STATE OF GEORGIA

 

COUNTY OF HENRY

 

 

The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Public Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in the Community Room, 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, Vice-Chairman, District II Commissioner

            Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner

            Reid A. Bowman, District IV Commissioner

            Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner

 

Also attending were Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Shay Mathis, County Clerk; Rob Magnaghi, County Manager; Phyllis Shrader, Deputy County Manager; Michael Harris, Planning Division Director; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; Roy Clack, SPLOST/Capital Projects Division Director; Jim Luebbering, Building Development and Environmental Services Division Director; and others.

 

(NOTE: 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 announced the following items would not be heard:

1.      William and Cathy Graham of Locust Grove, GA; RZ-06-68 request a      rezoning from RA to R-2 for property located at 2467 Hampton-     Locust-Grove Road.  (Postponed by applicant)

2.      William and Cathy Graham of Locust Grove, GA; AP-07-02, requested a conditional use for property located at 2467 Hampton-Locust Grove Road.  The request was for a single-family conservation residential subdivision.  (Withdrawn per applicant’s request)

3.      Notice of Proposed Text Amendment to Specific Zoning Districts within the Henry County Code of Ordinances  (Tabled per Staff’s     request)

4.      Crown Manor, LLC of Atlanta, GA; RZ-06-60; Commissioner Basler, District 5 (Presenter:  Ray Gibson, Director) (Exhibit # 23)(Withdrawn per applicant’s request)

Chairman Harper announced the following items were added to the agenda as follows:

1.      Appointments to the SPLOST III Oversight Committee

2.      District V Appointments to the Council on Aging

3.      Development Authority Legislation

Chairman Harper called for an acceptance of the agenda. Commissioner Mathis made the motion to approve the amended agenda; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING SERVICES

 

Hudgins Communities, Inc. of McDonough, GA – RZ-06-67

Hudgins Communities, Inc. of McDonough, GA requests a rezoning from          RA (Residential-Agricultural) to R-2 (Single-Family Residence) for property located on the south side of King Mill Road, west of Iris Lake Road.  The property is located in Land Lot 217 of the 7th District, consisting of 30.62+/- acres.  The request is for the development of a single-family residential subdivision.  The Zoning Advisory Board recommended Approval with conditions on January 25, 2007.

The applicant is requesting to develop the property for an additional 46 lots as part of the Lake Iris at Williamsburg Plantation subdivision.  The additional lots will be Phase V of the development and will yield a net density of 1.74 dwelling units per acre.  A final plat has been approved for the first three phases of the development.  Lake Iris at Williamsburg Plantation is a portion of a mixed use Planned Development consisting of approximately 423.79 acres.  The Future Land Use Map designates the property for industrial and wholesale services.  The properties to the north, east, and west are zoned RA (Residential Agricultural) and the property to the south is zoned Planned Development (PD). 

Mike Horne, Hudgins Communities, Inc., represented the applicant for this request.  Mr. Horne stated that Hudgins Communities, Inc. developed the Lake Iris at Williamsburg Plantation and the subject property will connect to it.  The property is on sewer and the request is the same as the Williamsburg Plantation rezoning. (The applicant presented the master plan for Williamsburg Plantation)  The applicant feels the subject property is better suited for residential.  Williamsburg Plantation consist of 480 lots with homes that range in the high 200’s to mid 500’s and up.

Mr. Horne stated the applicant agrees with the proposed conditions for the subject property.

Chairman Harper called for public comments from anyone wishing to speak in opposition to the requested rezoning.

Those speaking in opposition:

·        Donna Cannon, 435 Lancelot Trail

·        Michael Burns, 313 Galahad Court

·        Jim Lee, 218 Arthur Drive

Mr. Horne stated the applicant would be willing to work with the County to help improve King Mill Road.

Commissioner Holder stated he agrees with the individuals speaking in opposition regarding the condition of King Mill Road.  Commissioner Holder further stated plans are in process to improve the intersection of King Mill Road and Highway 42.  One of the projects that will possibly be presented for the SPLOST III program is the widening of King Mill Road. 

