9/1/2015 BOC Regular Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
Employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in September: Commissioner Gazaway read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in September. Commissioner Sexton drew the name of Adam Dortch as Employee of the Month for September.
PUBLIC HEARING – Proposed Millage Rate Increase
Commissioner Steward made a motion to open the public hearing for the proposed millage rate. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and all voted aye.
Mr. James Chitwood came before the Board to speak about why the millage rate would be raised and what it would be used for. Mr. Chitwood was under the impression that the reason for the millage rate increase was for a purchase that was recently approved by the Board to buy the old BB&T bank facility. Board members spoke with Mr. Chitwood and explained the reason for the proposed millage rate increase was due to the increase in the Freeport exemption, which increased from 40% to 60%, thereby reducing tax on inventory coming in to the county from several companies.
No one else signed up to speak at the public hearing. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and all voted aye.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session August 18, 2015, and the Regular Meeting August 18, 2015. Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Gazaway and Steward voted aye. Motion approved.
Commissioner Gazaway reported that he attended the Northwest Georgia Regional meeting and the General Affairs Committee meeting at the Chamber. Commissioner Steward reported that he attended the Development Authority meeting. Commissioner Cunningham attended a meeting regarding the new Redbud fire station, and attended the Business After Hours at the Harbin Clinic. Commissioner Hood attended a meeting with Georgia Power and U.S. Representative Tom Graves.
CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS
PROCLAMATION FOR SEPTEMBER AS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
Commissioner Steward read the proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and presented it to Roberta Charbonneau, Coordinator with Family Connection of Gordon County.
REQUEST FROM TRACY AND MELISSA COCHRAN FOR DE-ANNEXATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF PROPERTY BACK AS AN UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GORDON COUNTY
County Attorney Ledbetter advised that this is a request from Tracy and Melissa Cochran asking the Board to agree to accept property back into Gordon County should the City of Calhoun approve the de-annexation request.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve accepting the Cochran’s property back into the unincorporated area of Gordon County should the City approve the de-annexation. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Gazaway, Steward, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
AGREEMENT WITH ABL MANAGEMENT, INC. TO PROVIDE FOOD SERVICE AT GORDON COUNTY JAIL
County Attorney Ledbetter advised that ABL Management has been providing food service at the jail since July and this is formalizing the jail food service agreement with ABL Management, Inc. The agreement has been reviewed, some modifications have been made and it now reflects our bid requirements.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the agreement with ABL Management. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Gazaway, Steward, Sexton, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed.
ACCEPTANCE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT FY2015
Chairman Hood advised that this is for Board acceptance of the Emergency Management Performance grant for fiscal year 2015.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve acceptance of the grant. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioner Cunningham, Steward, Gazaway, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed.
Commissioner Steward made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:33 p.m.