8/5/2014 BOC Work Session Minutes

AUGUST 5, 2014

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 5:00 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.

Citizen’s comments were next on the agenda and Ms. Sarah Boswell at 201 Prater Drive, Calhoun spoke to the Board concerning growing chickens on less than 5 acres. She stated she tried to find in the ULDC if it is permissible to grow hens on less than 5 acres but could not find any reference to that. Ms. Boswell stated that if it is not permissible to do so, then we should all be against this ordinance.

Diane Lanier at 327 S. Sequoia Circle, Calhoun spoke to the Board with her concerns about the Ordinance Officer’s non-responsiveness to her neighborhood and the resident’s complaints. She referred to several state laws to support her opinion that the Ordinance Officer should be under the Board of Commissioner and not the Sheriff’s Department.

Gordon County Fire Department Division Chief Blake Hodge presented an update to the Fire Department’s Volunteer Program. Hodge advised the Board that the volunteer program has 27 members and each receives compensation based on their attending training, answering calls and performing station duties. Recruitment for volunteers is through guidance counselors, public events where handouts are provided, also local schools and technical college, county webpage, social media and the local radio and newspaper. Hodge stressed that retention is an area that the Fire Department is working very hard to improve and the department has 7 candidates scheduled to start the training course in September. He assured the Board that we have great volunteer members and the best program in the region. The training standards are excellent. The department goals are to provide safety, reduce liability, maintain excellence, create better programs, research and evaluate ways to improve, and encourage volunteers’ participation in the pension program.

Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close the work session. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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