Commissioner Holder stated the Board of Commissioners has taken a lot of heat regarding the traffic conditions within the county.  In 1994 the first SPLOST referendum was presented to the residents with 100% of the projects for infrastructure improvements (dirt road paving, signalization, intersection improvements, etc.) and it did not pass.  SPLOST was presented again in 1996 as a multi-use SPLOST and it passed.  Commissioner Holder stated if thirteen years ago the first SPLOST had passed, conditions would be significantly different than what it is today.

Commissioner Holder made the motion to approve the requested rezoning with the eight (8) conditions proposed by staff; Commissioner Bowman seconded.

Commissioner Stamey asked Mr. Horne if the applicant would be willing to donate an additional 5’ for the widening of the road.  Mr. Horne stated he would be willing to do that.

Commissioner Stamey stated that would not widen the entire length of King Mill Road as is needed, but it would widen the portion in front of this development.

Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director asked if within the condition it could state if there is not an 80’ Right Of Way, the developer would donate up to 40’ from the center line.

Commissioner Holder amended his motion to amend condition #4 to read “Sidewalks shall be required along all interior streets within the development, as well as along the site’s frontage on King Mill Road.  The applicant shall work with the Henry County Department of Transportation for future widening of King Mill Road and is willing to donate up to 40’ from the center of the existing Right of Way; Commissioner Bowman amended his second.

The motion carried 4-1-0 with Commissioners Basler, Stamey, Holder and Bowman in favor and Commissioner Mathis opposed.  The following conditions were approved:

1.      Streetlights and underground utilities shall be required.

2.      Lawns shall be fully sodded.

3.      A twenty-five foot (25’) wide vegetative buffer shall be required along the frontage of King Mill Road; however, if the existing buffer is inadequate, as determined by the Planning and Zoning Department, additional planting shall be required.  The following number of plant materials shall be required for each fifty linear feet (50’), or portion thereof, of the required property buffers:

a.       One canopy tree

b.      One evergreen tree

c.       One understory tree

d.      Five shrubs

4.      Sidewalks shall be required along all interior streets within the development, as well as along the site’s frontage on King Mill Road.  The applicant shall work with the Henry County Department of Transportation for future widening of King Mill Road and is willing to donate up to 40’ from the center of the existing Right of Way; Commissioner Bowman amended his second.

5.      Any access onto King Mill Road shall be located such that the minimum intersection sight distance is met per the posted speed limit of King Mill Road.

6.      Entrance(s) shall have acceleration taper/deceleration lane, to be constructed to Henry County Department of Transportation standards.

7.      Houses shall have a minimum of 2,000 square feet of heated floor space, and shall be constructed such that building materials and design details are consistent with the existing houses in the Lake Iris at Williamsburg Plantation subdivision.

8.      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no zoning conditions imposed herein shall be interpreted or applied in a manner so as to require any violation of any existing building, development, stormwater and/or any other applicable codes.

Chairman Harper announced the amendments to the agenda for citizens who arrived late for the meeting.

 

Mandalay Properties of McDonough, GA – RZ-06-69

Mandalay Properties of McDonough, GA requests a rezoning from RA (Residential-Agricultural) to R-2 (Single-Family Residence) for property located on the south side of Old Conyers Road, west of Sims Drive.  The property is located in Land Lot 126 of the 11th District, consisting of 46.87+/- acres.  The request is for the development of a single-family residential subdivision. The Zoning Advisory Board recommended Approval with conditions on February 8, 2007.

            The applicant is requesting to rezone 46.87 +/- acres for the development of a single-family residential subdivision on sewer.  The proposed development will consist of 59 lots at a net density of 1.66 dwelling units per acre.  The properties to the north, east, and south are zoned RA (Residential-Agricultural) and R-2 (Single-Family Residence) to the west.  The area surrounding the subject property is experiencing ongoing transition from primarily agricultural land to one that is characterized by Low-Density Residential.  The request is consistent with the Future Land Use Map which designates the property for Low-Density Residential.  The Zoning Advisory Board recommended approval with thirteen (13) conditions.

