The Henry County
Board of Commissioners held a Called Meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9,
2009, in the Community Room,
Reid A. Bowman, Vice-Chairman, District IV Commissioner
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner
Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner
Also attending were Shay
(NOTE: Audio of this
meeting is available with the
Chairman Mathis called the
meeting to order and called for an acceptance of the agenda. Commissioner Bowman made the motion to approve the agenda;
Clark Rainer, Technology
Services Director presented the agenda item to the Board. This legislation clarifies some issues and
gives the Development Authority the ability to sell revenue bonds for the
purposes of constructing any item that would boaster the economic development
Mathis stated by approving the legislation,
Mr. Rainer stated that was correct. This legislation sets the stage in order to move forward to the next step of exploring the structure of how this might work.
Chairman Mathis stated at
that time staff would come back and make a presentation to the Board. Mr. Rainer stated yes an added, to the extent
that it might include other government entities within
Commissioner Bowman stated he looked into this issue and asked for some opinions from the State Legal Council. To be clear he stated that by approving this legislation, we would only be asking for the opportunity to explore it further; we’re not asking for anything other than that.
Mr. Rainer stated we are asking the Development Authority for clarification in their bill. This would enable the Development Authority to sell bonds on behalf of an entity that would be created to run the fiber network and network operations center. The idea right now is a public/private non-profit organization comprised of both the public sector and private sector.
Commissioner Bowman stated the bond would be revenue based bond not a general obligation bond. Mr. Rainer stated that was correct.
Bowman stated according to the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, the City of
Rainer stated the model that they focused on the most was the City of
Commissioner Bowman asked who would be served by “Henry County Fiber Optic”. Mr. Rainer stated the entire county. The goal is to be able to reach every citizen in all parts of the county.
Commissioner Bowman asked what the anticipated costs for the fiber optic program are. Mr. Rainer stated in the initial phase, which would included 170 government locations, the cost is anticipated to be $12 million, which is a three (3) year operating budget to include the equipment, the fiber into each facility, the equipment to hook it up and the cost to manage and maintain the system. Commissioner Bowman stated after three (3) years the cost would decrease. Mr. Rainer stated that was correct.
Mathis stated it was discussed the type of system the county would be running
and the amount of width being more than what’s currently being offered by the
cable carriers. Also there are rural
counties that have better fiber service than Henry County and because of that
we have lost business to county’s such as Douglasville because this service is
not available. This would be an economic
Rainer stated the City of
Commissioner Holder made the motion to approve the resolution; Commissioner Jeffares seconded. The motion carried 6-0-0.
Approval of a resolution regarding a Bill to repeal an Act approved during the 1987 Session so as to provide that no person shall be eligible to seek election to or to serve as a member of the Board if such person holds or is seeking election to any other Federal, State or Local Office
Janet Shellnutt, Director of Elections and Registration presented the agenda item to the Board. House Bill 847 is in conflict with the State Constitution, Article II, Section II, and Paragraph V. Laws to the State Constitution can be more stringent but cannot take away from them. The request is to remove this part of State Law.
Commissioner Holder stated the intent of House Bill 847 was to protect the tax payer so that a special election would not have to be held. As long as the term expired at the same time that a term would begin, that person would not have to resign.
Commissioner Bowman made the motion to approve the resolution; Commissioner Stamey seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.