MINUTES

SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, MAIN COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR

ZONING HEARING

6:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Mike Smith is requesting a zoning change from Agriculture to Commercial for the purpose of building a mini-storage facility. The property is described as being Land Lot Number 62 in Land District 14. The property currently has a 45’ x 100’ building that has been used as a skating rink and will be converted into 40 mini-storage units. The site is where Highway 39 and 374 meet.

 

               The Zoning Board met earlier this evening, however, there was not a quorum so there was no recommendation to be presented by the board.  Zoning Administrator, Bill Kennedy, advised that the property has been used commercially in the past before zoning regulations were set up and he recommends granting the zoning request.

 

 

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, MAIN COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR

MONDAY, DECEMBER, 15, 2008

6:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held their Regularly Scheduled Monthly Meeting on Monday, December 15, 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, County Administrator Marty Shingler and Clerk Donna Jones.  Commissioner C. J. Hodge and Commissioner Scott Miller were absent.

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tommy Rogers.

 

Commissioner Alton Harrison gave the invocation.

 

Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to approve the minutes for the November 17th, 2008 meeting. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the second. Motion passed.

 

 

Constitutional Officer and County Officer Response:

 

The issue of changes to the “Recreation Policy Procedures” manual was tabled to the January 19th, 2009 meeting.

 

Recreation Director, Toby Roland, brought a list of furniture, fixtures and improvements needed to make the transition to the old GSP building. Once these improvements have been met, the EMS will move into the building as their new headquarters.

Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to set a limit of up to but not to exceed $40,000 for the improvements, furniture and fixtures to make the move. Commissioner Dell Shingler made the second. Motion passed.

 

Code Enforcement Officer, Bill Kennedy, presented an amendment to the Animal Control Ordinance concerning nuisance animals.

After counsel from County Attorney, Kenneth Hornsby, Kennedy asked to have section 10:18 deleted from the existing document and substitute it with the amendment concerning nuisance animals.

The section reads as follows:

 

Sec 10:18

 

(1)   It is unlawful for the owner of any animal to allow it to run at large or unattended on or about the streets and highways or upon property of another without the property owner’s consent;

(2)   Unlawful for the animal to cause a disturbance lasting 15 minutes or longer;

(3)   Chases vehicles or pedestrians or continuously barking or attacking passersby, whether such passersby or pedestrians are on a bicycle, motor vehicle, jogging, or walking;

(4)   Causes an unsanitary, dangerous or offensive condition or creates noxious or offensive odors which are detectable outside the property of the owner or custodian;

(5)   Not allowed to train, own or harbor for the purpose, primary or in part, for animal fighting;

(6)   Is in estrus (heat or season) and is located upon and in any road, street, or public property, outside property owned or controlled by the owner or custodian;

(7)   All owners should have dogs inoculated for rabies and display proof of inoculation.

 

 

Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to approve the amendment as stated. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

No committee reports were presented.

 

Citizens Request:

 

Mr. Lindsay Register representing the All Neighborhood Development Corporation presented a Lease Agreement document for the old Seminole County Training School. The document was not presented early enough to deliver it timely to the Commissioners for review before tonight’s meeting.  The document will be discussed at the January 19, 2009 regular monthly meeting.

 

Citizen Lisa Brown made a request to have the Commission provide the necessary number of GPS units to be placed in the EMS Department’s ambulances. Ms. Brown reported that during a recent transport one of the ambulances got lost on the streets of Macon. Ms. Brown stated that while this may not happen locally, it is a real probability during a transport to a large city.

After a brief discussion, Toby Roland, EMS Director said that it would be possible to make the units portable and have them transferred from one ambulance to another. This could reduce the number of units to two (2) or three (3) instead of four (4).

Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to have County Manager, Marty Shingler, obtain price quotes for the units and bring those prices to the January 19, 2009 meeting. Once the Commission receives the prices, the number of units to purchase can be determined. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the second. Motion passed.

 

Old Business:

 

The issue of Mr. Brantley Broome as yet not signing easement on his property that borders Fish Pond Drain was once again discussed. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to turn the issue over to County Attorney, Kenneth Hornsby, for review and advice. Commissioner Dell Shingler made the second. Motion passed.

 

 

New Business:

 

Mrs. Margaret Harrell with Burke, Worsham & Harrell presented the FY-08 Audit report. Mrs. Harrell said that again this year there were no major problems with the audit. Mrs. Harrell guided the Commissioners through the audit document and advised that changes be made to the computer system at the Transfer Station.

 

Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to approve the application for “Alcoholic Beverage License” for Mr. Daniel Todd Powell the new owner of the Iron City Convenience Store.  Commissioner Alton Harrison provided the second. Motion passed.

 

Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to approve the request from the Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center (RDC) to extend the appointments of the current board members through June 30, 2009. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed. This request is the result of law changes (HB 1216) that go into effect on July 1, 2009.

