Building Inspection

Building Inspections

The Building Inspection Department is responsible for enforcing various county ordinances that regulate and protect public health, safety, and welfare as related to existing buildings and new construction in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as in the cities of Plainville, Ranger, and Resaca. This department serves as the first point of contact for residents and developers seeking assistance with flood plain management, soil and erosion control standards, land disturbing activities, and utility construction. This department issues all construction permits and performs plan reviews to determine code compliance. In addition, this department enforces the following county ordinances: Building Code Ordinance, Wetland Protection Ordinance, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance, Nuisance Ordinance (unsafe buildings), Manufactured Homes Ordinance, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and the Sign Ordinance. Also, this department assists the Planning & Development Department with reviewing subdivision development plans. This department generates revenue from building inspection and permit fees, land disturbing permit fees, and plat/development plan review fees.

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Contact Information:
Tom Burgess, Director
Gordon County Wall Street Annex, First Floor
200 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: 706-629-0505
Fax: 706-625-8253

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Latest Press Releases & Public Notices

2018-FD101 Fire Dept. Tools

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2018-FD101 Fire Dept. Tools

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be accepting sealed written bids from qualified vendors to procure up to 4 new sets of Electro-Hydraulic Tools for the Fire Department as outlined in the specifications in this document.See attached Purchaser Specification Requirements for Power Supply, Cutter, Ram and Spreader. Bid Document: 2018-FD101 Electro-Hydraulic Tools Attachments: Power Supply for Electro Electro-Hydraulic Cutter Electro-Hydraulic Rescue Ram Electro-Hydraulic...

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UPDATE: Commissioners approved the amendment to the ULDC for Dry Litter Poultry Operation.

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UPDATE: Commissioners approved the amendment to the ULDC for Dry Litter Poultry Operation.

UPDATE: July 12, 2017 At their July 11, 2017 meeting, the Gordon County Board of Commissioners approved the amendment to the Unified Land Development Code for Dry Litter Poultry Operation. Click here to read the Commission’s resolution and the amendment. UPDATE: March 6, 2017 Due to the recent avian influenza confirmation in Lincoln County, Tennessee, the Georgia Poultry Federation has asked the Board of Commissioners to postpone the public hearing scheduled for March 7 at 4:30 pm. At this time, no avian influenza has been found in Gordon County. The Gordon County Board of Commissioners has cancelled the public hearing that was scheduled to be held during their Work Session on March 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. The public hearing will be announced later, and held at a later date in the main courtroom of the Gordon County Courthouse to allow comments from the public concerning agri-industrial style chicken operations. Original Post on March 1, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing during their Work Session on March 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the main courtroom of the Gordon County Courthouse. The purpose of this public hearing is to allow comments from the public concerning agri-industrial style chicken...

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5/1/2017 Historic Preservation Commission Minutes

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Gordon County Historic Preservation Commission May 1, 2017 Members Present Kenny Padgett, Chairman Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman Jeff Henderson David Mitchell Jim Weaver Staff Present Sandy Padgett, Secretary Guests Present Jim Ledbetter, County Attorney/Interim County Administrator Barry Caudle, Southern Paranormal Investigators Mike Holmes, Southern Paranormal Investigators Don Holley, Gordon County Parks & Recreation Director Jerry Holmes, Gordon County Parks Attendant Susan Kirkland Dena Wright Dan Autry Darrel Wilson John (last name not legible on sign in sheet) Joey (last name not legible on sign in sheet) Regular Meeting Chairman Padgett called the meeting to order at approximately 5:25 p.m. welcoming all in attendance. Minutes from April 3, 2017 meeting were presented for review and approval. Jeff Henderson made motion to approve; seconded by David Mitchell. All voted aye. Commission Reports Jeff Henderson stated there was a good turnout for Confederate Memorial Day, Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Resaca Confederate Cemetery. A banjo player was on site that played Dixie. David Mitchell is still working on finding someone to locate pins at Nelson Cemetery. Chairman Padgett stated there was some riders who visited the Cemetery a few weeks ago whom the Chamber of Commerce brought in. Betty Ann Surdykowski shared two informational handouts that will be on hand at the Chamber of Commerce regarding Battle of Resaca. Unfinished Business Chairman Padgett spoke with Jim Ledbetter regarding placing Resaca Confederate Cemetery and Chitwood Farm Easement in an historic district to offer extra protection. There is no further protection needed for the two areas. Chairman Padgett stated parks have been heavily visited. The park staff is doing an excellent job maintaining the parks. No further information obtained regarding Resaca Sewer project as of this date. On April 11, 2017 Board of Commissioners approved Georgia Department of Economic Development request to visit Resaca Battlefield Site on Tuesday May 9, 2017. Green Way/Blue Way master plan has been updated since HPC April 3, 2017 meeting. Don Holley stated the plan is 95% city areas with a small section around Ashworth/Gordon Central included within the County. Jeff Henderson and Jim Weaver and will be attending upcoming HPC training in Madison, Georgia. New Business Chairman Padgett introduced Barry Caudle, Southern Paranormal Investigators, to HPC. Southern Paranormal Investigators did a tour at Resaca Battlefield Site earlier this year. Barry Caudle expressed his appreciation to the HPC for allowing him and his team to visit the Battlefield Site. Chairman Padgett stated the team acted very professional and he was impressed. Barry Caudle presented a brief overview of their findings to the HPC and guests present. (photos submitted by SPI are included with minutes). Adjournment Chairman Padgett stated next scheduled meeting is Monday, June 5, 2017 @ 5:30 p.m.. David Mitchell made motion to adjourn; seconded by Betty Ann Surdykowski. All voted aye. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:04...

