the county and approximately $22,000,000 to the city. Superior Court judge validated the results of the election and entered a judgment that would allow the school district to present to the Georgia Constitution, if, and only if, the SPLOST proceeds are not sufficient to pay the debt payments, and if the resources of the school and tax are not sufficient to pay the SPLOST debt payments, that the school district under the Constitution would recommend to the county to levy a tax to pay off the bonds as they come due.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the Resolution. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Owens and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
REQUEST FROM BRANDON KNIGHT FOR A RESOLUTION THAT GORDON COUNTY ACCEPT PROPERTY DE-ANNEXED FROM THE CITY OF CALHOUN
County Attorney Ledbetter advised that this is a request from Brandon Knight for a resolution from the county agreeing to accept his property if the City would agree to de-annex his property that he wants to come back into the county.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve accepting the property back into Gordon County if the City of Calhoun approves the de-annexation. The property is 12.47 acres at 1715 Dews Pond Road on land lot 201, 14th district, 3rd section in Gordon County. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Sexton, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR LIST OF FIREARMS TO BE TRADED TO CLYDE ARMORY, INC FOR NEW RUGER LCR 9MM REVOLVERS, IN ADDITION, ALSO DECLARE SURPLUS A DIESEL GENERATOR AND A LIQUID FUEL IMMERSION HEATER
Chairman Hood advised that this is a request from the Sheriff’s Department for a declaration of surplus property for a list of firearms to be traded to Clyde Armory, Inc to facilitate the acquisition of new Ruger LCR 9mm revolvers, and also to declare surplus a diesel generator and a liquid fuel immersion heater for that department.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the declaration of surplus property for the Sheriff’s Department. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Steward, Owens, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
APPOINTMENT OF JAMES WEAVER TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION FOR AN UNEXPIRED THREE-YEAR TERM ENDING 6/1/19
Chairman Hood advised that this is the appointment of James Weaver to the Historic Preservation Commission for an unexpired three-year term ending 6/1/19.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the appointment of James Weaver to the Historic Preservation Commission. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioner Sexton, Owens, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed.
PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK APRIL 9-15, 2017
Chairman Hood advised that this Proclamation was read during the Work Session.
DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF A CATERPILLAR CS 563 DRUM BASE ROLLER, SERIAL #8xf00485
Administrator King advise that this is a request from the Public Works Department to declare an old drum base roller AS surplus so that they can trade it in. At a recent Board meeting the Board determined that the Public Works Department would be allowed to purchase a roller instead of a tractor with mower attachment. Public Works had the old roller at the repair shop and they are willing to accept it as a trade-in and give us an amount toward a new roller. This is the request to declare that old roller as surplus property.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the declaration of surplus property for the Public Works Department. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Sexton, and Owens voted aye. Motion passed.
BUDGET AMENDMENT TO PAY OUT BALANCE IN 2005 SPLOST FUND FOR DEBT SERVICE
Administrator King advised the Board that this is a budget amendment pay out a balance in the 2005 SPLOST fund for debt service. If we have funds remaining in a SPLOST fund where the projects have been complete, we are allowed to actually pay that remaining funds on existing debt. If this budget amendment is approved it would allow the Finance Department to pay that amount of debt and close out the 2005 SPLOST. This is for the debt that we had on the jail, this is the bonds funds. We have an opportunity right now to go ahead and pay on that debt.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the budget amendment for 2005 SPLOST funds to pay debt service. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Cunningham, Sexton, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:27 p.m.