8/17/10 Work Session Minutes

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm. in the Conference Room of the Administration Building.

Chairman Long called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The Board discussed each item on the Agenda and made no changes or deletions, three items were added to the Agenda later in the meeting.

County Administrator Dowling added an item to the Agenda for a Proposal from MacTec for Parking Deck Inspection and Cost Estimates.

Ms. Sheryl Dunson with Santek Environmental came before the Board to request an additional 20 years to the term of the contract for the Redbone Ridges Landfill which will allow them to recoup their investment for installing a methane gas collection and energy system. Following discussion there was a consensus of the Board to ask the County Attorney to work with Santek on an amendment to the contract.

The Board then discussed the HB277 Transportation Investment Act. Administrator Dowling advised the Board that decisions by the Board are going to have to be made soon. There will be a referendum in July 2012 to vote on a one percent regional sales tax to fund transportation projects in our region. If passed, there will be a regional roundtable composed of the Chairman of each county commission and one mayor from each county chosen from all the cities, that will be making the decision as to what projects to include. This region will be made up of 15 counties. If a majority of counties pass this referendum, then the whole region will be included, even if our county voted it down, counties cannot opt out. The sales tax, if voted in, would last for 10 years and it’s estimated to produce about $120 million a year region wide.

Chairman Long presented a Resolution to the Gordon County Board of Education and City of Calhoun Board of Education supporting their referendum to continue a one percent Educational Sales Tax.

Commissioner Bailey made a motion to go into Executive Session for Real Estate and Pending Litigation. Commissioner Gordon seconded the motion and all voted aye. Executive Session began at 5:05 p.m.

Commissioner Gordon made a motion to go back into the Work Session. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion and all voted aye. Executive Session adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

The Board added an additional item to the agenda for Authorization to submit a Proposal to USDA for an Agricultural Service Center.

Following the discussion in the Executive Session, the Board added a new item to the Agenda for a Budget Amendment for Right-of-Way purchase for the McDaniel Station Intersection Improvement project.

Commissioner Gordon made a motion to adjourn the Work Session. Commissioner Hood seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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