MINUTES OF THE CRISP COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 30, 2007
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Ferrell Henry, with Commissioners James D. Harris, and William Culpepper in attendance. Also present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., County Attorney David Forehand, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Secretary Linda Finch. Chairman Henry gave the invocation.
APPROVE RESOLUTION FOR PASS THROUGH LOAN
Administrator Crapse reported that at the Crisp County Power Commission meeting last week, they approved a pass through loan from the Power Commission to the County to forward on to the Industrial Development Authority to support the remaining loan on the speculative building at the Corporate Park. Mr. Forehand has approved the Resolution. Mr. Forehand advised that the amount of payoff is $395,844.19, and Administrator Crapse stated that Mr. Drennan and Mr. Harpe are here to answer any questions. Mr. Harpe stated that Crisp County-Cordele Industrial Authority currently has outstanding $395,844.19 owed to Planters First; the source of that amount is that we have built a spec building at Pateville Road, the original estimates of cost were to be around $1.7-$1.8 million. Crisp County already has a $250,000 Revolving Loan Fund debt associated with the building. They received $1 million in SPLOST proceeds the county has provided, and they received a $99,999 grant from the USDA for this building. He advised that there was delay as they moved through the process of going from working on a construction management basis and then moved to a bid basis, and throughout the whole time the construction costs were increasing tremendously, especially raw steel and raw concrete prices. The original estimates that put the building at around $1.8 million, turned out, based on the bid, to be $291,000 over, and even at that they had to value some of the components down. This is the remaning balance on the overage on constructions. They expect to refinance this amount with a private lending agency, and expect within one year of the refinancing to either have sold or leased the building, or the fallback position would be that they would probably come back and request this Commission to set aside part of the allocation of the current SPLOST that is to be used by the Authority for that payment. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve the Resolution for Pass Through Loan from the Crisp County Power Commission to forward to the Crisp County-Cordele Industrial Development Authority, seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.
APPROVE RESOLUTION FOR NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS
Administrator Crapse stated that while Chairman Henry was in his office yesterday, Johnny Floyd called and indicated that he had the Resolution For Non-Partisan Elections from the School Board on his desk and that was where it was going to stay, as the Speaker of the House said he was not going to address any Resolutions for Non-Partisan Elections this year. He said that if the legislature wanted Non-Partisan Elections, it would all or none. He advised that there is a bill that has been introduced into the Legislature for the Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, and Sheriff to go Non-Partisan, and he said that was not going to happen either. Knowing that, it is the Board’s decision if they want to send it on, but he doesn’t think it is going anywhere. The Chairman stated that he takes exception to this, in his opinion the major concern of this Board is what is best for this county, and he has a real problem with the Speaker of the House using his influence to kill something that this Board would like to see pass. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve the Resolution for Non-Partisan Elections with an email to Rep. Floyd and Sen. Carter to understand that this is an obligation that Commissioners felt like was important but they understand this is not likely to go forward, seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.
APPROVE RESOLUTION FOR FOUR YEAR TERMS FOR COMMISSIONERS
Administrator Crapse reported that this is a Resolution requesting our local legislatures approve legislation whereby the County Commissioners terms go from six year terms to four year terms, the same as the Constitutional Officers and Judges. We are only one of two counties that have six-year terms, and some people who would like to run for office don’t want to commit to six-year terms. It will not change anybody’s existing terms, when the terms come up for election; they will automatically change to four-year terms, if approved. All Commissioners present thought that this was a good thing. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve the Resolution For Four Year Terms For County Commissioners, seconded by Mr. Culpepper, with all members of the quorum voting in favor.
SPECIAL SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR THE STORMWATER UTILITY
Administrator Crapse reported that we have received $25,000 from the state for a feasibility study, and he has in hand a professional services contract. He advised that this is a pretty specialized field, and these people have done several counties in our area and are in the process of doing a study for the City of Albany. He advised that this bid is in three steps; Step 1 is basically the research into the needs and priorities, the methodologies of financing and really finding out if this storm water utility is feasible. Step 2 is selling it to the public, and if successful in Step 2 you go to Step 3, which is the implementation stage. The quote is $21,500 for Step 1 and $10,150 for Step 2. We do have to use the $25,000 this year we received from the state or send it back, and he would recommend that the Board consider going with the whole process, Steps 1 & 2, $31,650, which means that in the new fiscal year we could spend the rest of the state’s money and budget for the $6,650 to complete the project. Their schedule would be to begin next month and finish by the first of August. One reason he thinks we need to do both steps is so that we can obligate the whole $25,000, and another is that it gives us an opportunity to go ahead and fund the money in July. After discussion, by common consent Commissioners tabled their decision to the regular meeting in February.
UPDATE ON VERRICK
Mrs. Leverett reported that they have taken proposals from three different auctioneers to auction off the Verrick Property, and they have chosen J. Durham and Associates out of Albany. They were not the lowest proposal, but they had the most attractive proposal as they were more interested in getting us the best for our money, not just on the real estate but on the equipment as well. We will have to pay for the advertisement, which will be split with Ameris Bank. She and Eli, with Ameris, will meet with them tomorrow to finalize the sale, which she thinks will be the third Saturday in March. She advised that Mr. Crapse asked her to ask them to include in the process the two pieces of property that the county is trying to sell – the vacant lot on 13th Avenue East and the property on Oak Street.
Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to adjourn the meeting at 11:10 a.m., seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.