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The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a FY-11 Budget Work Session on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in the Courthouse Law Library located on the first floor of the Seminole County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Tommy Rogers, Vice-Chairman Alton Harrison, Commissioner Dell Shingler, Commissioner Brenda Peterson, Clerk Donna Jones, Mayor Joe Burke and City Manager Marty Shingler. Commissioner Scott Miller was absent.


The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tommy Rogers.


The Commission invited Donalsonville Mayor, Joe Burke and City Manager, Marty Shingler to discuss options for fire protection in the unincorporated areas of the county. Also discussed was the planning of the new fire department facility to house the City of Donalsonville paid firefighters and the Seminole County volunteer firefighters.

There was open discussion on the plans of building the new facility to house firefighters and EMS personnel with the goal of working together toward cross training of personnel.

Other counties in Georgia have been successful in cross training EMS personnel to become firefighters and vice versa. The result would be a larger pool of trained personnel to draw from for emergency situations.


The next item on the agenda was to review line items in the budget.


The first budget line item discussed was the fuel for the SOWEGA van that delivers bulk meals to Early and Miller counties. The line item was reduced to reflect one third of the total annual fuel cost for the delivery of meals-on-wheels to Seminole County recipients only. Early County and Miller County will be responsible for the fuel cost to deliver meals to their citizens.


In an effort to reduce man hours and equipment cost, discussion ensued concerning the grounds maintenance at the airport that has historically been shared between the City of Donalsonville and Seminole County.  As it was noted that the county benefits from agricultural aerial spraying performed from the airport, no changes were made to this joint service.


Bids for termite treatment and bond for the Health Department were reviewed and tabled until the next meeting until one question could be answered.


Judge Amy Bagwell presented bills for maintenance fees on election equipment and asked the Commission to decide whether or not to continue the maintenance or purchase new machines. One of the voting machines has a damaged screen and will need to be repaired or replaced. After reviewing the cost of maintenance versus purchasing new equipment as needed, it was found that the cost to purchase new upgraded machines was only slightly higher than the cost of maintaining older outdated equipment. Judge Bagwell was given permission to purchase new replacement machines as needed rather than paying annual maintenance fees.




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


ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF MAY, 2010



Tommy Rogers

Alton Harrison

Dell Shingler

Brenda Peterson

Scott Miller