2018 County Holiday’s…

2018 Approved County Holiday’s
Jasper County Courthouse and Offices will be closed the following dates…

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

Board of Commission 2018 Meeting Dates…

Jasper County Board of Commissioners 2018 Regular Meeting Dates:

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

Accepting Applications for Recreation Coordinator…

Jasper County is accepting applications for Full-time Recreation Coordinator. Job duties include fieldwork, grass cutting, Game and practice management, computer and other office work. For an application, please visit our website at www.jaspercountyga.org or come by the Courthouse.    Deadline to apply is Friday, January 12, 2018.

Called Meeting – January 4, 2018



6:00 p.m.
Commissioner’s Meeting Room – Ground Floor Ste. 16
Jasper County Courthouse


Meeting Agenda





Regular Meeting Minutes – November 6, 2017

Jasper County Board of Commissioners
November 6, 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, and Craig Salmon. Doug Luke arrived at 6:12 p.m.

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

Pledge of Allegiance:


District 1, Carl Pennamon

Agenda Approval:

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

Consent Agenda:


Comm. Salmon made motion to approve the Minutes of Regular Meeting of October 2, 2017 and Called Meeting of October 23, 2017; Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.  


Check Register:

Comm. Salmon made motion to approve the check register which included check #’s 050984 – 051306, Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Public Hearing:

Comm. Salmon made motion to open the Public Hearing regarding the request for installation of Speed Bumps to be placed on Lakeshore Drive located off of State Route 212 at 6:03 p.m.; Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Ms. Cathy Benson presented her request for installation of speed bumps on Lakeshore Drive. 79 homes, 4 homes cornered on Lakeshore, for total of 83 homes. 85% have voted yes for speed bumps, 10 no’s,

No one spoke against.

Comm. Salmon made motion to close the Public Hearing at 6:08 p.m., Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to open the Public Hearing for the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Capital Improvements Element (CIE) of the Development Impact Fee Compliance Requirement and the Short- Term Work Program Component of the County Comprehensive Plan for FY2017 at 6:11 p.m., Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Charles Forsythe noted he does not feel the numbers have validity.

Comm. Salmon made motion to close the Public Hearing at 6:14 p.m., Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Commissioner’s Items:

Jernigan:  Requested update on Insurance for storm damages and clean-up on roads.

Mr. Benton noted we have not received final on the damage to the courthouse.

Henry:   He is glad to see people at the meeting, invited them to come all the time.

Salmon:  Recreation dept. sign, like to see it put up quickly. Trees and limbs on Palalto; future acquisition of property off Liberty Church will get with County Manager later on the property and other issues.

Luke: None

Pennamon:  He has been contacted in regards to we need to appoint someone to the regional mental health board, he would like staff to advertise for volunteers to serve.


Proclamation – Celebrating the Heritage:

Ms. Robinson read the Proclamation declaring the day of December 2, 2017 as Celebrating the Heritage: The Jasper County Training School Educator Legacy Day.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve the proclamation for signature, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Proclamation – St. James AME Church celebrating 150 years:

Ms. Robinson read the Proclamation into the minutes commending St. James AME Church for its 150 years of service to Jasper County community.

Comm. Luke made motion to approve the proclamation for signature, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Regular Agenda:


Old Business:

Request to purchase ADA Compliant Van with Wheelchair Lift – Senior Center:

Tracy Norton noted the center has never been able to serve Senior Citizens in wheelchairs or on walkers; they are requesting a replacement van. The one they use now has 195K miles.

Comm. Pennamon reminded the board that they had asked staff to look at financing options.

Mr. Benton noted at one time we were talking about using unused contingency balance from FY2017; the unused contingency is $170,787 as we didn’t use much contingency last year.

Comm. Jernigan questioned what Ms. Norton plans to do with the other vans.

Ms. Norton noted the plan was to get wheelchair accessible and apply for 5311 grant funds next year; hopefully the van with 165K miles will hold up.

Mr. Benton noted we can use our current contingency of $150,000 or out of fund balance.

