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Meetings

MINUTES OF THE CRISP COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MEETING HELD ON NOVEMBER 10, 2009

OPENING CEREMONIES

Chairman Authur James Nance called the meeting to order with Commissioners James D. Harris, Brad Faircloth, William Culpepper, and Wallace Mathis in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., County Attorney Rick Lawson, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Secretary Linda Finch. Commissioner Culpepper gave the invocation, and Administrator Crapse led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Chairman Nance welcomed all in attendance.

MINUTES APPROVED

Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on October 13, 2009, and the called meeting on October 27, 2009, seconded by Mr. Mathis, motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING - REQUEST FROM SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT LLC FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT

Chairman Nance advised that this will be a Public Hearing for a request from Shoreline Development LLC to consider a request for a Special Use Permit to locate a Recreational Vehicle Park and Campground in an RS1 (Single Family Residential) zone district. Property is located along Lakeshore Way and Old Coney Road. He opened the Public Hearing, and advised we would hear from all that were in favor of the request first. Sherrie Rinker, representing Shoreline Development, reported that this was talked about considerably at the prior meeting, but they do have a few things that they want to clarify today. They are requesting that 20.54 acres be rezoned from RS2 (Single Family Residential) to RS1 with a special use for a Class A Luxury Motor Coach Resort. She presented a drawing showing the outline of the proposed area, advised that it will be buffered all the way around including Lakeshore Way, Old Coney Road, and along the golf course property. There will be several amenities in this area including clubhouse, recreation area, and laundry facilities. She advised that a typical site would be between 5,500 to 6,000 square feet, the pad the coach sits on will be 90 feet, and the minimum coach length will be 32 to 35 feet, along with several coach house floor plans for the buyer to choose. They are requesting this because they want progress for Crisp County, and they feel they are fortunate to have the opportunity to create development in Crisp County; they believe there is a strong demand for these type properties as there are not enough lots for people who are buying the Class A Coaches. She went through a slide show presentation showing approximately 80 lots, which will greatly impact the digest, and will have a positive impact to our community and economy; strict covenants will require lot owners to basically pay a homeowners fee so that there will be a consistent look and maintenance throughout the development. Mr. Faircloth asked if this was sold, could the covenant be changed Ms. Rinker advised that John Mangum, Director of Marketing Sales for several Class A Motor Coach Resorts, could answer that question better. Mr. Mangum stated that the average Class A Motor Coach is 40-45 feet long with a minimum price of $500,000. He advised that covenant is normally set up like a condo association where people would buy a lot, get a deed for that lot and made aware that they are part of a condo association; the association, in this case is the developer, and he would maintain the resort. Only those people who are Class A Motor Coach owners can purchase land in this resort. The condo docs would specifically say Class A only, and after they sell out approximately 80% of these lots, the resort is turned over to the homeowners, a board would be set up, and the homeowners at that time maintain the resort, etc. roads, etc. He advised that a good many of these people want to be in the south, want to buy a place for their motor coach, and also a house that can become their base of operation. This year over 30,000 Class A's were sold, and a demand for this far exceeds the supply, as this market is not affected by the economy the way the house market is affected, plus there is not another resort like this in the state of Georgia. Mr. Mangum stated that this site is unique because it is on a golf course, as 80% of these people golf, and a typical Class A owner might own two or three of these lots in different parts of the country. In regards to a question asking about the requirements of the sewage system, and Ms. Rinker advised that they would have to work with the health department on this, and depending on the numbers, etc., it may be handled locally or it may be deferred up the ladder; but more than likely there will be a wastewater treatment plant that will be installed to handle the sewage. Mr. Mathis asked where the treatment plant would be placed, and Ms. Rinker advised that they would have to defer to an engineer for that answer. Administrator Crapse asked if she had the final condo documents that she stated would be no problem to provide at last month's meeting for today's meeting. Ms. Rinker advised that they have samples but they do not have those for this resort, as that will cost considerable money to put together, obviously that would be a condition of approval and they understand that. She advised that they would have to sit down with an attorney and Mr. Mangum and tailor it to our site, which would be at a considerable cost. Mr. Culpepper asked how much of the infrastructure will be built before the lots are sold. Mr. Magnum advised that from his experience, they will not sell any sites without the clubhouse, fitness center, laundry facilities, and pool in place; typically once you have these amenities, then you start building the lots, and these resorts are usually done in phases. Chairman Nance asked if anyone else would like to speak in favor of the request. Nancy McGee, homeowner in Lake Blackshear Plantation for four years stated that one of the blessings she just heard was that the