Regular Meeting Minutes – January 8, 2018

Jasper County Board of Commissioners
January 8, 2018
Regular Meeting Minutes
6:00 P.M.

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

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

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, Finance Director, Rhonda Blissit, and County Attorney, David Ozburn.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Invocation:

District 2, Bruce Henry

Agenda Approval:

Comm. Jernigan made motion approve the agenda removing appointments until we have a larger representation of the board, Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Consent Agenda:

Minutes:

Comm. Henry made motion to approve the Minutes of December 4, 2017 Regular Meeting, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Check Register:

Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve the check register which included check #’s 51687-52035 for payment, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Public Hearing:

Comm. Henry motion to go into public hearing at 6:06 p.m., Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

A public hearing is being held for adoption of the amended Continuing Certification of being a local issuing authority pursuant to the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975.

Mr. Sealy noted each county has to adopt the updates to the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act.

No one from the Public spoke for or against

Comm. Jernigan made motion to close the public hearing at 6:08 p.m.; passed unanimously.

Commissioner’s Items:

Henry: Go Dawgs!

Jernigan: – Asked for an update on the Employee Evaluation Process.

Mr. Benton noted the HR Director met with Department Heads in December and they have all been given a timeline of the process.  They are to start evaluations this week.

Pennamon: None

Presentations/Delegations:

None

Regular Agenda:

Appointments: – Removed

Old Business:

Adopt Annual Update of Impact Fees Capital Improvement Element – FY2017:

Mr. Pennamon noted we went over this with a public hearing, DCA approved it and now it is time to finally adopt it.

Comm. Henry made motion to adopt the Annual update to the Impact Fees Capital Improvement Element for FY2017 and authorize Chairman to sign resolution, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Adopt Annual Update of Short Term Work Program – FY2018-2022:

Mr. Pennamon noted this was also approved by DCA and needs final adoption.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to adopt Jasper County’s STWP 2018-2022 and authorize Chairman to sign the resolution, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Additional 2018 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Appointments:

Mr. Pennamon noted last month we adopted and appointed 18 members and now the City has turned in their requests for 2 additional members and the Board of Education would like 2 members appointed. So we will go from 2 on the city to 4 and 2 from the Board of Education. This will bring the total number to 22 appointments

Comm. Henry made motion to appoint 2 additional members from the City of Monticello and 2 members from the Jasper County Board of Education to the Jasper County Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for a total of 22 appointments, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Pennamon noted the City appointees will be: Lathaydra Sands, Jenny Murphy, David Wease, and Larry Thurman.  The Board of Education appointees will be Bill Schilling, Erin Lynch or Dr. Mike Newton.

New Business:

Alcohol License Application – Hillsboro Station Market – Retail Sale of Beer:

Mr. Sealy noted we have application 2018-A-005 Hillsboro Station Market at 1750 Highway 11 S. Hillsboro, Ga the business is up and running, it is up to code now.

Comm. Henry made motion to approve application 2018-A-005 Hillsboro Station Market for sale of retail beer, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Adoption of Amendment to Georgia Erosion Control Act of 1975:

Comm. Jernigan made motion to adopt the Jasper County amendment to the Georgia Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Act, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

2018 Fiscal Agent Designation – Family Connection:

Comm. Pennamon noted this is a routine grant where we act as the fiscal agent for Family Connection.

Comm. Henry made motion that Jasper County Board of Commissioners continue to serve as the Fiscal Agent for Jasper County Family Connection that allows the Finance Director to sign as the Fiscal Agent, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Request to Increase Budget by $4,000 for the What a Waste Grant:

Ms. Tracy Norton noted that the Senior Center is asking the Board of Commissioners to approve a one-time budget increase for FY18 of $4,000 for the What a Waste Grant. The funds must be fronted by the county and then will be reimbursed by the NEGAAA.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve the budget increase of $4,000 for the What a Waste Grant to be reimbursed by NEGAAA, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

2018 Holidays:

Comm. Pennamon noted staff has presented the Proposed Holidays for 2018 as follows:

