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Meetings

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MEETING HELD ON MAY 9, 2006

OPENING CEREMONIES

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Ferrell Henry with Commissioners James D. Harris, A. James Nance, Joyce C. Pheil, and Brad Faircloth in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., County Attorney David Forehand, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Secretary Linda Finch. Rev. Fred Jones, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, gave the invocation. Administrator Crapse led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHNNY FLOYD

Representative Johnny Floyd advised that Crisp County has enjoyed a lot of economic development in the last few years, and encouraged citizens to go out to the State Park. There is a lot going on out there, it has come about through the years which now includes the golf course, Retreat and Conference Center, Motel, and the Mariana. The Sam Shortline has been a real success also. He stated that Gov. Perdue has just signed a $18.5 billion budget, Crisp County shared well as we were able to continue the rail line going into the Industrial Park for $800,000 from 24th Avenue to Hwy. 300, also $3.9 million is included to continue for training a developmental workforce at South Georgia Technical College; they have assured him they will put in another $4 million in the next budget to complete the project at the Tech College, which will come to a little over $11 million. Arabi will get $12,000 for landscaping to complete the Arabi Healthcare Facility. They have also worked with various agencies in the arts and library to put some money into those overall committees throughout the state to redistribute back to those various places. He stated overall they had a good session, and the Governor accomplished most of his objectives. They are concerned about imminent domain because of agriculture being one of the main stays in our community, they wanted to make sure that our farmers had labor that they could depend on to come in and gather their crops and that it was protected. They also passed the Medicaid State Recovery, which is very important to all of our citizens, as we all need to protect our estate; also the state finances are sound, and income is continuing to rise. He stated that they are seeing more legislatures being elected from the urban areas and their legislation is taking priority over the rural areas of the state, that is not always good, so they are being very cautious to work within the framework that they have to try to make sure that rural folks are looked after well. Commissioners thanked Rep. Floyd for the work he has done for Crisp County and the community.

RECOGNITION OF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS TEAMS

Chairman Henry stated that we have the opportunity to recognize three state champions. Jena Ellis and Mary Woodruff were recognized as winning the Double Team Championship for the state in girls tennis. Ms. Ellis introduced her parents, her father was their coach, and stated that this was their first year playing doubles together, and this is the first doubles state championship Crisp Academy has ever received. Ms. Woodruff stated that they played well together and had a great year. Chairman Henry, on behalf of the Commissioners congratulated them and wished them good luck in the future. Chairman Henry also recognized Andrew Bodrey, who won the state championship in shot put. Mr. Bodrey stated his distant was 41.75. He introduced his mother and Chairman Henry, on behalf of the Commissioners congratulated him also.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to approve the minutes of the meetings of April 11th and May 2nd, 2006, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

CORRECTION TO JANUARY 10, 2006 MEETING MINUTES

Administrator Crapse reported that in the January 10th regular meeting, the Board appointed Judy Johnson to the Board of Elections & Registration. We were notified by that Board that they would like the minutes changed to reflect her legal name, Judith V. Johnson. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to amend the January 10, 2006 meeting minutes to reflect Judith V. Johnson’s correct name, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK PROCLAMATION

Meredith Crowe, Marketing Director at Crisp Regional Hospital, stated that this week is exciting for them as it is National Hospital Week, a nationwide event. They have a lot of activities planned that include a picnic to their annual banquet, where they recognize employees for their years of service. Administrator Crapse read the Proclamation proclaiming the week of from May 7th thru May 13th, 2006, as National Hospital Week and to honor the exemplary works of healthcare facilities throughout the United States. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adopt the National Hospital Week Proclamation, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK

Angie Greer, representing Cordele Fine Arts Club, Shirley Shaffer, representing the Symphony Club, and Arletta Henry, representing the Symphony Club and Cordele Fine Arts Club met with Commissioners to request approval of a National Music Week Proclamation. Mrs. Greer advised that National Music Week is established by the National Federation of Music Clubs whose primary goal is the promotion of American music and the American musicians, and one way we do this is promotion of the special music week, which is the first full week in May. Administrator Crapse read the Proclamation proclaiming the week of May 7th thru May 14th, 2006 as National Music Week and ask that all citizens recognize the importance of music, musicians, and musical organizations to the cultural life of our city, state, nation, and world. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to adopt the National Music Week Proclamation, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously. All three ladies thanked the Commissioners for what they do in the fine arts area.

