The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Administration Building.
Chairman Bailey called the meeting to order.
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Invocation was led by Rev. John Allen and the pledge of allegiance was led by Chairman Bailey.
Chairman Bailey welcomed everyone to the meeting.
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION – Employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in May
Chairman Bailey read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in May. Commissioner Long drew the name of Susie Schendel as Employee of the Month of May.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Bailey asked if there were any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session April 19, 2011, and the Regular Meeting April 19, 2011. Commissioner Long made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Hood seconded the motion and all voted aye. Minutes approved.
Administrator Dowling read the report.
Chairman Bailey commented that Commissioners Long and Steward and she had recently gone to the Annual ACCG Convention in Savannah and it was good to met and to talk with commissioners from neighboring counties as well as other counties in Georgia and to hear what they were doing. Commissioner Hood thanked the Sheriff’s Office for going to Dade County and taking supplies to the tornado victims. Commissioner Hood went along on the trip to Dade County and commented that they were so grateful to our community. She thanked the Gordon County community and said that within a 24-hour period the lobby of the Sheriff’s office was completely filled with supplies from the citizens of Gordon County. The Dade County Sheriff’s Office and Commissioners were extremely grateful to Gordon County. Commissioner Long commented that while in Savannah, he heard some pretty horrific stories from other county commissioners and what they are dealing with and the financial woes they are dealing with. Commissioner Long commended County staff and this Board for the foresight in planning and dealing with what Gordon County has gone through for the last few years. Gordon County is still in good shape and just needs to move forward and continue to build on what we have.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC – GERMANE TO THE AGENDA
CONSIDERATION OF OLD BUSINESS
- CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS SUBMITTAL OF THE RECOMMENDED FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012 BUDGET
Administrator Dowling advised the Board that this is submittal to the Board the recommended fiscal year 2011-2012 budget. Please review the budget and contact him if there are any questions. This is a lean budget, with no tax increase or millage rate increase. The public hearing on the budget will be June 7, 2011. Chairman Bailey advised that the budget also had no cuts in personnel and no increases in employee health insurance. Administrator Dowling advised that the budget does not include any COLA for employees, and has five unpaid furlough days for employees.
- BID AWARD TO DEMOLISH THE OLD COUNTY JAIL
Administrator Dowling advised the Board that this is a bid award to demolish the old county jail. Bids were solicited and four responses were received. The lowest responsible bid of $91,000 was received from Environmental Holdings Group. The demolition costs will also consist of relocating and rebuilding a portion of the computer infrastructure for about $70,000; rebuilding of the rear façade of the annex for about $45,000; and a contingency of $20,000. Commissioner Hood made a motion to award the bid to Environmental Holdings Group. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Hood, Steward, and Long voted aye. Motion passed.
- TAX COLLECTIONS AGREEMENT WITH APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN SERVICES
County Attorney Smith advised the Board that this item comes to the Board at the request of and recommendation of Tax Commission Scott Clements. He is requesting that the Board join with him in entering into an agreement with Appalachian Mountain Services for professional services for the collection of delinquent property taxes. Any charges that resulted from Appalachian Mountain’s work would be added to the payment from the property owner. Commissioner Long made a motion to approve the agreement and authorize the Chairman to execute the agreement. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Long, Steward, and Hood voted aye. Motion passed.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC – GENERAL
Commissioner Long made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Hood seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.