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Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes

LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 12, 2017 @ 5:30 P.M.

The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 5:30 P.M.   Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Commissioners, Jeff Davis, Emory Lake, County Administrator Bryan Rogers, and County Attorney Billy Kight. Commissioner Roscoe Brower was absent due to illness.  Commissioner Tommy Daniel was also absent.  County Administrator Bryan Rogers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The first item was the approval of the minutes of the November 7, 2017 regular meeting and the November 21, 2017 workshop.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the regular meeting. Chairman Trae Kemp seconded the motion.   All voted in favor.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the November 21, 2017 workshop meeting.  Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

The next item was Approve Intergovernmental Drug Task Force Agreement.  County Attorney Billy Kight helped get the agreements amended for all the Counties involved and the agreement meets the requirements of our insurance company.  Sheriff Larry Dean stated this agreement will be a more effective way to control drugs.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the Intergovernmental Drug Task Force Agreement.  Chairman Trae Kemp seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Next was Surplus Sheriff Department Vehicles.  Chairman Trae Kemp stated there are several crown Vic vehicles and a Ford F-350 that needs to be surplus.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to surplus the vehicles.  Chairman Kemp seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

The next item was Board Appointments.  Chairman Kemp stated the first appointments were for the Library Board for a three-year term.   Mr. Kemp stated the nominations at this time are Mr. Francis Lewis and Mrs. Lynn Bowden.  Mrs. Bowden will be replacing Ms. Kathy Malone.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to appoint Mr. Francis Lewis and Mrs. Lynn Bowden to serve on the Library Board for the term ending December 31, 2020.  Chairman Kemp seconded the motion.  All voted in favor. 

Next was the Board Appointments for the Recreation Authority.  Chairman Kemp stated the appointments are for three years.  The nominations were Cynthia Green, City/County appointment, Woodrow Williams, County appointment, and Commissioner Jeff Davis. Chairman Kemp made a motion to approve the three members to the Recreation Authority.   Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Next was the Board Appointments for the Rural Fire Board, which are two-year appointments.  Chairman Kemp stated Mr. Larry Drew is retiring from East Dublin and his successor will be the Fire Chief of East Dublin.  Mr. Jared Mathis and Ron Harrington are also up for reappointment.  Chairman Kemp made a motion to approve these three names to the fire board. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.
The next item was Board of Health appointment, which is a six year term.  Chairman Kemp stated the Board would like to reappoint Dr. Joe Carruth.  Chairman Kemp made a motion to approve Dr. Carruth. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Next was the appointment of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  Chairman Kemp made a motion to appoint Jeff Davis to serve as Chairman of the Commissioners for the 2018 calendar year.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to appoint Trae Kemp as Vice-Chairman. Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

The next item on the agenda was Approval of Beer & Wine Licenses for 2018.  Mr. Kemp stated there are no ongoing issues with any of the license holders and this is just a renewal of everyone who currently has a license without the addition of new applicants. Mr. Kemp asked if anyone wanted to speak on behalf of the Beer and Wine license renewals.  Being none, Mr. Kemp made a motion to approve the licenses.  Mr. Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Jeff Davis stated because the New Year’s Holiday is on a Monday, he would like to move the January meeting to Tuesday, January 9th if it pleases the board.  Mr. Kemp made a motion to move the January meeting to Tuesday, January 9th.  Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Mr. Gary Johnson stated he lives in District one and he would like to know how many days can a County Commissioner not meet on the board.  Mr. Johnson stated the people are not being represented in District one and he feels sorry for the person that is sick, but the commissioners have a duty to represent District one.  County Attorney Billy Kight stated this Board of Commissioners cannot remove a Commissioner.  Mr. Kight also stated the citizens in district 1 can file a petition to the Governor’s Office to remove a Commissioner due to the person not being able to perform his or her duties, but the Board of Commissioners cannot.

Ms. Carolyn McCune stated she would like to see a more updated web site with board appointments posted and also she would like to see a schedule of road paving posted on the web site. Commissioner Jeff Davis stated he agreed the web site needed to be updated and the first of the year, changes will be made, probably within the first two months. Ms. McCune also asked if the Commissioners participated in the Laurens County teen court. County Administrator Bryan Rogers stated the county is involved with Family Connection which used to be part of Teen Court.

Mr. Jerry Davis stated he was disappointed with the Commissioners for not having enough time to hear the concerns of the citizens.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.

 
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