ST. THERESA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 75TH ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION

Administrator Crapse read the Proclamation for St. Theresa Catholic Church and Congregation Day, and advised that Sunday May 7, 2006 marks the 75th Anniversary of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and proclaim that day as St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and Congregation Day. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adopt the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church 75th Anniversary Proclamation, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

WATERMELON DAYS PROCLAMATION

Administrator Crapse read the “Watermelon Days” In Crisp County Proclamation proclaiming June 10th thru July 8th, 2006 as “Watermelon Days” in Crisp County, Georgia. This Proclamation is in honor of this event and to further wish all participants of the Watermelon Days Festival a most enjoyable time. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adopt the “Watermelon Days” in Crisp County Proclamation, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

CITY OF PLAINS ONEGEORIGA APPLICATION

Jarrod McCarty with Middle Flint Regional Development Center advised that they would like for Crisp County to sign a Resolution to act as a co-applicant for a One Georgia Application for the City of Plains, and this does not obligate Crisp County to anything. He stated that the way this is set up is whenever a city goes after funding, it has to have the support of three different counties, as they are looking at a regional impact and that is how they award the money. The City of Plains wants to replace some asbestos water lines as well as a faulty sewage lift station as the lift station has created problems where sewage is backing up in homes and as the problem increases, it could affect small businesses downtown as well as the tourist space. He stated that even the houses and the areas not directly effected by the sewage problem are effected by things such as the overall lingering odor and insects. They want to focus not only the local businesses but also on the regional tourism as they feel that the City of Plains does bring tourism to the area such as the historic school, home of Jimmy Carter, Archery community, and a welcome center. This tourism ties to other counties, like Macon County because they are on The Andersonville Trail, and they felt that Crisp County would be a good county to approach because it is directly connected to Sam Shortline Railroad. He reiterated that being a co-applicant does not obligate the county to do anything, at most they would like a letter of support signed by the Chairman. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil for Crisp County to act as a co-applicant with the City of Plains OneGeorgia Application, to provide a letter of support to the City of Plains, and giving Chairman Henry the authority to sign the letter, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Pheil advised that she and Mr. Harris sit on the Sam Shortline Train Authority and work with the City of Plains and Sumter County on that endeavor, and Sam Shortline is very important to economic development in Crisp County. It is important that all communities on the Sam Shortline route be prosperous, and when one is prosperous, it will enhance the other communities. Mr. Nance stated that it is good that we can collaborate together. All Commissioners agreed.

COMMENT ON BUSINESS LICENSE & AD VALOREM TAXES

Jimmy Bray reported that he opened his business in 1999 and upon opening his business, his CPA advised him to list all of his equipment so that he could have depreciation to list on his taxes. November of that year he received a tax notice from the Board of Assessors, he contested it and asked why they were taxing him on equipment that he had to use in order to make a living, and he was told it was personal property. He asked why the mechanics at the car dealerships did not have to pay tax on their tools, and he was told that they did not own their tools. Since that time, he has been informed that something is in place for them to start paying a personal tax on their hand tools, and with him paying and them not paying, he felt like he was being discriminated against; that is the way he feels about the new Occupational Tax. He tries to do things by the book and tries to be a law abiding citizen but he has a list of twenty people that are pulling trailers with big pieces of equipment and cutting peoples grass, and wants to know if they are going to get a bill as they are engaged in work the same as he is. He wants to make sure everybody is treated fair and square. Chairman Henry thanked him for his comments.