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 15, 2018

President’s Day, Monday, February 19, 2018
Good Friday, Friday, March 30, 2018
Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Columbus Day Monday, October 8, 2018

Veterans Day Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 23, 2018
Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Comm. Henry made motion to approve the list of 2018 holidays as presented, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

2018 Meeting Dates:

Comm. Pennamon noted the 2018 Tentative Meeting dates as follows:

Monday, January 8th

Monday, February 5th

Monday, March 5th

Monday, April 2nd

Monday, May 7th

Monday, June 4th

Monday, July 2nd    

Monday, August 6th

Monday, September 10th

Monday, October 1st

Monday, November 5th

Monday, December 3rd

Monday, January 7, 2019

 

Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve the tentative 2018 meeting dates, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Set Qualifying Fees for 2018 Elections:

Comm. Pennamon noted there is only the primary and general elections for 2018.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve the Qualifying fee schedule and resolution for advertisement and it be included in the minutes, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Adopt Language Access Plan (LAP) for CDBG Grant:

Mr. Benton noted that Jasper County was awarded a CDBG grant for the addition and remodeling of the Jasper County Senior Center. The CDBG grant is funded from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency thru the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The Housing and Urban Development Agency requires grant recipients to comply with all Federal rules and regulations regarding limited English speaking persons. The plan will enable Jasper County to be in compliance with HUD.

 

Comm. Jernigan made motion to adopt Jasper County’s Language Access Plan for Limited Speaking Persons, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

County Attorney Items:

None

County Manager Items:

Thanked the Board for providing turkeys for all the employees and volunteers.

Surveying has begun at the Peninsula at Jackson Lake.

Citizens Comments:

Ken McMichael – Water

Elvis Singleton – Community Needs.

Executive Session:

None.

Adjourn:

Comm. Jernigan made motion to adjourn at 6:40 p.m., Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

___________________________

Carl Pennamon, Chairman

___________________________

Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk

Called Meeting Minutes – January 4, 2018

Jasper County Board of Commissioners
January 4, 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, Bruce Henry, Don Jernigan, Craig Salmon, and Doug Luke.

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson,  and County Attorney, David Ozburn.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Invocation:

District 1, Carl Pennamon

Agenda Approval:

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

Commissioner’s Items:

None

Presentations/Delegations:

None

Regular Agenda:

New Business:

None

Old Business:

None

 

County Attorney Items:

None

County Manager Items:

None

Citizens Comments:

None

Executive Session:

Comm. Jernigan made motion to go into Executive Session at 6:05 p.m., Luke seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Henry made motion to come out of Executive Session at 7:30 p.m., Jernigan seconded; passed 4-0. Comm. Salmon had to leave at 6:45 p.m.

Adjourn:

Comm. Jernigan made motion to adjourn at 7:31 p.m., Comm. Henry seconded; passed 4-0.

 

___________________________

Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

___________________________

Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes – December 4, 2017

Jasper County Board of Commissioners
December 4, 2017
Regular 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, Bruce Henry, Don Jernigan, Craig Salmon, and Doug Luke.

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, Finance Director, Rhonda Blissit, and Hillary Edgar sitting in for County Attorney David Ozburn. Also, Shane Sealy, Planning and Zoning Director, Tracy Norton, Senior Center Director, and Pam Mayer, Chamber Director.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Invocation:

District 2, Bruce Henry

Agenda Approval:

Comm. Salmon made motion to approve the agenda moving Item #6 under New Business up, Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Consent Agenda:

Minutes:

Comm. Henry made motion to approve the Minutes of Regular Meeting of November 6, 2017; Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.  

 

Check Register:

Comm. Salmon made motion to approve the check register which included check #’s 051307 – 051686, Comm. Luke seconded; passed unanimously.

Commissioner’s Items:

Jernigan:  None

Henry:   None

Salmon:  None

Luke: None

Pennamon:  January Meeting, need to move from Jan. 1st to Jan. 8th, suggest to set the January 2019 meeting when we set meeting calendar next month.

