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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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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING AUGUST 30, 2017 ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM  

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The 2017 Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

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The 2017 Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

The 2017 Assessment Notices were mailed June 21, 2017. You have 45 days to appeal the value. If you have any questions please contact the Assessor’s Office at 706-629-6812 or click on this link for more information about our office. Remember the Assessor’s office is now located at 215 N Wall Street....

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FY 2017-18 Approved Budget Now Online

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FY 2017-18 Approved Budget Now Online

The FY2017-18 Recommended Budget has been posted online along with the timeline of the budget process and adoption.

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Road Closure: School House Road (Updated: Now Open)

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Road Closure:  School House Road (Updated: Now Open)

Updated Wednesday, June 7, 2017:  School House Road is now open. School House Road, between Campground Road and Knight Drive in the Red Bed community, will be closed due to road construction from Monday, June 5, 2017 and should be reopened by the end of the same week. For more information, please contact the Gordon County Public Works Depart at 706-629-2785.

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Gordon County Offices Closed May 29, 2017

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Gordon County Offices Closed May 29, 2017

Gordon County offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 and will reopen at regular time on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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Administrator’s Report for May 16, 2017

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Administrator’s Report for May 16, 2017

Financial Update Budget Preparation:  The proposed budget is in your material for your review. Copies will be available for pick up by Department Heads and Constitutional Officers in the morning. Financial Reports:  You have the quarterly financial reports for the nine month period ending on March 31, 2017 for your review. 2018 SPLOST:  The County is receiving the revised SPLOST project lists from the municipal governments that account for the increases in projected revenue. Significant Projects and Activity Courthouse Renovation:  The Board of Commissioners approved the hire of Carter and Watkins on May 2nd. We held a preliminary design meeting on May 9th. A meeting is set for May 23rd to review schematic plans. Animal Shelter:  We met with the architects, Carter and Watkins, on May 9th looked at plans of other animal shelters they had designed. Sue Henson attended and offered design suggestions. We expect to review schematic designs on May 24th. Comprehensive Plan:  The first Public Hearing will be held at the Agriculture Center on May 25th at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will be a drop-in informational session to allow community input and inquiry regarding the Plan update. Poultry Ordinance:  The notice of Public Hearing has been advertised in the Calhoun Times. The hearing will take place in the Main Courtroom on June 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the work session and regular meeting. Tire Amnesty Day:  18.4 tons of tires were collected on tire amnesty day. Tax Assessor:  Notices of Assessment will be mailed no later than June 15, 2017. The target date for the tax digest numbers will be mid July subject to the number of appeals filed. Salacoa Park:  The 40 year old septic system has failed. Don Holley and Jeff Champion are working diligently to obtain a new system before the weekend of the Memorial Day holiday. Life Force Helicopter:  Representatives of Erlanger requested a meeting with the Calhoun and Gordon County Administration. The Mayor, City Administrator and I met with them on Monday, May 15th. The representatives of Erlanger shared their vision to expand the Life Force Helicopter facilities at the Tom David...

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