Comm. Henry made motion to approve $52,784.92 out of contingency for a Star Trans Senator II Shuttle Bus 12 passengers with 2 wheelchairs (or 14 Passengers with No Wheelchairs) as specified in attachment purchased by State Contract (to save $6,300) Contract #48400-140-DOT0000426-0001.

Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Request to Increase Budget for Janitorial Services for Senior Center:

Ms. Norton noted the program that paid for her 2 janitors was cut. She is in need of janitorial services at 2 hours a day/10 hour a week for $75 a week for 52 weeks for an annual amount of $3,900.


Comm. Salmon questioned if this will this be a contract.


Atty. Ozburn noted it is an independent contractor.


Comm. Pennamon noted at last meeting we asked County Attorney

Mr. Benton noted that he feels it would be better to charge it to Govt. buildings budget building maintenance line item and watch the line item for the remainder of this year.


Comm. Jernigan made motion to authorize Chairman to sign contract for Senior Center Janitorial Services in the amount of $3,900 annually and to post it to Government Buildings budget under the line item building maintenance, Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.


Request to purchase New Shuttle Van for County Extension:

Kasey Reid noted at the October 2nd meeting she presented the specs and information for the Star Trans 15 passenger shuttle bus in the amount of $49,892.92. Ms. Reid gave a recap of the problems with the current van.

Ms. Reid gave a rundown of how often the van is used to transport children.

Comm. Salmon made a motion to purchase the Star Trans 15 passenger shuttle bus as presented at a cost of $49,892.92 to come out of contingency, Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Salmon clarified that if 4-H had a need for an ADA Compliant van the Senior Center would be willing to share.

Ms. Norton noted yes, dependent on if it is being used.

Comm. Pennamon noted concern with the lettering on the vans, he would like it to say Jasper County.

Financial Policy Review:

Ms. Blissit noted that the Finance Staff request the Financial policy which addresses the accounting, auditing, financial reporting, debt management, and fund balance be approved.

Comm. Henry noted concern page 7 third paragraph and fund balance not below 45% of general fund budget.

Ms. Blissit noted we are there now.

Comm. Salmon made motion to approve the Financial Policy as presented; Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Henry expressed concern with the 45% may not be catastrophic, may just be a definite need.

New Business:

Comprehensive Plan Steering:

Mr. Benton noted the county needs to appoint a Steering Committee made up of a diverse group representing all of Jasper County.  


Commissioners agreed to advertise for volunteers to serve on the Steering Committee and appoint them at the December Regular Meeting.


Request for speed bumps:

Comm. Salmon noted we need to make sure speed bumps are rated for the correct mile per hour.

Comm. Salmon made motion based upon petition of the citizens of that community, that speed bumps be installed on Lakeshore Drive based upon specs and criteria developed with Public Works and County Manager accordingly, Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Commissioners agreed to have them be done one at a time for a trial period.

2018 LMIG Application:

Comm. Pennamon noted we have discussed previously to use LMIG for Post Road and Goolsby Road because those are the 2 roads the board decided years ago to complete before we venture off into something else. He feels Goolsby Road is still holding up; the front portion from Hwy. 11 is breaking up and we need to look at another method of paving it.


Comm. Jernigan noted Pintail off Jackson Lake Road is in bad shape; need .10th of mile done, can it be added to the project list.


Comm. Luke noted he would like us to start thinking outside box, would like us to consider taking LMIG money and do triple surface contracting. He would like us to get some pricing.


Commissioners discussed the possibility of a Called Meeting to select roads.


Mr. Benton clarified he needs to get rough quotes, not bids.


Linda Brittnall of 130 Doe Lane Road near Bear Creek Marina, noted the need to have some attention shown to her road as well as Stag Run and Bobcat.


Approve FY2017 Capital Improvements Element Report and Authorize Submittal:

Mr. Benton noted Jasper County has prepared an annual update to the Capital Improvements Element for FY 2017 in accordance with the Development Impact Fee Compliance Requirements established by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.


