10/2/2018 BOC Work Session Minutes
GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION MINUTES
OCTOBER 2, 2018
The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 5:45 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building.
BECKY HOOD, CHAIRMAN
CHAD STEWARD, VICE CHAIRMAN
NORRIS SEXTON, COMMISSIONER
KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, COMMISSIONER
BUD OWENS, COMMISSIONER
JIM LEDBETTER, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
ANNETTE BERRY, COUNTY CLERK
APPROXIMATELY 20 GUESTS
Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.
County Administrator Ledbetter spoke to the Board regarding the Agenda for the Regular Meeting and explained each item on the agenda. There were no changes or additions made to the Agenda.
Mr. Brian Neil Rosser, of 104 Jackson Street came before the Board to speak about HB205 and fracking in Northwest Georgia and Gordon County. Mr. Rosser passed out some information packets to the Board members and advised that he is speaking as a concerned citizen. In the 2017/2018 Legislative Session a Bill went through, passed unanimously, called HB205. There are some really big implications for Northwest Georgia of what that Bill does. It is intended to regulate fracking in Georgia, the problem is, even if the regulations are enforced we will potentially end up having flammable tap water, but more importantly – earthquakes. The wastewater disposal has a tendency to cause earthquakes. The fault lines in Northwest Georgia, the shell that is going to be accessed runs on top of major fault lines here. If fracking happens in Northwest Georgia, it’s not a matter of if there will be earthquakes, it is a matter of when. I’m really concerned about it and I haven’t seen or heard it talked about. Administrator Ledbetter asked Mr. Rosser if the Bill leaves room for a County Commission to adopt ordinances that are more restrictive than the Bill. Mr. Rosser stated that the Bill basically establishes an oil and gas regulatory Board to hand out fracking permits, but the people handing out those permits, one of them is the former VP of Southern Company, so I guess it will be whatever they want to do with it.
County Administrator Ledbetter advised the Board that the son of Mr. William Worley had come by the County office and advised that Mr. Worley has passed away and the lease agreement for the compactor site at Resaca ended in July, 2017 and needs to be renewed naming Mrs. Moline Worley as the owner. Mrs. Worley wishes to request a new two-year lease and up the rent from $270 to $750 per month. Mrs. Worley also wishes to be granted no charge dumping of her trash at the compactor site. Following a short discussion, the Board asked the Administrator to look at the lease and study the specifics, such as the acreage that we lease at the compactor site to determine a recommendation to be made to the Board at the next Board meeting.
Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to adjourn the Work Session. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and all voted aye.
There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 5:55 p.m.