10/18/2016 BOC Work Session Minutes

OCTOBER 18, 2016

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 5:00 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.

County Attorney Ledbetter explained the rezoning applications on the agenda. Concerning rezoning application #Z16-18, if approved, should also include a stipulation of evidence of a recorded permanent easement or access has been submitted to Planning and Development to both the tract that is being rezoned and the leftover tract. Also on #Z16-20, there is a concern about the driveway design.

Attorney Ledbetter also explained the resolution of acceptance of land from Knights Bottom Holdings. The resolution is basically that Gordon County will accept this property that is subject to limited uses, and that would be only for passive park purposes, with an ability to build limited facilities.

County Administrator King explained the appointment to the Northwest Regional Commission. This will fill the term that ends on December 31, 2016 and was previously filled by Mr. Dan McBee. Administrator King also explained the contract with Georgia D.O.T. for fiscal year 2017 Operating/Capital 5311 van program. This is an annual contract for federal funds through the state of Georgia with matching county funds to fund the transportation vans for Gordon County. Also the final item on the agenda is for disposal of county surplus property for the Fire Department for 25 sets of ensembles and to donate to the Cherokee County Fire Explorer Program. This type equipment has a 10-year life for fire fighting in a live situation so the decision is to donate it to a youth training program where the equipment can be used.

Mr. Matt Hibbert with Momon Construction, the contractor for the renovation of the Gordon County Government Plaza building, came before the Board to give an update on the progress of the renovation. The interior construction is approximately 99% complete with paint touchup and other finishing touches such as signage left to complete. Exterior of the building left to complete includes some sewer work and additional glass work. Glass samples have been supplied for Board approval and it will be about 4 weeks before that material is on-site to be installed. Mr. Hibbert showed the Board the glass samples and there was a consensus of the Board to approve the tinted glass. The goal is to have a punch list walk-through with the architect the first week of November; the punch list items would be taken care of on the interior from that point forward we will be waiting on the window installation.

The Board then discussed some ordinance amendments that were previously presented to the Board by the County Attorney. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board directed the County Attorney to prepare a re-draft of the backyard chicken ordinance to be presented to the Board for approval after the required advertisements and public hearings. Also discussed was the grass height ordinance. Commissioner Sexton suggested it be written with a 12 inch grass height with a 30-day grace period given to take care of it, before a citation is written. No consensus on grass height was reached by the Board.

Commissioner Gazaway made a motion to adjourn the Work Session. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and all voted aye.

There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 5:56 p.m.

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