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4/3/2017 Historic Preservation Commission Minutes

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Gordon County Historic Preservation Commission April 3, 2017 Members Present Kenny Padgett, Chairman Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman Jeff Henderson David Mitchell Jim Weaver Staff Present Ursula Richardson, Planning & Development Sandy Padgett, Secretary Regular Meeting Chairman Padgett called the meeting to order at approximately 5:22 p.m., welcoming all in attendance. Minutes from March 6, 2017 meeting were presented for review and approval. Jeff Henderson made motion to approve minutes; seconded by David Mitchell. All voted aye. New Business Ursula Richardson presented HPC with documentation concerning rezoning of property, to heavy industrial, where Mission Cemetery is located. There is no intention for any property development as of this date. HPC briefly discussed this area in question. Chairman Padgett informed HPC of a request made by the DOT regarding a maintenance project, Dews Pond to I-75 Bridge. Ursula Richardson notified DOT that there were no historic areas that would be affected by the project. Chairman Padgett questioned Ursula Richardson regarding training funds available to send 2 HPC members to upcoming HPC training in May. Ursula Richardson forwarded training request to Tom Burgess, Director Gordon County Building Inspections Office, and inquired into hotel rates for upcoming training. Commission Reports Chairman Padgett was contacted by Ursula Richardson in reference to the John Saxon House historical marker being damaged and discarded. DNR no longer provides nor maintains historical markers. Chairman Padgett spoke with someone at Georgia Historical Society and they are making arrangements to replace the sign. Sign location is at the Gordon County line and Miller’s Ferry Road. David Mitchell was contacted by someone who has concerns regarding Bradley Cemetery II, as to the names on the tombstones. She requested someone revisit the cemetery and ensure the names were documented correctly off the tombstones. HPC does not document names on the tombstones only documents where cemetery is located. Jeff Henderson stated Resaca Confederate Cemetery was cleaned up on Saturday April 1, 2017 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a few members of Friends of Resaca. Cemetery has been maintained very well and the biggest concern at the cemetery is trash. Unfinished Business Chairman Padgett stated informed HPC of the removal of the easement violation on the Chitwood Farm. Fort Wayne Site along with Resaca Battlefield Park is being heavily visited. Board of Commissioners approved Rotary Club’s request for the use of Battlefield Park site this upcoming Thursday, April 6, 2017. Board of Commissioners approved paranormal investigation by Southern Paranormal Investigators. Chairman Padgett took part in the investigation on March 18, 2017. Southern Paranormal Investigators will be in attendance at the next HPC meeting, May 1, 2017 to give a presentation on their investigative findings. Chairman Padgett along with County Attorney Jim Ledbetter met with Town of Resaca on March 6, 2017 regarding Resaca Sewer Project and came up with a formal agreement that they would not take the sewer project through Fort Wayne property, but would go up River Road. Town of Resaca is currently working with their planners to route the sewer line up the old River Street. Chairman Padgett appreciates Jim Ledbetter’s diligent work on this project and ensuring the historic easement and county assets were protected. New Business Chairman Padgett forwarded email with pictures to HPC members in reference to CSX train derailment which took place on March...

