MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON JULY 21, 2005
The meeting was called to order at ll:00 a.m. by Chairman Ferrell Henry, with Commissioners A. James Nance and Joyce C. Pheil in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Secretary Linda Finch. Mrs. Pheil gave the invocation.
APPROVED MILLAGE RATE FOR 2005
Administrator Crapse reported that they have a copy of the proposed 2005 Tax Levy Resolution showing that the county millage rate will be 15.339 mills, with rollback equal to the Local Option Sales Tax at 4.012 mills, making net millage rate for the county at 11.327 mills, the same as last year; millage rate for the state is .25 mill, making a total county and state millage rate of 11.577 mills. In addition to this, the unincorporated special district millage rate is 1.432 mills, and the school millage rate is 17.351 mills. Mr. Crapse stated that he did receive this morning the letter from the School Board along with the Resolution establishing their millage rate at 17.351 mills. He advised that the five year history that was advertised in the paper is not the current five-year history that we are using, and he explained that we won’t have to re-advertise the history because the amount of taxes levied went down and were within the 3% differential. Also, they have two PT32's, one is for the county-wide millage rate, and the other one is for the special district, and they reflect that the county-wide gross digest grew by about $2 million and the net digest grew by almost $12 million. He advised the 11.327 mills is equal to the roll-back rate, so therefore there is no tax increase, and for that reason we didn’t have to hold three public hearings. The same thing applies to the special service district, the net digest went up about $2.5 million and the millage rate is 1.432. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to approve the Resolution setting the 2005 Tax Levy for Crisp County including the Special Tax District and the School Board, with millage, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.
CHAIRPERSON FOR THE BOARD OF ELECTION & REGISTRATION
Administrator Crapse reported that we advertised for the position of Chairperson of the Board of Election & Registration, and had no one to come forward. He approached Jerome Outlaw, who has been working with elections for a long time, about the possibility of him seeking that position. He has agreed to serve as Chairman, if it is this Board’s pleasure for him to do so. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to appoint Jerome Outlaw as the Chairman of the Board of Election & Registration, term will run from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2009, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.
LIQUOR LICENSE PAYMENT SCHEDULE DISCUSSED
Alton Hayslip asked Commissioners if he could to pay $1,000 every three months for his Liquor & Wine License as opposed to paying $2,000. Administrator Crapse reported that Mr. Hayslip made application for a Liquor & Wine License in February, it was approved, but he had some problems with the former property owner. Administrator Crapse read the part regarding the payment schedule from the County Ordinance, stating it is $4,000 per calendar year payable $2,000 on January 1st of each year and $2,000 on July 1st of each year, and the application shall be accompanied either in lawful money, certified check, or cashier’s check, and that no license shall be pro-rated for any part of the year. Based on the Ordinance that is in force at this time, he informed Mr. Hayslip that he would not be able to accept the $1,000 per quarter, as he is not at liberty to change what the Board has approved in writing, and he would have to address that with the Board. Chairman Henry advised that, in his opinion, the only way they can approve his request is if they change the policy. Mrs. Pheil advised that she is abstaining from any discussion regarding Mr. Hayslip as he worked in her campaign. Chairman Henry stated that since we only have three Board members present, they will not have a quorum to vote, and it will be a mute issue. Mr. Hayslip was advised that he could come to the next regular meeting and approach the whole Board on this issue, but he declined and said he needed to get the store opened sooner than the second week in August.
DECLARATION & NOTICE OF RESTRICTED USE ON BALL COMPLEX
Administrator Crapse reported that in working with the National Park Service Grant on the $95,000 we applied for, our appraisal report was approved, and they sent him a list of thirteen things we had to send back, and the last thing on the list was an affidavit, and there was no reference to an affidavit in any of the literature he had, so he acquired to what this affidavit was. He said that the affidavit is for him to attest that the Ball Complex will be dedicated to recreation, and this notice has to be attached to the deed stating that the property will not be converted to anything other than public outdoor recreation usage without the written approval to the Secretary of the Interior. He advised that Mr. Pfeiffer has drawn up a Declaration & Notice of Restricted Use that will be attached to the deed. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to approve the Declaration and authorize the Chairman to sign, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.
CRAPSE TO SERVE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Administrator Crapse reported that he has received a letter from Jerry Griffin, Executive Director of Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), requesting him to serve on the Financial Services Advisory Committee for ACCG. By common consent, Commissioners approved this request.
DEDICATION OF SCULPTURE AT RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Administrator Crapse reported that there will be a dedication of the sculpture at the Recreation Department on July 26th at 4:00 p.m. at the Recreation Department. He stated that this is the centennial year for not only Crisp County but also the Rotary Club, and an artist from Atlanta has sculptured is depicting the 100 years of Crisp County and the Rotary Club; it is a collage of different scenes of kids in different recreational activities. The name of the sculpture is called “Interlock”.
Motion was made by Mr. Nance to adjourn the meeting at ll:44 a.m., seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.