BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MAY 28, 2003 MEETING
- OPENING CEREMONIES
Meeting was called to order at 1:00 P.M. by Chairman J. R. Dowdy, Jr. with the following Commissioners present: Joyce C. Pheil and Ferrell Henry. Also present were County Attorney Guy D. Pfeiffer, Fire Chief Ray Lunsford, Chief Deputy Billy Hancock and secretary Linda Finch.
- RENEW CURRENT TOWER LEASE FOR ONE YEAR
Mr. Pfeiffer reported that they thought we were going to need to terminate our current tower lease with Pinnacle Towers and they would have to had that by June 1st, and that is the reason we called this meeting today, but Mr. Pate recommended that we not terminate the lease because we would have to have the tower built and operational by September 1st, also, Walker Blake is assisting the county in coming up with what is going to be required in order for the county to get the tower located, built and approved, and there are several things that are not in place at this point that Mr. Pate feels like making the September 1st date problematical and so his recommendation is not to terminate our current lease. He stated that Mr. Pate is suppose to be getting a list of things that need to be done and then you can go from there. Mr. Pfeiffer passed out a map of the proposed location of the tower and where the soil boring were taken, if they decide to put the tower here, they are going to have to make sure that they have a good engineering certificate saying that is a safe location relative to the jail and possibly relative to whatever building DOT has put in over there since it will be a 480' tower. Mr. Hancock stated that the proposed tower site is 300 feet away from the jail an about 320 feet away from the DOT building, and the towers are designed to collapse straight down, however should something happen and that tower not fall straight down, then the guide tension would pull the tower to that side, and all of the guided sites are away from the structure locations. Mr. Pfeiffer stated that we need to determine who we get the certification from, plus there has to be a study done for the FCC license which apparently not been done. Chief Lunsford said he talked with Mr. Blake yesterday and he thinks they are working on this. Mr. Pfeiffer recommended that Commissioners is to renew the current lease, then they can make the shift when they need to, and Mr. Hancock thinks it will be February and March before the tower is complete. Motion by Mrs. Pheil to continue the lease with Pinnacle Towers for another year, seconded by Mr. Henry and motion carried unanimously.
- HIRE DAVID FOREHAND AS ATTORNEY FOR LITIGATION
Mr. Pfeiffer reported that he has a letter from David Forehand concerning his hiring as the attorney in the indigent defense case, he is charging his normal litigation rate, he is splitting most nearly everything he is doing is going he will be doing for Dooly and Crisp Counties at the same time so he will take his hourly rate and splitting it between the two, anything he does specifically for Crisp County will be at the full rate. Mr. Pfeiffer recommends the county hire Mr. Forehand to represent them in this case, as he has to get an answer filed by the end of this week, and he advised that potentially in that lawsuit there is an allegation that the Magistrate Court is holding certain hearings at the jail that they don’t think should be held in the courtroom there, he is not named as a party in the case but he would hate to get involved in litigation and then get conflicted out. Motion by Mr. Henry to accept Mr. Pfieffer’s recommendation to hire David Forehand as our attorney in the indigent defense case and giving Chairman Dowdy the authority to sign the acceptance letter, seconded by Mrs. Pheil and motion carried unanimously.
- WRITE LETTER OF SUPPORT TO DOT
Mrs. Pheil stated that we have a copy of a letter that was sent to Senator Bowen and Representative Floyd from the businesses on Hwy. 280 West, they were requesting that they show their support to DOT in taking the land for the widening of Hwy. 280 from the south side, the state park side, rather than the north side where several businesses are located. She advised that she has talked with both representatives and they suggested that, if Commissioners chose to do so, send Senator Bowen and Representative Floyd a letter showing that we support these business in their request and that they would handle getting it up to DOT. Chief Lunsford stated that the fire station is in this area and it would be a problem for them if they take land off the north side of the highway. Motion by Mrs. Pheil to send letters of support to Senator Bowen and Representative Floyd on behalf of these businesses and the county fire station, seconded by Mr. Henry and motion carried.
- WRITE LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR RHED GRANT
Mr. Pfeiffer reported that we have two letters of support, one from Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant for the Empowerment Zone, and the other one is from Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant for Crisp Area Habitat for Humanity, they are making application for these grants and they need local government support and no cost to the county. Motion by Mr. Henry giving Chairman Dowdy the authority to sign the Rural Housing and Habitat for Humanity letters, seconded by Mrs. Pheil and motion carried unanimously.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:30 P.M.