STATE OF GEORGIA

 

COUNTY OF HENRY

 

The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Regular Public Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 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:

 

                        Elizabeth “BJ” Mathis, Chairman,

Reid A. Bowman, Vice-Chairman, District IV Commissioner

Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

Rick Jeffares, District II Commissioner

            Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner

Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner

Also attending were Shay Mathis, County Clerk; LaTonya Nix-Wiley, County Attorney; Phyllis Shrader, Interim County Manager;  Mike Bush, Finance Director; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; Michael Harris, Planning & Zoning 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 Mathis called the meeting to order and called for an acceptance of the agenda.  Commissioner Stamey made the motion to approve the agenda; Commissioner Jeffares seconded.  The motion carried 5-0-0.

            Chairman Mathis announced the following rezoning(s) would not be heard:

RZ-09-01 HPMC, LLC William Herbert of Stockbridge, GA requests a rezoning from RA (Residential-Agricultural) to C-3 (Heavy Commercial) for property located at 1598 Highway 138.  The property is located in Land Lot 94 of the 11th District, consisting of 0.73 +/- acres.  The request is for the continuation of the property’s use as a tire store.  District 5 (Tabled by Staff)

RZ-09-02 Aldi, Inc. of Duluth, GA requests a rezoning from C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) and RA (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (General Commercial) for property located at 398 Jonesboro Road.  The property is located in Land Lot 126 of the 7th District, consisting of 3.99 +/- acres.  The request is for retail and restaurant uses.  District 3 (Tabled by Staff to be rescheduled for July 2009)

RZ-09-03  Margaret Parella of McDonough, GA requests a rezoning from RA (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (General Commercial) for property located at 971 Highway 155 North. The property is located in Land Lot 70 of the 7th District, consisting of 2.50 +/- acres. The request is for the continuation of the use of the property as a landscape nursery. District 3 (Tabled by the Applicant to be rescheduled for August 2009)

Proclamation(s)

The following proclamation was presented in honor of State Representative John Lunsford:

WHEREAS, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) 2008 policy required local water utilities to remove abandoned asbestos piping at the utilities’ expense; and

 

WHEREAS, The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has determined that the asbestos pipes are of no dangerous threat when left undisturbed in the ground, but that once the asbestos becomes aerosolized, because of removal, they are considered “hazardous material”; and

 

WHEREAS, the current restrictions on outdoor water usage and increased conservation have decreased the selling of water, therefore making it hard to meet regular operation costs much less this new fiscal challenge; and

 

WHEREAS, John Lunsford, State Representative District 110, researched and compiled data which showed that all 159 counties within the state of Georgia contain asbestos piping totaling more than 1807 miles, and that removal of this material would cost tax payers $1200 per linear foot or $11.4 billion; and

 

WHEREAS, Henry County alone has 47 miles of asbestos piping that would cost more than $3.5 million to remove; and

 

WHEREAS, Lunsford, together with the support of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), was essential in getting House Bill 101 passed, as it provides sensible, cost-effective approaches in addressing how to handle this currently non-hazardous material.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Henry County Board of Commissioners expresses its appreciation to House Representative John Lunsford for his hard work and dedication in passing House Bill 101, thereby saving the state of Georgia billions of dollars.

Todd Edwards, Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) presented the 2009 Legislative Service Award to Representative Lunsford.  Each year ACCG presents this award to a handful of select Legislators who have demonstrated distinguished leadership and interest in working with County governments on behalf of Georgia citizens.  The Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority presented Representative Lunsford with a thank you letter for his support and dedication in successfully steering House Bill 101. 

The following proclamation was presented in honor of Mr. & Miss Special Henry County Week:

WHEREAS, People First of Henry County is a non-profit organization that was founded to promote fairness and equality for community members with disabilities and to provide meaningful social activities in order to help build their self-esteem.  People First of Henry County has raised public awareness in that the community recognizes people with disabilities by accepting and focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities; and

 

WHEREAS, The Mr. and Miss Special Henry County was founded in 2002 and has since enriched the lives of more than 200 special needs families within Henry County; and

 

WHEREAS, the Henry County Board of Commissioners wishes to express its appreciation to People First of Henry County and the dozens of dedicated volunteers who work so hard to develop programs that enrich the lives of our special needs population;

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED the week of June 22-28, 2009 as Mr. and Miss Special Henry County Week, which culminates with the pageant on June 27 at 4:00 in the evening at the Henry County Performing Arts Center. We encourage all citizens to attend this event, volunteer with this organization and enrich your lives through the extraordinary spirit of these individuals.