RAY BURNETTE CONCERNS

Ray Burnette, representing Houston Baptist Association and on behalf of Crisp Ministerial Association, stated that at the last Commission meeting he attended, they discussed the proposed liquor by the drink referendum and this morning the decision would be voted on by the Commission. Then he was informed that Commissioners had voted on this in a special called meeting, reason being that if they didn’t get it done by last week, it could not be on the ballot in July. This is a very important issue in the county, and in his opinion, it should not have been done in a called meeting, even though he knows that public notice was given but none of the press was present. He asked Commissioners if this should have been done at that time or in a more public form with the whole community. Chairman Henry stated that they had public input at the last regular meeting regarding this, and that Mr. Burnette had answered his own question. When Administrator Crapse went down to get the issue on the ballot at the conclusion of qualifying week, he was informed that because of the way the process takes place now, there was not enough days left for them to get it on the ballot by July if the decision was made today. That is why the work session that was already scheduled, was changed from a work session to a special called meeting and announced to the press in the proper time. From a standpoint of professionalism, he thinks the steps that were taken were adequate, not preferred, because Commissioners intent was to put the issue before the people and let them vote on it. Mr. Burnette asked what about the people that didn’t want it to be voted on, and was any restrictions discussed on this if it was approved. Mr. Forehand stated that there is language in the statue for the wording that goes into the referendum, this is the decision that has been made by the state legislature, and that is not the area where any regulation would go into play. After that process would be the time when this Board would entertain any considerations about restrictions. Mr. Burnette stated that he considers Commissioners his friends, he trust what they are saying, and he has been asked to be a spokesperson to make a statement in saying that he sees a very negative trend going on in our city and county now, and this is a moral obligation that he feels like he has to respond to.

REQUEST FROM DEBBIE CANTERBURY FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT

Ms. Connie Sangster, Planning Director, reported that she has received a request from Debbie Canterbury for a Special Use Permit for a residential business in a RR (Rural Residential) zone district, with the property owners authorization. Property located at 490 Old Albany Hwy. The principle use of that location is a resident, and residential businesses are allowed as a Special Use Request in this zone district. Her business meets all the criteria of the regulations, this is just a formality of setting standards, there may be options that they ask for or they may be something that Commissioners would like to add to the request as conditions other than what are requested. Chairman Henry opened the pubic hearing. Mrs. Canterbury stated that after this meeting, she plans to apply for a business license under the name of Songbird Entertainment, and she will basically take a persons favorite videos or photographs and create a video presentation at her home. Her clients will be individuals, she plans to visit them in their home or a different location, and then bring the work back to her home and create the video presentation there, so there won’t be a lot of people at her home. Mrs. Canterbury advised that she did speak with her neighbors about her request, and there were no objections. Chairman Henry asked if there were anyone else to speak in favor or against the request, there was none, so he closed the Public Hearing. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to approve the Special Use Request for Debbie Canterbury, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST FROM TERMINUS TOWERS FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT

Chairman Henry reported that we have a request from Terminus Towers, with the property owners consent, for a Special Use Permit to locate a Transmission Tower in an RR (Rural Residential) zone district. Property located off of Hwy. 41 north. Chairman Henry opened the public hearing. Ms. Sangster reported that this site and the next site are requests within one mile of each other for two Transmission Towers. She stated that Billy McCarroll and Lee Speilburger are the representatives from Terminus and will introduce information on the first public hearing; after the first public hearing concludes and before making a motion or a discussion for a decision, she ask that they not close that public hearing and go directly into the second public hearing from Southeast Towers representative John Simmons, so Commissioners can get both information from both companies before they make their decision. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to conclude the first public hearing and go directly into the second public hearing before making a motion or a discussion, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously. Ms. Sangster showed Commissioners a map of where each tower would be located. The towers are 1.01 mile within each other and is also the air flight path of the airport. Mr. Speilburger stated he and Mr. McCarroll are the owners of Terminus Towers, they originally started with a location near Ingram and Hoover Roads, which is south of where they are now; they met with the Planning Department and went through the zoning ordinance and it was made clear to them that because of it’s proximity to the airport that they needed to meet with Mr. Cooper, Airport Manager. They met with Mr. Cooper and was also seeking other locations that may have been further away from the airport. Mr. Cooper made it very clear to them that a location on Ingram and Hoover would be unacceptable to the airport because of flight safety and the citizens, and this is when they moved it to the location on Hwy. 41 north site. They spoke with Mr. Cooper about that location, he was satisfied with that location, and that is how they wound up with this location. He advised that they do every thing they can to follow the regulations of the counties and firmly believe that this should be a collaborative effort between the citizens, the county, and industry, and they do their best to try to meet everyone’s needs. They believe this site does that, it is not the ideal site for the county, but it meets a nice balance. Mr. McCarroll stated that they also did a study regarding the needs of all the wireless customers in the future, there is a need in this area, and they wanted to make sure that not only moving north away from the airport would suit their needs but also get enough height. They thought this location would take every thing into consideration to service all the providers with one tower. Chairman Henry asked if anyone else would like to speak for or against this request, and there were none. Dub Cooper, Manger of the Crisp County Airport, advised that the opposition from the airport is going to come from the D.O.T. Aviation Programs as they need time to coordinate with FAA. He has talked with these men, and in his opinion, the tower would be alright at this location, but the Aviation Programs received their notification from the FAA on Friday, so they have not had time to respond to this tower. Administrator Crapse stated that based on what Mr. Cooper has said, we have to be concerned with the tower but we also have to be concerned with the coverage for our citizens; he agrees with Terminus that we need to find a happy medium. He is concerned about the D.O.T. letter which states that they will have opposition to the tower in both of these locations. If that opposition can be worked out, he thinks that should be acceptable, however he thinks it will be premature to make a decision today while that decision is still pending because we depend a lot on D.O.T.