amenities will be built ahead of time, which is one of the major obstacles in selling homes within the current Lake Blackshear Plantation. She does have experience in living in a combination RV/homeowner resort environment, which wasn't quite as comparable because it wasn't restricted to Class A Motor Coaches where she lived in Wisconsin. This resort was allowed to deteriorate because of a Class Action Lawsuit trying to bump out the RV's. She stated that Lake Blackshear Plantation relies heavily on people from up north and Florida to survive; it was the marketing efforts initially that drew them here because it was a resort that was designed for retirees. It will be years before the northerners will be able to acquire property elsewhere in the country, plus there are thousands of plantation entities throughout the south, many of them are foreclosed, that have no streets, or they have a lender as their owner and developer. Her opinion, whether she is for it or not, is that we are very fortunate at Lake Blackshear to have a developer who is still engaged. Her biggest concern from experiencing what happened in her previous ownership in the property up north, is that once the capital dries up, the development dries up, and unless you have an infusion of new capital, new interests, an opportunity that will allow something to expand, then the existing amenities, golf course, is in jeopardy. She advised that the ball is in the Commissioners court, then it is up to the owners of the development to get more specific with the covenant. She is not necessarily in favor of an RV resort; she doesn't have to look at it, so that is a big difference between her and her neighbors. Carl Speroni advised that part of the package that Ms. Rinker has submitted to you with an attached copy of the layout and sketch plans of how it was going to be a quad design with 80 lots looks like a Wal-Mart parking lot. He doesn't see where a quad system exists in this plan as submitted; also there is a history of the price lots at Lake Blackshear Plantation starting at $88,000 and currently being offered at $35,000, plus there hasn't been a lot sold out there for at least two years. Buddy Lewis stated that Ms. Rinker seems to be good at wearing two caps every day. She showed all the mobile homes and sites she can see from her office and downgraded them because she wants to build this up, but when she is trying to sell people lots in Ironwood, he bet she didn't show that same presentation. He is sure the people that live in these homes right around Ironwood don't appreciate what she has implied about them as they are living in what they can afford to live in. He also stated that he knows that the people that own these $2 million motor homes know that sewage smells the same as people that live in a mobile home. He does not want his lot sitting next to a sewage treatment plant, or a RV Park. He has no problem with an RV Park in Cordele, he is not trying to do anything to hurt Ironwood, he is a member there, but he doesn't think this is the way for it to go or put next to a development that they started that they have never finished. Somebody needs to guarantee us that this will not get started and be dumped again. A lady stated that according to Ms. Rinker, the people who own these lots have the option to rent them when they are not using them, she had done some research on this, and almost all the parks do have people who rent them along with unsold lots that they also rent out on a nightly basis. We do not want all these big RV's coming and going, and that the average rental period of time was two nights. There will be extra services for police service, fire, etc., plus the people that own these motor coaches are not accustomed to eating at the places we have around here, they are accustomed to dining, and we do not offer these amenities, and we have no shops for the women to shop at either. She thinks the people that have this kind of money unfortunately want more than we have to offer. Mr. Magnum advised that the majority of these motor coach owners do not eat at fancy restaurants, and their favorite place to shop is Walmart. As far as sewage is concerned, the sewage problems at the motor coach resorts are no different than a house. Alan Easton stated that they are mentioning $1 & $2 million motor homes, and in his research he found dozens of them in the $15,000 to $30,000, as there are more of those available than the $1 million motor homes. He stated that in Orange Beach, in almost three years, they sold 29 lots up to 2007, in 2008 they sold two lots, and they rent by the day and the prices of the lots have been reduced from $198,000 to $30,000. Robbie Woolbright advised that she is not a resident in the development, but she is a homeowner on the road where this is going to be; so don't the homeowners that have been there for years have a say, don't we count in anything? We don't want any of it as none of it benefits them. Chairman Nance stated that they have heard from both sides, and he closed the Public Hearing and asked Ms. Sangster to read the Eight Standards for the Special Use Request that the Commissioners consider for rezoning. Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to defer a decision for the Special Use Permit until after the action is taken on the rezoning, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously. Ms. Sangster then read the Eight Standards for the Rezoning Request. Chairman Nance advised that the Public Hearing was held for the rezoning of this property from RS2 to RS1 on October 13, 2009, and a decision can be made today. Mr. Culpepper stated that in going along with our Comprehensive Plan for the next few years, he made the motion to deny the rezoning request and leave the property as RS2 and protect what we already have, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously. Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to deny the Special Use Permit because the zoning does not allow it, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING - BIG TEX EIP LOAN

