Called Meeting Minutes – August 13, 2018

 Jasper County Board of Commissioners

August 13, 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, Administrative Specialist, Cynthia Peters, Finance Director, Dennis Pate, and County Attorney, David Ozburn.

Additional Staff: Fire Rescue Director, Chris Finch, Public Works Director, Preston Campbell, Recreation Director, Jonathan Green, Senior Center Director, Tracy Norton, Sheriff, Donnie Pope, and Security, Keith Standifer.

Pledge of Allegiance:


Preston Campbell

Agenda Approval:

Comm. Salmon made motion approve the agenda as amended, moving the Cannery Site Visit to number 3 and moving item 3, Payroll Contingency to number 1, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

Consent Agenda:

Contracts and Agreements – Senior Center FY19 Contracts:

GA Foods:

Comm. Salmon made motion to authorize the Chairman to execute the GA Food Contracts, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.

NEGRC Area Agency on Aging:

Comm. Henry made motion to authorize the Chairman to execute the NEGRC Area Agency on Aging Contract, Luke seconded; passed unanimously.

Commissioner’s Items:

Luke – Mowing on Grandview, add Templeton Circle to list for chip sealing

Salmon – Johnny Fears Road is in great shape

Jernigan – would like to go back and look at some of the items that were tabled at the last meeting.

Henry – None

Pennamon – None



Regular Agenda:

Old Business:

FY 2019 Budget Payroll Increase Contingency for Employees:

Mr. Benton noted as it deals with employee compensation he would like to ask for an executive session.

Executive Session:

Comm.. Luke made motion to go into Executive Session at 6:12 p.m. to discuss compensation, Henry seconded; Luke, Henry, Pennamon, Jernigan vote yes; Salmon vote no. Motion passed 4 to 1.

Comm. Henry made motion to come out of Executive Session at 6:27 p.m., Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.

Comm. Henry noted during the budgeting process we set aside 3%  of salaries to go towards pay increases for county employees.

Comm. Henry made motion to give each department 3% of their salary to go through Human Resources and the County Manager, and Department Heads as to how it is implemented and distributed, Jernigan seconded; Henry, Jernigan, Pennamon, and Luke vote yes; Salmon vote no. Motion passed 4 to 1.

Sheriff Pope noted he thinks the wording needs to be differentiated between Department Heads and Constitutional Officers.

Atty. Ozburn noted the motion is okay as worded as the law will over rule any discrepancy.

Comm. Salmon noted for years he has asked for evaluations be done and grade them from top to bottom, and top performers get the bulk of the money, and next tier, and if you are not performing you don’t get anything.

Site Planning, SPLOST Projects and Public Works Shop Project:

Mr. Benton noted that Robert Jordan was kind enough to present some high resolution maps to help the Board look at the layout of the property. Jim Mesherle and Mike Turner were in the audience along with the Department Heads involved.


Mr. Benton noted he would like to have some discussion while sitting together viewing the maps.


Sheriff Planning:


Comm. Pennamon noted the Sheriff already has his plans.


Sheriff Pope noted the addition to his building would affect the parking lot. There will need to be another access point from Mack Tillman Drive.


Public Works Planning:


Preston noted he has visited several Public Works shops and Newton County has the newest facility.


Robert Jordan reviewed maps with Board and Staff.


Mr. Campbell noted, he doesn’t have a problem with what the Sheriff asks, he just wants the truck traffic to be considered.


Senior Center Planning:


The only change will be off the back of the building of 18 feet.


Recreation Planning:


Mr. Green advised the need for more fields.


Adjourn for Cannery Visit:


Comm. Salmon made motion to adjourn to tour the Jasper County Cannery facility at 7:32 p.m., Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.


County Attorney Items:


County Manager Items:


Citizens Comments:



Comm. Luke made motion to adjourn at 7:55 p.m., Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.


Carl Pennamon, Chairman



Cynthia Peters, Administrative Specialist