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6/5/2017 Historic Preservation Commission Minutes

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Gordon County Historic Preservation Commission June 5, 2017 Members Present Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman Jeff Henderson Jim Weaver Staff Present Sandy Padgett, Secretary Regular Meeting Vice Chairman Surdykowski called the meeting to order at approximately 5:30 p.m. welcoming all in attendance. Minutes from May 1, 2017 meeting were presented for review and approval. Jeff Henderson made motion to approve; seconded by Jim Weaver. All voted aye. Commission Reports Jeff Henderson and Jim Weaver gave brief overview of HPC training both attended in Madison, Georgia in May. Unfinished Business Vice Chairman Surdykowski spoke with Don Holley, Gordon County Parks Director, he stated park visitation has increased. On May 9, 2017 Georgia Department of Economic Development had 9 representatives come to Gordon County for 2 days to tour the county and tourism sites. Ontario Finch, Ringgold State Visitor’s Center, contacted Sarah Husser with Gordon County Chamber of Commerce and let her know the 2 day tour was very beneficial and the group was treated very well during their stay in Gordon County. Jeff Henderson stated Johnny Meadows, State Representative, spoke at the last Gordon County Historical Society meeting and Mr. Meadows stated he requested monies in the upcoming budget year for funding the museum in Resaca. Southern Paranormal Investigators would like to come back at a later date to be determined to visit the Confederate Cemetery. New Business Chairman Padgett forwarded email to HPC regarding The General train display (email filed with minutes). Vice Chairman Surdykowski spoke with Chairman Padgett this morning and informed her that the train display is currently being housed in Gordon County. Jeff Henderson stated the City of Resaca has purchased Civil War relics from a local citizen. Adjournment Next meeting is scheduled for Monday July 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m . Jim Weaver made motion to adjourn; seconded by Jeff Henderson. All voted aye. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:50...

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Administrator’s Report for July 11, 2017

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Administrator’s Report for July 11, 2017

Financial Update LOST and SPLOST:  LOST and SPLOST collections were up slightly over the same period last year. LOST was up 3.54% ($16,466.57); SPLOST was up 3.53% ($23,731.90). 2018 SPLOST:  Gordon County hosted a successful meeting on July 5th with representatives of Calhoun, Fairmount, Plainville and Resaca to discuss capital projects and the proposed SPLOST distribution. The timetable moving forward is: July 11th approve the Intergovernmental Agreement; July 18th resolution to call for referendum during November 7th election; August 5th Shea Hicks announces call for the referendum; November 7th vote is held; May 1, 2018 collections begin if referendum is passed. Taxes:  Assessment notices were mailed June 21st. The final date to appeal is August 7th. So far, 79 appeals have been received. If the appeals stay low then we can expect preliminary digest numbers around July 25th. Significant Projects and Activity Courthouse Renovation:  Detailed cost estimating is underway to determine the estimated cost to construct the project as shown on the schematic design plans. We expect the report on July 24th. Animal Shelter:  We remain on track to receive detailed plans and specifications in August with bids out in late August or early September. If the schedule holds, the bid for the General Contractor would be awarded in October with construction to follow. We continue to work on the fire loss claim and the latest activity was a second demolition estimate. Comprehensive Plan:  A steering committee meeting is scheduled for Friday July 14 at 10:00 in the Calhoun Utilities meeting room. Government Plaza:  The report on the water condensation issue has concluded that water vapor is probably permeating through the older part of the concrete slab. The proposed solution is to replace the non permeable carpet tile with permeable carpet tile. A small section will be tried first as a test. We have placed a red mat at the bottom of the back steps to delineate the transition from the steps to the floor. The mat was donated by Quality Mats. DNR Property for Health Department:  I expect the deed to the property to be available by the end of the month. We have received demolition estimates for the 2 buildings. The environmental assessment is underway now. Road Department:  Water Tank Road, the pipes are in but the water has been too high to complete the installation. Red Bone Ridges Landfill:  We have received the remaining capacity report that Santek has filed with the EPD. For the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, Santek estimates it received 260,086 tons of waste. At the current rate of use, the landfill has a lifespan of 49 years or until year...

