The Henry County
Board of Commissioners held a Regular Public Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday,
May 4, 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 Mathis, County Clerk; LaTonya Nix-Wiley, County Attorney; Rob Magnaghi, County Manager; Phyllis Shrader, Deputy County Manager; Michael Sabine, Assistant County Manager;† Mike Bush, Finance Director; Angie Bailey, Social Services Division Director; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; Jim Luebbering, Building and Development Services Division Director; and others.
(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 Stamey made the motion to approve the agenda; Commissioner Holder seconded.†
The Board presented the following individuals certificates:† Master Gardner of the Year, Ms. Glenda Garris; Master Gardner Life Time Achievement Award, Mrs. Claire Crumbley; Master Gardner Mr. Joe Wernert.
The Board presented the following proclamation:
A Proclamation For
Older Americans Month 2009
WHEREAS, Henry County is a community in which about 30 thousand citizens age 55 and over make their home; and
WHEREAS, the population
of older adults in
WHEREAS, older Americans are valuable members of our society who enhance our communities and personal lives; and
WHEREAS, the increasing number of baby boomers reaching traditional retirement age highlights the need to tap into their skillsets in more flexible ways to reduce the potential ďbrain drainĒ from the talent pool; and
WHEREAS, our older citizens of today and tomorrow promise to be among the most active and involved older adult populations in our nationís history; and
WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of this and all U.S. communities to work collaboratively to address older adultsí unique health and long-term care challenges; and
WHEREAS, it is crucial that communities modernize systems of care to help empower older Americans and give them more control over their own lives; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the
Susan Craig, Director of Senior Services updated the Board on the Miles for Meals walk.† Itís estimated that $70,000 was raised for the Meals on Wheels program.†
Authorization to apply for the Federal Transit Administration
Williamson, Transit Director presented the agenda item to the Board.† The request is for approval of the second
grant application for Section 5307 and 5340 funds.† The funds are for the urbanized areas of the
WHEREAS, Henry County is a member of the Atlanta Urbanized area and is eligible to receive Federal Transit Administration Section 5307 and 5340 funds; AND
††††††††††† WHEREAS Henry County has been notified by the Atlanta Regional Commission of its FY 09 Section 5307 and 5340 allocation; AND
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the
Public Hearing:† Amendment to the Development Impact Fee Ordinance
Foster, Development Plan Review Director presented the agenda item to the
Board.† This is the first public hearing
for a resolution detailing revisions to the Development Impact Fee
Ordinance.† Currently there are five
service areas for which impact fees are collected in
∑ All projects, whether commercial or residential must call for a final building permit inspection prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or a Certificate of Completion.
∑ The timing of the final building permit inspection occurs roughly at the same time in the building process whether the project is residential or commercial.
Impact fees may be collected at anytime point and time that the building permit is active.† This is the first of two public hearings regarding the amendment to the Ordinance.
Commissioner Holder asked when the Impact Fee Ordinance was adopted.† Mr. Foster state it was adopted October 7, 2003.† Commissioner Holder stated that is how long itís been that he has tried to make this happen.† It is only fair that we are consistent with other agencies within the County.† Also there is no impact to the County, whether residential or commercial, until the building is occupied.†
Chairman Mathis called for public comments from anyone wishing to speak regarding the agenda item.† Steve Cash, a resident of the County and a representative for Henry Council for Quality Growth spoke regarding the agenda item.†
Chairman Mathis stated no action was required for this item.† The second hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 18th.†
Mr. Foster commented that if a builder waits until the time of final building permit inspections to pay the impact fees, itís recommended that the funds be paid in cash, certified check, or other certified funds.
to accept a donation from the
††††††††††† Commissioner Basler made the motion to accept the donation; Commissioner Bowman seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0 approving the following resolution:
WHEREAS, ††† The Fairview Civic Club looks to improve the quality of life and safety in the community through donating money to support the police department; and
WHEREAS, The purchase should provide most all patrol officers with an electronic control device. The electronic control devices will provide the safety and efficient means to protecting life and property. The electronic control device is a humane level of force and is less than lethal. The device would benefit the officers by reducing injuries to him/her and the citizens; and
WHEREAS, Additional funds needed to complete the purchase will come from a previous donation and the Federal and State Seized Forfeiture account;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by The
† Authorization to surplus certain items within the Police Department
††††††††††† Commissioner Bowman made the motion to approve the surplus of the 30 glock weapons in exchange for 18 new weapons; Commissioner Stamey seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0 approving the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Thirty (30) Glock 40 caliber handguns, model number 22 and 23, are not equipped with rails and modern night sites; and
WHEREAS, The department would like to upgrade these weapons and eventually all weapons; and
WHEREAS, Edís Pawn Shop has agreed to accept the surplus handguns and issue the department eighteen (18) new Glock 40 caliber handguns of the same make and model and complete the necessary paperwork for ATF; and
WHEREAS, This would deplete the current inventory of guns all officers are equipped and our inventory at this time is ample to support personnel.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Henry County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the surplus of thirty (30) Glock 40 caliber handguns, model number 22 and 23, respectively and authorizes Edís Pawn Shop, in exchange,† to replace the handguns with eighteen (18) new Glock 40 caliber handguns of the same make and model
†Authorization to use Federal and State seized asset forfeiture funds to purchase electronic control devices
Mathis asked if the device has had reliable service.† Mr. Butler stated they had discussions with
several agencies in
††††††††††† Commissioner Bowman asked about the warranty.† Major Butler state the warranty from Taser is one year and the extended warranty is $199.† The warranty for this weapon is one year with a full replacement at $150.
