4/21/2015 BOC Work Session Minutes

APRIL 21, 2015

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, April 14, 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 for the Regular Meeting and made no changes or additions.

County Attorney Jim Ledbetter reviewed the contract with BB&T for the purchase of real estate. Attorney Ledbetter explained that the real estate is about 1.4 acres, the building consists of about 18,000 square feet, and the purchase price is at appraised value of $1,090,000. This contract has a 90-day inspection period that is favorable to the County. If the building is found not to be suitable for the county’s intended use, basically for any reason, we can get our money back. If the Board approves the contract at the Regular meeting, the study period will end July 14, 2015. There is one special condition of the contract and that is that the property cannot be sold to anyone, nor can anyone sell it in the future, for banking use.

The Board received an update on the enforcement roll and activities from Ranger Shawn Elmore, with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division. Ranger Elmore showed the Board a PowerPoint presentation of the activities of the Wildlife Resources Division.

Mr. Eddie Smith came before the Board to speak about his concerns with the problems created for adjoining property owners by poultry houses. He stated that he feels worried about what is happening in Gordon County with the prolific construction of mega poultry houses. In the ULDC there is not much in there to help the adjoining property owners. He suggests that the rule of 100 ft. from the property line go to 200 ft. and there be an undisturbed buffer on the 200 ft. The retention ponds required by the State can currently be designed to be put right against the property line. There should be a limit of how many houses can be built on a certain amount of acreage; he suggested 1 house on 10 acres of land. These changes need to be implemented as soon as possible.

Director Garah Childers, County Human Resources Director, came before the Board to update the Board on the County’s employee health insurance and the claims involved in this fiscal year. Ms. Childers also spoke about ways our insurance carrier is helping employees improve their health with a Wellness Program. John Meadows with Starr-Mathews Insurance, our employee health insurance consultant, also spoke to the Board concerning the County’s health insurance and future projections for claims and costs.

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 6:00 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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