Bruce Drennan, Executive Director of the Cordele/Crisp Industrial Development Authority, reported that that Big Tex has requested an EIP loan, which is an Employee Incentive Program Grant that comes to the County and the Authority, and then it is loaned to a company at a low interest rate, normally 3%, in return for them guaranteeing the creation of jobs. Big Tex is the trailer manufacturer on Midway, and they currently have 19 employees in their sales and retail distribution center. The loan will be to put in equipment for the manufacturing facility that they will begin refurbishing in January. This is a $500,000 EIP Grant from the Department of Community Affairs, and they are guaranteeing 150 employees within two years. They have to meet 70% of those 150 jobs, and if they don't, DCA will require them to repay the amount of the grant money that had been put into this project based on a percentage. He advised that this money stays in the community, and once it is repaid it will go into the County's Revolving Loan Fund. He does feel strongly that they will do what they say they will do as they are putting their own money into this project, and not borrowing from a bank. They are the largest manufacturer of utility trailers in the United States, and this is money that is coming in from HUD and the tobacco settlement. Chairman Nance opened the Public Hearing and asked if anyone would like to comment. There were no further comments, and Chairman Nance closed the Public Hearing.

ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BIG TEX EIP LOAN

Administrator Crapse advised that they have before them the formal Resolution Authorizing the Big Tex EIP Loan, and the Board would need to adopt this Resolution authorizing the Loan and authorizing the Chairman to sign. Motion was made by Mr. Mathis to adopt the Resolution Authorizing The Big Tex EIP Loan and authorizing the Chairman to sign the paperwork, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

SIGN RATIFICATION LETTER FOR THE RIVER VALLEY REGIONAL COMMISSION AND RIVER VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

Kay Hagler, with River Valley Regional Commission, advised that on July 1, 2009, the state legislated that the Lower Chatahochee RDC and the Middle Flint RDC would merge; and that occurred. Under that same plan, the Economic Development Administration, the Federal Government, required that the economic development districts of those organizations merge also. Today, she is asking for a letter of ratification of approval from the Commission for the merger of both of these RDC's into the River Valley Regional Commission; in addition to the merger of the Middle Flint economic development district and the Lower Chattahoochee economic development district into one entity. She advised that these are two organizations, one is the federal government and the other is a state and local government mandated. She advised that the Economic Development Administration is requiring the counties ratification of what has already occurred, and that is what is stated in the letter. There is no plan to close the Middle Flint RDC office in Americus or the Lower Chattahoochee RDC. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve the ratification letter to the River Valley Regional Commission and the River Valley Economic Development District and authorizing the Chairman to sign, seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORT

