SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, MAIN COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
This Public Hearing is for the purpose of discussing the approved activities of the County’s Community Development Block Grant Award.
Constructing street and drainage improvements on approximately
One mile of dirt road in the Happy Hollow Neighborhood benefiting 76 residents.
Funds are available for the following activities:
a. Approximately $33,740 for activity C-022-00 Contingencies
b. Approximately $397,770 activity P-03K-01 Street Improvements
c. Approximately $38,490 for activity P-03K-02 Flood and Drainage Facilities
d. Approximately $30,000 for activity A-21A-00 Administration
With no public response, Chairman Rogers closed the hearing.
Ms. Claudia Miller is requesting a zoning change from residential (R-1) to commercial (C-1) for the purpose of converting her home into an assisted living facility and a residential weight loss center.
The property is located at 5939 Hwy 39. Map #25; Parcel #14.
Zoning Administrator, Bill Kennedy, reported that the zoning change request was approved by the zoning board and there were no calls received from anyone in the neighborhood to disapprove or support the request.
SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, MAIN COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held their Regularly Scheduled Monthly Meeting on Monday, October 20, 2008. The meeting was held in the Superior Courtroom located on the second floor of the Seminole County Courthouse. Those present were, Chairman Tommy Rogers, Vice-Chairman Alton Harrison, Commissioner Dell Shingler, Commission C. J. Hodge, Commissioner Scott Miller, County Administrator Marty Shingler and Clerk Donna Jones.
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Alton Harrison.
Pastor Charles Barrineau gave the invocation.
Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to approve the minutes from the regular monthly meeting held on September 15, 2008 as well as the financial statements for the month of September 2008. Commissioner Scott Miller provided the second. Motion passed.
Constitutional Officer and County Officer Response:
Sheriff Dale Swanner addressed the commission concerning Saturday’s assembly of the Ku Klux Klan on the courthouse steps. Swanner reported that all was calm and there were no incidents to report.
Swanner further reported that he had done some research on ordinances that others have in place concerning such assemblies. Swanner suggested that the county form a committee to review the feasibility of putting together an ordinance that would be in place for any further requests of such nature. Any ordinance written must be approved by the Justice Department before the county could adopt it.
Forsyth County had put an ordinance in place in the past, however, they eventually had to reverse the action.
Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to put together such a committee consisting of some Commissioners, City Councilmen and citizens from the general public. Commissioner Dell Shingler made the second, motion passed. Chairman Rogers reminded everyone that the ordinance would have to be approved by the Justice Department before it could be adopted.
Commission C. J. Hodge stated that we would have to be careful in the wording because it would affect everyone including Boy Scouts, etc.
EMA Director, Travis Brooks, asked for approval to purchase hydraulic rescue tools to replace items that have considerable age and have had to be repaired on more than one occasion. The package includes a model 4242 spreader, model 4350 ram, DPU30 core power unit, model 4050 NCT cutter, HRS 22 Ram support two (32’) core technology hoses; two model HLB 10 (10 ton) high pressure lifting bags, high pressure regulator, dual control valve, two 16’ hoses, one 32’ hose and two shut off pigtails and storage case for accessories. The total purchase price is $25,910.00.
Commissioner Scott Miller made the motion to approve the purchase of the equipment using SPLOST III funds. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.
E911 Director, Paula Whaley, addressed the commission following up on her request to increase the wireless fee from $1 to $1.50 for cell phones and adding $l.50 fee to VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) users. Ms. Whaley asked that the commission hold a public hearing to bring the issue to the public. Chairman Rogers replied that we would schedule a public hearing in the near future.
Mr. Donald Moore addressed the commission expressing his displeasure with the events of October 18th, 2008. Mr. Moore asked the commission to establish a permitting process to let people know when events are scheduled.
Ms. Annie Pace Jackson asked the commission who approved Saturday’s assembly and why weren’t the citizens informed of the plans. Ms. Jackson stated that she heard of the assembly through an out-of-town newspaper. She further stated that she felt that the commission had met privately to make the decision and in so broke the Sunshine Law when they met.
