STATE OF GEORGIA

 

COUNTY OF HENRY

 

The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Regular Public Meeting with the Henry County Library Board at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2007, in the Conference Room B, County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia. Notice of this meeting was posted in the entrance foyer of the County Administration Building.  The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting. Those present were:

 

          Jason T. Harper, Chairman

          Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

          Elizabeth (“B.J.”) Mathis, District II Commissioner, Vice-Chairman

          Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner

          Reid A. Bowman, District IV Commissioner

          Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner

 

Henry County Library Board Members:

 

          Dr. Gordon, Baker, Board of Education Representative, Chairman

          Mary Louise Robinson, BOC Chairman’s Representative

          Marianne Morfoot, District I Representative

          Janice Lowe, District II Representative

          Sandy McGarity, District III Representative

          Al Bowen, District IV Representative

          Dr. Coralie Cox, District V Representative

         

Also attending were Rob Magnaghi, County Manager; Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Shay Mathis, County Clerk; Carolyn Fuller, Library System Director; Michael Harris, Planning and Development Division Director; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; Angie Bailey, Interim Administration Division Director; Michael Sabine, Assistant to the County Manager; Todd Ernst, Technical Committee Member; Wayne Smith, Technical Committee Member; and others.

 

(NOTE: An audio of this meeting is available with the County Clerk in the Board of Commissioners’ Office and will be retained for a period no less than twelve (12) months from the date of this meeting.)

 

Chairman Harper called the meeting to order and asked for an Acceptance of the Agenda. Commissioner Stamey made the motion to accept the agenda.  Commissioner Mathis asked that the agenda be amended to add a request to approve a resolution supporting pending legislation regarding annexation procedures. Commissioner Stamey amended his motion to add the resolution; Commissioner Mathis seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Chairman Harper welcomed the Library Board and thanked them for attending.  The meeting recessed for dinner.

 

The meeting reconvened. 

 

Fairview Library – Appropriating Funds for Collection Materials

 

          Commissioner Basler made the motion to approve the resolution appropriating funds for collection materials in the library system and provide assistance for a collection at the Fairview Library; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners is aware that a new library is being constructed in the Fairview community as an addition to the Henry County Library System; AND

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners is further aware that this new library in the Fairview community is being constructed with proceeds from the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST); AND

WHEREAS, the construction of a new library requires an addition to the collection materials within the library system to provide for an opening day collection at the Fairview Library; AND

WHEREAS, financial support for these additional collection materials would be provided in the form of a supplemental appropriation to the Henry County Library System.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Henry County that the Board hereby appropriates $150,000 to the Henry County Library System to expand collection materials in advance of the opening of the Fairview Library and provide assistance for an opening day collection at the Fairview Library.

 

Interview of Candidate 1 for the expansion and renovation of the McDonough Public Library – Ponder & Ponder

 

          Chairman Harper announced that Mr. Todd Ernst an architect and Mr. Wayne Smith an engineer were appointed to serve on the Technical Committee to assist the library administration with the RFP’s (Request for Proposal) for the expansion and renovation of the McDonough Library.

 

          Rob and Carmen Ponder represented Ponder & Ponder.  Rob stated they are architects who enjoy designing libraries.  They have been in practice as husband and wife for 9 years.  The reason for starting the company was to have the freedom to design different building types.  The goal for the company is to increase the number of libraries; libraries are more rewarding.  Most of their work has been with Gwinnett County and they would like to expand.  Approximately 80% of their work as an architectural firm has been in the design build setting; this gives a unique aspect of understanding cost. 

         

          For Henry County, Mr. Ponder stated they would bring their library expertise and the expertise in dealing with the cost of the project.  Carmen Ponder presented the Board with renderings of libraries they designed for Gwinnett County.  She stated they like to listen to the needs of their clients.  She enjoys working with the client towards the end result, which is a building that is as functional as it is beautiful but also durable with low maintenance.  

