Joint Comprehensive Plan – 2nd Public Hearing…

2nd Public Hearing  to review the Joint Comprehensive Plan will be in the Jasper County Courthouse, on Monday – August 20th at 6pm.

Click on link to review the Comprehensive Plan Draft

Commissioner Called Meeting – August 13, 2018

JASPER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS  will have a CALLED MEETING on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room – Ground Floor Ste. 16 – Jasper County Courthouse

For meeting agenda click here:

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Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. No phone calls please!

Public Hearing Minutes – June 25, 2018 – 6pm

           Jasper County Board of Commissioners

June 25, 2018

Public Hearing Minutes

6:00 P.M.

 

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

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

Staff Present: County Manager, Mike Benton, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, and Finance Director, Dennis Pate.

Sheriff Donnie Pope gave the invocation.

Comm. Pennamon reviewed the consolidated budget by department. Total budget of $10,429,900.  Proposed millage rate of 15.904 at rollback rate which will bring in projected revenues of $10,168,254 for a deficit of $261,646 that will come from fund balance.

Comm. Pennamon noted the hospital millage will be 0.884 at the rollback rate.

Comm. Pennamon opened the floor for anyone speaking for or against the budget:

No one spoke for or against the budget.

Mr. Benton noted a Called Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 28th to set millage and adopt budget.

Comm. Pennamon declared the Public Hearing closed at 6:07 p.m.

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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

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Sharon Robinson, Clerk

Public Hearing Minutes – June 21, 2018 – 6pm

     Jasper County Board of Commissioners

June 21, 2018

Public Hearing Minutes

6:00 P.M.

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

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

Staff Present: County Manager, Mike Benton, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, and Finance Director, Dennis Pate.

Comm. Pennamon reviewed the consolidated budget by department. Total budget of $10,429,900.  Proposed millage rate of 15.904 at rollback rate which will bring in projected revenues of $10,168,254 for a deficit of $261,646 that will come from fund balance.

Comm. Pennamon opened the floor for anyone speaking for or against the budget:

Charles Forsythe noted he objects to the meeting based on the fact that the meeting was not properly advertised according to the law; failed to advertise on June 14th.

Comm. Salmon requested County Manager to check into Mr. Forsythe’s comments.

Mr. Benton noted he will confirm we are legal.

Comm. Pennamon noted the hospital millage will be 0.884 at the rollback rate.

Comm. Pennamon declared the Public Hearing closed at 6:09 p.m.

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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

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Sharon Robinson, Clerk

Public Hearing Minutes – June 21, 2018 – 10am

           Jasper County Board of Commissioners

June 21, 2018

Public Hearing Minutes

10:00 A.M.

 

Comm. Pennamon called the Public Hearing to order at 10:00 a.m.

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

Staff Present: County Manager, Mike Benton, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, and Finance Director, Dennis Pate.

Comm. Pennamon reviewed the consolidated budget by department. Total budget of $10,429,900.  Millage rate of 15.904 at rollback rate which will bring in revenues of $10,168,254 for a deficit of $261,646 that will come from fund balance to make the budget whole.

Comm. Pennamon opened the floor for anyone speaking for or against the budget:

No one spoke for or against the budget.

Mr. Benton noted the Hospital was approved at .884 at the rollback rate

Jan Gaston from the Hospital was the only person in the audience.  She thanked the Board of Commissioners for funding the Hospital and noted that Commissioner Pennamon deserves all the credit for that as it was his idea years ago.

Comm. Pennamon declared the Public Hearing closed at 10:08 a.m.

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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

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Sharon Robinson, Clerk

Called Meeting Minutes – June 18, 2018

Jasper County Board of Commissioners
June 18, 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, Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon, Bruce Henry, Don Jernigan, and Doug Luke.
Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, Finance Director, Dennis Pate, and County Attorney, David Ozburn.
Pledge of Allegiance:
Invocation:
District 5 – Doug Luke
Agenda Approval:
Comm. Jernigan made motion approve the agenda as presented, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
Commissioner’s Items:
Luke – List of Mandatory Increases complete.
Henry – None
Jernigan – None
Salmon – None
Pennnamon – Senior Center and Extension Service vans are parked out front for photo.
Presentations/Delegations:
None
Regular Agenda:

