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REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING March 9, 2009

MINUTES

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners held their REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING March 9, 2009, 6:00 PM in the Grand Jury Room.

Vice Chairman, Jack Foskey had the invocation.

James L. McAfee, Jr., Chairman expressed sympathy to Pam Rathbun on the lost of her father also sympathy to Mr. Hugh Dawson’s family. Mr. Dawson was a bailiff.

Chairman McAfee made a correction to the minutes. The correction is: SPLOST Roads, Streets and Bridges should be 3 CD’s and SPLOST Jail Construction should be 2 CD’s. Commissioner Pullen made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Monthly Meeting February 17, 2009 as amended. Vice Chairman Foskey seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

County Administrator Danny Palmer gave the financial report. The General Fund has a balance of $1,513,370.87. The SPLOST Roads, Streets and Bridges have a balance of $463,623.06 and the SPLOST Jail Construction has a balance of $611,885.93. SPLOST Sales Tax Distributions for February 2008 was $45,038.10. The SPLOST Sales Tax Distributions February 2009 was $45,848.55. The LOST Revenues for February 2009 was $29,337.56.

James L. McAfee, Jr., Chairman referenced two invoices for dentist for inmates. (One inmate was in jail for none child support.) These were in the bills to be paid for February 2009. He said that we need to send a letter to our representative asking for reimbursement for some of these expenses.

Commissioner Foskey made a motion to pay the bills as presented. Commissioner Pullen seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

The Board discussed the Convenience Center Form and update on the procedure. A copy of this form is made a part of these minutes.

Item #2 Potential Special Election is voided.

County Administrator Danny Palmer has been working with the property valuation on the county owned buildings. It was valuated at nearly $5,000,000 more than 2008. In his discussion it has been brought down to $2,000,000. This will go into effective as of July 2009.

A Safety Officer for the County was discussed. Homer Garnto has been registered to take some classes so he can be the Safety Officer. If the County has a Safety Officer this will save the County 5% on our insurance premium.

Vice Chairman Jack Foskey made a motion to give the Fourth of July Committee the same amount this year as the previous years. This years donation will be $1000.00. This is for the Fireworks display. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Danny Palmer County Administrator has spoken with FEMA and GEMA concerning funds to repair the 2 dug outs at field 3 at the Recreation Fields. The funds have been applied for. The damage was done during the Tornado 2008. The cost will be approximately $8100.00.

Better Home Town has requested more funds to help with the upkeep on the Courthouse Square. Chairman informed the Board that we are paying $308.59 a month to keep the street lights on around the Courthouse. Commissioner Foskey made to motion to pay the Better Home Town $1,000.00 for 2008 as we have been doing. Commissioner Pullen seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

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Commissioner Foskey made a motion to pay Better Home Town $1,000.00 for 2009. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Mary Ann Norris, Better Home Town come before the Board to request help with paying for the banners that are put on the lamp posts. Chairman McAfee made a motion to give $500.00 towards the banners. Commissioner Foskey seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

County Administrator Danny Palmer presented to the Commissioners information on bridge repairs-Cypress Creek and Liberty Church Road. Homer Garnto Road Superintendent was present to help with the information on these needed repairs. Commissioner Pullen made a motion to repair the bridge on Cypress Creek at a cost of $20,275.00. Commissioner Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

County Administrator Danny Palmer discussed the stimulus for road construction on Swain Creek Road and 201 (Tucker Grove Church Road). Commissioner Donald Smith made a motion to modify these to apply to the stimulus money. Commissioner Ron Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Smith made a motion to repair the Courthouse roof by putting a pitch on it and to replace 2 beams in the clock tower. This will be at a cost of $9,448.00 with TCI. Commissioner Ron Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Smith made a motion to approve the quote from Nick’s Carpet to repair the EMS Building with Vinyl Flooring at a cost of $1,997.37. Commissioner Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

CITIZENS WHO COMMENTED:
Roger Wimbly
Richard Dietrich
Rom Darrisaw
Larry Darrisaw
Leola Taylor
Kimberly Hawkins
Eloise Cannon

In reference to checking Dumpster Site in District III. County Administrator Danny Palmer checked with Health Dept., Dept of Natural Resources, EPD, no one or no place will check Dumpster sites.

Ethel Wright

Black Topped driveway and went across a County Road.

Stray dog at a Dumpster Site.

Commissioner Foskey made a motion to close this Regular Session. Commissioner Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Pullen made a motion to go into Executive Session. Commissioners Foskey seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

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Commissioner Foskey made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Commissioner Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Pullen made a motion to go back into Regular Session. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Chairman James L. McAfee, Jr. made a motion to make Daniel Tanner, Recreation Director a salary employee. (He was an hourly employee.) Commissioner Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Chairman James L. McAfee, Jr. made a motion to change our Drug Testing Co. from Drug and Alcohol Testing of Ga. to Diversified Security Resources. Commissioner Foskey seconded the motion. This was approved.

Commissioner John Pullen made a motion to adjourn this Regular Monthly Meeting. Commissioner Darrisaw seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

All Commissioners were present for this Regular Monthly Meeting: Chairman James L. McAfee, Jr., Vice Chairman Jack Foskey, John Pullen, Donald Smith and Jerronney Darrisaw.

THE JOHNSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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James L. McAfee, Jr., Chairman Jack Foskey, Vice Chairman

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