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Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes

LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 7, 2017 @ 5:30 P.M.

The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 5:30 P.M.   Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Commissioners Roscoe Brower, Jeff Davis, and Emory Lake and County Administrator Bryan Rogers.  Commissioner Daniel was absent due to a prior engagement and County Attorney Billy Kight was absent due to illness.  County Administrator Bryan Rogers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The first item was the approval of the minutes of the January 3, 2017 regular meeting.  Commissioner 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 the FY 2016 Audit Presentation. Mrs. Robin Tanner, with Thigpen, Jones and Seaton, was present to explain the Audit.  Mrs. Tanner stated the county general fund ended on a positive note for FY 2016.  Mrs. Tanner also showed a slide that compared the budget to the actual comparison of the revenues for the general fund.  Mrs. Tanner also went over the expenditures for each department with the budget and actual numbers.  Mrs. Tanner stated some things to take into account going forward would be that the county will continue to be challenged to achieve inflation correlated revenue growth and the upcoming issues will be sales taxes and similar revenues that expand with the economy.  Mrs. Tanner stated the county ended the year in the black, which is always good and the fund balance went up which is also good.  The county ended the year at $930,332 to the good which is the best the county has done in years.

The next item was Beer & Wine License Approval at 1620 Hwy 319 East Dublin.  Chairman Kemp stated this is an existing location called Don’s Quick Stop and the license is being transferred to Mr. Joseph Chambers.  Mr. Chambers has met all of the county requirements.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the Beer and Wine License for Mr. Joseph Chambers.  Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Next was the SPLOST Resolution Approval.  Chairman Kemp stated this has been published in the newspaper and the projects have been approved by the municipalities and the county by way of negotiation.  Chairman Kemp stated tonight’s vote is to simply set the date for the referendum to be on March the 21st, 2017.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve the SPLOST resolution.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

The next item was Surplus Sheriff Vehicles.  Chairman Kemp stated the Sheriff’s Department desires to surplus four vehicles: a 2009 Chevy Avalanche, 2013 Ford F-150, 2008 F-150, 2008 F-150 and a 2000 GMC 1500.  Chairman Kemp stated all of these vehicles are all in excess of 150,000 miles.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve the surplus of sheriff vehicles.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

The next item was the Board of Health Appointment.  Chairman Kemp stated the six year term of Merita Evans has expired and she and the Health Department would like for her to continue to serve in this capacity.  Chairman Kemp also stated he received a letter from Dr. Lawton Davis stating that he would like to reappoint her, being that she is a very active member on the board and has been an asset to the board. Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to reappoint Merita Evans to serve another term on the Board of Health.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

The next item was the Paving of the Senior Center Parking Lot.  Chairman Kemp stated there were three bids on paving the parking lot.  Wallace Padgett had the low bid at $19,000.  Chairman Kemp stated this is a very good project that will serve the people and they really need the parking lot.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve the bid from Wallace Padgett at $19,000 to pave the Senior Center parking lot.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS:  Chairman Kemp stated he received a letter from the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission, Area on Aging from Mrs. Linda Hunter, Director.  Chairman Kemp stated the letter was honoring Mr. Roy Mosley on being selected as Vice-Chairman of the Area Aging Commission’s Area Agency on the Aging Advisory Committee.  Mrs. Hunter stated the Board of Commissioners appointed Mr. Mosley to serve on the Advisory Committee over ten years ago and he remains there in that capacity.  Mrs. Hunter also stated Mr. Mosley has been a dedicated member who has volunteered his time and effort, and expresses his opinions.  Chairman Kemp expressed his appreciation to Mr. Mosley for his service.  Commissioner Emory Lake and the other Commissioners also expressed their appreciation for the work that Mr. Mosley does serving on this board.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Nick Carroll asked for an update on Stanley Cemetery Road.  County Administrator Bryan Rogers stated they need one more deed.  Mr. Rogers stated the gentleman is in the hospital at this time and County Attorney Billy Kight spoke with his wife and they are just trying to work out the details when he gets better.

Commissioner Jeff Davis thanked everyone for coming to the meeting, and he would especially like to thank the Sheriff and Major Chris Bracewell for attending.  Commissioner Davis also wanted to recognize Ms. Julie Drigger, Mr. Roy Mosley and Mrs. Kelly Lenz, editor with the Courier Herald, for the work they all do for Laurens County.

Commissioner Emory Lake stated for the first time in a long time, the county had a good audit and he would like to thank the constitutional officers for doing an excellent job by keeping their budgets low.

Chairman Trae Kemp stated last month, the board discussed rebids on insurance to try and get a better rate for the employees.  Chairman Kemp also state the county review this month was on the retirement system, and currently, the county allows the employees to retire with their full pension at 65 and the commissioners
have looked into the possibility of rolling it back to 55.  Chairman Kemp stated just to roll back from 65 to 55 with no insurance coverage, and assuming only 10% of the employees took that, it would cost the county $200,000.  If benefits were included all the way back to 55 years of age, it would cost the county at least a mil to make a change of that nature.  Chairman Kemp stated after speaking with the other commissioners, they decided to keep the system that’s in place at this time but to continue to look at ways to make improvements to the system.

Chairman Kemp also wished to thank Commissioner Davis for helping spruce up the board room with some historical maps and pictures.  Commissioner Davis has already placed on the wall, a map of Laurens County from 1915.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING
FEBRUARY 17, 2017 @ 9:00 A.M.

The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held a called meeting on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 9:00 A.M. for the purpose of surplusing equipment an adopting the Caterpillar Lease Purchase Agreement for the 11 new motor graders.  Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Commissioners Emory Lake, Tommy Daniel, and Jeff Davis, County Administrator Bryan Rogers and County Attorney Billy Kight. 

Chairman Kemp asked County Administrator Bryan Rogers to discuss with the Board the plan to surplus the old motor graders.  Mr. Rogers stated that bids for purchasing the County’s 13 motor graders had been received and Ritchie Brothers Auction Company had submitted the highest bid of $810,400 for the 13 motor graders with $800,000 going to Caterpillar for the down payment on the 11 new motor graders.  Mr. Rogers further explained that the County had an old Ambulance unit that the Heart of Georgia Technical College would like to purchase from the County to be used in the EMS program.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to surplus and sale the equipment as explained by Mr. Rogers.  Commissioner Daniel seconded the motion.  All voted in favor of the motion.

County Administrator Rogers then explained that Caterpillar had sent the lease purchase agreements for the 11 new graders and the Board needed to approve the agreements.  The agreements would be for a 7 year 7000-hour period and would total $162,000 per year.  Commissioner Davis made a motion to adopt the agreements and Commissioner lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor of the motion.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 
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