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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING JULY 9, 2018 ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM  

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FY 2018-19 Budget Has Been Adopted

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FY 2018-19 Budget Has Been Adopted

Update: June 20, 2018 The FY 2018-19 Budget was adopted at the June 19, 2018 Board of Commissioner’s Meeting. A copy of the budget can be found at http://gordoncounty.org/government/budgets-audits/   Posted May 16, 2018 at 1:00 a.m. The Gordon County FY 2018-19 Recommended Budget is available for review in person at the Gordon County Administration Building located at 201 North Wall Street Calhoun, GA 30701 or by click the link below. The Gordon County FY 2018-19 Recommended Budget Budget Calendar May 16, 2018 Copy of recommended budget displayed in the County Clerk’s Office and Library for public review. Copy of recommended budget sent to the Calhoun Times. Copy of recommended budget posted to the Gordon County web site (www.gordoncounty.org). May 17 – June 5, 2018 Budget workshops with the Board of Commissioners and county staff to discuss the recommended budget. May 9, 16 & 23, 2018 Newspaper advertisement notifying the public that the recommended budget is available for review and the time and date of the budget public hearing. June 5, 2018 Budget public hearing to obtain citizen comments (during commission meeting). June 6 & 13, 2018 Newspaper advertisement notifying the public that the recommended budget is available for review and the time and date of the adoption of the budget resolution. June 19, 2018 Adoption of the budget resolution (during commission meeting). July 1, 2018 FY 2018-19 budget in effect through June 30,...

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5/1/2018 BOC Regular Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR SESSION MINUTES MAY 1, 2018 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on May 1, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. MEMBERS PRESENT BECKY HOOD, CHAIRMAN CHAD STEWARD, VICE CHAIRMAN NORRIS SEXTON, COMMISSIONER BUD OWENS, COMMISSIONER KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, COMMISSIONER OTHERS PRESENT JIM LEDBETTER, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR ANNETTE BERRY, COUNTY CLERK MEDIA 12 GUESTS Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION – Employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in May Commissioner Owens read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in May. Commissioner Cunningham drew the name of James Bradford as Employee of the Month for May. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session April 17, 2018, and the Regular Meeting April 17, 2018. Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Cunningham, Sexton, and Steward voted aye. Motion approved. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Administrator Ledbetter read the report into the record. COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT Commissioner Owens reported that he attended the ACCG Conference in Savannah. Commissioner Steward commented that he met with the Sugar Valley school alumni. Commissioner Cunningham attended the Gordon County Historical Board meeting and Commissioner Hood attended Economic Development meeting and the HB489 meeting. CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS None CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS APPROVAL OF NORTHWEST GEORGIA BENEFITS’ PROPOSAL FOR EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL Administrator Ledbetter advised the Board that they have heard the proposal from Mr. John Meadows and now we need a motion for renewal of the Signa Health Plan and approval of increasing the Individual Stop Loss to $120,000, and authorize the County Administrator to sign the renewal. Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve Northwest Georgia Benefits proposal for renewal of employee health insurance with an ISL of $120,000 and authorize the County Administrator to sign. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Sexton, Owens, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed. BUDGET AMENDMENT TO TRANSFER FROM SHERIFF’S INMATE ACCOUNT TO THE GENERAL FUND Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is a budget amendment transferring funds from the Sheriff Inmate Account to the General Fund for $49,363.90. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commission Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Sexton, Steward, Cunningham, and Owens voted aye. Motion passed. DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR A YAMAHA TTR225 MOTORCYCLE VIN#06356 AND A KAWASAKI MULE ATV VIN#07102 Chairman Hood advised that this is a request from the Sheriff’s Department to declare surplus property for a Yamaha TTR225 motorcycle VIN#06356 and a Kawasaki Mule ATV VIN#07102. Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the declaration of surplus property for the Sheriff’s Department. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Cunningham, Steward, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed. FRANCHISE AGREEMENT RENEWAL WITH COMCAST Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is for Board approval of renewal of the Franchise Agreement between Gordon County and Comcast. Comcast pays the County about $200,000 in franchise fees per year. Ledbetter advised that Chairman Hood recues herself from this item and the Vice-Chairman will proceed with this item. Vice-Chairman Steward called for a motion on the Franchise Agreement renewal with Comcast. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to...

