SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, SECOND FLOOR, SUPERIOR COURTROOM
TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a Called Meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 in the Superior Courtroom located on the second floor of the courthouse. Those present were Chairman Dell Shingler, Commissioner Roger Lane, Commissioner Brenda Peterson, Commissioner Darius Culverson, County Manager/Clerk Paula Granger, and former Commissioner Mr. Tommy Rogers. Commissioner Scott Miller was absent.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dell Shingler.
The invocation was offered by Mr. Bobby Aiken.
The Called Meeting was requested by the Genesis Group in order to update and finalize plans for Spring Creek Park. Go Fish Georgia approved a $300,000 grant for the county; the county matching will be in kind contributions and some other costs associated with the park improvements. It was determined the grant does not require construction of a weigh in station; however, there may be a need for one if larger tournaments are held at the park. Fishing tournaments are scheduled almost every weekend through September. Materials and construction equipment will be stored in an area at the park that limits interference with the existing boat ramp and parking area. Three options for the parking area were presented; option 1 is the lowest cost and was in the original master plan. There was no vote to change the plan.
Mr. Don Morgan, USACE, commented that the trees would be cut soon. Gopher tortoises will be identified and silt fencing will be placed around each burrow. No equipment will come within 25 feet of the area and no tree cutting will take place within the 25 foot barrier. The gopher tortoises will be relocated before any land clearing by the county. Silt fencing will be placed around the perimeter of the area to prevent gopher tortoises from returning to the construction area. Mr. Morgan also stated that the implementation plan is required prior to any work being done at the park.
A project schedule was provided to the board indicating the status of each phase of the project and anticipated timeline. The design phase should be completed within the next few weeks. The permitting phase could take several months. Requirements are: Implementation Plan Approval, Individual Permit (due to the size of the docks), Stream Buffer Variance, and Scientific Collection Permit.
Tree harvesting will be completed in a few weeks. The gopher tortoise relocation and site clearing is expected to be finished by the end of June. The county will need to decide if the docks will be put out for bid or constructed by the county. Site construction could start in mid July with the boat ramp construction tentatively finishing up during the first quarter of 2013.
A motion was made by Commissioner Lane and a second provided by Commissioner Peterson to pay mileage expenses for Mr. Tommy Rogers for his attendance at the meeting and the previous meeting held March 13, 2012. All in favor, motion passed.
County Manager Granger informed the group of the upcoming LOST negotiations with the cities of Donalsonville and Iron City. The county currently receives 63%, Donalsonville receives 33% and Iron City receives 4%. This decennial negotiation takes place two years following each census. A meeting will be scheduled during May to designate LOST revenues for each jurisdiction.
County Manager Granger informed the group of recent damage to a bench in the court room which resulted in an arrest. Many other benches have been damaged since renovation of the court room. Chairman Shingler suggested posting a sign at the entrance door of the court room listing the fine imposed for defacing governmental property. Judges Lane and Sheffield along with Sheriff Elliott will be consulted regarding officers monitoring the court room during court.
Mr. L.C. Glover stated he felt it was wrong for the county to hold meetings during business hours when the public is unable to attend. He also stated the sound system in the court room was not effective and before spending money on Spring Creek Park we should look into the sound system. Mr. Glover stated he does not like paying $3 to launch his boat and he feels it is wrong to use taxpayer money from people who donít use the park to upgrade the park. He suggested the board visit Bainbridge where no fees are required at their boat launches.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned with Commissioner Lane making the motion and Commissioner Peterson providing the second, all in favor, motion passed.
ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF APRIL, 2012
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PAULA GRANGER, CLERK
C E R T I F I C A T I O N
STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF SEMINOLE
I, Paula L. Granger, the duly appointed Clerk of Board of Commissioners of Seminole County, Georgia, and keeper of the minutes in and for the said Board of Commissioners, do hereby certify that the attached constitutes a full, complete and correct copy of the original minutes of a Called Meeting held on April 3, 2012 approved by the Seminole County Board of Commissioners at a regular meeting held on April 10, 2012.
Given under my official signature and seal of office, on this the 10th day of April, 2012.
Paula L. Granger, Clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Seminole County, Georgia
(SEAL OF OFFICE)
Paula L. Granger, CLERK