 

          The first reaction to the proposal was concern regarding the budget of $1,375,000 for the project.  They understood the proposal was prepared approximately two (2) years ago and there have been tremendous increases in construction costs.  When considering whether to respond to the RFP, they prepared a spreadsheet to evaluate the $1.3 million budget and worked backwards.  Below is a budget that was presented to the Board’s:

 

BUILDING ADDITION                     7,500 s.f. $130 =             $975,000

BUILDING RENOVATION               5,714 s.f. $35 =               $200,000

SITE IMPROVEMENTS                             Lump Sum Guess           $  50,000

 

                   F.F.E.                                                                             $           0

 

          SUB-TOTAL                                                                           $1,225,000

 

Design Consultants                                                                             $147,000

Permit Fees (Lump Sum Guess)                                                          $   3,000

 

GRAND TOTAL                                                                      $1,375,000

 

          Carmen Ponder stated one of the civil engineers on their team also looked at the site and they discussed if they were to do a 10,000 square foot addition to the library where does it make sense.  Based on preliminary views and without talking to anyone in detail, a logical place for the addition would be on the side of the building facing the street.  In order to be cost effective with the addition it would be nice to keep it all as one addition as opposed to doing two additions.  If that was done it would be added to the front parking lot facing the street.  It would open up what is currently the administrative office to be either greatly modified or reduced completely and opened to the general library space.  There will have to be a priority list of what’s high on the list and what’s at the bottom of the list to help the library function.

 

          Carmen’s role is the lead designer and she’s responsible for the intra-coordination and Rob’s role is inter-coordination between all the disciplines coordinating the engineers (civil, electrical, plumbing, and structural). 

 

          Carolyn Fuller, Henry County Library System Director, asked if Carmen Ponder would be the lead architect for the length of the project and there will not be a change.  Rob Ponder stated Carmen has sat in on all meetings regarding their projects except for the construction administration meetings. She will be at all meetings and it will not change.

 

          Mr. Al Bowen, Library Board Member, stated the amount budgeted for this project is looked at as a guaranteed maximum.  There is no change order reserve, no contingency.  Mr. Bowen  asked Ponder & Ponder how they would research the existing building and how it would lend itself to a renovation, everything that is used on the renovation will take away from the addition.

         

          Mr. Ponder stated it’s their understanding that the amount given to them is the total dollar amount for the project and there was not a construction contingency put into the proposed budget.  A contract would not be signed with a contractor for the total amount. He would back out approximately 5% to 8% to allow for the unforeseen.  The balance between the renovation and the addition is up to the owner. 

 

          Mr. Bowen stated the proposal states Ponder & Ponder will provide the architectural services and there will be a construction manger; how often will the construction manger perform site visits.  Mr. Ponder stated they will not have a construction manager but will have an architect doing construction administration.  Ponder & Ponder will not be hiring the sub-contractors but will be helping the owner with the selection process.

 

          Rob Magnaghi, County Manager, stated the county has a capital projects manager that would be well suited to be the owner’s representative as construction manager in conjunction with the architect.  Both Boards would make that determination.

 

          Commissioner Bowman asked if the interior design by the owner was done by an RFP (Request for Proposal).  Carolyn Fuller stated it was done by an RFP and was budgeted separately.

 

          Commissioner Bowman asked for the time frame for this project.  Rob Ponder stated it depends on which portion of it is renovation verses new build; approximately seven (7) months.  It depends on the sequence.  If the sequence is to build the new and move into it and then go back and do the renovations it could stretch out to be ten (10) months to a year.

 

          Carolyn Fuller, Library System Director, stated when the capital outlay application was submitted to the state, the cost per square foot was figured at that time.  There has been no opportunity for an amendment to the application.  Both vendors were informed there were no additional funds.

 

          Wayne Smith, Technical Committee Member, asked the vendor of the libraries they have been involved with, how many were new construction and how many were renovations.  Mrs. Ponder stated they have worked with the Gwinnett County Library System to renovate their older branches, which is approximately 14 libraries, but numerous other building additions.

 

          Chairman Harper asked the vendor their plans for blending the facade of the current building.  Mrs. Ponder stated they would like to use the same color brick to some extent; this would be a good way to tie the expansion to the existing building.  There are a lot of ways to tie the buildings together.  Something’s would not be imitated.

 

Interview of Candidate 2 for the expansion and renovation of the McDonough Public Library – Pope Partners

 

          Brent Pope represented the vendor for the presentation for the expansion and renovation of the McDonough Library.  Pope/Partners, Architects, Inc. is a modest size firm located north of Atlanta and has been in business a little over thirty (30) years.  Pope/Partners have conducted business with Henry County Parks & Recreation for a park/community center.  They are also the architects for the Locust Grove and Cochran Libraries and also the Fairview Library. 

