GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR SESSION MINUTES
JUDICIAL BUILDING ASSEMBLY ROOM
AUGUST 2, 2022
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on August 2, 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, ADMINISTRATOR
ANNETTE BERRY, COUNTY CLERK
APPROXIMATELY 11 GUESTS
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Owens read the names of the employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in August.
Commissioner Potts drew the name of Scott Hobbs with the Public Works Department as Employee of the Month for August.
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 July 19, 2022. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the Minutes. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Potts, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
Administrator Ledbetter read the report in the Work Session (copy attached).
Reports from the Commissioners were reported in the Work Session Minutes (see Work Session Minutes for August 2, 2022)
CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
AGREEMENTS WITH OUTSIDE AGENCIES – COUNTY AND CITY SCHOOL NURSE, ARTS COUNCIL, VAC, PREVENT CHILD ABUSE, WINNERS CLUB
Administrator Ledbetter advised the Board that this is agreements for outside agencies. These are the same agreements we have been processing for ten years, except for the date of the fiscal year has changed. These are based on the amounts that were in the budget that was approved by the Board.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the Agreements with Outside Agencies. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Potts, Owens, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is the proposed LOST certificate of distribution. This has come about in discussions with Calhoun, Fairmount, Resaca, and Plainville. The percentages have changed based upon the population changed in the most recent census, except the City of Calhoun, according to what we did with HB489 in 2017/2018, is at population plus 6% based upon rules involved in that process.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the LOST negotiations. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Cunningham, Steward, and Potts voted aye. Motion passed.
CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR HYPER REACH
Administrator Ledbetter advised the Board that this is a contract renewal for Hyper Reach. They are renewing at the same rate we have been paying for our emergency notices at $12,000 per year. This contract has Gordon County having jurisdiction in New York. Please approve the contract with striking that portion and making it just for Georgia.
Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the renewal contract for Hyper Reach. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Potts, Steward, and Owens voted aye. Motion passed.
PUBLIC DEFENDER ANNUAL AGREEMENT FOR 2023
Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is the Public Defender annual agreement for 2023. This is the same agreement that the County has had with them except the budget changes have been made. This is for provision for our indigent defense services which is required by law.
Commissioners Cunningham made a motion to approve the Public Defender agreement for 2023. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and Commissioners Potts, Owens, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed.
BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR ARPA RETENTION PAY
Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is a budget amendment for ARPA retention pay.
This is the pay for essential government workers. Gordon County had budgeted $1.5 million for the essential government workers, everyone is calling it retention pay now. This is an incentive for our employees to keep working for us. The budget amendment is for $116,281.13. This is the second round of payment that was anticipated last year when we received the first ARPA funds. The payment amount is intended to be $5,000 for essential full time employees that that meet criteria, less the withholding tax. Part time will receive $2,500 under certain criteria. This was discussed in a Finance Committee meeting.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the budget amendment for the ARPA Retention Pay. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Potts, Owens, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting. Commissioner Potts seconded the motion and all voted aye.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.