MINUTES OF CRISP COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON APRIL 28, 2004
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman J. R. Dowdy, Jr., with Commissioners James D. Harris, Joyce C. Pheil, and Ferrell Henry in attendance. Also present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., County Attorney Guy D. Pfeiffer, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and secretary Linda Finch. Chairman Dowdy gave the invocation.
DECISION - JERRY & ANNAMARIE BRADEN
Connie Sangster, Planning Director, reported that this is the decision meeting on the request from Jerry & Annamarie Braden to rezone property on Blackshear Road from I (Industrial) to RM (Multi-Family Residential), for a fifty-six housing unit. She advised that we had the Public Hearing at the last regular meeting, went over the review checklist, and stated that the RM zoning is more compatible with existing uses in the area and in conformity with the intent of the Crisp County Comprehensive Plan. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to rezone the property on Blackshear Road from I to RM, seconded by Mr. Henry, motion carried unanimously. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to adopt the Resolution for Affordable Housing, seconded by Mr. Henry, motion carried unanimously. Motion was made by Mr. Henry to authorize Chairman Dowdy to sign the letter of support for this project, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING - AMENDMENTS TO SOIL & SEDIMENTATION PLAN
Ms. Sangster reported that this is the Public Hearing to review the amendments to the Soil & Sedimentation Erosion Control Plan, Commissioners approved the Text Amendments at the last meeting, and they will make their decision at the May 11th meeting. She advised that the main change is the $40.00 per disturbed acre payable to the county plus a $40.00 per disturbed acre payable to EPD. Chairman Dowdy asked for any public input either for or against the amendments, and there were none. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to close the Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Henry, motion carried unanimously.
Administrator Crapse reported that they have received a letter from the City of Arabi advising that they have received requests for annexation of three tracts of land into the City of Arabi. He advised that he and Mr. Pfeiffer have talked extensively about this; the first gate they had to meet was to let the City know within five days if there were any public owned facilities in this area, there was none, this has been done, and, second, the county has fourteen days to respond as to whether they object or not to this annexation, and the fourteen days end before the May 11th meeting, so this is why he has it on the agenda today. He stated that these three parcels will increase the size of Arabi by about 1,500 acres, he has some concerns about the drawing if we can determine who votes in the City or outside the City of Arabi, but according to our Intergovernmental Agreement, all Arabi has to do is to provide the County with a map and sufficient information to discern the property. Chairman Dowdy asked Mr. Pfeiffer if this annexation would affect the county, and he replied no. Motion was made by Mr. Henry to pose no objection to the annexation by the City of Arabi, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.
INDUSTRIAL PARK SPEC BUILDING
Cliff Harpe, Bruce Drennan, and Cole Woodruff met with Commissioners regarding the financing needs of the Industrial Park Spec Building, to be located on Pateville Road. Mr. Harpe reported that they want to build a 100,000 square foot building, it would be all walls and roof, with floor unpoured, and with concrete panel sides. He stated the estimated cost of the building and site work will be between $1,600,000 and $1,950,000, with sources of funds coming form two grants that have been approved (USDA and One GA). He advised that Southeast Forest Products may exercise their option to purchase the building they are in, but, if they donít, they have a plan in the event that the money is not available; if the estimate was on the low side, the project would still work, and if the project was on the high side, they would probably scale the down the project to make it work. He stated that the last source of funding is the multi-bank loan which will be up to $1,000,000 available to make out the difference to what it would take to complete the project, all five banks in Crisp County have offered to participate at $200,000 each, Planters First will serve as the lead bank for the purposes of documentation, and Mr. Woodruff is here to represent them. Mr. Harpe said all they are requesting from the county on the revolving loan fund, is whatever is paid back early on the existing spec building that Southeast Forest Products is in, they would like an agreement to re-borrow it for this project. He went over a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement which is basically asking he county: 1) to provide commitment for funding for interest on the multi-party bank loan from the time of it being drawn up through the fifth year, as the Authority doesnít have sufficient cash flow to make repayment, and ; 2) what to do with the principle balance of this multi-party bank loan. Mr. Woodruff said that at the end of the 5th year, if the building has not been sold, by banking law, they have to have a minimum of a principle reduction in payment, it doesnít have to be paid off completely, but they have to have a plan in writing on how they are going to service the debt. He advised that they will work with the County on coming up with a payment plan on that fifth year going forward, if it gets to that. Mr. Drennan stated that three to five years is the normal time for a spec building to be empty, and he advised that there is a Community Facilities loan that is available to them, which would be 35% of the total project cost, and they are going to start the process of this. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to authorize Mr. Pfeiffer, Mr. Harpe, Mr. Drennan, and Mr. Woodruff to get together and work out the details that will be acceptable to the county before the meeting on May 11th, seconded by Mr. Henry, motion carried unanimously.
CHARLES TRUCKLUCK COMMENTS
Charles Truckluck, owner of the two water systems in the Omar Heights area, stated that he has had these water systems for a good many years, and a few months ago, he gave Johnny Pate a price for his systems, but he is retired, this is his only source of income, and when he sells the systems, he will have to pay capital gains tax on this. He would like Commissioners to give him consideration of this. Chairman Dowdy advised that they would give this information to Don tenBensel, countyís grant writer, since it would be purchased through a grant.
Motion was made by Mr. Henry to adjourn meeting at 9:55 a.m., seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.