            Nick Griffiths represented the applicant for the rezoning request.  The property meets the minimum requirements for an R-2 zoning.  Regarding the proposed conditions; condition #9, the concern is the impact on Hambrick Creek with crossing the creek to create connectivity between developments.  The applicant requested condition #9 be removed if possible.  The applicant agrees with the other conditions as presented.

            Commissioner Mathis asked if the one hundred year flood plain was based on the FEMA maps that were adopted in June, 2006 that are currently in place or was it based on the old map.

            Mr. Griffiths stated they have a revised map but the plat that was given to the Board is based on the old map.  Commissioner Mathis stated there is a possibility more lots will be lost; the property appears to be extremely wet.  Mr. Griffiths stated there are some challenges.

            Commissioner Mathis asked, if approved, would the applicant be amenable to additional stormwater review of the property.  Mr. Griffiths stated the applicant would agree.

            Chairman Harper called for public comments from anyone wishing to speak in opposition to the requested rezoning. 

            Those speaking in opposition:

·        Bill Farthing, 2598 Old Conyers Road (not really opposed but requested clarification on some issues)   

·        Larry Stanley, McDonough Resident

Jim Lubbering, Building Development and Environmental Services Division Director, stated the subject property would have to adhere to the current FEMA Map and recently adopted Ordinances regarding stormwarter.

Cheri Hobson-Mathews, Assistant Director of Planning & Zoning, stated for clarification, the applicant indicated that he would like to build craftsman style homes.  If the condition for homes to be all brick is approved, this style home would not be an option.

Chairman Harper stated the amendments to the conditions as: 1) strike condition #9 (The developer shall provide inter-connectivity between the proposed development and the recently rezoned development to the west of this property); 2) condition #10 is amended to read “The minimum house size shall be 2,800 square feet of heated floor space”. 3) condition #11 is amended to read “Houses shall be constructed of all sides brick with cement fiberboard.  Vinyl shall only be used for the soffits, eaves, and fascia” and 4) adding a condition to read “The net density is not to exceed 1.66 units per acre.

Commissioner Basler made the motion to approve the amended resolution with conditions; Commissioner Mathis seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following conditions:

1.      Uniform mailboxes throughout the development shall be required.

 

2.      There shall be a mandatory Homeowner’s Association.

 

3.      There shall be a twenty foot (20’) wide vegetative buffer to serve as a visual screen between Old Conyers Road and the lots abutting the right-of-way of Old Conyers Road. If the existing vegetation is inadequate, as determined by Planning Staff, the following number of plant materials shall be required to be planted for each fifty linear feet (50’), or portion thereof, of the required property buffers:

 

a. One canopy tree

b. One evergreen tree

c. One understory tree

d. Five shrubs

4.      All entrances shall have a deceleration lane/acceleration taper, which shall be constructed to Henry County DOT standards, and shall be placed such that the minimum intersection sight distance is met per the posted speed limit of the road.

 

5.      The applicant shall work with HCDOT to preserve the necessary right-of-way along site’s frontage to match the roadway right-of-way minimum for the road classification.

 

6.      All yards shall be sodded to the rear drip line.

 

7.      Sidewalks shall be required on both sides of interior streets within the development.

 

8.      Underground utilities and streetlights shall be required.

 

9.      The developer shall provide inter-connectivity between the proposed development and the recently rezoned development to the west of this property.

 

9.      The minimum house size shall be 2,800 square feet of heated floor space.

 

10.  Houses shall be constructed of all sides brick with cement fiberboard.  Vinyl shall only be used for the soffits, eaves, and fascia.

 

11.  Prior to the approval of the final plat, sewer shall be made available to the property.

 

12.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no zoning conditions imposed herein shall be interpreted or applied in such a manner so as to require any violation of any existing building, development, stormwater and/or any other applicable codes.