Old Business:
Approve Employee Health Insurance Program:
Mr. Kelly Fox reviewed spreadsheet with Commissioners. (A copy will be attached and made a part of the official minutes).
Mr. Fox noted the underwriting has been completed and the partially funded program with Cigna. Total annual increase with keeping employee deductions as they are would be $269,519.84 annually. They did negotiate that Cigna would allow for deductible carry-over credit so anyone that has met their deductible will roll into this plan.
Mr. Fox noted he recommends we move back to Companion for dental and life.
Mr. Fox reviewed deduction options for employees with Commissioners.
Mr. Fox noted the partially self-funded format will help us to be a little more consistent with our renewals as well.
Comm. Jernigan made motion to go with ABA/Cigna for coverage and Option 2 under the percentage cost sharing options, Luke seconded; Jernigan, Luke, Pennamon, Salmon vote yes; Henry opposed; passed 4 to 1.
Comm. Henry expressed concern with the amount of increased deductions for employees.
Comm. Luke noted we can’t undo the Healthcare Act.
Comm. Luke made motion to go back with Companion for dental and basic life, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
FY 2019 Budget – Additional Budget Review:
Commissioners reviewed the updated consolidated budget sheet.
Mr. Benton noted the total budget is $10,486,661 with additional insurance of $43,239 for a new total budget of $10,529,900.
Comm. Pennamon noted we had a good fund balance at audit last year, based on County Manager’s estimate we are looking at a $300,000 additional fund balance. He recommends take the $100,000 in contingency out the budget to bring the budget total to $10,429,900.
Comm. Salmon clarified that the $10,429,900 takes into account all the changes.
Mr. Benton noted it does.
Mr. Benton noted the fund balance needed to balance the budget would be $261,646
Comm. Luke made motion to advertise final budget at $10,429,900 taken into account a $100,000 decrease in contingency to arrive at that number, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
County Attorney Items:
None
County Manager Items:
None
Citizens Comments: Jasper County Board of Commissioners
June 18, 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, Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon, Bruce Henry, Don Jernigan, and Doug Luke.
Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, Finance Director, Dennis Pate, and County Attorney, David Ozburn.
Pledge of Allegiance:
Invocation:
District 5 – Doug Luke
Agenda Approval:
Comm. Jernigan made motion approve the agenda as presented, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
Commissioner’s Items:
Luke – List of Mandatory Increases complete.
Henry – None
Jernigan – None
Salmon – None
Pennnamon – Senior Center and Extension Service vans are parked out front for photo.
Presentations/Delegations:
None
Regular Agenda:

Old Business:
Approve Employee Health Insurance Program:
Mr. Kelly Fox reviewed spreadsheet with Commissioners. (A copy will be attached and made a part of the official minutes).
Mr. Fox noted the underwriting has been completed and the partially funded program with Cigna. Total annual increase with keeping employee deductions as they are would be $269,519.84 annually. They did negotiate that Cigna would allow for deductible carry-over credit so anyone that has met their deductible will roll into this plan.
Mr. Fox noted he recommends we move back to Companion for dental and life.
Mr. Fox reviewed deduction options for employees with Commissioners.
Mr. Fox noted the partially self-funded format will help us to be a little more consistent with our renewals as well.
Comm. Jernigan made motion to go with ABA/Cigna for coverage and Option 2 under the percentage cost sharing options, Luke seconded; Jernigan, Luke, Pennamon, Salmon vote yes; Henry opposed; passed 4 to 1.
Comm. Henry expressed concern with the amount of increased deductions for employees.
Comm. Luke noted we can’t undo the Healthcare Act.
Comm. Luke made motion to go back with Companion for dental and basic life, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
FY 2019 Budget – Additional Budget Review:
Commissioners reviewed the updated consolidated budget sheet.
Mr. Benton noted the total budget is $10,486,661 with additional insurance of $43,239 for a new total budget of $10,529,900.
Comm. Pennamon noted we had a good fund balance at audit last year, based on County Manager’s estimate we are looking at a $300,000 additional fund balance. He recommends take the $100,000 in contingency out the budget to bring the budget total to $10,429,900.
Comm. Salmon clarified that the $10,429,900 takes into account all the changes.
Mr. Benton noted it does.
Mr. Benton noted the fund balance needed to balance the budget would be $261,646
Comm. Luke made motion to advertise final budget at $10,429,900 taken into account a $100,000 decrease in contingency to arrive at that number, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
County Attorney Items:
None
County Manager Items:
None
Citizens Comments:
None
Executive Session:
None
Adjourn:
Comm. Jernigan made motion to adjourn at 6:37 p.m., Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

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Sharon Robinson, Clerk

None
Executive Session:
None
Adjourn:
Comm. Jernigan made motion to adjourn at 6:37 p.m., Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

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Sharon Robinson, Clerk

Called Meeting Minutes – June 14, 2018

           Jasper County Board of Commissioners

June 14, 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, Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon, Bruce Henry, and Don Jernigan. Doug Luke arrived at 6:06 p.m.

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, and Administrative Specialist, Cynthia Peters. County Attorney, David Ozburn arrived at 6:07 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Invocation:

District 4 – Craig Salmon

Agenda Approval:

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

Commissioner’s Items:

Luke – None.

Henry – None

Jernigan – None

Salmon – None

Pennnamon – None

Presentations/Delegations:

None

Regular Agenda:

 

 

Old Business:

FY 2019 Proposed Budget, 2018 Digest and Millage Rate – Consensus to Advertise:

Comm. Pennamon reviewed the budget numbers.

Commissioners had discussion on pay increase for employees. It should be merit only and all appraisals should be done. Goal is August 1, to decide how to distribute pay increase. County Manager to make sure that all department heads have all employee reviews complete.

Commissioners had discussion on employee health insurance.

Mr. Benton noted that Kelly Fox will have some final numbers for him on Friday, June 16. A called meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18 to discuss employee health insurance. A final cost will be provided by Cigna at that time.

Comm. Salmon made motion to set the millage rate at the roll back rate of 15.904, a 3% pay increase for employees with a total budget not to exceed the amount of $10,540,373 and that includes payroll contingency line item with difference coming from Fund Balance, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

County Attorney Items:

None

County Manager Items:

None

Citizens Comments:

None

Executive Session:

None

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn:

Comm. Henry made motion to adjourn at 6:18 p.m., Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

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Cynthia Peters, Administrative Specialist

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:

Invocation:

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.

Presentations/Delegations:

None

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:

None

County Manager Items:

None

Citizens Comments:

None

Executive Session:

None

Adjourn:

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

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Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

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Shernita Hicks, AP/Payroll Clerk