3/2/2019 BOC Special Meeting
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SPECIAL MEETING – STRATEGIC PLANNING
MARCH 2, 2019
These minutes were amended by the Board of Commissioners on 11/19/2019 to include the underlined statement.
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners met in a Special Meeting and Strategic Planning Session at 8:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room of Sage Cottage in Adairsville, Georgia.
BECKY HOOD, CHAIRMAN
CHAD STEWARD, VICE CHAIRMAN
NORRIS SEXTON, COMMISSIONER
M. L. BUD OWENS, COMMISSIONER
KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, COMMISSIONER
JIM LEDBETTER, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
ANNETTE BERRY, COUNTY CLERK
KEITH KING, ASSISTANT TO ADMINISTRATOR
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order and asked for a motion to open the Strategic Planning Session. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to open the Strategic Planning Session. Commissioner Owens seconded and Commissioners Sexton, Owens, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye.
Administrator Ledbetter advised that the purpose of this meeting is for discussion of Strategic Planning for the Board of Commissioners. He then asked if anyone has a topic they wish to cover during this session. Commissioner Steward mentioned he wanted to discuss what could be done about dilapidated homes and properties. Commissioner Cunningham commented that he wished to cover Shirley Road, and Commissioner Owens said he wished to cover the Animal Control Department.
Administrator Ledbetter gave an in-depth Administrator’s report. Topics covered include the budget process going on right now and what the Board can anticipate going into this next fiscal year’s budget. First being the department’s personnel needs and requests, and equipment.
Other topics covered were the review of the SPLOST schedule and SPLOST projects. 2012 -2018 SPLOST for the Courthouse, Brookshire Park, Health Department and the Senior Center expansion, and 2018-2024 SPLOST for the Plaza 2nd Floor, Mt. Olive Church Road, Evidence Building & Morgue. Schedule Revisions were the Splash Pad and Records Retention Building.
Commissioner’s requested topics discussed were the proposed multi-purpose facility, dilapidated homes and properties, Animal Control Department and Shirley Road. There was a consensus of the Board to make Shirley Road into a passable road and to maintain the 1.84 miles on Shirley Road that is currently unpaved.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to go into Executive Session for Personnel and Real Estate. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Steward, Cunningham, and Sexton voted aye. Executive Session began at 10:30 a.m.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to close the Executive Session and go back into the Strategic Planning meeting. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and all voted aye. Executive Session adjourned at 11:22 a.m.
Following the lunch break, the Board’s next topic for discussion was Economic Development, and Administrator Ledbetter reported on Taylor English Decisions’ Report on Gordon 25.
Administrator Ledbetter asked the Board to think about topics discussed and what positive steps they should take away from this Planning Session. Topics mentioned and positive steps were customer service, teamwork, moving forward with economic development, moving forward with meetings with municipalities, multi-purpose facility designed to be self-sustaining or income-producing, and hold the budget.
Administrator Ledbetter advised the Board that he felt Gordon County has really good Department Heads in the County’s Departments, and also other County employees. One Department mentioned by a Board member was the Public Works Department Director, Steve Paris. Comment made was, “he does a good job and is always on top of things”.
The Board discussed re-scheduling the March 5th meeting to March 19th. There was a consensus of the Board to have the Clerk send a media notice out announcing that the March 5th meeting will be rescheduled to March 19th.
Commissioner Sexton made a motion to adjourn the Special Meeting. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and all voted aye.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.