TUESDAY, APRIL 10th, 2012

6:00 P.M.


The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 in the Superior Courtroom located on the second floor of the courthouse. Those present were, Commissioner Dell Shingler, Commissioner Scott Miller, Commissioner Roger Lane, Commissioner Brenda Peterson, Commissioner Darius Culverson, and County Manager/Clerk Paula Granger. 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dell Shingler.

The invocation was offered by EMS Director Toby Roland.       

Submission of Financial Statements and Minutes:

On a motion by Commissioner Lane and second by Commissioner Culverson the February 2012 Financial Statement was approved. All voted in favor, motion passed. 

On a motion by Commissioner Miller and second by Commissioner Peterson the minutes were approved for the Regular Monthly Meeting held March 13, 2012.  All in favor, motion carried.  On a motion by Commissioner Lane and second provided by Commissioner Culverson, the minutes from the Called Meeting on April 3rd, 2012 were approved.  Commissioner Miller abstained due to his absence from the meeting; all others voted yes, motion carried.

County Attorney Report:

County Attorney Bill Mills discussed the status report with the Commissioners. 

The naming of county roads was discussed and examples of policies from surrounding jurisdictions were provided for naming new roads and changing names of existing roads.  A committee has been formed with Commissioner Miller and Commissioner Lane in order to develop a policy regarding existing road name changes and new road naming.

The End Gun Ordinance has been amended with all recommended changes.  Chairman Shingler questioned Section 42-130, “when” the system causes damages; Commissioner Miller responded there is no way to determine if damage will occur, but “when” damage does occur the end gun will be required at that time.        

The Farmer’s Market Lease Agreement has been received with final changes.

County Attorney Mills stated the Watkins & Associates contract is ok to sign.

Road Department

Commissioner Lane stated the International dump truck has been taken out of service due to safety concerns.  The cost to the county over the last three years to keep this truck running has exceeded $12,000 and another $4,000 to $5,000 is needed to get it back in operation.  Commissioner Lane requested and made the motion to solicit bids for a dump truck.  A second was provided by Commissioner Culverson.  All in favor, motion passed. 

County Manager Granger informed the group crack sealing on county roads will tentatively start April 24th, 2012 and take approximately two weeks to complete.  Road work will begin first on Old Jakin Road, followed by Fertilizer Road, Clem Copeland Road, Grant Graham Road, and last Harvel Pond Road.   A notice will be placed in the local paper to inform citizens of the work that will be taking place. 

Farmer’s Market

County Manager Granger stated a complete inventory of all property stored at the Farmer’s Market was conducted and photos were taken of the parking lot, grounds, and building.  The lease agreement has been signed and the security deposit and rent for two months has been paid.  Certificates of insurance are being obtained.

Building and Grounds Committee

County Manager Granger informed the board she had contacted Southern Triad Construction regarding pressure washing the courthouse.  Their response was the building should only be washed with a water hose and mild detergent to prevent damage to the mortar and brick.  Southern Triad will supply a quote for repairs on the corner of the building that has broken off.  County Manager Granger will check to see if this is may be covered under warranty.      

Commissioner Peterson serves on the Regional Commission Executive Board and provided the following updates to the board.  As of April 1, 2012, Logistic Care will be the broker for Southwest Georgia for all non-emergency transportation; their number is 888-224-7985.  As of June 30, 2012, Mr. Dan Bollinger, Executive Director of the Regional Commission, will be retiring.  The executive board is in the process of recruiting for this position.  In regards to the Training School, there has been no update.  Ms. Reddick has spoken with Mr. Register several times and she is currently waiting on information from an architect.  The first estimate for the renovation was $5 million.

The first reading of the End Gun Ordinance by County Attorney Mills took place following a motion by Commissioner Peterson and a second provided by Commissioner Lane. County Attorney Mills stated the ordinance will need to be advertised for two weeks prior to the next meeting and posted on the board at the courthouse.

Citizens Request

Robert Boudreaux, co-owner of R & R Gunsmithing, requested a variance in order to be in compliance with the Shooting Range Ordinance.  County Attorney Mills advised this matter would need to be addressed by the Zoning Board prior to coming before the Board of Commissioners. 