Presentations/Delegations:

None

New Business Item 6 (moved):

Alcohol Application/License Renewals – Planning and Zoning:

Shane Sealy noted that there are 7 renewals and 1 new application; noted background checks have been done.

Comm. Henry noted on Hillsboro Station he feels we should bring it back once the building is up to Code.

Comm. Jernigan noted he is on the Board at Turtle Cove and will recuse himself from voting on that renewal.

Commissioners voted on the Applications as follows:

  • 2018-A-001 – Convenience Stores, Inc dba Larry’s 4-Way Retail Sales of Beer and Wine-Renewal –Comm. Salmon made motion to approve, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.
  • 2018-A-002 – Lakeview Marina Retail Sale of Beer and Wine-Renewal – Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
  • 2018-A-003 – Lakeview Restaurant Pouring of Distilled Spirits, beer and wine-Renewal – Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve, Luke seconded; passed unanimously.
  • 2018-A-004 – Tyson’s Country Store Retail Sale of Beer and Wine-Renewal – Comm. Henry made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
  • 2018-A-005 – Hillsboro Station Market-Retail Sale of beer New Application – Comm. Salmon made motion to table until building is up to code, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
  • 2018-A-006 – Turtle Cove POA Pouring of Distilled Spirits, Beer and Wine-Renewal – Comm. Salmon made motion to approve, Henry seconded; Salmon, Pennamon, Luke and Henry vote yes, Jernigan recused; passed 4-0.
  • 2018-A-007 – Sac-O –Suds Retail Sales of Beer and Wine-Renewal – Comm. Luke made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
  • 2018-A-008 – Frank’s Restaurant Pouring License for Distilled Spirits, Beer and Wine-Renewal – Comm. Salmon made motion to approve, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

 

Regular Agenda:

Old Business:

2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee Appointments:

Mr. Benton noted our Comprehensive Plan update is due October 31, 2018. A Steering Committee needs to be put together. NEGRC is suggesting a committee of 12-14 people. Mr. Benton noted individuals that have requested to serve include; Ken McMichael, Mary Patrick, Tracy Norton, and Pam Mayer. Individuals that were recommended include; Andrew Boyd, Bud Cowan, Ross Hays, Adam McGinnis, Gerald Stunkel, and Sue Patterson.

Comm. Pennamon asked for recommendation from Board of Commissioners to serve.

Comm. Salmon recommended Commissioner Henry.

Comm. Henry noted he would be glad to serve.

Mr. Benton noted 12 to 14 persons is not a hard number, it is just a guide.

Comm. Pennamon noted he would be willing to sit on committee.

Mr. Benton recommends County Manager and Planning and Zoning Director as staff members.

Comm. Pennamon suggested only allow the City 1 elected person and 1 staff person.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to appoint list of people below to the 2018 Steering Committee, Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously

Bruce Henry

Mike Benton

Shane Sealy

Ken McMichael

Mary Patrick

Tracy Norton

Andrew Boyd

Bud Cowan

Ross Hays

Adam McGinnis

Gerald Stunkel

Pam Mayer

Sue Patterson

David Dyer

2 from City of Monticello

2 from City of Shady Dale

 

Comm. Salmon made note that Ross Hays is his nephew by marriage.

EMS Billing and Collections Bid Proposals:

Mr. Benton noted currently the billing is done by a single employee; the process is a much regulated function and there are a lot of laws that change yearly; therefore many counties contract out the business side of EMS.

 Chris Finch noted there are a lot of different things to consider; currently we do report to 3 different locations. By outsourcing billing, we can mainstream this process.  We got bids from 7 companies and narrowed it down to 3 that are best suited for us; he recommends awarding bid to Emergency Billing Services.

Mr. Benton noted the recommendation is to enter into a 1-year agreement.

Comm. Pennamon questioned the timeframe it will take to be implemented.

Chief Finch noted there is a 4 to 6-month transition period.

Comm. Pennamon suggested change over process be completed by April 1, 2018.

Comm. Luke clarified we will we track the difference through Finance or EMS Billing person.

Comm. Pennamon expressed concern if the billing persons job duties will be increased.

