Work Session Minutes – February 26, 2018

 Jasper County Board of Commissioners

February 26, 2018

Work Session Minutes

6:00 P.M.

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

Commissioners Present: Chairman, Carl Pennamon, Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon, Bruce Henry, and Don Jernigan.  Doug Luke joined the meeting at 6:06 p.m.

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

Pledge of Allegiance:


Rev. Preston Campbell

Comm. Pennamon noted this is a Work Session on Public Works SPLOST.

Comm. Pennamon reviewed handouts with Commissioners noting that there are $579,066.71 for Public Works in 2012 SPLOST. (A copy of the handouts will be attached and made a part of the official Work Session Minutes).

Mr. Benton reviewed Public Works Capital Expenditure handout noting $642,947 available for Public Works shop and equipment needs.

Preston Campbell noted the need for dump trucks and reviewed the vehicle inventory.  He noted they currently have 2 dump trucks without operators, they are currently advertising to fill one of the positions. One of the dump trucks is down.

Comm. Pennamon suggested to scrap truck #210 and use it for parts.

Mr. Campbell discussed purchasing a Mack versus and International Brand truck.

Comm. Pennamon noted a flyer he received of an equipment Auction in Alabama that they may need to check into.

Mr. Benton discussed Crack Sealing.  We can purchase a machine, will need a truck to pull it.  Recommends using SPLOST money to purchase. He did make phone call and got a price of $4,000 per mile per lane.

Mr. Benton stressed the need to do something with crack sealing so as not to lose some of our roads.

Mr. Campbell noted roads like Avant, Post Road, and Harvey Lane Road, if we don’t do something to those roads in the next five years they will fall apart.

Comm. Pennamon noted he doesn’t see how we can afford to contract it out.

Comm. Luke questioned if there were roads right now that are ready to crack seal.

Mr. Campbell noted about six.

Comm. Henry questioned if we had the equipment how much staff would it take to run the equipment.

Mr. Campbell noted he would use the patch machine crew to do crack sealing in the fall of the year. That crew consist of 3 men, don’t have manpower to use flaggers.

Comm. Pennamon noted he feels we need to go ahead and authorize staff to bid these items.

Commissioners agreed that we should bid new and used.

Mr. Campbell noted they also need a road broom to get loose gravel off road when they are doing road work.

Mr. Benton noted they also have a tree limb sheer attachment that fits onto a gradall on the list of needed equipment.

Mr. Benton noted that Keith Smith, Building Inspector and Preston went to the DOT Shop on Highway 212, they came up a 40 feet deep and 56 foot high bay with a concrete pad and metal building would work for a shop at Public Works. He further noted Robert Jordan will do the site plan for grading.

Mr. Campbell noted he would like to put new building on left side of building.  He would like to have a building big enough that he, supervisors and Administrative Clerk can move into as well.

Comm. Salmon noted he would like to see the Sheriff Dept., Senior Center, Recreation and Public Works Shop all by the end of this year.

Mr. Benton noted the Courthouse needs some repairs.  We need a Industrial Commercial Inspector to look at the Courthouse.

Comm. Pennamon suggested staff needs to find someone to do inspection and bring specs back.

Mr. Benton noted he can try to have cost identified by April.

Comm. Salmon expressed his concerns that we need a Fleet Manager and a Building and Grounds Maintenance person.

Comm. Pennamon expressed concern that we need to do everything we can to save money in order to give our employees raises this year. We need to do something to retain our own people here in the county.

Comm. Pennamon declared the Work Session closed at 7:02 p.m.



Carl Pennamon, Chairman



Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk