9/20/2016 BOC Work Session Minutes

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building

Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.

The Board discussed each item on the agenda for the Regular Meeting and made no changes or additions.

Attorney Ledbetter explained the rezoning application for Mickey Moore and the rezoning application for Joseph A. Hopper. Attorney Ledbetter also advised that the Board would hear the second reading of the Resolution requesting strict regulation of extreme methods of oil and gas extraction including hydraulic and acidic fracturing, and that the resolution would be presented for Board consideration of approval. Attorney Ledbetter explained the first reading of the ordinance amendment for Electrical Wire to delete Sec. 4-5(d) (3).

County Administrator explained the Declaration of Surplus Property for vehicles from the Sheriff’s Department and a list of miscellaneous items from various county departments to be sold at auction; also two appointments to the Historic Preservation Commission and one appointment to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council Board.

Mr. Don Holley and Attorney Ledbetter discussed the acceptance of a donation of property on Knight Bottom Road from Knight Bottom Holdings and Southeast Trust for Parks and Land. They are seeking to donate 164.86 acres of property in Gordon County that lies along Salacoa Creek. They would present a deed to Gordon County that will have a conservation easement and would limit our use of the property. Knight Bottom Holdings would have the land appraised and that would be the fair market value and then they would have the land appraised subject to the conservation easement which will limit the use of the property. They subtract the value of the property as conservation use from fair market value and they would get a federal tax break for property to Gordon County. Gordon County gets 164.86 acres of land that can be used for a passive park, like walking trails, and so forth. All development rights would be extinguished except for those that are passive park related facilities. The property is planted in pines and with the conservation easement we could not timber it but there could be select cuts. Recreation Director Don Holley said the property could be used for walking trails, but parking lots could not be paved, we wouldn’t put in ball fields and such, the County would not disturb anything that would not need to be disturbed. Administrator King commented that it gives the county another possible access to the proposed comprehensive countywide trail plan that the County is seeking a grant to have drawn.

Mr. Matt Hibberts with Momon Construction reported to the Board the update and progress being made on the renovation of the Gordon County Government Plaza building.

Commissioner Sexton made a motion to close the Work Session. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and all voted aye.

There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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