REQUEST FROM SOUTHEAST TOWERS FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT

Chairman Henry opened the public hearing for Southeast Towers for a Special Use Permit to locate a Transmission Tower in an RR (Rural Residential) zone district. Property located off of Elbert Road. John Simmons reported that he represents a platform provider that is basically doing the same thing for the same carrier as Terminus represents, which is Cingular Wireless. Cingular wants to bring up their level of service to a higher grade and provide service to where there is none in the county near the airport. When he approaches a site, he tries to locate the steel in the area, and there were no heights at that location that they can effectively use to get coverage that the carried needs. They wanted to stay as near to the airport area but not get in a way that it would interfere with the airport operation. The landowner that they have contracted with is Mickey Wade who flew over the airport, and they tried to locate this tower between two of the runways approaches. The first thing they do is call the FAA, tell them what they need them to do, they hire a private study, so they work directly with a private engineer doing aircraft studies for them as well as the FAA, and they have a complete FAA study that shows that this site is clear. They think this will be the best location and offer the safest location. They have FAA approval for a 148 foot tower, and if Commissioners could consider this it would be an important step for them. Administrator Crapse stated that it is obvious that they feel like there is a need for a site in that area to improve coverage, and the obligation of this Board to decide which is the best site to suit both the citizens and the carrier. This site has been approved by the FAA, we don’t know whether the other site will be approved, but he thinks it will be unfair until we have all the evidence on both sites for this Board to make a decision as to which company will get Cingular’s business. Mr. Cooper advised that the FAA will not issue an approval or disapproval but an issue of finding of no hazard to navigation. Mrs. Pheil advised that she would like to take a look at the Comprehensive Plan that they are working on now, and also talk with Mr. Cooper about any possible expansions at the airport or anything that we might consider in our Comprehensive Plan first. Chairman Henry asked if anyone else would like to speak in favor or against the Special Use Permit of Southeast Towers, there were none, and Chairman Henry closed both the public hearings from Terminus Towers and Southeast Towers. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to table both requests until further information is available, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.

HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT AWARD AUTHORIZED

Administrator Crapse reported that Homeland Security (GEMA) has funded a Hazard Mitigation Grant to provide for the installation of another warning siren in Crisp County, total approved cost is $27,417, federal share will be $20,563 and would require $6,854 local match. The Board approved the grant application some months ago, when we submit these grant applications, it shows the locations of various towers, and when they award the grant, they award it at a particular site. This particular case the warning siren would go at Wenona, reason being that first siren was put at the Courthouse and by putting this siren there, it will have about a two mile radius of coverage and that would be the best location for the next tower because it solidifies the notification ring as it expands around the City of Cordele. We do have a need for two more towers to be installed at a future time in order to complete our coverage of the unincorporated areas of the county, the city has asked for grants as well to complete their coverage within the city limits. He would recommend approval of the grant award. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to accept the Hazard Mitigation Grant Award and provide the $6,854 local match, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.