Chairman Rogers broke in to state that neither the Commission nor the City Council broke the Sunshine Law because they never met about the request. He further stated that the county has no choice but to honor the constitutional right of citizens to assemble.
County Manager, Marty Shingler, stated that he felt that the Klan leader in Bainbridge alerted the Albany Herald. The county and city were still discussing how they were going to handle the request when the article appeared in the Albany Herald.
Citizen Ms. Christine Pugh stated that we could have prevented the assembly from occurring by declaring Saturday as “an eventful day” as Athens had done when the Klan requested a permit to assemble on a day when a “Trail of Tears” event was already scheduled. Since the Harvest Festival had already been scheduled for that day Ms. Pugh felt that would have provided the right to deny the request. The Klan could have been allowed to come the following Saturday.
Ms. Pugh stated that her understanding was that the decision to allow the Klan was made by three people in the county.
Chairman Rogers replied that Ms. Pugh was wrong in her assumption that there had been no secret meeting and no decision was made to allow the Klan, it was simply a matter of not denying their right to assemble. We could not enforce an ordinance we do not have.
Commission Dell Shingler asked if Ms. Pugh was aware if Athens-Clarke had a provision in their ordinance that would not allow more than one assembly per day.
Ms. Pugh replied that they did not tell her anything about their ordinance procedures.
Ms. Pugh asked that the commission proceed with putting together an ordinance to prevent this from happening in the future.
Ms. Pugh closed with stating that she was curious as to how much this county had to spend to provide security for Saturday’s event.
Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to award the CDBG-2008 consulting contract to Bob Roberson and Associates. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.
Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to award the CDBG-2008 engineering contract to Watkins & Associates, Inc. The second was provided by Commissioner Scott Miller. Motion passed.
Commissioner C. J. Hodge made the motion to approve the zoning change request made by Ms. Claudia Miller. The second was provided by Commissioner Alton Harrison. Motion passed.
Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to renew the contract with Cintas Corp to provide uniform service for the road department and transfer station. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.
Commissioner C. J. Hodge made the motion to have the county provided flu shots for county employees again this year. The service will be provided by the health department at a cost of $25 per employee. Commissioner Alton Harrison provided the second. Motion passed.
County Manger, Marty Shingler, reported that we had compared several companies and policies concerning the renewal of group health insurance. The current coverage expires October 31, 2008. It was found that no coverage could be found that provided as good of coverage with the least amount of deductible for the employees. Shingler recommended staying with the current agent and Aetna Insurance. Although there will be an increase in premium, it is not as large of an increase as the City of Donalsonville will be paying.
Commissioner Scott Miller made the motion to continue the group health insurance with Aetna for another 12 months beginning November 1, 2008. Commissioner C. J. Hodge provided the second. Motion passed.
Shingler explained that there needs to be a resolution that would request the General Assembly amend the act creating the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority to include Seminole County as a member. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to approve a resolution with Commissioner Dell Shingler providing the second. Motion passed.
Lastly, there are two vehicles in the Sheriff’s fleet to be declared surplus. Both of the said vehicles have blown engines.
1. 1995 GM Tahoe
2. 2004 Ford Crown Vic
Commissioner Scott Miller provided the motion to declare both vehicles as surplus and Commissioner C. J. Hodge provided the second. Motion passed.
The Seminole State Park will be hosting a Fall Festival on October 30th beginning at 5:00 P.M.
There will a ground breaking ceremony for the new group shelter at Seminole State Park on October 22nd beginning at 10:30 A.M.
ACCG Commissioners Training Program ACCG-GMA 2008 Joint Fall Training
November 14, Macon CentrePlex – Classes available include Economic Development; Environmental Management; Regional Approached and City-County Cooperation.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned on a motion made by Commissioner C. J. Hodge, seconded by Commissioner Scott Miller with Commissioners Dell Shingler and Vice-Chairman Alton Harrison voting yes.
ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2008
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
C. J. Hodge
DONNA JONES, CLERK