Mrs. Leverett reported that today's packet includes a report of revenues and expenditures by fund for the four-month period ending October 31, 2009. General Fund revenues for the month totaled $708,077, while YTD reached $2,002,016. Monthly expenditures were $892,203, YTD expenditures $4,347,297. YTD expenditures were considerably ahead of YTD revenues at 10/31/09, over $2.3 million. We continue to rely on cash reserves to get us through this "dry" season. As a reminder to everyone, we have seen a significant drop in those reserves in the past six months, about $2,000,000. It remains extremely important that we continue to be very conservative with our expenditures, purchasing only those items that are necessary and/or essential for day-to-day operations until this begins to turn around. Landfill revenue for the month totaled $104,121, YTD $433,295. Expenditures for the month were $55,647, YTD $317,838 leaving the landfill with a net income at 10/31/009 of $115,457. The total tonnage received for the month of October of 3051.98, about 160 tons less than Oct., 2008. 48% of this month's tonnage was delivered on the Veolia commercial contract and 19% under the Veolia/City of Cordele residential contract. The principal balance on the GEFA Loans is current at $3.2 million and we have drawn $317,141 on the new GEFA Loan for the construction currently underway. The Water Fund recorded monthly revenues of $30,970 and YTD revenues of $144,031. October expenditures totaled $80,354, YTD $135,968 leaving it, also, with a net gain at the end of the period of $8,063. Water usage billed during the month of October was 5,107,000. The USDA Bonds are current at $1,686 million. Next are the revenues by fund and expenditures by department report for the period of July through October 2009. As of October 31st, all departments and divisions should be within 33% of their annual allowances. Overall, our three major funds ended the month as follows: General Fund 30%, Water Fund at 21% and Landfill Fund at 24%. In the cash on hand report at October 31, 2009, the General Fund has just over $3.5 million, the Landfill Fund, $1.9 million, the Revolving Loan Fund $211,488, the SPLOST Funds, $1.8 million and the Water Fund ended the month of with $1,013,564 giving us a county wide total of $8.5 million. This is down about $6.4 million from Oct. 2008. About $4.6 million of that difference is in SPLOST Funds, but about $2 million is in our General and operational Funds, which is a direct result of having to dip into reserves to cover the shortfalls we mentioned earlier. The next report is the budget to actual report for the 2000 SPLOST ISSUE. As of October 31st, we have spent $15.9 million of the $17.6 million dollars collected, leaving us with $1.7 million to complete the various projects associated with this issue. Following that is the SPLOST budget to actual by category summary report for the 2005 Issue. To date we have total collections of $16,109,943 and total expenditures for projects associated with this issue of $17,046,141. This month's contribution of $388,301 is the largest received in over a year and brings our monthly average up slightly over last month to $357,998. In the monthly detail listing of all the SPLOST Fund expenditures for both issues for October, total SPLOST disbursements were $280,916. Projects benefiting from SPLOST dollars last month were, the new Courthouse, Pateville Road, The City of Cordele and the Town of Arabi. In the CDBG Revolving Loan Fund monthly report, which includes the balance and status of all our CDBG Revolving Loan Fund Accounts as of October 31, 2009, we have ten outstanding loans with a total balance due at 10/31/0 of $2.1 million. Of those ten, five are current and five are delinquent.