GOV DEALS AGREEMENT FOR SALE OF BAILER

Administrator Crapse advised that he has the contract with Gov Deals for the sale of the bailer and conveyor at the landfill; the Board previously approved the agreement with Gov Deals for the minimum time that we would be obligated. Actually there was no minimum time for the contract to be set up, they had it worded to be three months and according to the contract, that would automatically renew unless the Board wishes to terminate the contract thirty days in advance. That gives us a ninety day window to test the water. He advised that the way it works is really an on-line auction and anyone can bid on it. It is a standard contract, it is a cooperative with ACCG; however, two reasons he wanted to bring it back to Commissioners were: 1) to make sure they understood it was a ninety day term, and 2) because the situation did change somewhat in that Recycle USA did some more work on their transportation and they have upped their bid from $40,000 to $47,500. Because of those changes, we brought back to the Board to consider whether they want to continue on with the contract, which is 7.5% to Gov Deals. Commissioners did not want to change the contract, so there was no motion made.

APPOINTMENT OF COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES TO MIDDLE FLINT RDC

Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to reappoint Mr. Harris and Jeff Couturier to the Middle Flint Regional Development Commission term expiring June 30, 2007, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORT

Mrs. Leverett reported that the executive summary prepared for today’s packet includes a report of revenues and expenditures by fund for the period ending April 30, 2006, which includes 10 months of fiscal year 2006.The General Fund completed the period with revenues exceeding expenditures by about 7.5%. As of April 30th, year to date revenues totaled $10,578,327 while expenditures reached $9,596,847. Year to date revenues continue to lag expenditures in the Landfill fund. Through the 10-month period included in this report, we have received a total of $976,817 in Landfill revenues while expenditures reached $1,421,373 leaving us with a year to date net loss of $444,555 including depreciation. The monthly tonnage received was 3,920.62 with 55% delivered from Onyx on the commercial contract (paying) and 12% being delivered under the City of Cordele free residential contract. The principal balance on the GEFA Loans is current at $4.2 million dollars. The Water Fund ended the period with revenues of $260,175 and total expenses of $335,987, leaving it with a year to date net loss of $75,811. including depreciation and debt service. The total usage for the month was 6,173,000 gallons. Cash on hand at April 30, 2006, General Fund we have $6,057,522, the Landfill Fund, 1.9 million, the revolving loan fund $326,447, the Splost Fund, $5.2 million and the Water Fund ended the month with $641,000 for a county wide total of $14,187,333. Of that, $154,992 is reserved for debt service, $52,530 is reserved for customer deposits and $5.2 million is designated for capital projects. Next is the CDGB Revolving Loan Fund monthly report, which included the balance and status of all our CDBG Revolving Loan Fund Accounts as of April 3, 2006. We closed the Watson/Breezeway loan during the month of April, bringing our loan total up to nine with a balance due of $1,416,627. Of those nine, six are current and three remain seriously delinquent and have been turned over to legal. Following the schedule, you should have a copy of a letter we received from DCA requesting an update of our plan of action on the delinquent accounts. Because these accounts have been turned over to legal, I’ve asked our attorney to handle the response in this matter. Following the DCA letter is a letter I prepared at the request of IDA giving them a payoff on the IDA Loan #1. It is my understanding that they will be closing the SE Forest Products transactions today and we should receive the balance of that loan. Next is the SPLOST budget to actual by category summary report for the 2001-2005 Issue. As of April 30th, we have spent $12.2 million of the $17.2 million dollars collected, leaving us with approximately $3.7 million to complete the various projects associated with that issue. Following that is the first monthly budget to actual report for the new 2006 SPLOST Issue. The good news is that the 2nd monthly receipt on the new issue exceeded the 1st one by almost $11,000 giving us a two-month average of $383,057. To date we have spent $1,038,396 on projects budgeted under this issue, most of that being the prepayment of the City of Cordele Water Tank project for $1,000,000. Following that is a monthly detail listing of all the SPLOST Fund expenditures for both issues. For the month of April, we spent $30,322 in SPLOST dollars. Major expenditures included $17,350 on the Hatley Fire Station and $12,000 on Airport Equipment. I have also included a year to date monthly tonnage schedule on the landfill in this month’s report. As you can see from the report our current monthly average is up over 600 tons per month from last year’s monthly average, most of that being in “paying” garbage. Although that is good and a step in the right direction, we are still well short of the paying tonnage needed to generate enough revenue to break even and satisfy all the EPD and GEFA requirements. The last report is the revenues by fund and expenditures by department year to date report. The summary report shows the expended percentage of appropriations for each individual department. They should all be within 83% of their annual allowance. Most of our departments or divisions are close to that margin. Overall, at the end of the 10-month period, the General Fund expenditures were at 73%, the Landfill fund at 72%, and the Water Fund at 68%.