 

13.  The net density shall not exceed 1.66 units per acre.

 

Discussion regarding the conditions of the soccer fields at the Soccerplex located on Henry Parkway

            Peggy Hesselback spoke on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Henry County Soccer Association along with its membership.  Ms. Hesselback’s comments:

            Thank you for allowing us to join you in this forum for a resolution to our extremely critical problem with our fields.  Please allow us to share some of our frustrations with you.  We have repeatedly talked with the Commissioners as well as the County Manger on the following issues: 1) field conditions; 2) bathroom conditions; and 3) parking conditions.  We have holes in all of our fields at both locations.  On opening day, March 10, 2007, we had one child fall and break their arm; another had a terrible sprain of the ankle.  Both sets of parents are angry with the field conditions and feel that there was contributing factors in both these incidents.  We had been filling the holes with sand that was provide by the county, only to find out later the sand was contaminated with fungus, killing most if not all of the grass on our fields.  Playing on dirt fields are not safe.  Some of our fields were patched but only after photos were sent to the Commissioners office.  Every year we hold a soccer tournament which we feel is great for Henry County as it generates $1 million in revenues.  I have with me some of the responses from a survey sent to the one hundred and ninety plus teams that participated in last year’s tournament.  The consensus was the same, great tournament, well run, poor field conditions.  Some of the statements were; there were ankle breaking size holes, dangerous playing conditions, etc.  I ask you, do you think these teams will return to our tournament if they think there is danger for their teams in Henry County?

            Our bathrooms at the soccer complex had a terrible smell resonating from the drainage hole.  After twenty months of consistent calls from our Executive Director to get the bathrooms fixed, we found that our bathrooms had a leakage problem and they were not safe, this is not acceptable.  On any given Saturday we have 300 people at our soccerplex at one time.  We have one stall for the men’s room, two stalls for the women’s room.  We receive several complaints every weekend about the inadequacy of our bathroom facilities. 

            For years we have been having difficulties with parking issues.  At North Mt. Carmel there are not enough parking spaces for all of our members, so they park on the roadside.  We are very concerned about our children’s safety.  We are worried not only that it’s a matter of time for one of our members to get hit by a car and injured, but also killed.       We have tried very hard to come to some sort of resolution at the soccer complex in McDonough as well.  We have tried to make our members park across the street as we were instructed to do.  However, when we need the Henry County Police to enforce the parking law, they tell us that it is the problem of City of McDonough or vice versa.  What are we going to tell the parent that happens to be the unlucky one?  Luck seems to be the only thing we are working with right now.  It seems as though it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

            In closing, I would like to say, HCSA (Henry County Soccer Association) was self supporting for eight years.  We have given back to the County both physically and monetarily.  To date we have invested $500,000.00 of our member’s money in both parks.  We have paid $51,105.00 in impact fees for field maintenance and utilities.  We paid $30,000.00 to build a well to water the fields.  The retention pond has leaked since 2002, with no resolution from the County, however, it is a remarkable money saving tool for the County to use.  Instead the fields are not watered until it’s too late.  We rallied our membership to vote for all of the SPLOST referendums and hoped that one day the soccer membership could play together in one location.  We found the perfect location, which is located on Jonesboro Road, only to be told it would need to be donated.  I ask you, if we were able to get the land donated and invest our own funds and applied for the capital investment grants, why would we need the County’s help?  Our field’s need constant attention so that we are not disrupted during the season.  At this time we are being asked to relocate our youth 5 & 6’s, our youth 7 & 8 players to another location.  This is not an easy task for us three weeks into the season.  We feel we run a quality program, with our children’s best interest at hand.  We believe that this is why our program has flourished.  We have out grown the current facilities both in parking lots, as well as practice fields and not to mention games.  We have met with many of you about our mega complex on several occasions.  We’ve provided most of the information in the pamphlet for you to review.  This will solve all of the problems we currently have.  Henry County is not asking you to do this alone.  We always have and always will contribute our fair share.  Please become a partner with Henry County Soccer and make our membership see that we, the taxpayers of Henry County, are very important.  After all we have the same goal in common, don’t we; happy, healthy children.

Chairman Harper stated the Board appreciates what the Association does.  The issue of the restrooms, Chairman Harper asked Ms. Hessleback how they discovered that there was finally a leak.