Ms. Martise Register requested using the grounds at the Training School for a cookout on April 22nd, 2012.  A motion was made by Commissioner Peterson with a second from Commissioner Lane, all in favor, motion passed.  County Attorney Mills will provide a waiver for Ms. Register to sign prior to using the grounds.

Old Business:

Mrs. Shelia Williams was appointed to the Regional Planning Board for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.  Mrs. Williams stated the board was comprised of 24 counties including Albany, Valdosta, and Thomasville.  There are several new laws in place requiring patients be transitioned back into their communities and our local area needs to have a facility to help assist with this process.  New laws regarding the transport of the mentally disabled will be addressed with our local law enforcement.  There are some state and federally funded programs available for these transitional individuals.  We have one in our state called Think College.  This certificate program teaches a skill that will provide a way for these individuals to be active in the community and support themselves. Mrs. Williams stated it was a privilege to serve on this board and she wants to make sure the information reaches our community.

Commissioner Lane provided an update on Spring Creek Park.  The Genesis Group, Memphis Vaughn and Don Morgan from the Corp of Engineers were present at the Called Meeting on April 3rd.  Several permits are needed to begin work.  Gopher tortoises will be relocated; boat ramp construction will begin in the 4th quarter of 2012. The tentative completion date is February 2013.  

A meeting with Mr. Newton Cloud of Golden Triangle was held on April 3rd with Commissioner Culverson and Chairman Shingler.  Also attending were Stacy Watkins, Bobby Aiken, Richard Adams, and Paula Granger.  Golden Triangle is providing $90,000 for the drainage and paving project on Nichols Subdivision Road, the county will cover the remaining costs.  A neighborhood meeting is planned for April 24th, 2012 for property owners and residents on Nichols Subdivision Road to inform them of the project timeline. 

New Business:

The contract for the courthouse grounds project provided by Watkins and Associates was approved with a motion by Commissioner Lane.  A second was provided by Commissioner Culverson.   Commissioner Miller opposed, all others in favor, motion passed.

Mrs. Virginia Harrison and Mr. Mitch Blanks supplied three bids for the purchase of recycling bins.  Singleton Construction, Anderson Manufacturing, and Albritton Welding and Transport Construction submitted bids.  Commissioner Miller stated the funds for this purchase would be from SPLOST and the bins would be located in Iron City, Donalsonville, and at Lake Seminole. Mr. Don Martin currently collects the recycled materials and receives the proceeds.  Commissioner Shingler stated she would like the county to receive part of the proceeds in order to purchase additional bins.  Commissioner Miller made the motion to purchase from the lowest bidder, Anderson Construction, and the second was made by Commissioner Peterson.  All in favor, motion passed.

Mayor Joe Burke addressed the board about funding opportunities for our city and county.  A proposal was made by Mayor Burke asking for a resolution making our county the Bicycle Gateway and Air Gateway to Lake Seminole.  This designation will provide additional funding opportunities for the area.  Commissioner Miller made the motion; a second was given by Commissioner Lane.  All in favor, motion passed.

Fire Chief Brooks presented an Emergency Management Ordinance.  The item was tabled on a motion from Commissioner Lane, and a second by Commissioner Culverson until review by the County Attorney.  All in favor, motion passed.

On a motion from Commissioner Miller and second provided by Commissioner Lane, beer and wine permits for Trails End Campground, Marina, and County Store, as well as Pop’s Dockside Grill were approved.  All in favor, motion approved.        

Life Link of Georgia, the state’s non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization, requested a proclamation declaring April as Donate Life Month in Seminole County.  The motion to declare April as Donate Life Month was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Peterson.  All in favor, motion passed.


With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned on a motion made by Commissioner Lane,  with a second by Commissioner Peterson, all in favor, motion passed. 

ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF MAY, 2012



Brenda Peterson

Roger Lane

Dell Shingler

Scott Miller

Darius Culverson





















































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 Regular Monthly Meeting held on April 10th, 2012, approved by the Seminole County Board of Commissioners at a regular meeting held on May 8th, 2012.  


            Given under my official signature and seal of office, on this the 8th day of May, 2012.



Paula L. Granger, Clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Seminole County, Georgia







Paula L. Granger, CLERK