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July 24, 2018 General Primary Runoff Election

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July 24, 2018 General Primary Runoff Election

July 24, 2018 General Primary Runoff Election for the Democratic Party and Republican Party Runoff ​Who is eligible to vote in the General Primary Runoff Election: If you did not cast a ballot in the General Primary Election you are still​ eligible​ to vote in the Primary Runoff Election, you ​can choose to receive a Democratic Primary Runoff Ballot or a Republican Primary Runoff Ballot. If you ​cast ​a ​Republican​ ballot​ in the General Primary Election you will​ be eligible to cast a Republican Ballot for the General Primary Runoff Election. If you ​cast​ ​a ​Democratic ​ballot ​in the General Primary Election you will ​be eligible​ to cast a Democratic Ballot for the General Primary Runoff Election. If you ​cast​ a Nonpartisan Ballot on May 22, 2018 you will be​ eligible​ to cast a ballot in either the Republican Party Primary Runoff Election or the Democratic Party Primary Runoff Election. ​Early Voting will begin on July 2nd and will end on July 20th. To cast your ballot early you will go to the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office located in the Gordon County Government Plaza at 215 N. Wall Street, Calhoun, Georgia​ SAMPLE BALLOTS Democratic Sample Ballot Republican Sample Ballot...

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Admin Report for June 5, 2018

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Admin Report for June 5, 2018

FINANCIAL REPORT SPLOST/LOST:  SPLOST and LOST revenue shown in the report dated May 31, 2018 reflect collections reported for April 2018. For that period, SPLOST collections were $714,995.81 which is a $36,428.32 (5.37%) increase over the prior year. LOST collections were $495,851.25 which is a $25,259.70 (5.37%) increase over the prior year. BUDGET:  The Board of Commissioners will vote on approval of the recommended budget for F/Y 2018-2019 at the next meeting to be held on June 19th. H/B 489; Service Delivery Strategy:  Due to a lack of agreement, I will be asking to extend the deadline to file an agreement to October 31, 2018. Comprehensive Plan:  The proposed plan is under review at DCA. The BOC will need to adopt it by resolution after DCA approval. SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS AND ACTIVITY Animal Shelter:  We have a regular onsite meeting with the architect and general contractor this Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m. The walls are about complete and the roof should be going up quickly. Grand Jury:  I attended the Grand Jury yesterday to deliver the quarterly report on the state of the county and answer questions. New Health Department:  I attended a meeting at the old Health Department to begin the design phase for the New Health Department that is funded by the 2012 SPLOST. The county has collected approximately $2.9 million dollars for engineering, design and construction. The State will provide the furniture fixtures equipment and technology. Architect, Ben Carter, attended the meeting and determined that there is no value to saving the old building due to rot, synthetic stucco, age, and old plumbing. The SPLOST agreement contemplates the old building will continue to operate until the new building is complete and it will then be demolished. A preliminary timeline would have construction commencing January 2019 and occupancy in January 2020. Flash Floods:  Portions of the county experienced flash flooding on the weekend of May 18-20. At one point, 23 roads were closed due to extreme amounts of rain that fell in a very short time. I extend a special thanks to all of our public works and public safety workers who responded to the floods in the middle of the night. L.G. Hausys:  L.G. has offered to donate the countertops for the new animal shelter. Gordon County continues to appreciate L.G., its benevolence and investment in our community. Nickelsville Road:  The DOT is beginning preliminary studies to identify cultural or historic assets that may be impacted by replacement of 2 bridges over the Coosawattee River near Davis Road and Nesbitt Loop. Tax Assessment Notices:  Dana Burch reports that tax assessment notices were mailed on June 1, 2018. The last day for citizen appeals will be July 16, 2018. Dana and the assessor’s office have done a good job getting the notices out several weeks earlier than last year. DFCS Lease:  The State of Georgia has exercised its option to extend its lease of the DFCS building on Mauldin Rd. for another year at the monthly rental rate of $26,333.80. Hands Free Law:  We have distributed a memo regarding the new hands free law that takes effect on July 1. Calhoun Annexation Requests:  The County has received notice of 3 requests to annex property into the municipal limits of Calhoun. The properties are on 1. South Wall...