DISCUSS DOR ASSESSMENT AGAINST THE COUNTY

Administrator Crapse reported that regarding the Department of Revenue's assessment against the county, we responded with a letter of intent to appeal the penalty of $21,249 that was assessed against our 2008 Digest. As you know, our 2009 Digest has already gone in, and we have difficulty here because the 2008 was incorrect, we could be assessed up to another $60,000 next year at $5 per parcel. He stated that the important thing is how are we going to handle this and what was the cause of this, and we need to know what the Assessors are going to do so this will not happen in 2010. In talking with some of the Assessors, it is his opinion that there is a misconception in that the Assessors believe that their job has to do with keeping taxes down, which is not true, their job is to assess property equally for everybody, and it is the Board of Commissioners decision to set the millage rate based on that assessment. Robert Powell, spokesman for the Assessors, stated that they have to do an evaluation each year of all of the values within the county, they run ratio studies, and these studies are done through the automated system that they have. In 2008, when they ran those numbers, they were close, but they were within the guidelines that are allowed. Mr. Quick, Chief Assessor, advised that the state says all properties will be assessed at 40%, but their tolerance range is anywhere between 36-44%. The state recommends revaluing of property between 3 and 5 years, but you have to look at your own unique situations from the ratio studies, to decide what is best for your county. Re-valuations are very time consuming and very expensive, so you don't want to revalue the property every year if you are not outside of the guidelines. He advised that the last revaluation they did was in two stages, one in 2003 and the other in 2004. The study he ran in 2007 for the 2008 digest, according to their records they were around 36.14%, but the Department of Audits looks not only at their sales compared to the assessment, they also do their own appraisals. Their appraisals are what brought our ratio study out of the guidelines. Mr. Quick advised that the appeal at this point couldn't be based on anything the Department of Audits did. He has been doing this for 40 years, and he was not aware that we could even appeal those appraisals until the time period had already passed this year. They will look harder at this in the 2009 digest, but he stated that the $21,349 was a quarter mill recovery based on the entire digest, and they don't feel that is correct. Mr. Quick advised that it is not only happening here but their were 67 other counties that are in the same boat we are in. He advised that they will continue to monitor what the assessment ratio is, and when it gets to the lower end of the guideline, they need to revalue. The problem that the Board of Assesses and his office have had is they don't have the expertise within the office to do this. To keep this from happening again they will look at the 2009 studies, especially the appraisals, a little harder, they will try to appeal any of those that they feel like needs to be appealed, but they also need to be looking at a revaluation in the very near future. Administrator Crapse reported that his valuation on his home when up in 2006 and 2007, so if that is possible, you don't have to wait to revalue the property values the way they should be. He also thought that they had gained the expertise they needed to do this in house after the last revaluation, although he knows there are a few things, like railroads & utilities, that have to be hired out. Mr. Powell advised that, regarding the assessment, the Board made the decision, after they looked at the numbers, that they felt that they were within the guidelines and thought that would be acceptable to the state, but it was not. The state came in and used some other basis, which they can do, but the Assessors are trying to do a fair evaluation for the property owners within this county, as that is what they are charged with. He advised that if you look at the staff within the Tax Assessors Office and compare it to other counties of like size, you might see how they operate. If they are going to be tasked from Commissioners to do these appraisals every year on a timely basis, the size of that office is going to have to increase. Mr. Quick advised that HB 233 froze all of the property values until the year 2012, he has been to several meetings, and no one has come up with a concrete answer as to how the ratio studies are going to be done until this moratorium is lifted. If it were possible and they revalued every piece of property in Crisp County before the end of the year and applied these figures to the 2010 digest, none of that value will be used because of the freeze; we are in a catch 22. He doesn't know how the state is going to penalize us for not correcting these values when we can't. Mr. Quick also said regarding Mr. Crapse' values going up in 2006 and 2007, when there are enough sales in a particular neighborhood, they can look and see that neighborhood is 20% or so lower, etc. and address that area only. Mr. Powell said they will comply with the law, they have, and will continue to do that, but there are lot of areas that they don't have the answers. Commissioners thanked Mr. Quick and Mr. Powell for coming and answering some of their questions.

APPROVE AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION FOR THE CRISP/TURNER JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Administrator Crapse reported that he did get the documents from Turner County yesterday. He advised that Attorney Lawson has been working with the Turner County attorney on this. This is a Resolution that says that Crisp County wants to participate in the Joint Development Authority with Turner County, the second document certifies the Chairman's signature, and then there is a document which is the joint document that actually establishes the joint authority itself and is signed by the chairmen of both counties along with the Bi-Laws. All of these documents were based on the Crisp/Sumter County Joint Resolution several years ago. He advised that the Turner County Board of Commissioners initiated this, but we recognized its importance to Crisp County, especially with the Intermodel Center. He recommends approval of the Resolution authorizing participation, the Articles of Organization, as well as the Bi-Laws. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to authorize the Resolution for the Crisp/Turner Joint Development Authority, the Articles of Organization, and the Bi-Laws, and authorizing the Chairman to sign, seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.

EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY & DINNER NOVEMBER 19TH

Administrator Crapse advised that this is the time of the year when we do our annual appreciation day and dinner; this year it is November 19th at the Recreation Center. Traditionally also at this time is when the Board formally authorizes payment of the employee Christmas Bonus, which is generally paid the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. He would recommend approval of this, and it is a budgeted item. Motion was made by Mr. Mathis to approve the employee Christmas Bonus to full-time employees, same as in years past, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE CRISP COUNTY POWER COMMISSION FRANCHISE

Administrator Crapse reported that we have the Franchise Agreement with Crisp County Power Commission; they have reviewed the agreement together, it is something we do every five years, and we are the only county that enjoys a franchise agreement. Since the last agreement was made, due to the equalization of the load that is in the City of Cordele, there have been some adjustments made to the Agreement. Last time we received $72,000 a year plus 5.3% of revenues, and this Agreement calls for the county to get $100,000 a year plus 5.3% of the revenues. He recommends approval. Steve Rentfrow, Power Commission Manager, advised that it is pretty much an exact copy of the one in existence today; the county will receive about 6% of the gross revenues that occur outside the city limits. Also, anywhere else in the state, only municipalities receive a franchise, but they feel that it is fair to pay the county as they use the county roads and rights-of-ways, so they do think it is appropriate. Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to approve the Crisp County Power Commission Franchise, seconded by Mr. Faircloth, motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE CONTRIBUTION TO LEADERSHIP CRISP

