5/5/2015 BOC Regular Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
MAY 5, 2015
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
Employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in May
Commissioner Steward read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in May. Commissioner Sexton drew the name of Jay Johnston with the Sheriff’s Department as Employee of the Month.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session April 21, 2015, and the Regular Meeting April 21, 2015. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Gazaway 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 reported that he had attended the Development Authority Meeting and the ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new parking deck. Commissioner Sexton attended the Board of Health meeting, Business After Hours at the Gem, and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the parking deck opening. Commissioner Steward reported he attended the Finance Committee meeting and the ribbon cutting ceremony.
PUBLIC HEARING FOR ZONING
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to open the public hearing for zoning. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and all voted aye.
APPLICATION #Z15-02, TINA NGUYEN
County Attorney Ledbetter read application #Z15-02, Tina Nguyen’s request to rezone from R-6 to A-1. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission for their recommendations for approval with the condition that a buffer tree line be planted the length of the property and that the new poultry houses be constructed as deep on the property as possible. Attorney Ledbetter recommends that a site plan would be helpful to the Board, he has asked Mr. Jiles Jones, the attorney for the applicant who has signed up to speak on behalf of the applicant, if there is a site plan available and right now they don’t have that. Attorney Ledbetter recommends that the Board table this application for rezoning until a site plan is available.
Commissioner Sexton made a motion to table the application until a site plan is available. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Sexton, Cunningham, Steward, and Gazaway voted aye. Motion passed.
APPLICATION #Z15-03, CHARLES & NANCY RICHARDS/GLENDA SLOAN
County Attorney Ledbetter read application #Z15-03, Charles and Nancy Richards’ application to rezone from A-1 to R-5. The property is owned by the Richards, Glenda Sloan has made the application for rezoning. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission for their recommendations for denial. Ms. Glenda Sloan, a realtor, representing the sellers of the property, read a letter from the Richards family giving the reasons why the rezoning should be approved. Ms. Tammy Freeman spoke in support of the rezoning. Craig Jeup with JPM Development stated his company wanted to develop the property to construct an apartment complex for affordable housing. Mr. Jeup offered to cut out two acres on the front facing Highway 53 and rezone the remaining 6.52 acres to R-5. Mr. Toby Layson stated he has property adjacent to this property and felt this would have an adverse effect on his property and he is opposed to the rezoning. Samantha Lusk, with ReMax, stated that placement of such a project would inhibit growth on Highway 53. Flipper McDaniel spoke in support of the rezoning and wants the development to come to Gordon County. Mr. Anthony Lombard has property close by on Highway 53 and is in favor of the development. Ms. Martice Long spoke in support of the rezoning and development of the property.
County Attorney advised that this concludes the public comments and the Board has the request to rezone from A-1 to R-5 before them and the minutes of the Planning Commission. Now is the time for the Board to consider whether or not to approve or deny the application, or to table it for another date.
Chairman Hood called for a motion to approve the rezoning application. No motion from Board members was forthcoming. Chairman Hood announced there was no motion.
Chairman Hood asked for a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close public hearing. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Gazaway, and Steward voted aye. Public hearing closed.
CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
BOARD APPROVAL OF UPDATED LOAD PRICES AT THE CHERT PIT
Chairman Hood advised that the first item to consider is for Board approval of updated Load prices at the Chert Pit. Chairman Hood asked for a motion to approve.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the updated prices at the Chert Pit. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Sexton, and Gazaway voted aye. Motion passed.
NORTH GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION TRANSPORTATION PROPOSAL FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO RESIDENTS OF GORDON COUNTY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015/2016
Chairman Hood advised that this is a proposal from North Georgia Community Action Transportation to continue to provide services to residents of Gordon County for fiscal year 2015/2016. Chairman Hood asked if there is a motion to accept the proposal from North Georgia Community Action Transportation to provide transportation for county residents.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal from North Georgia Community Action. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Gazaway, Steward, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
CERTIFICATE OF SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION ON THE PARKING DECK FOR RA-LIN AND ASSOCIATES, INC.
Chairman Hood advised that this is the Certificate of Substantial Completion on the parking deck from RA-LIN & Associates. Chairman Hood asked for a motion to accept the Certificate of Substantial Completion from RA-LIN & Associates.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to accept the Certificate. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Steward, and Gazaway voted aye. Motion passed.
APPROVAL OF RFP SOLICITING A MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDER TO USE THE GORDON COUNTY FACILITY FUNDED BY A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT TO BE USED TO SUPPLY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Chairman Hood advised that this is for Board of Approval of an RFP for mental health services. The County received three proposals for supplying mental health services. The recommendation to the Board from the panel that evaluated the proposals is to approve Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. The panel believes Fellowship Health Resources is best suited to provide the mental health services requested in the proposal.
Commissioner Gazaway made a motion to approve Fellowship Health Resources. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Gazaway, Sexton, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
RESOLUTION TO ENACT A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS FOR ZONING APPROVALS, BUILDING PERMITS, LAND DISTURBANCE PERMITS, AND ANY OTHER APPROVALS OR PERMITS, OR PROCESSING OF OR ISSUANCE OF DECISIONS ON ANY SUCH APPLICATIONS, REGARDING NEW COMMERCIAL POULTRY OPERATIONS OR THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING COMMERCIAL POULTRY OPERATIONS
Commissioner Sexton commented that he would like to make a motion that the Board adopt a stay on poultry house construction for 60 days until the Board can have a chance to look at the ordinance and change what needs to be changed.
Attorney Ledbetter asked to help with the legal wording of the motion since it would be a very important decision for the Board. Attorney Ledbetter read a resolution covering an emergency temporary moratorium and covering the motion (copy attached).
Commissioner Steward seconded the motion.
Commissioner Gazaway commented that the Board will probably end up making some changes, or not, and he personally does not think it is necessary to declare a moratorium.
Commissioner Cunningham stated that he agrees and does not think it is fair to enact a moratorium.
Chairman Hood called for a vote on the motion. Commissioners Steward and Sexton voted with the motion. Commissioners Gazaway and Cunningham opposed the motion. Chair votes with the motion. 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 7:20 p.m.
(Official minutes are filed in the County Clerk’s office.)