 

          Mr. Pope stated their focus is to get the job done.  They have never had a project that was not completed.  Mr. Pope presented libraries that they have completed.  They would like to make the buildings look as though they fit in with the community.  In doing this, there two things to deal with; one is budget and two is making the building fit with the community. 

 

          Mr. Pope presented a project where they currently did a renovation and expansion and correlated the differences and similarities to the McDonough Library Project.

 

          The following breakdown approximates what the cost per square foot would have to be in order to build the square footages outlined in the proposed Scope of Work:

 

          Building Addition            10,000 SF @ $107.50 per SF    =       $1,075,000

          Building Renovation        Allowance **                            =       $   100,000

          Site Improvement            Lump Sum Allowance     =       $     50,000

          Soft Costs                       Assumed                        =       $   150,000

 

                                                TOTAL PROJECT BUDET*             $1,375,000

 

          *        FF & E design, furnishings, and equipment not included

**      If the building renovation allowance increased the budget available for the building addition would be decreased accordingly.

 

          The square footage prices indicated are much lower than what would be anticipated based on current building costs.

 

          There was discussion regarding the location of the expansion of the existing building.

Commissioner Holder stated the renovation/expansion should probably not be located in the front of the existing building because of the possibility of the widening Highway 81.

 

There was discussion regarding both vendors for the renovation/expansion project.  Carolyn Fuller stated after checking references, both firms received favorable recommendations. 

 

Chairman Harper asked Mrs. Fuller if the 7,500 square foot addition would be enough space to expand.  Mrs. Fuller stated it would be a tremendous amount of space that’s sufficient for expansion.  The existing library would remain open during the renovation/expansion. 

 

Chairman Harper asked Mrs. Fuller for her recommendation for a vendor for the project.  Mrs. Fuller stated from her research she would be alright with either vendor.  Pope/Partners, when doing new buildings, can do pretty much the same design; traditional.  Ponder & Ponder buildings are typically community oriented.  She stated she likeed both firms.

 

Nathan Rawls, State Consultant for Public Libraries, stated regarding the two vendors he would recommend Pope/Partners Architects, Inc.

 

Commissioner Holder made the motion to award the RFP to Pope/Partners, Architects, Inc.; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Library Board also approved to award the RFP to Pope/Partners, Architects, Inc.  Mrs. Fuller will contact both vendors regarding the decision of both Boards.

 

(This concluded the meeting with the Library Board)

 

Administrative Appeal regarding the revocation of a building permit

 

          Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney, stated the revocation of a building permit involves six (6) lots (lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52 & 53) of the Unit II Vintage Farms Subdivision.  The building department discovered that the septic permit submitted to the building department was not the same as the septic permit actually issued by the Department of Environmental Health.  The Department of Environmental Health issues septic permits and it permits a septic system to serve a home with a certain number of bedrooms.  The on-site septic construction permit, as submitted to the Building Department by the applicant (Michael R. Calvert doing business as Integra Homes, LLC) for lots #53 & #54 of the Belford Estates, had been altered from the original permit issued by the Department of Health.  In response the building permits were denied.  All other Building permits that had been issued to Integra Homes were reviewed and compared to the septic permits issued by Environmental Health.  After review it was discovered that the septic permits for six (6) lots within the Vintage Subdivision had also been altered (lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52 & 53).  The building permits for these lots were revoked and the Department of Environmental Health was notified.  A letter was later received from Environmental Health stating the on-site septic construction permits issued were null and void for Vintage Farms lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52 & 53 and Belford Estates lots 53 & 54.

 

          The applicant submitted a request to appeal the revocation of the building permits.  The proposal to the Board is that the applicant be given the opportunity to correct the permits; either a larger septic system or fewer bedrooms.  The previous proposal would call for the permits to remain revoked until such time as a new permit application has been submitted and granted and the correction could begin.  The applicant is asking if work could continue as the correction is in process.

