1/20/2015 BOC Work Session Minutes

JANUARY 20, 2015

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration building.

Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.

The Board discussed the agenda items for the Regular Meeting and deleted one item for Soliciting a Request for Qualifications for a Countywide Trail Master Plan.

Administrator King advised that the Director of the Animal Control Department, Sue Henson, is here to speak to the Board with an update about changes at the department and a proposed new fee schedule and hours of operation in order to continue to increase the level of customer service at the Animal Control Department.

Director Sue Henson spoke to the Board and explained several changes made recently at the Animal Control Department. Director Henson advised that her department has restructured the Spay and Neuter Program. If her department can adjust the fee schedule, she can offer animals to the public for adoption that are already spayed or neutered. This eliminates the certificates and the follow-up on the spay or neuter volunteer program as it is now. Another change that is being considered is the boarding fee would be increased from $5 to $10 to cover the cost of food. These fees are comparable to surrounding counties; Gordon County has not had a fee increase since 2012. The hours of operation we would like to restructure is to change from being closed to the public on Friday mornings until 1:00 p.m., to being closed on Wednesday morning until 1:00 p.m. The staff would be at the facility working but not offering any customer service to the public during that time in order to take care of other department business. We feel we can accommodate the public better with this change in hours.

Administrator King advised that he had attended a Northwest Georgia Regional Council meeting where it was announced that a grant for $1.2 billion for a regional impact award given to twelve regions across the United States, and our region will receive part of those funds. The Regional Council is still assessing how they are going to take advantage of this opportunity.

The other item on the agenda is the Georgia Emergency Management/Homeland Security performance grant budget adjustment. This grant was specifically for a communication device. This item is for the acceptance of the $10,000 awarded on this grant.

The Chamber of Commerce Banquet is January 29th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for the Board members.

Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close the Work Session. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business the Work Session adjourned at 5:52 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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