Ms. Hessleback said they were told that after it was repaired, it took about twenty months to get it done.

Chairman Harper stated he had every work order pulled for the complex.  He and Commissioner Holder visited the complex when it was indicated the bathrooms smelled.  They could not smell anything, but never the less throughout the year 2006, the Water Authority ran smoke test, the Building Maintenance Crews went in and tried to backfield the lines, and to get a third party involved, Hardy Plumbing came in and looked.  Methane gas test were also conducted.  None of the entities, even Hardy Plumbing who is not associated with the County, could pick up anything.  In all the time the Association complained, only on October 5th was a leak discovered on a wax seal of a toilet.  Every seal was replaced in every toilet in the complex. 

Ms. Hesselback commented that she was at the park frequently and the bathrooms reeked regularly of urine even after cleaning and mopping the floors.

Chairman Harper stated the implication was that the county did nothing for twenty months when in fact for twenty months several entities were sent to address the problem and only a wax seal was found.  Chairman Harper asked had the problem been cured.

Ms. Hesselback stated as far as she knows, yes the problem has been fixed.

Chairman Harper stated regarding having to move the teams off the field, there are records of correspondence or discussions with Lance Doris and others with the Association.  Sod only grows in the springtime.  One document shows that a field was reopened after it was closed for the sod to take root.  Chairman Harper asked if the Association was moving the teams off the fields for the sod to take root, how the fields are being rested and rotated.

Ms. Hessleback stated there is no room to rest the fields.

Chairman Harper stated if it is unsafe to play on the fields and the only resolution is to re-sod or re-seed them, why are the teams continuing to play on the fields.

Ms. Hessleback stated there is no room to do anything other.  Every season the teams are rotated and the directions of the fields are changed.  The holes are constantly being filled.

Chairman Harper stated at a previous meeting with the Association, he committed and still commits that he supports building a soccerplex.  He never said the County would not pay for it.  He stated the fields were funded by sales tax.  That’s the easiest way to fund the fields without having to put a tax burden by property taxes.  There was literature passed out stating football and baseball gets everything.  There was a meeting with the football association and they are saying something similar to what the soccer association is saying; there are more kids in the program and not enough fields.  

            Rob Magnaghi, County Manager, stated there have been several meetings over the last year and a half regarding the issues.  It is understood after the meetings that there is an understanding that the County wants what the Association wants.  Regarding the donation of property on Jonesboro Road, the problem is the property is approximately $3 to $4 million.  It was recommended the Soccerplex be shut down so that an appropriate complex could be built.  It was stated this would be done in phases.  There is a meeting scheduled with the Superintendent of Schools regarding possibly using some of the school facilities so that the soccerplex fields could rest.  The long term goal to relocate the soccer fields would remain.  Regarding the issues, it is understood that the Board wants the issues fixed as best as can be.  The question is, how can the Association and the County work together and focus on trying to make the fields safe and at the same time be able to expand the complex.  The county staff, along with the Board, would like for this program to be successful and are doing everything possible to expand the program.

            Chairman Harper stated there was a question about issuing bonds to pay for a new complex.  That is a possibility but it has to happen when a SPLOST program is passed.  Projects can be built immediately by issuing bonds.  The bonds are paid off concurrently with the income.  If a five year SPLOST program is passed, and the complex is built, the debt would retire before the SPLOST program ends.  A bond could not be issued in advance to a SPLOST program being passed.  The current SPLSOT program is ending.  If a new program is passed there will be an income stream to bond the complex.  In past programs the money had to be collected in order to be spent.  The law has changed that allows a cap on collections and that amount can be bonded and the debt has to be retired at the same time.

            Scott Dupertuis, 230 Grande Isle Court spoke regarding the condition of the fields. 

            Commissioner Bowman asked the Association if they could vacate the fields beginning on May 21st thru August 1st.  Ms. Hesselback stated they would stay off the fields.  They would either cancel or relocate the summer camp programs.