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Administrator’s Report for June 6, 2017

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Financial Update Budget Preparation: The proposed budget will need to be Adopted on June 20, 2017 by resolution in the Commission meeting. 2012 SLOST Collections: LOST and SPLOST collections were up slightly over the same period last year. LOST was up 2.04% ($9,385.84); SPLOST was up 2.04% ($13,550.53). 2018 SPLOST: You have been given a proposed collection schedule for the 2018 SPLOST. If you desire to change the order of collection, we need to know as soon as possible If no changes, the next step is to set the meeting with the cities for adoption of the joint resolution. Significant Projects and Activity Courthouse Renovation: We held a meeting on May 24 to review the schematic plans. The meeting was well attended by stakeholders in the new building and the schematic design has been modified based upon this discussion. Meeting minutes and schematic plans are available for your review. Animal Shelter: We reviewed the schematic design on May 23 and some modifications to the plans were made. A preliminary cost analysis has been received. We continue to work on the fire loss claim. Schematic plans and the cost estimate are available for your review. Comprehensive Plan: The first Public Hearing was held at the Agriculture Center on May 25th at 9:00 a.m. and about ten people attended. Salacoa Park: The 40 year old septic system was repaired. The repair was much less expensive than we had anticipated. Water Tank Road: The road is closed and impassable due to a wash out during heavy rains on June 5, 2017. Steve Paris has obtained estimates for repair that are being evaluated. We will need to wait until the waters recede so measurements can be taken. E-911: 8557 calls were received in May 2017. The total calls year to date are 92,294. The number of calls averages about 257/day. By comparison, E-911 received 8,174 calls in May of 2016 and averaged 256 calls per day last year. Slab Moisture at Government Plaza: Water has been observed accumulating under carpet tiles in a portion of the building. This area had been tested for moisture during renovation and the levels were acceptable. The architects have suggested a firm to evaluate the issue and the firm’s proposal is under consideration. Trail Master Plan: This project is moving forward with preliminary plans out for...

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Administrator’s Report for June 20, 2017

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Financial Update 2018 SPLOST: The statute requires the BOC set up a meeting with all municipalities to discuss capital projects for presentation to the public in the referendum. The meeting notice must be sent at least 10 days before the meeting date and contain the date, time, place, and purpose of the meeting. During the meeting, the counties may adopt the intergovernmental agreement for apportionment of the estimated SPLOST proceeds. This meeting must take place 30 days before the call for election. The Board then adopts a Resolution for the imposition of the SPLOST. The County forwards the resolution to the election Superintendent who issues the call at least 90 days before the election. The way the dates work out, the meeting with the cities must be held on July 5th or 6th. The cities have all confirmed availability for July 5 at 9 a.m. and notices have been sent. Significant Projects and Activity Courthouse Renovation: All County Offices directly affected by the project have had an opportunity to review the schematic plans. Certain modifications have been made based upon their suggestions. We are now in the detailed cost estimation phase to determine whether the schematic design can be built within the budget. Animal Shelter: We expect to receive detailed plans and specifications in August. We expect to bid the project by the end of August with bids awarded for the general contractor around October. We continue to work on the fire loss claim. Schematic plans and the cost estimate are available for your review. Sue Henson reports that today we have about 6 dogs at the temporary shelter and 4 at the City of Calhoun. Comprehensive Plan: The regional commission postponed the June 20th meeting and it will be rescheduled at a later date. Water Tank Road: Repair work is underway after the road washed out during an extreme rainfall last month. Government Plaza: The water issue has been investigated and we expect a recommendation for a fix this week. The window Tint has been installed and I have received favorable reports on its effectiveness. Request for Annexation: We have received a notice of intent to Annex from Calhoun. The tract is approximately 19 acres and is located at Erwin Street and South Wall Street. The purpose is for a LIDL store and other retail and commercial space. If the property is annexed, the County School District will lose about $15,000 per year of present tax revenue. The City will consider this matter on July 17. Battlefield: DNR called and reported they are continuing the current Hay contract. DNR Property for Health Department: The State is meeting for its final approval at this time. We are getting estimates on the cost of demolition or removal of the two existing buildings. Road Department: Public works reports numerous calls about tall grass on ROW’s. They have pressed an additional mower into service to try to keep up. Harris Beamer Closed Landfill: Methane monitoring was performed on June 7, 2017 and all compliance points were under allowable...

