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Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes

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

The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 5:30 P.M.   Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Commissioners, Jeff Davis, Emory Lake, Tommy Daniel, County Administrator Bryan Rogers and County Attorney Billy Kight. Commissioner Roscoe Brower 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 February 7, 2017 regular meeting and the called meeting on February 17, 2017.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting and the called meeting.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor. 

The next item was Public Hearing on Closing Shepard Hill Road.  Chairman Trae Kemp asked if anyone was present to discuss the road. Several people were present to inquire about the road.  Chairman Kemp stated at this time, he would like to suspend the meeting to address the Public Hearing on Shepard Hill Road.  Chairman Kemp asked if anyone present would be in favor of keeping the road open.  Chairman Kemp stated being that no one wanted to keep the road open; it was a unanimous consent to close the road.  Chairman Kemp stated at this time, he would like to close the public hearing and hold a vote to close the road.  Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to close Shepard Hill Road.  Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Next was Mental Health Appointment.  Chairman Kemp stated Mr. Jim Rowland has been recommended for this appointment by the Region 5 Mental Health Board.  Commissioner Tommy Daniel made a motion to appointment Mr. Jim Rowland to serve on the region 5 Mental Health Board.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.
The next item was Family Connection Fiscal Agent Approval.  Chairman Kemp stated that basically the County would be their flow through organization; the money comes to the county and is paid on behalf of the Family Connection, and then they reimburse the county.  Chairman Kemp stated as of today, Family Connections has reimbursed everything they owe, so they are square with the county.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve continuing to act as fiscal agent for Family Connection.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.


RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS:
Commissioner Jeff Davis stated that several people were here today from the Holly Hills and Trinity Hills area.  Commissioner Davis stated there was a petition circulating asking the Commissioner to put up a four way stop at Trinity Road and Smithfield Road, and to add speed limit signs at both ends of Trinity Road, and that has been done.  Commissioner Davis also stated the citizens would also like to see something done at the intersection of Huntington and Trinity Road which is in the sharp S curve because people are flying through that curve.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Chairman Kemp stated the Commissioners needed to make appointments to the Solid Waste and Public Facilities Authorities.  Chairman Kemp stated these appointments have to be filled by a Commissioner.  Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to appoint Chairman Kemp to fill the appointment on the Solid Waste Board.  Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Chairman Kemp also stated there are two positions on the Public Facilities Authority that need to be filled.  Chairman Kemp made a motion to appoint Commissioner Jeff Davis. Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to appoint Chairman Trae Kemp to fill the other position.  All voted in favor.

Chairman Kemp stated the next appointment is an appointment that was postponed at the last meeting and that was for the Rural Fire Chief Executive Committee.  Chairman Kemp stated this appointment was formally filled by Pat Ballard, who was the Dublin City Fire Chief, and he has since retired and his position was taken over by Matthew Cutler and he will automatically go serve in that position.  Chairman Kemp made a motion to appoint Matthew Cutler to the fire board.  Commissioner Tommy Daniel seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Commissioner Emory Lake asked County Attorney, Billy Kight, what was the minimum fine on littering.  Mr. Kight stated the minimum fine was $189. Commissioner Lake stated the board needs to address this issue in a workshop because he has had a lot of complaints about the liter that is being thrown out on the right of way
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 
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