            Commissioner Bowman stated there is nothing that can be done immediately regarding the fields.  This will be an ongoing issue until a new soccer complex could be built.  The Association would need to give up the fields every year during the off season in order to have nice soccer fields. 

            Commissioner Stamey asked Ms. Hesselback if she had the authority to make the decision regarding staying off the fields during the requested period of time.  Ms. Hesselback stated the Executive Director just gave the authorization.

            Commissioner Stamey stated the biggest issue is the fields are being overused.  There has to be relief on the fields in order for the fields to grow.

            Donna Barge also addressed the Board regarding the funds being distributed equally between all recreation programs.

 

Tony & Donna Reid to address the Board regarding issues with the Water Authority

            Donna Reid and Tony Reid along with some of their neighbors addressed the Board on what is needed to prepare a resolution to be forwarded to Senator John Douglas regarding the Cole Reservoir.  The landowners that boarders the reservoir have tried to resolve issues with the Henry County Water Authority for over three (3) years.  There have been meetings with the Reservoir Manger and several meetings with Senator Douglas.  Senator Douglas visited the reservoir and tried to contact the Water Authority.  Mrs. Reid stated Senator Douglas asked them to have the Board of Commissioners prepare a resolution to be forwarded to him. 

Dave LaCroix, 400 Happy Hollow Road, stated he would like some resolution to the issues they have experienced with regard to the Water Authority.

Chris McBride, 265 Happy Hollow Road, stated his property borders the reservoir.  Mr. McBride stated the many restrictions have been placed on the use of the reservoir and it is very frustrating.

Mike McIntyre, 245 Happy Hollow Road, stated there are numerous issues.  There have been meetings where the issues have been discussed with the Water Authority.  Mr. McIntyre stated he was informed that most of their issues stemmed from EPD (Environmental Protection Division) regulations and the more the issues were addressed the less access he and his neighbors had to the reservoir.  After the meetings, Mr. McIntyre stated they were told a letter would be mailed to the residents in the area explaining the EPD regulations but the residents never received the letter.

Donna Reid stated they have a lot of issues and have been trying to resolve them for 3 years.  There have been many meetings regarding the issues.

Chairman Harper stated he has requested correspondence regard the issues of Tony and Donna Reid.  After reviewing the information, it appears the primary issue is the boat access among others.  The Henry County Water Authority set regulations that govern the use of the reservoir.  In 1998 the Water Authority adopted a resolution governing the use of the Cole Reservoir.  Regarding the issue that there is a fence blocking the access, there is a letter that was provided by the Water Authority stating the fence would be removed if there was an agreement that no boats would be docked.  There are, in the Chairman’s opinion, one or two ways to solve the problem; A) the rules that have been adopted would have to be changed or B) the residents would have to fall under an exemption. 

Commissioner Holder thanked the residents for coming to the meeting to address their issues.  Commissioner Holder stated there is a reason for the resolution that was adopted in 1998.  There was a letter sent to the Water Authority, from EPD, that EPD consider it in the best interest for citizens not to have access to the reservoir.  Commissioner Holder stated this was not acceptable.  If a person owns property or their property has been condemned for the purpose of a reservoir, they should be granted access to the reservoir.  The Buffer Ordinance is very specific and was, at that time, the best that could be obtain to stay in compliance with EPD’s regulation.  There are procedures in addressing issues; 1) the Reservoir Manager, if not satisfied with his/her decision 2) the General Manger will address the appeal.  If not satisfied with that decision, 3) the Water Authority Board will address the appeal of the decision of the General Manager.  The Buffer Ordinance was adopted because of the access having to be a public access, anyone was allowed behind private residences to access the reservoir.  Commissioner Holder advised the concerned residents to follow the proper protocol when addressing their issues.

Chairman Harper stated regarding Herron Bay having clearance all the way to the waterfront, the resolution states a written plan can be submitted that shows the area to be cleared. The trees can be pruned and the underbrush can be cleared. If the request is denied by the General Manager, the request can be appealed to the Water Authority Board. 

