5/17/2022 BOC Regular Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR SESSION MINUTES
JUDICIAL BUILDING ASSEMBLY ROOM
MAY 17, 2022
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on May 17, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Judicial Building Assembly Room.
Becky Hood, Chairman
Chad Steward, Vice Chairman
M. L. Bud Owens, Commissioner
Kevin Cunningham, Commissioner
Bruce Potts, Commissioner
Jim Ledbetter, County Administrator
Annette Berry, County Clerk
Approximately 23 Guests
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 and Regular Meeting of May 3, 2022. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the Minutes. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Potts, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Owens reported that he chaired the Calhoun College and Career Board meeting, attended the 2022 Leadership Calhoun/Gordon County graduation and recognized some of the County employees who participated. He also announced the upcoming Floyd/Gordon Joint Development Authority meeting, and the Gordon/Calhoun Development Authority meeting.
Commissioner Potts reported that he travelled with Administrator Ledbetter and Director of Public Works Paris to look at a mower demonstration in Floyd County. Also met with a local developer about some developments coming to Gordon County, assisted a citizen with an ordinance issue, and attended a budget meeting with the Administrator. He also gave the department reports for Building & Grounds, Public Works, and Fleet Management.
Commissioner Steward advised that he attended Wheels and Wings at the Airport, and attended the Finance Committee meeting with our new Finance Director.
Chairman Hood advised that she met with Governor Kemp.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to open the Public Hearing for Zoning. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and all voted aye.
PUBLIC HEARING FOR ZONING
A. Application #Z22-07: Joshua H. Turner’s Request to Rezone from A-1 to RA-1
Administrator Ledbetter read Application #Z22-07 Joshua H. Turner’s request to rezone from A-1 to RA-1 agricultural reserve. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval. Mr. Ledbetter advised that Mr. Turner plans to subdivide the property into two tracts with an existing mobile home, and deed the other tract to his parents to build a home. No one is signed to speak for or against the rezoning.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the rezoning application #Z22-07. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Potts, Cunningham, Owens, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
B. Application #Z22-08: Mandy Gentry and Eric Greeson’s Request to Rezone from A-1 to R-4 Suburban Density Residential
Administrator Ledbetter read Application #Z22-08 Mandy Gentry and Eric Greeson’s request to rezone from A-1 to R-4 Suburban density residential for 15 acres located on Harris Beamer Road to develop and build townhomes. This would be 120 units in about 20 groups of four. Mr. Ledbetter advised to incorporate the comments that are in the material and all of the County requirements for codes, etc. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval.
Commissioner Owens asked Mr. Greeson if he has any plans to have any type buffer around the property to separate the townhomes from other residences there. Mr. Greeson advised that they are incorporating green space and will have retention ponds for water runoff. Administrator Ledbetter advised that there are requirements in the ULDC for certain amounts of vegetative buffers that they will need to comply with. Commissioner Steward asked Mr. Greeson if he would be the one building the project and the answer was yes, it will be local contractor and local people.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the rezoning. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion. Commissioner Steward commented that this is going to be in Gordon Central’s school district so they do have room for population growth at that school. There are two ways out of Harris Beamer, it is on the west side of the county, that’s where we do not have that much growth currently, this will be a local contractor putting local people to work here in Gordon County. Also, it did come to the Board of Commissioners with a unanimous decision to approve from the Planning Commission. Chairman Hood asked for a voted on the motion. Commissioners Owens, Potts, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed.
—Note: This rezoning application will be heard by the Board again on June 7, 2022 due to the notification to adjoining property owners having an incorrect time for the Public Hearing on this application. Resulting in two property owners not being at the Public Hearing on the correct date and therefore were not able to voice their opposition to the rezoning application.——
C. Application #Z22-09: and #Z22-10 Thor Equities, LLC’s Request to Rezone from A-1 to I-1 Light Industrial
Administrator Ledbetter advised that these two applications will be heard together. Application #Z22-09 and Application #Z22-10 Thor Equities, LLC’s request to rezone from A-1 to I-1 light industrial. These two applications come to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval. This is rounding out the property on the south side of Trimble Hollow Road. Both tracts are around one acre. Mr. Terry Brumlow and Mr. Sage Ralston ares signed up to speak on the two rezoning applications.
Mr. Brumlow advised the Board that Thor Equities wants to take these parcels with Mr. Moore’s parcel and combine them. Mr. Greg Gunter with Thor is here, he wanted to meet everybody and be a part of this because Thor may continue to do things in this area and wanted you to be able to put a face with his name.
Mr. Ledbetter asked Mr. Brumlow if the remainder of Mr. Moore’s property has now been acquired by Thor. Mr. Brumlow advised that Thor is in the process to acquire the portion of Tim Moore’s property. Mr. Ledbetter advised that on OWR’s projects, this Board required for this kind of large scale, that OWR would build out Trimble Hollow Road at their expense. We do have a precedent for developers improving out our inadequate roads, is Thor willing to agree to or have any objection that they be required that they would build out a portion of Trimble Hollow Road or work with OWR since they are receiving the benefit of OWR’s investment. Mr. Brumlow responded that they know they are going to have to do some things to Trimble Hollow that it be brought up to a certain standard. Mr. Ledbetter suggested that Thor and OWR get together and figure out an agreement and language that would apply to OWR’s project down to beyond the driveway of Thor, unless they get together and figure out a cost sharing to everyone’s benefit.
Mr. Sage Ralston came before the Board asking for some of the cost of running sewer and gas on Trimble Hollow Road to be recouped as a part of Thor’s accessing Trimble Hollow Road and requesting that this be a condition in the Board’s motion.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to table to June 7, 2022 rezoning applications #Z22-09 and #Z22-10 in order to allow Thor and OWR to work out details of the costs for improvements to Trimble Hollow Road. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Potts, Owens, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to close the public hearing for zoning, Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and all voted aye.
CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK MAY 15 TO MAY 21, 2022
Commissioner Owens read the proclamation and presented it to several first responders including Fire Chief Doug Ralston, EMS Courtney Taylor and others.
PRESENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDED FISCAL YEAR 2022/2023 GORDON COUNTY BUDGET
Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is a presentation of the recommended Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget to the Board Members. This is the night when we hand out the recommended budget to the Board Members. Budget hearings will be at the next Board Meeting on June 7, 2022.
PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS COUNCIL CONTRACT EXTENSION JULY 1, 2022 TO JUNE 30, 2023
Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is for our District Attorney’s office Prosecuting Services. Gordon County provides support to our local District Attorney’s office and we share the costs with Bartow County. We provide money for a chief investigator and also for an Assistant District Attorney. Gordon County’s share of those items is $201,168. This is an annual renewal.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the Contract with the Prosecuting Attorneys Council. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and Commissioners Potts, Cunningham, Steward, and Owens voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Potts made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Potts, Cunningham, Steward, and Owens voted aye.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.