Stamey asked the
††††††††††† Commissioner Stamey made the motion to authorize the expenditure; Commissioner Bowman seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0 approving the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Henry County Police Department is continuing to provide itsí patrol
officers with equipment to protect themselves and the citizens of
WHEREAS, The purchase of electronic control devices would equip most patrol officers in the department with a safer means to control a violent suspect; and
WHEREAS, The department will apply donated funds from private entities which amount to $28,000 to the purchase; and
WHEREAS, The remaining balance of $9,860 will be an expenditure from the Federal and State Seized Asset Forfeiture account; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the HENRY
Public Hearing for the Proposed 2009-2010 budget
††††††††††† Mike Bush, Finance Director and Angie Sorrow, Budget Director presented the agenda item to the Board.
††††††††††† Chairman Mathis commented that for the past couple of weeks the Board members received a number of phone calls from citizens inquiring about their property tax value.† The Board of Commissioners is separate from the Tax Assessorís office.† The Board of Commissioners does not value property nor do they collect the taxes.† State Law does not allow elected officials to value property.†
††††††††††† Mr. Bush made a presentation to the Board regarding the 2009-2010 budget.† The presentation is available on the county website and upon request.
Holder asked when banks foreclose or seize property and the FDIC comes in and
takes the funds and assets, the assets then belong to the FDIC or to Federal
government. Will the Federal Government pay taxes on the foreclosed or seized
††††††††††† Commissioner Holder asked with the $7.5 million dollars coming from fund balance, will this keep us in compliance with the bond rating.† Mr. Bush stated yes.† Commissioner Holder asked would we still have some cushion.† Mr. Bush stated yes.
††††††††††† Commissioner Holder asked if this budget was prepared without a millage increase.† Mr. Bush stated that was correct.†
Bowman commented the
Mathis discussed the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant.† Many people do not realize on their tax bill
an entry for HTRG for the County and HTRG for the school.† This is a tax break given by the State of
††††††††††† Chairman Mathis called for public comments from anyone wishing to speak regarding the agenda item; there was no response.
to the Henry
††††††††††† A letter was received form Michelle Hammond, DFACS Director informing the Board that the term of Joyce Rodgers will expire on June 30, 2009 and would the Board consider reappointing Ms. Rodgers to the Henry County Board of Family and Children Services.
††††††††††† Commissioner Holder made the motion to reappoint Joyce Rodgers to the Henry County Board of Family and Children Services; Commissioner Stamey seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
Approval of the minutes
††††††††††† Commissioner Jeffares made the motion to approve the April 20th minutes; Commissioner Holder seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
County Manager Comments
††††††††††† There were no comments.
††††††††††† There were no comments.
††††††††††† There were no comments.
at 6:30 p.m. a meeting with the Hospital Authority to be held at the
2. Tuesday, May 5th at 9:00 a.m., regular meeting.† Commissioner Stamey made the motion to cancel the May 5th meeting; Commissioner Basler seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0
3. Monday, May 18th at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. Regular Board Meetings
Commissioner Stamey made the motion to adjourn into Executive
Session in accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. 50-14-3, and other
applicable laws, and pursuant to advice by LaTonya Wiley, the
Commissioner Stamey made the motion to reconvene into Public Session; Commissioner Bowman seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
Commissioner Stamey made the motion to approve the affidavit and resolution pertaining to executive session; Commissioner Jeffares seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
††††††††††† Commissioner Stamey made the motion to amend the agenda out of public necessity and to approve a temporary conveyance of right-of-way along East Lake Parkway to the Georgia Department of Transportation and further authorizing reacquiring the same property in Land Lots 5, 6 27, and 28 of the 7th District of Henry County; Commissioner Bowman seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
††††††††††† Commissioner Holder made the motion to amend the agenda out of public necessity and to approve a resolution approving the purchase of certain real estate located in Land Lot 185 of the 2nd District; Commissioner Stamey seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
††††††††††† Commissioner Stamey made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Bowman seconded.† The motion carried 5-0-0.
Shay Mathis, County Clerk