4/21/2015 BOC Regular Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 21, 2015
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session April 14, 2015, and the Regular Meeting April 14, 2015. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Steward, and Gazaway voted aye. Minutes approved.
County Administrator King read the report into the record (copy attached).
Commissioner Gazaway asked if the Board needs to give their approval about opening the parking deck for the weekend activities planned to be held on Saturday. County Attorney advised that receiving the certificate of Substantial Completion and obtaining insurance coverage would be necessary before the parking deck would be turned over to the county and it is a good idea to have approval from the Board.
County Commissioner Gazaway made a motion to open the parking deck for the weekend activities subject to obtaining a Substantial Completion certificate and insurance beforehand. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion Commissioners Gazaway, Steward, Sexton, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Gazaway reported that he had attended the ACCG Annual conference in Savannah and the Community Government Affairs meeting at the Chamber. Chairman Hood advised that they all went to the conference in Savannah and all learned from it.
CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
BOARD APPROVAL OF CONTRACT WITH BRANCH BANKING TRUST COMPANY FOR REAL ESTATE PURCHASE
County Attorney Ledbetter advised that this is the contract between the Board of Commissioners
and Branch Banking Trust Company for the purchase of the property and building located next door to the Administration Building. This consists of 1.4 acres more or less and a building with a little more than 18,000 sq. ft. of facility. The price is no more than the appraised value of $1,090,000. With a $5,000 earnest money deposit, the balance of $1,085,000 will be paid at closing and satisfaction of contingency which will include inspection. Inspection provision has an out where, if the property is not suitable for the county’s intended uses, the county can obtain a refund of the earnest money and walk away from the deal with the only loss being our inspection costs. The one principal factor in the deal is that BB&T does not want the property to be sold to a banking competitor. The contract has come about after extensive negotiation; the commissioners hung tough for a long time waiting before finally receiving a substantial concession on the price from BB&T. Based on conversations with other, to build a building of this nature and acquire the land would cost over $3.5 million.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the contract. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Sexton, and Gazaway voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Sexton made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.