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Meetings

MINUTES OF THE CRISP COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON JULY 23, 2007

OPENING CEREMONIES

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ferrell Henry, with Commissioners James D. Harris, A. James Nance, Brad Faircloth, and William Culpepper in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Secretary Linda Finch. Commissioner Faircloth gave the invocation.

DECISION MEETING - PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT ON HWY. 280 W.

Connie Sangster, Planning Director, reported that the first item we have is the proposed text amendment on rezoning property on US Hwy.280 West, from CG (General Commercial) to HC (Heavy Commercial). This decision can be made today. All Commissioners advised that they had read the Review Checklist for the Text and Map Amendment. Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to approve the proposed text amendment on rezoning property on US Hwy. 280 West, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

DECISION MEETING - PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT FOR ULDC

Ms. Sangster reported that the next item is for the consideration of a proposed text amendment to the Unified Land Development Code. The proposed text amendment will allow regulating the use of land for the production of alternative fuels, the recycling of waste materials, and for other related purposes. The decision can be made today, and this was done to add the category for the ethanol plant. All Commissioners advised that they had read the Review Checklist for the Text and Map Amendment. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to approve the proposed text amendment to the Unified Land Development Code, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.

DECISION MEETING - REQUEST FROM RECYCLE USA/US ETHANOL

Ms. Sangster reported that this is a request from Recycle USA, Inc./US Ethanol, LLC (with the property owners authorization) to rezone property from RR (Rural Residential) to I (Industrial). The purpose of the rezoning is to allow for the production of alternative fuels, the recycling of waste materials, and for other related purposes. Property located at 155 Landfill Road. This decision can be made today. Ms. Sangster read the Review Checklist for the Rezoning Request. She also read the conditions at the bottom of the page that if approved, should be considered: 1) Lease Agreement with Solid Waste Management Authority and Recycle USA/US Ethanol be amended to allow for the production of ethanol; and 2) Letter from EPD that the Notice of Violation/Illegal Discharge at the referenced facility has been corrected and approved by EPD. Chairman Henry asked if all the Commissioners had read the letter from EPD regarding the Notice of Violations, and all Commissioners had read the letter. Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to approve the request from Recycle USA, Inc./ US Ethanol, LLC to rezone the property on Landfill Road from Rural Residential to Industrial, with these conditions added: the Lease Agreement with Solid Waste Management Authority and Recycle USA/US Ethanol be amended to allow for the production and storage of ethanol, a letter from EPD that the Notice of Violation/Illegal Discharge at the referenced facility has been corrected and approved by EPD, and that all required state permits for the production and storage of ethanol had been obtained, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously. Commissioners all thought this was a good project as long as they can get these conditions taken care of, and a good opportunity for our community. Mr. Faircloth added that they have been able to turn nothing into something.

RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE MILLAGE RATE FOR 2007

Mrs. Leverett reported that she has prepared the 2007 Tax Levy Resolution setting the mileage rate for tax year 2007. The county mileage rate will be 10.749, which is down .301 from last year's 11.050. She read the Resolution, which includes the county's mileage rate of 10.749 mills, state mileage rate of .250, making a total county and state mileage rate of 10.999 mills, special service district at 1.340, and School Board mileage rate is 16.450 mills. She also had all the paperwork that goes with this Resolution that the Tax Commissioner takes to Atlanta to be approved, which includes the Certificate of Resolution, our Insurance Premium Tax Certification letter to the Department of Revenue, the Certificate of Mileage Rate rollback for 2007, which has been signed by the Chairman of the Tax Assessors. She also has the paperwork from the School Board as they have adopted their Resolution and set their rate that is included in our Resolution. Motion was made by Mr. Nance to adopt the Resolution Adopting the Mileage Rate for 2007 and giving the Chairman the authority to sign the necessary paperwork, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

RIGHT OF WAY AGREEMENT WITH GDOT ON PATEVILLE ROAD PAVING/WIDENING EXTENSION

Administrator Crapse reported that somehow the paperwork on the Pateville Road right-of-way had been misplaced, and since we have to put a date to it, he needs approval for the widening and extension. This is where we had to extend the project for .48 of a mile because it fell short of the driveway of Owens Corning. This approves the widening extension that the DOT Commissioner approved as a county contract last year. Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to approve the Right-of-Way Agreement for Pateville Road extension, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made by Mr. Faircloth to adjourn the meeting at 9:32 a.m., seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.



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