6/18/2013 BOC Work Session Minutes

JUNE 18, 2013

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.

Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.

The Board discussed each item on the agenda and made no changes or additions. One item was added to the Agenda later in the meeting.

County Attorney Smith discussed with the Board about how to proceed concerning the Newtown Road facility. She had received a letter from the Director of Tallatoona, Debbie Schmell, advising that they would not be able to vacate the Newtown Road building by July 1st and would advise later when they could be out of the building. County Attorney Smith asked if the Board wished her to notify Mrs. Schmell that the County would start charging rent for the building or if the Board wished her to send notification that Tallatoona must vacate the building by July 1st. There was a consensus of the Board to notify Mrs. Schmell that they need to get out of the building by July 1st.

County Attorney Smith then discussed the request from the Juvenile Court asking for the Board to approve the Judge applying for a grant for $50,000 from the Governor’s Office to help fund a program called ADJUST (Alternatives to Detaining Juveniles Using Supervision & Treatment). Every county is now responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation for all delinquent children under the age of seventeen. The Gordon County ADJUST program has created an after-school program for three days per week from 3:30 – 9:00 pm to reduce the number of children being detained and committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Following discussion of this request, there was a consensus of the Board to add this item to the Regular Meeting Agenda.

The Board then heard from Commissioner Sexton concerning his list of budget changes. Commissioner Sexton asked for $3,000 for the Harris Arts Council. He does not want to give the Chamber the $2,500 and the $3,500 tat they have requested. He requested the Board give the Animal Shelter the authority to give the certificates to people that want them and will use them.

Commissioner Steward advised that he’d been working with some volunteers about the technology at the Animal Shelter. County Administrator advised the Board that, at the request of Commissioner Steward, the Animal Control Director has been looking at kennel management software that manages the animals once they have been acquired at the shelter. The software costs around $9,600, that’s a good budget estimate. The location of the Animal Shelter only has low speed internet, so if you put in a new software, we will have to upgrade the internet connection for another $7,500. This can be advance paid from SPLOST that is assigned to the Animal Shelter upgrade for 2016. We can pull the $17,100 now from the SPLOST. There was a consensus of the Board to add this item to the Agenda for the Regular Meeting.

Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to adjourn the Work Session, Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and all voted aye.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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