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6/6/2017 BOC Work Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSION MINUTES JUNE 6, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the main court room of the Gordon County courthouse. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. Chairman Hood asked for a motion to open the public hearing for comments from the public regarding the amendment to the Unified Land Development Code concerning poultry operations in Gordon County. County Attorney Jim Ledbetter spoke to the Board and the audience and gave the history of the Unified Land Development code regarding poultry operations and how it has come to be the document it is now. Attorney Ledbetter advised the Board that there are several people signed up to speak regarding the amendment to the code for poultry operation, he then read the rules to be followed regarding participants who wish to speak at the public hearing. Attorney Ledbetter then called Russell Bryant, the first person signed up to speak. Mr. Bryant spoke in favor of the proposed amendment to the code for poultry operations and gave a list of negative impacts that chicken houses have. Mr. Robert Gwynn spoke to the Board in favor of the amendment and stated that he would like limits of one mile or one and a half mile from a home for a chicken house to be built. He cannot sit on his porch and drink his coffee in the morning due to the odor of a close by chicken house. Mr. Doug Jones spoke in favor of the amendment and asked what future and what industry do you want in Gordon County and City of Calhoun. Poultry houses are saturating the county and soon every vehicle passing through on I-75 will be passing without stopping because of the unpleasant odors. He asked, what kind of county and city do you want. Mr. Eddie Smith spoke in favor of the amendment and his opinion is that we are being overrun with poultry houses in Gordon County. We have way too many chicken houses in residential neighborhoods. These are not mom and pop businesses, this is an industry. Mr. Mark Owens spoke in opposition to the amendment, there are too many hoops to jump through, there will be irreparable harm done to families and others involved as support personnel of a poultry operation. If each person applying for a permit has to go to the Board and there are twenty people there opposed against the one person applying, it’s not going to work fair. This is encroaching on individual rights of the land owner. Thank a farmer when you have your next meal, keep in mind chickens have to be grown by someone. Mr. Adam Williams spoke in opposition to the amendment, only about 2% of poultry operations in Gordon County are receiving complaints about them. 99% to 100% of chicken farms are family farms. The 2% are hurting the other 98% of operations who are being found guilty without due process. Mr. Michael Williams spoke in opposition to the amendment, studies show that after 50 feet, any dust from a poultry operation is gone. The Board needs to get all of us together and come up with a sound, factual solution where all parties can support it....

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6/6/2017 BOC Regular Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR SESSION MINUTES JUNE 6, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, beginning at 6:25 p.m. in the main court room of the Gordon County Courthouse. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. Commissioner Steward make a motion to open the public hearing for the budget. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Sexton, and Owens voted aye. PUBLIC HEARING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017/2018 RECOMMENDED BUDGET Laura Dobson spoke to the Board and asked that the Animal Control Department use their left over budget money from the 2016/2017 budget year to fund low employment income citizens’ animal’s spay and neuter certificates. Susan Fassnacht spoke to the Board and asked for the Board to approve a task force to be involved in operation of the Animal Control Department. No one else signed to speak during the public hearing. Commissioner Owens made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioner Owens, Sexton, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Commissioner Sexton read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in June. Commissioner Steward drew the name of County Employee of the Month Melody Lee. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Special Meeting and Board Strategic Planning Meeting February 4, 2017, the Work Session May 16, 2017, and the Regular Meeting May 16, 2017. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Owens, and Steward voted aye. Motion approved. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Chairman Hood announced that the Administrator’s Report will be incorporated into the minutes by copy of the report from Interim Administrator Ledbetter. COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT None CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS None CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS SECOND READING OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE FOR DRY LITTER POULTRY OPERATIONS Attorney Ledbetter advised that this is the second reading of the proposed amendment to the Dry Litter Poultry Operations code. The options for the Board are a motion to approve, a motion to deny, or a motion to table the matter until the Board has a chance to digest those comments from tonight’s public hearing. Attorney Ledbetter reminded the Board that there is a moratorium in place and there may be some people that are having to put their plans on hold waiting for the moratorium to be lifted. He promised to give it his time and attention to try to resolve the amendment by the June 20th meeting. The Board discussed the date of the meeting they would work toward to pass the amendment and following the discussion Commissioner Steward made a motion to table the second reading until the first meeting in July. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Owens, Sexton, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed Attorney Ledbetter commented that the Board needs to consider that the moratorium expires shortly and the Board may have to extend it for a couple of weeks. The first meeting in July is July 11 and after further discussion with the Board, Ledbetter requested that the Board extend the moratorium to expire on July 11, or sooner if the issues with the amendment are...

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