Lindy Farmer, General Manager for the Henry County Water Authority, stated he has met with Tony Reid on several occasions and also forwarded Mr. Reid to Mr. Ken Phillips, Chairman of the Water Authority Board.  Mr. Phillips explained to Mr. Reid the reason for the Buffer Resolution and the engineer’s position. A motorized vehicle is not allowed on a buffer area in an undisturbed state.  The attorney for the Water Authority has contacted Senator Douglas.  A letter was mailed to residents in 2005 regarding the reservoir.  The reservoir is a water supply and not a Jackson Lake or High Falls. 

Chairman Harper asked for clarification from Mr. Farmer regarding the protocol for the application process regarding access to the reservoir.  Mr. Farmer confirmed the protocol and agreed that the residents could appeal any decisions to the Water Authority Board within 15 days of a denial.

Mr. Al Smith, Water Authority Board Member, stated a citizen does not have to have a particular reason to come to any of the Board meetings; they are open to the public.  EPD made the original rules and before them the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed the EPD to write the rules by approval.  Once an appeal reaches the Water Authority Board, the citizen(s) have a right to go take legal action.  This should have been handled long before coming to the Board of Commissioners.  The Water Authority Board meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Water Authority Building.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

            Commissioner Mathis made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 15th and the March 5th Regular Meetings; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS TO THE SPLOST III OVERSITE COMMITTEE

            District I – Commissioner Holder deferred his appointment to the next regularly scheduled meeting.

            District II – Commissioner Mathis made the motion to appoint Richard Rhinehart; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

            District III – Commissioner Stamey made the motion to appoint Larry Stanley; Commissioner Mathis seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

            District IV – Commissioner Bowman made the motion to appoint Phil Crosby; Commissioner Holder seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

            District V – Commissioner Basler made the motion to appoint Thomas Hester; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

            Chairman – Chairman Harper made the motion to appoint Mary House; Commissioner Stamey seconded the motion carried unanimously.

 

DISTRICT V APPOINTMENTS TO THE COUNCIL ON AGING

            Commissioner Basler made the motion to appoint Peggy Board and Frances Colemore to the Council on Aging; Commissioner Mathis seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY LEGISLATION

            A resolution of the Henry County Board of Commissioner requesting that its Local Legislative Delegation review the compensation paid to members of the Henry County Development Authority.

            Commissioner Mathis made the motion to approve the resolution; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following resolution:

WHEREAS, pursuant to a Local Act of the General Assembly adopted in 2002, members of the Henry County Development Authority receive compensation as follows:

“The Chairperson of the Authority Shall receive $250 per month, the Vice Chairperson and Secretary shall each receive $225 per month, and the remaining members shall receive $200 per month.”

; and

WHEREAS, in recent years the Henry County Board of Commissioners has adjusted the compensation paid to members of its other various Authorities in recognition of their increased responsibilities; and

WHEREAS, because the compensation paid to members of the Henry County Development Authority was set by Local Act, the Henry County Board of Commissioners could not adjust such compensation;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Henry County that is does formally request that Henry County’s local legislative delegation review the compensation paid to members of the Henry County Development Authority and, if the delegation deems it appropriate, that such compensation be adjusted in a reasonable manner.

 

COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS

            There were no comments

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY COMMENTS

At a previous meeting (December 18, 2006) the Board voted to object to an annexation by the City of Locust Grove (approximately 17.7 acres located on the south side of Highway 42, north of the intersection with Tanger Boulevard Extension.)

Commissioner Mathis made the motion to withdraw the objection.  After discussion regarding the proposed number of units per acres, Commissioner Mathis amended the motion to include there be a cap of six (6) units per acre; Commissioner Holder seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

  • Monday, April 2, 2007 @ 9:00 a.m.  Regular BOC meeting has been cancelled.
  • Tuesday, April 3rd,@ 9:00 a.m., Regular BOC meetings
  • Monday, April 16th @ 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, April 17th @ 6:30 p.m., Regular BOC meetings

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

            There were no comments

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

                                                                                    Jason T. Harper, Chairman

Shay Mathis, County Clerk