 

          Ryan Potts, Attorney representing the applicant, stated an alteration did occur to documents which underlie the issuance of a building permit.  He stated Integra Homes employs independent contractors that are designated as what is referred to as permit runners.  The permit runners are given the documentation, plans and specification for the homes and independently go to the building department and obtain permits for the homes.  Three individuals who were employed as independent contractors by Integra Homes took independent liberties on there own to obtain permits by altering a number on one of the Environmental Health Departments documents regarding septic tanks.  Specifically those documents submitted for a septic permit indicated a four (4) bedroom houses and the documents submitted for a building permit indicated a five (5) bedroom houses.  This incurred outside the instruction, influence or control of Integra Homes.  The three individuals are employed for the purpose of obtaining the administrative paperwork to build the houses.  Unfortunately the individuals utilized misrepresentation in obtaining the permits.   The applicant is asking the Board to consider the circumstances under which this occurred.  The applicant intends on remedying the issue by first correcting the all documents.  Integra Homes regrets this incident occurred.  The applicant is requesting the Board recognize that they may vary the application to any provisions of the County Code (¶ 103.4 of § 3-9-17) to any particular case when, in its opinion, the enforcement would do manifest injustice that would be contrary to the spirit and purpose of the Ordinance of Technical Codes or public interest.  And also find that 1) in this situation special conditions and circumstances exists which are peculiar to the building structure services which are involved and are applicable to others; 2) the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the action or inaction of the applicant.  Granting the variance request would not confer on the applicant any special privilege that is denied by the Code.  The applicant is requesting the building be allowed to be continued under the proper permitting.  The buildings are being built in conformity and the process is to get the papers to correlate with what is being constructed. 

 

          The three (3) individuals were questioned independently by an investigator on behalf of the County and they confirmed the altercation was on their own accord and that they were under no influence or direction from Integra Homes.  And they did it because they thought it was in their individual best interest because they wanted to meet a schedule and maintain the referrals they receive from Integra Homes.  The applicant would like to clerically correct the documents regarding the permits.  And also the applicant is requesting the Board to acknowledge the severe detriment and perhaps fatal detriment that a continued revocation of the permits would result in because the permits will not change what currently exists on the property.  The applicant is requesting to be allowed to resubmit the building permit application using the unaltered issued documents, pay new building permit application fees on lots 52, 53 & 25 and also waive the impact fees.  Resubmit applications for lots 12, 16 & 24 starting with Environmental Health and Department of Human Resources and allow continued construction.  Mr. Pott stated the applicant would preserve any constitutional challenge to any decision of a revocation and not an allowance of a temporary permit on the bases of the taking of property rights under the Constitution of Georgia and the Constitution of the United States.

 

          Chairman Harper stated from the documents presented it appears all applications were submitted for four (4) bedrooms with a 1,000 gallon septic tank.  He asked staff if the size of the septic tank increased when the number of bedrooms increased.  Mr. Doug Gilbert, Building Department Director, confirmed; three (3) and four (4) bedroom homes would have a 1,000 gallon septic tank and a five (5) and six (6) bedroom homes would have a 1,500 gallon septic tank.

 

          Chairman Harper asked the applicant what size septic system was installed on lots 12, 16, 24, 24, 52 & 53.  Mr. Potts stated currently there are 1,000 gallon septic tanks and the bedrooms have been reduced.

 

          Chairman Harper stated if their staff, by contract, altered the documents and the builder is on-site building a six (6) bedroom house and is aware that a 1,500 gallon septic tank is required; why was a 1,000 gallon septic tank installed?

 

          Mr. Jim Cox, Integra Homes, stated the existing five (5) and six (6) bedroom homes have a 1,500 gallon septic tank installed.  The homes on lots 12, 16, and 24 are five (5) bedroom homes and on lots 25, 52, and 53 are four (4) bedroom homes. 

 

          Commissioner Bowen confirmed that the applicant states he is in compliance with a five (5) bedroom house, it’s just the paperwork that is not in compliance.  The applicant stated that was correct.

 

          A representative from the Environmental Health Department stated no inspections have been preformed on the lots.  The septic systems should have been inspected before there were covered up.

 

          The applicant stated the septic systems are covered and their contracted septic company called Environmental Health for an inspection. 

 

          Commissioner Bowman asked if the inspection card shows that the systems have been inspected.  Mr. Jim Cox stated Environmental Health does not actually sign the card.  The bill he received for the contracted septic company shows that the size of the septic tank was changed from 1,000 to 1,500 gallons. 