Administrator Crapse reported that there is a meeting this afternoon to discuss the seed grant application, which usually provides about $3,000 to support the Leadership Crisp Class. The rest of the funding comes from tuition of members attending, the city, county, and power commission. The last time we did a Leadership Crisp class was in 2008, this one is scheduled to start in August 2010, and in 2008 the County contributed $2,500 to this. The Grant application is due by November 30, 2009, which means we will not have another meeting before then, and he needs to know if the Board is willing to contribute to this, and if so at what level do you want to participate. He would recommend the county participate at a level no greater than 75% of our last contribution consistent with what we did with most of the other organizations at budget time. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve 75% of the $2,500, or $1.875.00, to come out of contingencies for the Leadership Crisp class of 2010, seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.

ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Crapse reported that; 1) he attended several meetings and events this month; 2) There were no new SPLOST Purchases approved this month; 3) The Heartland Foreclosure Sale that the Board met about last week was held last Tuesday. The Opening Bid from Prime South Bank was $1,244,000 and change. I did not bid for Crisp County; 4) The Courthouse project continues to work down the "punch list". Final completion has still not been reached, but should be by the end of November. Landscaping is finally complete. Security work continues, as do some final wiring changes. The first day of Jury Selection went very well, calendar call went well, as did Grand Jury, and next week we have trials in both Superior Court Rooms at the same time; 5) We received a letter from Governor Perdue announcing the award of a $64,316 grant for the Victims of Crime Act. This supports the District Attorneys Victim/Witness Program; 6) The Phase II Environmental Study at the Gun Club Site is underway. The grid layout should have been completed on Friday. The hand auger work started Monday and should take 7 - 10 days. Drilling activities should start Thursday or Friday of next week and is scheduled for 3 - 4 days. Lab results are expected by the end of November or first week of December, subject to the Holiday Schedule. If this holds up, the report should be completed in the third week of December; 7) Work on the "Go Fish Georgia" Boat Ramps at the State Park is still on hold pending an adjustment to the plans. The engineers have been doing some more surveying and we have heard that they have shortened the parking Lot and moved the road so as to avoid contact with the buildings and major trees that would have been consumed by the parking lot in the original plans. We haven't seen the new plans and do not have a time to restart the work. We did, however, finish the parking area at the Veterans Memorial so it would be in place for the Veterans Program on November 7th; 8) There is a meeting of the Airport Advisory Board tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Airport. They have never had By-Laws before and this meeting is to discuss the draft By-Laws they have put together. The draft is pretty straight forward, but makes a few changes from the current board composition; those are to increase the regular voting membership from 5 to 6 members and designate the County Administrator, Airport Manager and one County Commissioner as ex-Officio members. If you have any thoughts on this please let me know today, or come to the meeting if you wish; 9) There are two meetings regarding the Sam Shortline and Thomas the Train on this Wednesday the 11th, the 1st, is at 10:00 a.m. at the Chamber to develop our strategy for keeping Thomas at the Park, and the second is the Train Authority Meeting at 4:30 p.m. in Leslie. Commissioners Harris and Faircloth are our members on the Train Authority, so it is very important that you be at the meetings if at all possible, if you can't we are checking the By-Laws to see if you can vote by proxy; 10) The Landfill Cell Construction continues, we have had several delays due to excess rock removal at the C&D Site and Rain at the MSW site, but work continues and the project is still scheduled for completion before we need the airspace; 11) The Amboy Road at Lime Creek remains closed for the bridge replacement over Lime Creek. The project is ahead of schedule at this point, however, the contractor has until April 2010 to complete the work; 12) We received a Thank You Card from the Chamber for supporting the Public Safety Appreciation Dinner; 13) Don't forget to check the Schedule of Upcoming Events as there are a lot of things going on; and 14) Community of Character Trait for the Month of November is HONESTY. To be truthful and fair.

GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation and real estate, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

COME OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion was made by Mr. Culpepper to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made by Mr. Harris to adjourn the meeting at 1:01 p.m., seconded by Mr. Culpepper, motion carried unanimously.

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