Called Meeting Minutes – June 11, 2018

           Jasper County Board of Commissioners

June 11, 2018

Called Meeting Minutes

6:00 P.M.


Comm. Pennamon called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Commissioners Present: Chairman, Carl Pennamon, Bruce Henry, Don Jernigan, and Doug Luke. Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon was absent.

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Staff Accountant, Shernita Hicks, and County Attorney, David Ozburn.

Pledge of Allegiance:


Rev. Jimmy Horton, Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.

Agenda Approval:

Comm. Jernigan made motion approve the agenda as presented, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Commissioner’s Items:

Luke – None.

Henry – None

Jernigan – None

Pennnamon – Asked Attorney to get with Planning and Zoning to represent Jasper County on that dumping case.



Regular Agenda:



Old Business:

Senior Center Construction Period Relocation Bid Award:

Comm. Pennamon announced Bids:

  • James AME Church – $17,700 rent – 10 months
  • Springfield Baptist – $23,000 rent – 10 months

Comm. Henry advised to go with lowest bid. Tracy Norton to review contents of bid during meeting.

Rev. Horton asked to withdraw Springfield bid to prevent problems. Advised of work done for seniors but doesn’t want to make this a political issue.

Comm. Luke advised Ms. Norton to continue reviewing and make a decision.

Ms. Norton advised she recommends St. James due to office space and location.

Commissioners Luke and Pennamon advised Ms. Norton to take a few more minutes to review. Ms. Norton advised office space on same level is needed with seniors to prevent falls from steps.

Ms. Norton noted St. James as preference again.

Comm. Luke made motion to accept the bid from St. James AME Church, Henry seconded; Luke, Henry, Jernigan vote yes; Pennamon abstained. Passed 3-0.

Ms. Norton noted Senior Center would like to purchase a container for storage of furniture/equipment in the amount of $2650 instead of renting one for $1,600.

Comm. Pennamon questioned where funding will come from.

Ms. Norton noted we received additional funding as a budget amendment to current year funding.

Mr. Benton noted this would actually increase fund balance for that particular item.

Mr. Benton clarified that the board did agree to a total of $22,500; so far we have spent $10,988 and we do have a required construction cash match of $8,500, so we have to reserve that money, and that does leave the $3,012 out of the original $22,500.  The $25,000 is from the revenue increase from transportation and meals.

Mr. Benton noted we didn’t budget this much for next year, because we can’t count on it.


Comm. Henry made motion to use some of the $3,012 to purchase 40 x 8 container for set-up and delivery in the amount of $2650, Luke seconded; passed unanimously.

FY 2019 Budget preparation:

Commissioners discussed possible cuts in budget.

Comm. Luke noted cut to BOC budget recommending that if tablets will be purchased, they should do so themselves to own it.

Comm. Henry agreed.

Commissioners discussed the next meetings:

Agreed to have two meetings on June 21st at 10 am and 6 pm; and one meeting on June 25th at 6 pm.

County Attorney Items:


County Manager Items:


Citizens Comments:


Executive Session:



Comm. Henry made motion to adjourn at 7:00 p.m., Comm. Luke seconded; passed unanimously.


Carl Pennamon, Chairman



Shernita Hicks, AP/Payroll Clerk