Mr. Benton noted the job description is being re-written.

Comm. Salmon made motion based on Chief Finch’s recommendation to authorize Chairman to enter into a one-year agreement with Emergency Billing, Commerce, GA for EMS Billing and Collection services subject to attorney review of contract with a projected start date of April 1, 2018; Comm. Jernigan seconded; Salmon, Henry, Luke, and Jernigan vote yes; Pennamon vote no; motion passed 4 to 1.

Comm. Salmon clarified this is the billing and collection side, not operations.

 

2018 GDOT LMIG Application Submittal:

Mr. Benton noted 2018 LMIG application is nearing submittal deadline. He reviewed the 2016 and 2017 LMIG projects. He noted we need a decision on 2018 project tonight.

Comm. Pennamon noted that we will get the same amount of money regardless, so we can submit a project with the option to change.

Mr. Benton noted the 2018 GDOT LMIG amount to Jasper County is $546,259; the county’s 30% match is $163,877. We will have the option to change the project.

Comm. Luke made motion to approve 2018 LMIG Application for 2.5 miles full depth reclamation of Post Road; beginning North of Bowden Road proceeding 2.5 miles to Smith Brock Road, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

New Business:

Jasper County Water and Sewer Authority Board Appointments:

Mr. Benton noted Jasper County Water and Sewer Authority has four vacancies; staff advertised and received interest from Eileen Ott, Joseph Hinton, and Bobby Sutton.

Mr. Benton also noted the current board members; Bill Whitten, Elvis Singleton, Ken McMichael and Mary Alice Carter also need re-appointment.

Ms. Robinson noted that Ms. Ott apologizes for not being able to be here her husband had an appointment.

Comm. Salmon noted that their terms are staggered 3 years not 5 as stated in the agenda item. He also feels the City should have representation.

Staff was asked to look at who is filling what terms and report back.

Comm. Luke made motion to re-appoint Bill Whitten, Elvis Singleton, Ken McMichael and Mary Alice Carter, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Luke made motion to appoint Eileen Ott, Joseph Hinton, and Bobby Sutton; Clerk to look at staggered terms and report back, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Pennamon noted that Comm. Salmon will get with the City to see if they want to appoint someone.

 

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Adult Treatment Court Collaborative Advisory Board Appointment:

Mr. Pennamon noted that he was contacted by Judge Trammell and asked if the Board of Commissioners would appoint Ms. Norma J. Trammell to this board.  To the best of his knowledge there is no relation. Ms. Norma J. Trammell was here earlier and had to leave.

Comm. Salmon made motion to appoint Norma J. Trammell to the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Adult Treatment Court Collaborative Advisory Board, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Mandatory Firefighters Cancer and Long Term Disability Insurance Coverage Proposals:

Chief Finch noted the State of Georgia passed HB146 that requires organized Fire Departments to purchase and maintain certain insurance coverage for eligible firefighters with an effective date of January 1, 2018. Jasper County Fire Rescue received 2 quotes with ACCG being the lowest and is who he recommends.

 

Comm. Henry made motion to approve ACCG-IRMA to provide insurance coverage in the amount of $7,905 annual premium for Jasper County Fire Rescue and authorize chairman to sign resolution, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Benton noted there is money in the Fire Rescue budget to fund this.

 

Fire Rescue Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Procurement:

Chief Finch noted Jasper County Fire Rescue is in need of replacing al Self Contained Breathing Apparatus used by the department due to poor condition, age, expirations and current compliance issues. All the bottles that attach will expire in February and March 2018.

Chief Finch noted he recommends purchasing from Municipal Emergency Services 46 packs, 46 masks and 92 bottles for a cost of $336,366.72 with a 10-year warranty.

Comm. Henry questioned how we can prevent them missing in the future.

Chief Finch noted we are working on an accountability checklist.

Comm. Pennamon clarified that 46 was what was needed.

Chief Finch noted yes, 7 per station

Comm. Jernigan questioned if we need all 46 at one time.

Chief Finch explained we have to have a certain amount of equipment to comply with state regulations.

