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Meetings

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 24, 2006

OPENING CEREMONIES

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Farrell Henry, with Commissioners James D. Harris, Joyce C. Pheil and Brad Faircloth in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., Finance Director Sherrie Leverett and Secretary Linda Finch. The invocation was given by Chairman Henry.

APPROVE REVOLVING LOAN FUND RESOLUTION

Mrs. Leverett reported that she has a Resolution requesting the approval of a revolving loan fund for Clint Musselwhite. The Revolving Loan Fund Committee met, reviewed his application, everything seems to be in order, and he qualifies for a revolving loan fund loan. The amount of the loan is $80,000. He started a metal fabrication business about three years ago, he has had some bad luck, right now, he has several hundred thousand dollars worth of contracts out, and he needs this money in order to buy the supplies and to keep going. She said this is the intent of the revolving loan fund qualifications, and it was unanimous of the committee to make the recommendation that Commissioners approve the loan, subject to availability of funds. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to proceed with the loan, approve the Resolution and giving Chairman Henry the authority to sign the Resolution, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

ESTABLISH 2006 SPLOST BANK ACCOUNT

Mrs. Leverett advised that she needs to set up a new bank account for the 2006 SPLOST. She took quotes from three different banks, and she chose Planters First. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to establish a bank account with Planters First for the 2006 SPLOST funds, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.

ADOPT REVISED RESOLUTION ON QUALIFYING FEES

Chairman Henry advised that the Resolution adopting the qualifying fees the Commissioners adopted a couple of weeks ago was incorrect due to an error on the ACCG website. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adopt the revised Resolution Setting the Qualifying fees, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE SUPPORT LETTER FOR RC&D COUNCIL FUNDING

Administrator Crapse reported that after the RC&D meeting that Commissioners Pheil and Harris attended, there was a request that the County write a letter of support to our US Congressional delegation and senators for federal funding of the RC&D Council. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to provide a letter of support for the RC&D Council funding, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

APPOINT REPRESENTATIVE TO DCUTS BOARD

Administrator Crapse reported that he met with DCUTS representatives, and they said they were going to contact Commissioner Pheil to be on the DCUTS Board. He told them he thought that was a little inappropriate, although they didn’t have anything against Mrs. Pheil, if they wanted a member from the Board, they should ask the County to appoint a member. They then sent a letter to the County requesting a Commissioner to be on this Board. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to appoint Mrs. Pheil as the County’s representative to the DCUTS Board, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously. Administrator Crapse will write a letter to DCUTS letting them know Mrs. Pheil will serve as the county’s representative.

ADOPT ORDINANCE TO AMEND PERSONNEL POLICIES

Administrator Crapse stated that we have discussed this several times, the labor attorney has sent the recommended amendments to our Personnel Policies to put in place the policy that would not allow the people that draw workers’ compensation leave and benefits to draw either sick or annual leave from the county. This is basically not to give people an incentive to stay out of work. He advised that if the Commissioners adopt this, it is his intention to have a special open season with AFLAC, who now provides that gap, to let anyone that wants to sign up. He recommends that we adopt the amendment to the personnel policies. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adopt an Ordinance to Amend the Employee Personnel Policies of Crisp County regarding workers’ compensation leave and benefits, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

ADOPT “HOUSEKEEPING” CHANGES TO THE BUSINESS LICENSE/OCCUPATION TAX ORDINANCE

Administrator Crapse reported that as they started setting the Business License/Occupational Tax Ordinance, they noticed a number of anomalies in the Ordinance. There were six categories of licenses, that isn’t required and it makes the Ordinance very cumbersome, so they took those six and made four, but dropped the price back. There were a couple of other things in terms of the implementation, the fiscal year, and getting the software in place. The Ordinance also called for January as the start date with April as the due date; because they will need actual figures, and to save having to do a revision every year, they made it effective in April and payable no later than June 30th. That will allow them to have the final estimated figures and will help to keep in line with our fiscal year. The exception of this is the Distilled Spirts License. He stated that when you issue a Distilled Spirts License, you are issuing this for a single purpose, which in fact becomes the same as the business license. He recommends that the Business License not apply to the package stores. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adopt the Business License/Occupation Tax Ordinance as amended by Mrs. Leverett, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

ADOPT “HOUSEKEEPING” CHANGES TO THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE POLICY

Administrator Crapse reported that based on the discussion they had in the work session, the renewal license for distilled spirits shall be handled in the same way as renewals for the wine & beer license. He also reported that the state regulations allows package stores to sell tobacco products and associated things like lighters, matches, chewing gum, beverages, ice, ice chests, etc., along with state authorized lottery tickets. Up until now our Ordinance said you can’t sell anything in a distilled spirits store but soft drinks and ice. He would recommend the adoption of the state guidelines. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to adopt the state guidelines regarding the Alcoholic License Policy, and the license period will be from January 1 to December 31, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made by Mr. Harris to adjourn the meeting at 10:02 a.m., seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.



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