4:00 P.M.


The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held their second FY-12 Budget Work Session on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in the Courthouse Law Library located on the first floor of the Seminole County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Tommy Rogers, Vice-Chairman Dell Shingler, Commissioner Roger Lane, Commissioner Scott Miller, and County Manager/Clerk Donna Jones. Commissioner Brenda Peterson was absent.


The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tommy Rogers.


This was the second meeting for the remaining departments to present their budget requests for FY-12.

 County Departments presenting budgets were:


Tax Commissioner


Probate/Magistrate Courts

Clerk of Court


Sheriff Heath Elliott gave an update as to the situation with the Probation/Corrections office.

Former Probate Officer, Carl Scott, is in the process of reviewing files to see which ones have expired and which need to have warrants issued. The County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council called for a meeting on May 19, 2011 in Forsyth to determine what sanctions may be imposed against the County’s correction office for non-compliance. Sanctions range from a letter of reprimand to revocation of the program registration to operate in Georgia.


The Commission then entered into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. The motion was made by Commissioner Scott Miller and seconded by Commissioner Roger Lane. Motion passed.


To re-enter the general session the motion was made by Commissioner Scott Miller and seconded by Commissioner Dell Shingler. Motion passed.


County Manager, Donna Jones, gave a brief summary on a visit from DNR representatives to view the drainage problems along Fish Pond Drain.  The County can apply for a “Blanket Buffer Variance for Maintenance” that would allow for removal of build up in the drain. One condition of being granted the variance is that we must have a “Master Plan’. This plan must be drawn up by an engineer and being that the drain is some twenty (20) miles in length, it is not possible to obtain an accurate estimate of the engineering expenses. Jones stated that her approach to the project would be to review all current easements from Burke Road to Burl Lane Road. The desired process would be to obtain the missing easements; build access roads along the drain where needed; remove silt, vegetation and fallen trees in the drain. The desired result would be to open the drain from the south end of the county to the north end and be able to keep it maintained into the future. Jones stated that she would have to work with the Department of Natural Resources as well as the U.S. Corps of Engineers on this project. Once an estimated cost can be calculated the Commission can bring it to the public to see if they are willing to be tasked with supporting the cost of the project. The project will take several years to complete and road construction and clean-out can be done by the road department. It is thought that the major cost will be for engineering.


The next budget work session was scheduled for May 5th at 5:00 in the Law Library.


ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF MAY 2011



Tommy Rogers

Dell Shingler

Scott Miller

Roger Lane