Comm. Pennamon expressed concern on how we would pay for the equipment.

Chief Finch noted that the Ambulance we bought last year with contingency money, is showing on his Capital Outlay line item for this year due to the timing of it.

Ms. Blissit noted we can assign the ambulance to 2017 fund balance.

Comm. Henry questioned what is included in a pack.

Chief Finch showed Commissioners one of the SCBA packs and a bottle.

Mr. Benton noted that BB&T does finance the packs and we are looking at 84 months at 2.80%, monthly payment of $6,014 and annual amount of $72,171.

Mr. Benton further noted one of the items that needs to be handled is the ambulance. If we do this, his current budget can pay for the financing and the insurance we just approved.

Comm. Salmon made motion to assign the recent ambulance purchase to 2017 Capital Outlay and approve the purchase of the 46 SCBA’s and equipment and the Board will determine financing going forward, Luke seconded; passed unanimously.

FY2017 Final Budget Amendments – To Finalize Audit:

Ms. Blissit reviewed the final FY2017 Budget Amendments.

 

Commissioners approved the budget amendments as follows:

 

Budget Amendment #1 – Comm. Salmon made motion to approve, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #2 – Comm. Henry made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #3 – Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #4 – Comm. Henry made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #5 – Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #6 – Comm. Luke made motion to approve, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #7 – Comm. Henry made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #8 – Comm. Luke made motion to approve, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #9 – Comm. Salmon made motion to approve, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #10 – Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Budget Amendment #11 – Comm. Luke made motion to approve, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

 

(A copy of these Budget Amendments will be attached and made a part of the official minutes).

 

County Attorney Items:

None

County Manager Items:

Mr. Benton noted he would like to bid a Tub Grinder for storm debris; will be reimbursed by FEMA through GEMA

Comm. Henry questioned if the plan is to grind and put in Landfill.

Mr. Benton noted EPD says we can use as cover for Cell 5.

Mr. Benton noted he is meeting with Public Works Director in the morning to identify bridgework.  Also Keldrick Collins with DOT is scheduled to come Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.; Comm. Salmon requested him to come about a new sign at Recreation Department.

Mr. Benton noted there will need to be Work Sessions and Called Meetings in January on Public Works 2012 SPLOST.

Mr. Benton reminded the Board that the employee Christmas Dinner is December 14th and encouraged Commissioners to attend.

Comm. Pennamon noted the board would like to provide all employees with a ham or turkey.

Comm. Salmon made motion to authorize County Manager to purchase turkeys for all full-time, part-time, and volunteer employees not to exceed $4,000, Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Citizen Comments:

Ken McMichael – JCWSA Policy Statement

Executive Session:  

None

Adjourn:

Comm. Salmon made motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m., Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

 

___________________________

Carl Pennamon, Chairman

 

___________________________

Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk

Jasper County Commissioners – Work Session and Called Meeting

The Jasper County Board of Commissioners will have a work session to discuss service delivery strategies with the City of Monticello and City of Shady Dale.  There will be a called meeting immediately following the work session.

Work Session
Monday, March 12, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Commissioner’s Meeting Room

Topic to be discussed:
Service Delivery Strategies with the cities of Monticello and Shady Dale

 

For Agenda Packet Click Here

FACEBOOK TO INVEST $750 MILLION IN STANTON SPRINGS DATA CENTER…

Social media giant to create at least 100 jobs | 03/07/2018

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ATLANTA, March 7, 2018 —Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook,” said Deal. “It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project. We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognizing Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business, but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future. This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”

The Newton Data Center will be part of the highly advanced infrastructure that helps Facebook provide apps and services to more than 2 billion people around the world. The new facility will be Facebook’s ninth data center in the U.S.

“As a company, Facebook is committed to creating positive impact at the local level – that means hiring, partnering and investing locally,” said Rachel Peterson, VP of Data Center Strategy at Facebook. “We are thrilled to be making Georgia our new home and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the state, Newton County, and our new community.”

Facebook will construct two buildings to occupy 970,000 square feet. The buildings will be fully operational in 2020.