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Administrator Crapse reported that sometime after Mother’s Day, Commissioners need to have their first Budget Workshop. Mrs. Leverett stated that they are at a point in the budget process, that they are going to have some guidance from the Commissioners. He reported that 1) he attended several meetings and events this month; 2) there were no new SPLOST expenditures approved this month; 3) the Extension Service has approved the Family and Consumer Science Agent position for Crisp County, and intents to fill that position as soon as State funding becomes available. In last news yesterday, I was contacted by Sandra McKinney and informed that the Extension Service had conducted their interviews and had selected a candidate with eleven years of Ag Agent experience to fill our position. The name of the individual will have to go to the Board of Regents for approval so it will be September before our position will be filled. As far as I know, they are still advertising the vacant 4-H Assistant position; 4) last week we finally got our “Closure Certificate” on the old landfill. This should start us on a course of slowly but surely reducing our post closure cost and accordingly helping with our Financial Assurance; 5) the EZ Grant that was submitted for a Stormwater Utility was not funded; 6) DCUTS has approached me about receiving funding assistance from the County to support the DCUTS operation. They feel that the State funding cutbacks have reduced their contract revenue to the point that they can no longer provide the service to Crisp County without funding assistance. DCUTS is now putting together a package for the county to review for the FY-2007 budget; 7) the County Attorney and I met with Walker Vault regarding a land swap for a new solid waste collection site. Carl and I met with Mr. Walker on the site, but determined that the available land is not suitable for a collection site due to the access and configuration of the property. Further talks with John Woodard and Marvin Lewis have not resulted in a suitable site that is better than those we have already. We have had to move the site at Hwy. 41 & 33 at the owner’s request and consolidate it with the landfill site. We continue to seek other suitable sites and the possibility of expanding and upgrading the site at Coney and Drayton. We also continue to seek a site in the Hatley area of the County; 8) Brockey, Carl and I met with the Architect and Engineer on Thursday at 3:00 p.. to discuss the trade packages and how to move forward on construction of the Youth Ball Complex; 9) we have no word as of yet regarding the Local Development Fund Grant Application for $20K that was submitted for building the Skate Park; 10) DOT has responded to our request for assistance on rock for the seven County dirt roads going to churches. Their estimate indicates that they will provide $22,809.60 for the project, which should amount to about 40% of the total costs; 11) Carl is still working on the privatization of grass cutting on rights of way and other permanent sites. There has been a lot of interest and even more questions, considering the rising cost of fuel. We will have to get this together soon, or we will be overcome by events at least for this season; 12) we have no word yet from Senator Carter on our request for assistance with GEFA in securing Grant verses Loan funding for the Northside Project; 13) don’t forget the Sailplane Fishfry on May 17th at 7:00 p.m., Pavilion #2 at the State Park; 14) Friday, May 26th at 8:00 p.m. is the CCHS graduation ceremony; don’t forget to let them know if you can attend because they will have reserved seating; 15) as you know from the earlier proclamation, it’s time to submit entries for the Watermelon Parade; 16) the Character Trait for May is RESPECT FOR THE CREATOR: To acknowledge that every person is born with an intrinsic worth and basic freedoms and rights given by the Creator. To feel or show honor for the Creator.

GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel, real estate, and potential litigation, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.

COME OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.

INITIAL VERRICK FORECLOSURE

Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to initiate foreclosure with Verrick at such time as Ameris Bank does, if they do, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.

PROCEED WITH LAND PURCHASE

Motion was made by Mr. Nance to consummate the purchase of the two McKay properties and Watermelon Park and excluding Cox Tire World, seconded with Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made by Mr. Nance to adjourn the meeting at 12:09 p.m., seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.



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