Mr. Benton noted the comprehensive plan steering committee will review everything.

Comm. Jernigan made motion to authorize Annual CIE Improvements for FY2017 be submitted to Northeast Georgia Regional Commission for review and then be submitted to DCA, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Approve FY2018-2022 Short Term Work Program:

Mr. Benton noted a Short Term Work Plan covering the period FY 2018 – 2022 has been prepared in accordance with the Minimum Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning established by the Georgia Planning act of 1989.


Comm. Henry made motion to authorize the Short-Term Work Program FY2018-2022 be submitted to Northeast Georgia Regional Commission for review and then be submitted to DCA, Comm. Luke seconded; passed unanimously.

Bank Accounts for Senior Center:

Ms. Blissit noted Finance requests to open 2 new bank accounts used specifically for the Senior Center Capital Project Fund

Ms. Blissit noted Bank Account 1-The Department of Community Affairs requires a non-interest bearing bank account be established to receive the drawdown of funds from the CDBG Award.  This bank account will be utilized to pay vendor invoices approved and administered by Allen-Smith. Bank Account 2-Our CDBG administrators, Allen-Smith, recommend to establish a second bank account, which will be utilized as a local funding bank account to pay expenditures not paid by the grant, such as any administration and engineering costs.


Comm. Jernigan made motion to Authorize Chairman to sign the Hamilton State Bank new account agreements, Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Luke clarified before any draws are made they will come through Finance.

Ms. Blissit noted yes.

4th Quarter FY2017 Financial Review:

Ms. Blissit reviewed the 4th Quartet FY2017 Financial Review. (A copy of this report is attached and made a part of the official minutes).

1st Quarter FY2018 Financial Review:

Ms. Blissit reviewed the 1st Quartet FY2018 Financial Review. (A copy of this report is attached and made a part of the official minutes).

County Attorney Items:

Atty. Ozburn noted he will need an Executive session for potential litigation, employment reviews

County Manager Items:

Mr. Benton noted Blount Construction started on Post Road today,

No Thru truck signs have been installed in conjunction with Sheriff Dept. and Public Works on Jackson Lake Road off Hwy. 16, Jackson Lake Road off Hwy 212, Bethel Church Road, and Clay Road. Will petition GDOT to look at the truck route signage that needs to be replaced or enhanced.

Curbside cart audit lined up to take place in next couple weeks.

Final vote for SPLOST is tomorrow.

Citizen Comments:

Pat Tria – SPLOST

Jan Hart and Charles Hart – Senior Center.

Charles Forsythe – Triple surface treatment

Executive Session:  

Comm. Luke made motion to go into Executive Session at 7:52 p.m. to discuss personnel and litigation, Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Salmon made motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:20 p.m., Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.


Comm. Salmon made motion to adjourn at 8:20 p.m., Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.



Carl Pennamon, Chairman



Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk

Advertisement for Continuing Certification…

Advertisement for Continuing Certification of a Local Issuing Authority pursuant to the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975, as amended (O.C.G.A. 12-7-1, et seq.)

The Jasper County Board of Commissioners will hear a public hearing on the following item at their meeting on January 8, 2018 beginning at 6:00 pm in the Commissioners Meeting Room located on the basement floor of the courthouse (Suite 16)

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

The public is invited to attend and those with special needs related to handicapped accessibility, should contact the Planning and Zoning office at 706-468-4905.

Alcohol Application Hearing

The following application will go before the Board of Commissioners on January 8, 2018 at 6 pm.