“We couldn’t be happier to have such an outstanding company like Facebook as one of our community corporate partners,” said Shane Short, executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County. “This is just the beginning of a long-term partnership that will continue to grow stronger. We value our partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Commissioner Pat Wilson, and his professional team, especially EJane Caraway. We are appreciative that they helped us with this project.”

Facebook’s data centers are among the most advanced, energy-efficient facilities in the world. The Newton Data Center will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy, and cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners. The facility will also house Facebook’s hyper-efficient hardware, which powers apps and other services.

“I am excited for Facebook and their new data center to join an industry ecosystem here that is known for being a hub of technological innovation,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog. “Facebook will be able to take advantage of our skilled engineering workforce and leading telecommunications infrastructure.”

GDEcD Director of Life Sciences and Corporate Solutions EJane Caraway represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties, Walton EMC, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Power and other state and local agencies.

“When a world leader in technology such as Facebook chooses to locate an essential part of its operations in Georgia, it solidifies what we already know: that we are a prime and safe location for data centers and information technology,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We look forward to welcoming Facebook as a corporate citizen, and are excited about the impact they will have in Newton County. Congratulations to all partners who helped bring this project to fruition.”

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CONTACT:

Jen Talaber Ryan
jen.ryan@georgia.gov

John Vaughan
john.vaughan@georgia.gov

Official Announcement of Facebook Data Center…

Four County Development Authority members Carl Pennamon and Steve Jordan were present today at the Georgia State Capitol when Governor Nathan Deal made the official announcement of the Facebook data center coming to Newton, Walton, Morgan, and Jasper County in Stanton Springs.

Shown here along with David Dyer is Rachel Peterson representing Facebook and Representative Susan Holmes.

 

 

 

 

Board of Assessors Vacancy

The Jasper County Board of Assessors has two openings for a Board assignment. The openings are to fill new 3 years terms starting April 18, 2018 and June 1, 2018.

Anyone interested in serving on this Board should submit a letter of interest and statement of qualifications along with contact information to Lynn Bentley in the Jasper County Board of Assessors Office or emailed to lbentley@jaspercountyga.org.

For additional information, please call 706-468-4904.
Applications will be accepted until March 23, 2018.

Jasper County Board of Commissioners – Work Session

The Jasper County Board of Commissioners will have a work session to discuss SPLOST and General Fund Expenditures

Work Session
Monday, February 26, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Commissioner’s Meeting Room

Topic to be discussed:
SPLOST and General Fund Expenditures

Job Announcement: Finance Director Position

Jasper County is seeking a Finance Director.  The position oversees all accounting, financial reporting, and internal control activities for the Jasper County Board of Commissioners. The position is responsible with assisting in the preparation of the annual budget, conducting financial analysis, preparing and presenting budget and financial documents as well as overseeing the annual audit. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a high level of accounting knowledge and perform supervisory skills while managing the Finance Department.

The position will require the knowledge and skill normally associated with the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a closely related field with a minimum of five (5) years of responsible accounting experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An understanding of governmental accounting is a plus.

For a complete job description and application go to the ground floor of the Courthouse in the Human Resource Dept.  Applications are also available on the County website at www.jaspercountyga.org .   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Certified HeartSaver CPR Classes Offered

Certified HeartSaver CPR Class  

When:  Saturday March 17, 2018
Time:     8:30am – 12:30pm
Where: JCFR Station #3, 185 GA-212, Monticello, GA
Description:  Please complete the attached sign-up form to be added to the class roster.  www.tinyurl.com/JCFRcpr
A $20 fee is applicable for your card which is now issued as an Email-Card. Please bring cash or check with you to class.

Certified HeartSaver CPR Class 

When:  Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time:     8:30am – 12:30pm
Where:  JCFR Station #3, 185 GA-212, Monticello, GA
Description Please complete the attached sign-up request form to be added to the class roster.    www.tinyurl.com/JCFRcpr
A $20 fee is applicable for your card which is now issued as an e-Card. Please bring cash or check with you to class.

 

Questions?  Email:  jcfrcpr@gmail.com