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LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 3, 2017 @ 5:30 P.M.

The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 5:30 P.M.   Present were Chairman Emory Lake, Commissioners , Tommy Daniel, Trae Kemp, Jeff Davis, County Administrator Bryan Rogers and County Attorney Billy Kight.  Mr. Buck Gale gave the invocation and Chairman Lake led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Emory Lake stated, like everybody else, one comes in and one goes out. Chairman Lake stated he would like to recognize Jeff Davis as the new kid on the block and he is ready to accept his role as the new incoming Commissioner.  Chairman Lake stated Mr. Buddy Adams is retiring and he has meant a lot to the board and has been a team player and a gentleman all the way.    Commissioner Jeff Davis presented Mr. Buddy with a plaque of appreciation for all he has done for Laurens County.  Mr. Buddy stated he has enjoyed his time serving on the board and working with the Commissioners, County Administrator, County Attorney and Staff.

The first item was to Elect Chairman and Vice-Chairman.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to appoint Commissioner Trae Kemp as Chairman.  All voted in favor.  Commissioner Trae Kemp made a motion to appoint Jeff Davis as Vice-Chairman.  All voted in favor.  At this time, the gavel was passed to Chairman Kemp for the remaining of the meeting.

The next item was the approval of the minutes of the December 6, 2016 regular meeting.  Chairman Trae Kemp stated he assumed everyone had a chance to review the minutes.  Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting.  Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor. 

The next item was John Vaughn Road Closing.  Chairman Kemp stated this is a fairly contentious issue.  Chairman Kemp also stated the public input session of the closing of the road was held at the last meeting but that there was a great deal of uncertainty and controversy concerning the closing of the road. Chairman Kemp stated he would like to recommend to the other Commissioners that the road not be closed at this time, However, the closure of roads like John Vaughn were still on the table because it is his objective to cut as much fat as is possible from the county to maintain a low millage rate and make it affordable as possible for the people that live in the county.  Chairman Kemp stated he would like for the road to remain open and he ask the board for a motion.  Commissioner Tommy Daniel made a motion to keep the John Vaughn road open.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  Chairman Kemp stated all in favor please do so by a show of hands.  All voted in favor.

The next item was Approval of the Evergreen Fire Station Bid.  Chairman Kemp stated the bid for the fire station had come in approximately $40,000 under budget.  Chairman Kemp asked for a motion to approve the bid on the Evergreen Fire Station from Johnny Thompson Construction in the amount of $137,100.  Commissioner Tommy Daniel made a motion to approve the Evergreen Fire Station bid.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS:

Mr. Buck Gale stated he appreciated what the Commissioners do and especially Commissioner Emory Lake and Mr. Buddy Adams.  Mr. Gale stated they have done so much for Laurens County.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Commissioner Tommy Daniel thanked Mr. Buddy Adams for donating the land for the Evergreen Fire Station.  Chairman Kemp also thanked Mr. Adams for the land he donated for the fire station because it would save the tax payers money. 

Mr. Carroll asked for an update on Stanley Cemetery Road.  County Attorney Billy Kight stated he had received the right of way from Stanley Farms and was working on the remaining deeds.   County Administrator Bryan Rogers stated once all the right of way is acquired, he can submit it to DOT and they will issue a notice to proceed.  Mr. Rogers also stated DOT will not issue the Notice To Proceed until the County Attorney certifies the title on the right of way.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING
JANUARY 31, 2017 @ 9:00 P.M.

The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held a called meeting on Thursday, January 31, 2017, at 9:00 A.M. for the purpose of adopting the SPLOST Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Dublin.    Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Commissioners Emory Lake, Tommy Daniel, and Jeff Davis, County Administrator Bryan Rogers and County Attorney Billy Kight. 

Chairman Kemp informed everyone that the County needed to enter into the SPLOST Intergovernmental Agreement with Dublin in order to allow for the upcoming SPLOST to run for 6 years.  He further stated that the agreement identified disbursement schedules as well other administrative issues involving the SPLOST. 

Chairman Kemp asked for a motion to adopt the agreement.  Commissioner Lake made a motion to adopt the SPLOST Intergovernmental Agreement and Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor of the motion.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 
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