10:00 A.M.


The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a Called Meeting on August 1st, 2013, at the Seminole County Courthouse in the Grand Jury Room at 10:00 a.m.  Those present were Chairman Roger Lane, Vice Chairman Dell Shingler, Commissioner Darius Culverson, Commissioner Brenda Peterson, Commissioner Chuck Orrick, and County Manager / Clerk Paula Granger. 

               The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lane.

The invocation was given by EMS Director Toby Roland, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


Old Business:


County Manager Granger previously requested the Board consider hiring an inmate crew for demolition of the training school and the state right of way mowing and litter pickup contract using proceeds from the sale of surplus land.  Warden McCoy from the Correctional Facility in Decatur County addressed the Board and provided an explanation of the services and costs associated with hiring an inmate crew.   


Warden McCoy stated the inmate crew consists of twelve inmates and a certified correctional officer.  The crew can work four ten hour days or five eight hour days.  During emergency situations the crew can be used additional days or hours without any increase in cost.  A construction manager may be required in certain situations, paid for by the county, to provide work instructions for the crew.  The inmates can also be trained in asbestos removal.  During inclement weather the crew will report to the worksite and wait for the weather to subside and begin work.


Contracts are preferred to be at least one year in duration.  The basic cost for the crew is approximately $46,000 per year.  In addition to this cost, the county would have to furnish transportation for the crew and all equipment to be used.  All fuel costs will also be incurred by the county.  A medical expense and unforeseeable emergency fee is included in the initial cost, however, on the job injury costs would be paid for by the county, up to $1,000.  Warden McCoy stated he could have an inmate crew ready within a few weeks.


County Manager Granger stated Ken Morey from Mid Georgia was not able to attend the meeting due to a prior obligation, however, he did provide a quote for their services.  Based on the data from FY13, the cost to operate EMS exceeded revenues by $451,000.  This data did not include any costs for replacement of an ambulance or any capital outlay purchases.  The quote provided by Mid Georgia for two trucks (1 - 24 hour truck, 1 - 16 hour truck at the lake substation) is $320,000 annually.  One 24 hour truck would cost approximately $220,000 annually.  Both of these quotes are based on a regional service with Decatur County and Seminole County.  Mr. Morey will be requested to attend our next Board meeting and also meet with the medical staff at the hospital.


County Manager Granger requested the Board reconsider the $50 non transport / lifting fee approved at the last Board meeting.  The concern is for citizens on fixed incomes that may not be able to pay the $50 fee and may not call a second time for help when they are in need of assistance.  Following a discussion with EMS personnel and Board, the fee will remain as previously voted on and the fee schedule will be published in the local newspaper.


A motion to go into Executive Session to discuss real estate was made by Commissioner Culverson, a second was provided by Commissioner Peterson.  All in favor, motion passed.


A motion to end the Executive Session and enter back into Regular Session was made by Commissioner Orrick; a second was given by Commissioner Peterson.  All in favor, motion passed.  No action was taken during the Executive Session.


Chairman Lane requested a motion to have County Attorney Bill Mills compose the advertisement for the sale of surplus land on the north side of the Courthouse.  Commissioner Culverson made the motion for Mr. Mills to prepare the advertisement for disposal of 1.95 acres of surplus land by sealed bid, with a minimum bid of $80,000, with the purchaser assuming all costs associated with removal of the building and concrete on the south property line, demolition of buildings on the surplus property, and any costs incurred for removal or relocation of the power lines.  Vice Chairman Shingler provided the second, all in favor, motion passed. 


Vice Chairman Shingler stated she received a complaint from a resident on Brackin Road.  The pavement markers in the middle of the road are keeping the resident awake and he would like them removed from the road in front of his home.  Chairman Lane responded the markers were there for safety reasons and we could not remove them. 




With there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Commissioner Peterson.  A second was given by Commissioner Orrick.  All in favor, motion passed.









Brenda Peterson

Roger Lane

Dell Shingler

Chuck Orrick

Darius Culverson