2/5/2013 BOC Work Session Minutes

FEBRUARY 5, 2013

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.

Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.

Richard Cooper, Emergency Management Director for Gordon County, spoke to the Board and gave a brief update on the latest disaster relief and volunteer information affecting the citizens impacted by the recent tornado. Departments of Gordon County and other outside agencies and Sonoraville School were acknowledged and thanked for their help and support in assisting in the disaster relief.

Mr. Ed Weldon with the Gordon County Library Board and Mr. Jack Killian, the architect for the library expansion project came before the Board and presented the floor plan and talked about the timetable for the project.

Lusk & Company representatives, the contractor designing and constructing the proposed Agriculture Center, came before the Board to present the site plan and the floor plan and spoke about the timetable for the project. Board members were pleased with Lusk & Company’s rendition of the building.

Following a discussion concerning a request from James Carver, Coroner, asking the Board to send a letter to the State Legislature in support of his request for a raise in compensation for himself and his assistants, there was a consensus of the Board to deny the request for a letter of support.

Mr. Tom Burgess, Director of the Building Inspection Department, came before the Board for clarification from the Board regarding waiving permit fees for damage to their home due to the recent tornado. The Board discussed the approval for waiving the fees and the time allotted to allow the waiver. There was a consensus of the Board to allow waiving the permit fees for a 30-day period initially and then the Board would consider an extension after the first 30 days. Mr. Burgess also asked the Board to consider allowing citizens who were not able to live in their damaged homes while repair work or rebuilding was done to be able to live in temporary mobile homes or campers on the property until they were able to move back into their homes. There was a consensus of the Board to allow temporary mobile homes or campers for a period of 90 days.

County Administrator Dowling discussed with the Board the County’s policy of the County Public Works Department cleaning up the right-of-way of limbs and trees that littered the right-of-way on numerous roads in the County due to the recent tornado. Complaints were coming in from citizens wanting to clear their whole property and put the debris on the right-of-way for pickup by the County. Administrator Dowling advised that the County was clearing the right-of-way one day and then coming back later and more debris had been moved onto the right-of-way. There was a consensus of the Board to have the Public Works Department to clear the right-of-way and then post a letter on the property advising that this would be the only time the right-of-way would be cleared and advising not to move any more debris onto the right-of-way.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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