LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MAY 2, 2017 @ 5:30 P.M.
The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 5:30 P.M. Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Tommy Daniel, Jeff Davis, County Administrator Bryan Rogers and County Attorney Billy Kight. Commissioner Roscoe 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 April 4, 2017 regular meeting. Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting. Commissioner Tommy Daniel seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
The next item was Public Hearing on Closing Morton Drive from Hwy 19 to Greg Couey Road. Chairman Trae Kemp asked if anyone was in favor of closing or opposed the closing of the road. Mr. Bo Claxton came before the board and stated he was part owner of Edgefield Investment, LLC, which is the owner of two sides of Morton Road. Mr. Claxton asked why the road was being closed. Was it due to the fact that the county would not have to scrape it any more? Chairman Kemp stated that the road no longer served a public purpose and the County did not wish to continue to spend money blading and performing maintenance on the road. Chairman Kemp stated the county would put up a gate right past the collection center at 19 and there will be one put up at the paved portion of Greg Couey road. Mr. Claxton stated that he is concerned that if the gate is put closer to Hwy 19, then people may decide they want to go around the back of his house. Mr. Claxton stated he would like to suggest that the gate be put back a little further so that traffic cannot go around the gate. Mr. Claxon stated he does not have a problem with the road being closed, but he would like to get with the board and decide where to put the gate. Chairman Trae Kemp asked if there were anyone else present that would like to speak about the closing of Morton Drive. Being none, Chairman Kemp made a motion to close Morton Drive from Hwy 19 to Greg Couey Road. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
Next was the Public Hearing on Closing Minter Lane. Chairman Kemp asked if there was anyone present that would like to speak for or against the closing of Minter Lane. Being none, Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to close Minter Lane. Chairman Kemp seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
The next item was Public Hearing on the New Cell Tower Located at 801 Louie Veal Road. County Administrator Bryan Rogers stated it is located in an underserved area and all the proper documents have been filed and all testing has been done. The Verizon Rep was present and she stated they would like to have a twelve month time period to finish the construction of the tower. Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve the location of the cell tower located at 801 Louie Veal Road. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
OTHER BUSINESS: Chairman Kemp stated several people have complained to him in the last year about access to collection centers. Chairman Kemp stated the centers are open on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and half a day on Sunday. Chairman Kemp stated he would like to propose to the other Commissioners about additional centers being open on different days to accommodate the public better. Chairman Kemp made a motion to open the Rentz Collection on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in his district. The other Commissioners stated they would like for their centers to remain open on the normal days. Commissioner Jeff Davis made a motion to approve the change. Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.