 

 

 

 

Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to have the Courthouse Committee meet in order to go forward with plans to make improvements to the courthouse grounds. After the meeting the committee will bring their decisions back to the full Commission for a direction on how to proceed. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the second. Motion passed.

The City of Donalsonville has completed its drainage project, therefore, the County can go forward with its plans for the courthouse grounds.

 

Commissioner Alton Harrison made a motion to table the agenda item to rent the east portion of the Farmer’s Market. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

The Iron City VFD has requested the County turn over the S.O. cruiser that was previously entered into surplus property. The VFD would replace the blown engine in the cruiser. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to give the vehicle to the City of Iron City and allow them to dispose of the vehicle in the manner they choose. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to approve the zoning change request from Mr. Mike Smith. Commissioner Alton Harrison provided the second. Motion passed. The property is the old skating rink located at the intersection of Highways 39 and 374. The building will be converted into forty (40) mini-storage units.

 

Mr. Brian Cook has completed the grant application for a walking path to be constructed at the new Spring Creek Park. The State grant is funded through federal fuel taxes and is in the amount of $100,000. The County will have a $20,000 match that can be met with “in-kind” service.  Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to approve the grant application and have Chairman Rogers sign the documents as the representative of the Commission. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

The Seminole County Health Department submitted a new fee schedule for “Body Art Studios and Tattoo/Body Piercing Artists Fees”. This schedule can be viewed at the Heath Department. Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to accept the fee schedule as presented. Commissioner Alton Harrison provided the second. Motion passed.

 

As a follow-up to the November meeting, County Manager Marty Shingler presented several quotes for a new pick-up truck to be purchased for the Road Department.

The quotes were as follows:

1.                  2009 Ford F150XL – Brannen Motor Co. - $24,105

2.                  2008 Ford F150XL – Brannen Motor Co. - $22,300

3.                  2008 Ford F-150 – Donalsonville Motor Co. - $24,657.90

Mr. Shingler reported that the only quote that met all bid requirements was the 2008 Ford F-150 quoted by Donalsonville Motors. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to purchase the vehicle quoted by Donalsonville Motor Co for the price of $24,657.90 and to have it purchased from the Road Department portion of SPLOST III Funds. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

County Manager Shingler reported that earlier today he was notified that the 91 gallon, fast recovery water heater located at the Senior Citizens Center had begun leaking and could not be repaired. The bid request listed the need for  a medium duty commercial 90-100 gallon, natural gas, rapid recovery, 199,900 BTU water heater. Three quotes were presented as follows:

1.                  Lewis Supply Co. ………………………$5,100.00

Rheem 91 Gallons

2.                  Bell Supply Co………………………….$4,252.00

A.O. Smith 90 Gallons

3.                  Ferguson Equipment & Supply…………$4,500.00

State Brand 91 Gallons

Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to approve the purchase of the water heater quoted by Bell Supply Co. for $4,252.00. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed. The purchase is to be made using capital outlay in the general fund.

Next on the agenda was the need to replace the decking and stringers on the dock located at Sealy Point Park. The only company that responded to the request for bid was Entech Enterprises, Inc. located in Tallahassee, Florida. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to accept the proposal from Entech to demolish the existing decking and stringers and widen the pier to six (6) feet in order to make the pier handicapped accessible. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. This item is a repair to existing property therefore it must be funded through the General Fund budget.

 

Commissioner Dell Shingler made the motion to enter into executive session. Commissioner Alton Harrison made the second. Motion passed.

 

Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to come out of executive session and re-enter the regular meeting. Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to recommend a local supplement for our Constitutional Officers. The supplements would be as follows:

 

Clerk of Court, Earlene Bramlett, retroactive to June 1, 2007, $100 monthly = $1,200 annually

Incoming Probate Judge Amy Bagwell, $100 monthly, = $1,200 annually beginning 1/01/09

Tax Commissioner Dena Hornsby would continue to receive $100 monthly = $1,200 annually

Incoming Sheriff, Health Elliott, $1,200 to his base pay beginning 1/01/09

Also, current Sheriff Dale Swanner retroactive to 1/01/2008, $1,200 to base pay

 

Commissioner Dell Shingler provided the second. Motion passed.

 

Announcements:

 

We have received the deed to the GSP Post building on Highway 84. We will need some minor modifications to the building to make it more suitable for the EMS service.

 

The ACCG 2009 Winter Session will be held Friday, January 16th at the Macon CentrePlex. Classes will be: Effective Meeting Management; Economic Development; and Financial Management 1. If you would like to take a class please notify the office for reservations.

 

The ACCG 2009 Legislative Conference will be held February 9th and 10th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis/Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. If you wish to attend please notify the office for reservations.

 

 

Adjournment:

 

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned on a motion made by Commissioner Dell Shingler, seconded by Commissioner Alton Harrison with Chairman Tommy Rogers voting yes.

 

ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF JANUARY, 2009

SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

Tommy Rogers

Alton Harrison

Dell Shingler

 

ATTEST

 

 

 

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DONNA JONES, CLERK