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Road Closed: Gardner Springs Road

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Road Closed:  Gardner Springs Road

***UPDATE*** Gardner Springs Road is open as of 6/2/2018 at 1:00 p.m. ***ORIGINAL POST*** Gardner Springs Road is closed due to high water. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of our area until 10 PM EDT tonight. #gawx Please use caution while driving and do not attempt to cross roadways that are covered by...

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The 2018 Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

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The 2018 Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

The 2018 Assessment Notices were mailed June 1, 2018.  The last day to appeal is July 16, 2018.  If you have any questions please contact the Assessor’s Office at 706-629-6812 or click on this link for more information about our office. Remember the Assessor’s office is now located at 215 N Wall Street....

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Gordon County Offices Closed Monday, May 28, 2018

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Gordon County Offices Closed Monday, May 28, 2018

Gordon County Government offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, and will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at normal business...

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Road Closures

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Road Closures

***UPDATE as of May 23, 2018 4:45 p.m.*** Miller Ferry Road, Leek Road, and Bearden Lake Road are now open.     ***UPDATE as of May 21, 2018 1:00 p.m.*** Miller Ferry Road is open for traffic. Leek Road is closed due to a culvert replacement. Bearden Lake Road has one lane closed.   ***UPDATE*** From the Gordon County Public Works Department   As of 4:30 pm Saturday, May 19th, 2018 the only road that is closed is Millers Ferry Rd.   Leek Rd and Bearden Lake Rd both have one lane closed.   There are still several spots throughout the county where water covers a partial lane but is passable. ——————————————————- The following roads have sections of road closures due to high water as of May 19th at 10 a.m. Dews Pond Road Union Grove Church Road Morrow Road Miller Ferry Road McDaniel Station Road at Kinman McDaniel Station Road at South Holcomb Road Johnson Lake Road Tremble Hollow Road near 41 south Cash Road near Hwy 53 Blackwood Place Blackwood Court Campbell Road Oak Grove Road Farmville Road Plainview Road Erwin Road Blaylock Road Lance Road McCreary Road Big Springs...

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Admin Report for May 15, 2018

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Admin Report for May 15, 2018

FINANCIAL REPORT Revenue and Expenditure Budget Report for Nine Months ended March 31, 2018:  The Board has received the 9 month report which reflects 75% of the budget year. Total General Fund revenue for the current fiscal year to date is $27,061,642.26 compared to the same period in the previous year at $26,040,509. BUDGET:  The Board of Commissioners receives the recommended budget for F/Y 2018-2019 tonight. H/B 489 Service Delivery Strategy:  County staff continues to work on SDS negotiations. SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS AND ACTIVITY Animal Shelter:  The walls are going up. Progress has been a little slow and the contractor has added additional masons to complete the block work. The roof trusses are on site for installation. Santek:  The county ordinance officer received a report and photo of a trash fire at the Redbone Ridges landfill. Santek reports: “We had a fire Saturday.  We had it contained and extinguished by 11:30 a.m.  We keep a stockpile of soil close to our working area for fire prevention, it is applied to cut off the oxygen source and extinguish the flames.  Fires happen sometimes in landfill operations but our Employees are trained to handle them safely.  It’s hard to determine what causes a landfill fire.  It could have been someone who disposed of a burn barrel that was still hot or anything that would have caused a spark or flame.  Our standard is to stay safe and prepared.” Early Voting:  Early voting for the May primary election continue through this Friday, May 18. The primary election is next Tuesday, May 22. Economic Development:  Your Administrator is now a Graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Comprehensive Plan:  The proposed comprehensive plan is posted online. No comments have been received to date. Rivers to Ridges Trail Plan:  Don Holley and I attended a joint meeting with the City of Calhoun and Appalachian Regional Commission to discuss grants and funding for the trail program. Cost of Asphalt has increased:  Public works reports the cost of asphalt has increased about $20 per ton this month. This will directly impact the county paving budget by increasing paving...

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