 

          Commissioner Stamey asked who installed the septic tanks.  Mr. Cox stated they were installed by Outhouses by Miller.

 

          Chairman Harper stated the septic tanks should be uncovered so that Environmental Health can verify the size of the tanks. 

 

          The applicant stated they would have the septic company that installed the tanks on site, Tuesday, February 6th to confirm the size of the tanks.

 

          Commissioner Holder asked the Environmental Health Representative if the size of the septic tank could be verified without uncovering the tanks.  He stated no, the tanks would have to be uncovered and the size of the tanks should be stamped on the tanks.

 

          Commissioner Holder made the motion to uphold the revocation of the permits and to have inspectors from the Building & Inspections Department along with a representative from Environmental Health at the site on February 6, 2007 for the builder to uncover all septic tanks to verify that the proper size septic system (septic tank and lines) is in place and the applicant shall re-apply for the proper permits and those permits will be expedited (according to the Environmental Health Representative) and within 30 to 45 days permits will be issued from Environmental Health and Certificates of Occupancy’s can be issued on the houses.

 

          Chairman Harper stated there was a concern with the motion in stating the septic tanks being in compliance with the home plans.

 

          Commissioner Holder amended his motion to include  “the builder to uncover all septic tanks to verify that there are 1,500 gallon tanks in place…..”

 

          Mr. Pott suggested as stated by the County Attorney the Certificate of Occupancy gives another line of projection such that there will be no discrepancies.  If temporary work were to be allowed to continue on the building permit the Certificate of Occupancy would prevent anything from being in non-compliance.

 

          Commissioner Holder stated it’s not his intention to stop the builder from building the homes.  Permits should be issued within 30 days if the systems are uncovered, and inspectors on site tomorrow to inspect the systems.  It was stated the homes were not ready for occupancy within 30 days.

 

          Patrick Jaugstetter stated if when the septic systems are uncovered and they find a 1,500 gallon tank with sufficient lines will the existing building permits be reinstated? 

 

          Commissioner Holder stated the applicant would have to reapply for the permits.  This is a very unusual situation.  If all inspectors will be on site tomorrow and the tanks are uncovered, why the permits can’t be issued tomorrow?

 

           Doug Gilbert stated Henry County Building and Inspections can not issue a building permit until Environmental Health has issued a septic system permit. 

 

          Chairman Harper stated this error was caused by the applicant’s contract employees and there should not be an order for a 24-hour turn around on permits. 

 

          Commissioner Stamey asked if the applicant will have to pay permit fees for the new permits.  Staff indicated the applicant would have to pay the reapplication fees.

 

          Doug Gilbert stated the Building & Inspections Department does not inspect any phase of the septic systems.  This is strictly handled by the Environmental Health Department.

 

          Commissioner Stamey stated the county’s stand point on this issue is, once the applicant has built the homes and the one year builder warranty expires and two years down the road there is a septic issue because it was not verified what was actually installed; the County inherits the problem not Environmental Health.

 

          Chairman Harper suggested the motion could read “the building permits remain revoked until Environmental Health and the Henry County Building Department has inspected the uncovered septic systems to verify that they are all 1,500 gallon.  If the septic systems are in compliance the building permits will be issued expeditiously.

 

          Mr. Potts stated the applicant is requesting the Board to consider a variance for a temporary building permit until the new permits can be issued. 

 

          Commissioner Holder stated his motion stands and added that the applicant be allowed to continue to work until the septic systems are inspected and new permits issued.     The motion failed for lack of a second.

 

          Commissioner Holder made the motion to uphold the revocation of the building permits; Commissioner Mathis seconded.

 

          Chairman Harper stated it is understood the applicant will uncover the septic systems so they can be inspected.

 

          Commissioner Holder amend the motion to state the Board will request staff from Environmental Health be at the site for inspection of the septic system on tomorrow; Commissioner Mathis amended the second.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS, Michael R. Calvert doing business as Integra Homes, LLC has filed his Notice of Appeal of the decision of Doug Gilbert of the Henry County Building Department and;

 

WHEREAS, on January 4, 2007 building permits for lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52, & 53 Unit II Vintage Farms Subdivision were revoked for false information provided by or on behalf of the Applicant regarding the on-site septic construction permit as submitted to the Building Department by the Applicant had been altered from that originally issued by the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

                  

          NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Commissioners approves:

 

___X___ Upholds the decision of the Henry County Building Department                              revocation of the building permits for lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52 & 53 Unit II Vintage Farms Subdivision.

