Jasper County Board of Commissioners
July 10, 2017
Regular Meeting Minutes
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 Manager, Rhonda Blissit, and County Attorney, David Ozburn..
Pledge of Allegiance:
District 3, Don Jernigan
Comm. Salmon made motion to approve the agenda as presented, Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
Comm. Luke made motion to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of June 5, 2017, Public Hearing Minutes of June 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., Public Hearing Minutes of June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., Called Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2017, Public Hearing Minutes of June 19, 2017; Comm. Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
Comm. Luke made motion to approve the check register which included check #’s 49915 -50200, Comm. Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
FY18 NEGA Area Agency on Aging Contract.
Ms. Norton noted the GA Foods Contract prices have gone up a little, so we will probably have to come back to that.
Comm. Salmon made motion to approve based on county attorney review, and authorize Chairman to sign, Luke seconded; passed unanimously.
Comm. Henry clarified that the increase that Ms. Norton mentioned is included in the contract.
Ms. Norton noted that is correct.
Salmon: Congratulations to David Ozburn and wife on new baby girl on July 5th. Asked for follow up on web page/Facebook. Fund balance, 6 months is the mid-point from most financial advisors.
Mr. Benton noted working model on website, not ready to go live yet.
Pennamon: Would like to get Public Work more vehicles, wondered if old sheriff cars are available.
Henry: Public Hearing on July 20th, also Public Safety Cup at Rec. Dept. would like all Commissioners to support.
Recreation Director – Jonathon Green – Introduced himself and gave his mission and vision for the Park. Invited everyone to come out to the park to see the improvements made.
Lynn Bentley – Reviewed with Commissioners a Report on Audit. (A copy is attached and made a part of the official minutes).
2017 LMIG Post Road Bid Results:
Mr. Benton noted bid requests were sent out for Post Road. 2 miles and 2.2 miles, and Barr Bridge Road Bridge. Received 3 responses. Pittman made an error on multiplication. Mr. Benton provided the correction.
Mark Whitley, addressed the board about full depth reclamation on Post Road with 22 foot road.
Mr. Benton noted the total LMIG with match is $659, 730.42. If we go with 2.5 miles we will need $60,683.33 in additional funds.
Mr. Whitley noted the Barr Bridge Road Bridge test shows surge stone, GAB and 7 inches of asphalt; which is why it is so expensive.
Comm. Pennamon noted could you cut down on the abutment from 150 to 50.
Mr. Whitley noted you could, if it is not a GDOT project.
Comm. Luke made motion to go with Blount Construction for 2.3 miles based on specifications, Salmon seconded, passed unanimously.
Comm. Henry questioned do we know where we will start, does it all have to be continuous.
Mr. Benton noted yes, they want to be continuous.
Mr. Whitley noted start at Smith Brock and go all the way to Jefferies Road,
Mr. Whitley does not recommend going with the 150 foot abutment; would cut price by 1/3.
Comm. Pennamon suggests he bring numbers back to board with a price for 50 feet on each side.
Atty. Ozburn questioned how much this alters the bid, may need to re-bid.
Comm. Pennamon noted we are going to have to re-bid because there is only one bidder.
Pitts Chapel Road Bridge Replacement Project:
Mr. Benton noted we are working on the Pitts Chapel Bridge that connects Jasper County with Newton County. We have a verbal commitment, GDOT is willing to fund 70% of project. Received a letter from GDOT on the Low Impact Bridge Replacement Program. Mr. Benton recommends we go ahead and obtain right of ways like we were; talked with a representative, and there is an August 15th date to look at this bridge.
Comm. Luke made motion to authorize County Manager to proceed with this Low Impact Bridge Replacement Program, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
Comm. Salmon questioned can this be used for Barr Bridge Road Bridge as well.
Mr. Benton noted he can ask.
Comm. Luke asked if this is going to be subject to our plans.
Mr. Benton noted, it is a two-lane bridge and it may even be a little wider.
Comm. Pennamon requested board members to ride the Old Adgateville Road Bridge, it is dangerous. Requested County Manager put this on his to-do list.
Resolution to approve Judicial Sales Taxes – Tax Commissioner:
Angela Walsh, Tax Commissioner noted the Judicial Tax Sale is like the regular sales as far as advertising and notifying the property owners or interest holders. At the last tax sale, she had to remove some properties because there were so many heirs, this takes our liability out of it as we will get an attorney to do the research, they would take it before a judge who would make a ruling and say it is okay to sell. It would still be sold on the courthouse steps. This will help with our blighted properties also. It would not cost the county anything as we would add any cost to the sale.
Comm. Jernigan made motion to approve the resolution for Judicial Sales Taxes and authorize Chairman to sign, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
Comm. Henry questioned if this is fairly new,
Ms. Walsh noted she thinks so, Henry County and Putnam County use it.
Jackson Lake Road Specific Road Section Speed Limit Change:
Mr. Benton noted that there is a long term resident that would like the speed limit changed to 35 MPH on the section of Jackson Lake Road from Highway 11 to Rocky Creek Road. The state has to approve it, so this will not go into effect right away.
Comm. Henry asked sheriff if he thinks it will help and if there will be any trouble permitting.
Sheriff noted he doesn’t think there will be a problem; he would also like board to look at the square or rectangular advancing curb signs. Noted this is a fairly slow process and suggest making it contingent on approval from state.
Comm. Luke made motion to authorize sheriff to petition the state to lower speed limit from 45 MPH to 35 MPH on the section of Jackson Lake Road from Highway 11 to Rocky Creek Road, contingent upon approval from the state, Henry seconded; passed unanimously.
Adopt Jasper County Recreation Association Board By-Laws:
Comm. Pennamon noted page 43 item 3 under duties. Outdoor facility may need to just go with facility. Also under goals thinks indoor facilities should be added.
Comm. Salmon questioned if these were reviewed with Mr. Green.
Mr. Robert Norton, Recreation Board Chairman noted the Recreation Board reviewed them several times with Mr. Green. Also noted they want to work with him as an advisory board and association.
Comm. Henry asked Mr. Green if he is good with this.
Mr. Green noted he is good with the By-Laws.
Comm. Jernigan made motion to accept and adopt the Jasper County Recreation Board By-Laws, Salmon seconded; passed unanimously.
Comm. Salmon thanked the board for all their hard work.
County Attorney Items:
County Manager Items:
Roads and Bridges:
Other County Items:
Pam Mayer – Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, regional visitor center for Georgia; selfie spot at Sac o Suds will be installed July 25th have asked for one for courthouse as well.
Comm. Luke made motion to adjourn at 7:10 p.m., Comm. Jernigan seconded; passed unanimously.
Carl Pennamon, Chairman
Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk