Gordon County Board of Commissioners
Work Session Minutes
July 19, 2022 at 5:45 p.m.
Becky Hood, Chairman
Chad Steward, Vice-Chairman
Kevin Cunningham, Commissioner
M.L. Bud Owens, Commissioner
Bruce Potts, Commissioner
James F. Ledbetter, County Administrator
Keith King, Executive Assistant
Chairman Becky Hood called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m.
Discussion of Regular Agenda Items
County Administrator, Jim Ledbetter explained the items listed under New Business which included:
- Appointment of Interim County Clerk: Mr. Ledbetter explained that County Clerk Annette Berry has been out of work on sick leave and in her absence the County needs resolutions and other items signed and notarized. Mr. Ledbetter stated that Executive Assistant Keith King has been filling in and learning the role of Clerk and that the resolution before the Board is to appoint Keith King as Interim County Clerk.
- Declaration of surplus items for the Sheriff’s Office including seven vehicles as listed on the memo from Chief Deputy Robert Paris: Mr. Ledbetter explained that the surplus items were from the Sheriff’s Office and that it did include a list of vehicles and that these items were in the agenda packet starting on page 10.
- Resolution to put forth a referendum before the Gordon County Citizens as it relates to the permitting and regulation of package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays:
- Resolution to put forth a referendum before the Gordon County Citizens as it relates to the permitting and regulation of sale of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on Sundays: Mr. Ledbetter explained both resolution items C and D as he stated that these resolutions will place the issue before the voters. There have been several people that have requested that this issue be brought over the past year. The last time that this issue was before the voters was approximately a decade ago and we now have some renewed interest. This is the most democratic process that there is because the law requires that all voters of Gordon County have an opportunity to weigh in on this. If approved, the issue will be on the ballot in November 2022. Notices will run in the paper.
- Emergency Radio System Tower Easement and Agreement with Dalton Communications: Mr. Ledbetter stated that Dalton Communications is the radio company that services our emergency radio service. He continued to explain that there has been a coverage issue in the Red Bud area. In order to improve the coverage in this area, Dalton Communication is requesting an easement to erect a 125 ft tower behind the Red Bud fire station at their cost. Dalton Communication will not be able to use the tower for commercial purposes. If the tower is no longer needed, then Dalton Communications will have to remove the tower and return the site as previously found. The exact location will be determined by the Fire Chief or his designee.
- Statement of Work Agreement from Sylint: Mr. Ledbetter stated that Sylint is a very credible and reputable cyber security firm and that they are replacing the Varonis anti-ransomware. The Statement of Work outlines everything that Sylint will do to help monitor the County’s network and that they will be monitoring 24 hours a day.
- Declaration of surplus items for the Information Technology Department: Mr. Ledbetter stated that the list presented from the IT Department consisted of many old computers and other outdated equipment.
Town of Resaca Petition Concerning the Hwy 41 / 136 Crossing: County Administrator Jim Ledbetter introduced the Town of Resaca’s Mayor Nathan Wyatt and stated that he received the petition earlier in the day. Mr. Ledbtter stated that as a resident of the area the trains block the intersection for hours at a time and then way around is to go to Corinth Road to Hwy 225 which would be a narrow and windy road for large trucks. This is about a 30 minute detour. Mr. Ledbtter’s neighbor operates a farming operation on Fite Bend Road and Mr. Ledbetter receives a phone call anytime that the trains block the farm trucks. Mr. Ledbetter stated that he has been emailing and sending letters to CSX in Jacksonville, Florida since 2018. Mr. Ledbetter stated that he knew that for more than 4 hours. Mr. Ledbetter sent a letter to the CSX Risk Manager on July 13, 2021. AT that time we were getting calls from citizens stating the tracks have been blocked for 4 hours. One gentlemen complained that he could not take his elderly mother to the hospital and had to take the detour missing her appointment. Mr. Ledbetter stated that he had mentioned to CSX that there were plans for a side track in Resaca. Gordon County was cooperating with CSX and working with them to acquire the appropriate easements. Mr. Ledbetter stated that it is a public safety hazard for these trains to block the intersection for a long period of time.
After discussion, the Board of Commissioners added the petition as a regular agenda item.
Chairman Hood stated that the next item on the agenda was an Executive Session for legal, personnel, and real estate matters.
Commissioner Potts motioned to enter the Executive Session and Commissioner Owens seconded the motion. All voted in favor. The Board of Commissioners entered the Executive Session at 5:56p.m.
The Board of Commissioners returned from Executive Session at 6:11 p.m.
Commissioner Cunningham motioned to come out of the Executive Session and Commissioner Steward seconded the motion.
There being no further business, Chairman Hood concluded the Gordon County Board of Commission Work Session and moved directly into the Regular Session at 6:12 p.m.