  • Hillsboro Station Market, Application number 2018-A-005 located at 1750 Hwy 11 South Hillsboro, Ga 31038.
    Name of Applicant: George Clifford Hanright-Retail sale of beer – New License

Consideration of approval will be on the agenda for the monthly County Commissioners meeting on January 8, 2017 at 6 pm.  The meeting will be in the Commissioners meeting room on the basement floor of the courthouse

Animal Control HVAC Replacement

Animal Control HVAC Replacement
The Jasper County Board of Commissioners are seeking quotes to replace one HVAC unit at
Jasper County Animal Control at 126 Mack Tillman Drive, Monticello, GA 31064. Specifications
are available online at jaspercountyga.org; email to jaspercountyanimalcontrol@gmail.com or
picked up at 126 Mack Tillman Drive, Monticello, GA 31064.
Quotes must be received by Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Quotes should be emailed
to jaspercountyanimalcontrol@gmail.com or delivered in person at 126 Mack Tillman Drive,
Monticello, GA 31064.  For questions or additional information, contact Kristy Tribble at
jaspercountyanimalcontrol@gmail.com or by calling 706-468-0396.


Jasper County Senior Center Learns About Technology

Seniors Learn about Technology

More than two dozen Jasper County senior citizens took part in a technology learning session Monday with eight 4-H’ers present to aid the group with hands on lessons.

As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption, the company sponsored the technology class which sought to teach Jasper County senior citizens how to safely navigate the digital world.

From 2014 to 2016 alone, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the limited, remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of the new statewide technology initiative is on increasing internet adoption.
To help boost internet adoption rates, the new technology program pairs Georgia 4-H student trainers with senior users and uses AT&T’s Digital You curriculum to share how to have a safe and secure online experience. The personal one-on-one training results in benefits to all participants. Seniors enjoy an increased understanding of technology. And, student trainers sharpen invaluable leadership and interpersonal skills, helping prepare them to graduate career and college ready.

“High-speed internet has quickly become a preferred way to access information and communicate,” said Paul Chambers, AT&T Georgia Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs, who attended the event. “We believe that enabling dedicated students to engage and inform Georgia seniors on the many benefits of digital literacy will help boost internet adoption rates and further connect our state.”

“With support from AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are being enabled with important digital tools that assist in monitoring and managing nutritional and medical needs and increasing interaction with the ones they love,” said State Representative Susan Holmes. “A special thanks to AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for working with our seniors, especially in the more rural parts of our state.”

The 4-H’ers assisting the seniors included five Jasper County 4-H’ers Lauren Hicks, Allie Alexander, Isabella Waddell, Adelyn Walls, and Makya West as well as three members of the state 4-H Tech Team who led the program including C.J. Harris and Lavender Harris from Newton County and Taralee Runyan from Madison County. Cheryl Varnadoe with the state 4-H office was present as the Tech Team advisor.

Mr. Chambers was there representing AT&T while Rep. Holmes and husband, Paul Holmes, also attended with well-wishes for the hometown constituents. Jasper County commissioners Carl Pennamon and Don Jernigan along with County Manager Mike Benton made appearances as well.

“Our amazing Georgia 4-H students are working directly with seniors to illustrate the importance of digital literacy and safety for all generations,” stated Arch Smith, Director of Georgia 4-H. “Our Georgia 4-H students are working with seniors on an array of digital tasks – everything from learning how to video chat with friends and family, program security locks and codes to protect devices and personal data, post photos on Facebook and use calendar and reminder apps for things like doctor’s appointments. Georgia 4-H is proud to collaborate with AT&T and excited to launch this training initiative, enhancing support in our communities – urban and rural.”
The Jasper County Senior Center along with the Barrow County Center, the Elbert County Senior Center, the Monroe County Senior Center and the Moultrie Senior Center are the centers hosting the #GACyberSeniors pilot program in December.

“Technology is no longer something seniors avoid, and #GACyberSeniors aims to help our seniors safely embrace the many benefits of digital literacy,” stated Tracy Norton, Director of the Jasper County Senior Center. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future, and I applaud AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students as they work to ensure the digital transition is effortless for seniors across Georgia.”

Through Digital You, AT&T has collaborated with prominent national organizations such as Common Sense, The OASIS Institute, and AARP to increase digital literacy as well as local organizations across the country to assemble and promote expert online safety information in number of formats.


Part-time Job Available

The Jasper County Library is accepting applications for a 19 hour position.

Apply in person at 319 E. Greene Street, Monticello, GA 31064