                             Or

______ Overrules the revocation and directs the Henry County Building Department to reinstate the building permits for lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52 & 53 Unit II Vintage Farms Subdivision.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Michael R. Calvert doing business as Integra Homes, LLC shall uncover all septic tanks for lots 12, 16, 24, 25, 52 & 53 Unit II Vintage Farms Subdivision on February 6, 2007 and the Board request that Environmental Health be available to inspect the septic system to insure that the size of the septic tanks are 1,500 gallons with the proper lines. Integra Homes, LLC must reapply for the proper permits for the affected lots and the permits shall be issued expeditiously.

 

          Chairman Harper stated he would have staff contact Environmental Health to request someone at the site on February 6, 2007 to inspect the tanks.

 

COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS

 

          There were no comments

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY COMMENTS

 

          Patrick Jaugstetter stated Commissioner Mathis requested a resolution be drafted supporting pending legislation regarding annexation procedures (HB 46).  House Bill 46 changes the annexation/rezoning procedures.  The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) is urging County  support of the Bill.

 

          Commissioner Mathis made the motion to approve a resolution supporting pending Legislation regarding Annexation Procedures and transmit the approved resolution to the Local Legislative Delegation; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following resolution:

 

Whereas, annexation is the legal process by which municipalities can seek to expand their boundaries and provide City services where they are not otherwise available in unincorporated areas; and

 

Whereas, municipal annexation power is abused when it is exercised primarily to increase City revenues or for the purpose of avoiding County land use plans, zoning ordinances and licensing requirements; and

 

Whereas, the abuse of the municipal annexation power causes severe and devastating impacts on unincorporated areas and often times leads to the creation of illogical boundaries which undermine the efficient and cost effective delivery of services at the expense of residents in both the unincorporated and incorporated areas; and

 

Whereas, current State law is woefully inadequate in providing sufficient checks and balances to insure that annexation decisions are made in the best interests of affected residents and in cooperation with County officials; and

 

Whereas, there is legislation pending in the Georgia General Assembly which seeks to amend annexation procedures by requiring that whenever property in an unincorporated area of a County is annexed to a City, zoning decisions applicable to such annexed property shall be made concurrently by the governing authorities of the City and the County for a period of five (5) years; and

 

Whereas, the pending legislation further provides that any such concurrent zoning decision affecting annexed property shall be subject to the land use element of the County as applied to such property at the time of the annexation, unless otherwise agreed by the governing authorities of the City and the County; and

 

Whereas, the Henry County Board of Commissioners finds that, if enacted, such legislation will provide meaningful checks and balances to curtail unchecked annexation abuses by Cities and to mandate that Cities and Counties work together when making annexation decisions; and

 

Whereas, the pending legislation is supported by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) which has provided the General Assembly with a report containing empirical evidence about specific annexation abuses and its impacts on Georgia citizens; and

 

Whereas, the Cities of Locust Grove and McDonough, located in Henry County, Georgia, are identified in the ACCG report as two (2) of the fifteen (15) fastest expanding municipalities by virtue of the annexation process; and

 

Whereas, Henry County has been and will continued to be directly affected and impacted by the negative impacts of these unchecked and unilaterally imposed annexation decisions;

 

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Henry County Board of Commissioners, that Henry County does hereby support legislation aimed at providing a more balanced and bilateral approach to municipal annexation decisions such as House Bill 46 currently pending in the Georgia General Assembly and hereby urges its legislative delegation to support and approve the same.

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

·        Tuesday, February 6, 2007 @   9:00 a.m., regular BOC meeting

·        Thursday, February 15, 2007 @ 2:00 certain Administrative Issues @ 5:00 p.m. for Administrative issues and 6:30 p.m. for Planning and Zoning issues, Called BOC meeting

·        Monday, February 19, 2007 @ 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, February 20, 2007 @ 6:30 p.m., regular BOC meetings have been cancelled.

 

ADJOURN

          Commissioner Stamey made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.