The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Public
Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2008, in the Community Room,
Jason Harper, Chairman
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Elizabeth (“B.J.”) Mathis, District II Commissioner
Randy Stamey, Vice-Chairman, District III Commissioner
Reid A. Bowman, District IV Commissioner
Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner
Also attending were
(NOTE: Audio of this meeting is not available. Video is available in the Communications Department.)
Chairman Harper called the meeting to order and called for an
acceptance of the agenda.
The following proclamation was presented to Don Ash, Emergency Management Agency Director for Severe Weather Awareness Week:
WHEREAS: Each year Georgians face the threat of severe weather events such as lightning, thunderstorms, floods, flash floods, hailstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes, all potentially dangerous to life, health and property; and
WHEREAS: Urbanization and continued population growth increase the potential for these storms to cause death and destruction; and
weather-related injuries and substantial property damage occurred in
WHEREAS: It is vital that effective public education programs concerning severe weather systems and preparedness procedures continue for the benefit of all Georgians; and
WHEREAS: Departments and agencies of the local, state and federal governments, along with volunteer and professional associations, elected leaders and news media, are committed to informing Georgia citizens about safety and severe weather preparedness procedures so that they may better protect themselves, their families and their neighbors; and
WHEREAS: The State of Georgia is launching Ready Georgia, a public awareness campaign to help Georgia’s citizens understand the importance of emergency preparedness and provide them with the tools necessary to be prepared in the event of a weather-related or other emergency; now
February 3 Sunday Family Preparedness Day
February 4 Monday NOAA Weather Radio
February 5 Tuesday Thunderstorms
February 6 Wednesday Statewide Tornado Drill
February 7 Thursday Lightning
February 8 Friday Floods/Flash Floods
February 9 Saturday SKYWARN™
Authorization to submit Local Legislation authorizing the Probate Judge to appoint an Associate Judge
WHEREAS, due to ever increasing case loads and dockets, the need for an Associate Probate Judge has arisen; and
WHEREAS, an Associate Probate Judge position must be created by the Georgia Legislature; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Henry County desires, by this Resolution, to express its support for the creation of an Associate Probate Judge position for the Probate Court of Henry County, Georgia.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of Henry County supports the adoption of local legislation that will authorize the Henry County Probate Judge to appoint one or more Associate Probate Judges for the Probate Court of Henry County, Georgia and requests that its legislative delegation submit such legislation during the 2008 legislative term to accomplish such purpose.
Request to appear by Ms. Darlene McKeehan
Ms. Darlene McKeehan requested to appear before the Board regarding a possible nuisance on her neighbor’s property. Ms. McKeehan presented photographs of her neighbor’s property taken from her home. Her concern was the possible safety issues and the appearance of the neighborhood. The photographs showed several small modular units on her neighbor’s property. The Board directed staff to investigate whether this issue is a nuisance according the Code of Henry County and to advise Ms. McKeehan and the Board of their findings and the necessary actions warranted if any.
Commissioner Basler made the motion to appoint Jack Kinney to the
Council on Aging for District V;
Authorization to execute an Aging Subgrant Application with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Susan Craig, Director of Senior
Services, presented the agenda item to the Board.
WHEREAS, the Senior Services Department is the local Agency on Aging;
WHEREAS, Henry County Senior Services desires to submit an application to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for FY 08-09 funding to provide community based services to the older adults of Henry County; and
WHEREAS, Senior Services seeks approval from the Board of Commissioners to authorize the Chairman to execute necessary documents in conjunction with this application for ARC funds.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the
Request to purchase an upgrade to the Ocean System video imaging and audio enhancement system for the Police Department
WHEREAS, local businesses protect their property and employees by surveillance video and audio. Businesses have kept up with the ever-changing technology in video and audio surveillance; therefore, the Police Department finds it necessary to keep with the trend and upgrade video imaging and audio enhancement equipment; and
WHEREAS, the upgrade(s) to the current Ocean Systems video imaging and audio enhancement equipment will provide investigators and courts with the necessary clues and evidence required for successful prosecution; and
WHEREAS, the purchase of the upgrade will provide equipment, training, and up to three years of technical support and continued upgrades; and
WHEREAS, the total cost of the associated upgrade(s) is $15,312.00 (equipment is $8372.00, training class is $1,800.00 for two (2) detectives, and $4,590.00 for technical support and additional upgrades); and
WHEREAS, the use of seized drug money to pay expenses for the upgrade(s) is an appropriate and legal expenditure under federal guidelines; and
BE IT RESOLVED, by the HENRY
Authorization to accept funding through GEMA for the CERT Program
Don Ash, Emergency Management Agency
Director, presented the agenda item to the Board. Because of GEMA allotted funds,
WHEREAS, development of the Citizens Emergency Response Team provides a standard of training in assisting out citizens and protecting lives; and
WHEREAS, the CERT program will be offered throughout our community to assist in developing emergency preparedness to our citizens; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the
Bid award for the installation of ceiling grid in the Government Annex Offices
Roy Clack, SPLOST/Capital Projects Director presented the agenda item to the Board. Construction of the Government Annex Public Safety Department offices is currently in progress and sealed bids were solicited to install ceiling grid. Four (4) sealed bids were received and reviewed and staff recommended the bid be awarded to Prime Contractors.
WHEREAS, construction of the Government Annex Public Safety Department is in progress; and
WHEREAS, sealed bids were solicited to install ceiling grid; and
WHEREAS, four (4) sealed bids were received and reviewed; and
WHEREAS, funding for this budget amendment is available in the Government Annex account; and
WHEREAS, staff recommends the low bidder, Prime Contractors in the amount of $33,289.00; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the
Request to enter into an agreement with GDOT regarding
Roy Clack, SPLOST/Capital Projects
Director, presented the agenda item to the Board. East Lake Extension, Phase II is a designated
SPLOST II transportation project. The
request is for authorization to enter into a construction contract with Georgia
Department of Transportation on East Lake Extension, Phase II. By entering into the contract,
WHEREAS, Henry County agrees to abide by all state and/or federal regulations, rules, laws, and guidelines during construction on the new alignment of East Lake Extension, Phase II; and
WHEREAS, the total estimated construction cost of the project is $11,233,837.46; and
WHEREAS, the total estimated cost of the project to be financed under the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) is $5,007,000.00 which is the total state contribution to the project and is the maximum amount of the department’s obligation; and
WHEREAS, any amount above and beyond the $5,007,000.00 will be funded within the SPLOST II East Lake Extension, Phase II project account; and
BE IT RESOLVED the
County Manager Comments
There were no comments.
There were no comments.
Bubba Coffey spoke during public comments regarding the wrecker ordinance and wrecker services that are contracted with the county.
February 5th @ 9:00 a.m., Regular BOC meeting
There were no agenda items for this meeting.
February 7th @ 6:30 p.m., Joint meeting with the Board of Education. This meeting
has been cancelled.
3. Monday, February 18th @ 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, February 19th @ 6:30 p.m., Regular BOC meeting
4. Monday, March 3rd & Tuesday, March 4th @ 9:00 a.m., Regular BOC meeting
Approval of Minutes
Tour of Public Buildings
The Board recessed the meeting to take a tour of the following buildings: Environmental Health Department Offices; the new offices of the Recreation Department and Extension Services; and the Government Annex/Public Safety Administration Offices.
Commissioner Bowman made the motion
to approve the affidavit and resolution pertaining to executive session;
Jason T. Harper, Chairman