Presentation regarding the Waste to Energy Initiative

            Sean Storms, Southern States Recycling Services, Inc., Douglas Sheets and Justin Kaleialoha, Fourth Generation Technology, Inc. presented the agenda item to the Board.  The presentation was regarding plasma arc technology and the benefit to Henry County.  Mr. Sheets presented the only known domestically manufactured plasma arc in the United States.  This technology is currently vested only at the PHD level (scientist are the only ones working on this project). It’s very advanced technology and being such they have worked hard to ensure that they are economically vital and economically beneficial to whom ever chooses to partake in these programs.  Because of these systems, this will be the premier county for processing waste in the United States and will bring national attention to the county. 

            We all know that there is a problem that is growing in the community that continues to grow.  The problem is the population growth and the amount of trash that will be produced by the increased population.  The technology being discussed has been seen as beneficial to the community.  The Georgia General Assembly passed House Resolution 1069 in 2002.  This resolution encourages the development and application of the plasma arc technology for solid waste management in Georgia and urges the cooperation and guidance of the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources.  The system is a plasma gas/fire system that utilities plasma arc technology to process the waste.  In Henry County 200,000 tons of waste is produced each year.  The waste stream consists of common municipal solid waste.  The majority of the waste contains mostly paper, organics, and plastics.  Of this material, 95% was deemed as recyclable, where as the remaining 5% was non recyclable.  The recyclable portion represents an extremely valuable revenue stream for the county. 

            There will be many benefits to having the system in the County.  The system will create jobs, create a valuable revenue stream, effectively initiate a vital recycling program and creates a long term solution to the disposal of residential and commercial waste streams.  The system is also well known for producing energy that can be sold. 

            Commissioner Bowman asked if the system was in place anywhere nearby.  Mr. Sheets stated the closest system to be seen that is currently handling public municipal waste would be in Thailand.  There are systems that are currently going up in Canada and Mexico.  Unfortunately because of where we are in the United States these systems are not found on this Continent as of yet.  The actually plasma arc is not currently in the United States. 

            Commissioner Bowman asked approximately what would this system cost.  Mr. Sheets stated it will depend on the goal of the Board.  A complete system could be up and running for approximately $28 million.   

Bid to furnish specific Kitchen equipment at the Henry County Jail

            Mike Bush, Finance Director presented the agenda item to the Board.  This item was tabled at the June 15th meeting for additional information regarding the cost for the fryers.  The fryers are a heavy duty industrial fryer system that is commonly used in prisons and jail.  Henry County Jail creates approximately 21,000 meals per day which equals 750,000 meals per year that the fryer system would be used for. 

            Commissioner Bowman stated staff answered his questions and concerns.

            Commissioner Basler made the motion to approve the award of the bid for specific kitchen equipment at the county jail; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried 5-0-0 approving the following resolution:

            WHEREAS, the Henry County Jail, located at 120 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia needs kitchen equipment furnished for the kitchen expansion/renovation project; and

            WHEREAS, sealed proposals (SP-09-59-051509-1) were solicited to furnish specific kitchen equipment as indicated on the attached bid tabulation; and

            WHEREAS, seven (7) vendors submitted proposals for this project; all proposals were reviewed by staff personnel; and

            WHEREAS, staff recommends award to the lowest and most responsive bidders as follows:  Atlanta Fixture and Sales Company for one (1) exhaust system and two (2) convection ovens in the amount of $23,248.00 and Manning Brothers Food Equipment for two (2) gas fryers in the amount of $12,110.40.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Henry County Board of Commissioners approves the proposals of Atlanta Fixture and sales Company, and Manning Brothers Food Equipment and awards Bid Number SP-09-59-051509-1 to furnish the above listed equipment at the Henry County Jail located at 120 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia in the total amount of $35,358.40.  The Chairman is hereby authorized to sign all necessary documents for this project.  All budget amendments and/or transfers necessary for proper accounting of this resolution will hereby be approved.

Amendment to the Defined Benefit Plan for Henry County Employees Adoption Agreement

            Mike Bush, Finance Director presented the agenda item to the Board.  From time to time staff request amendments when changes have to be made to the retirement system.  The request is for approval of adoption agreement #7 to the Association County Commissioners of Georgia Defined Benefit Plan.  The resolution allows an amendment to the Adoption Agreement that is part of the Defined Benefit Plan.

            Commissioner Holder made the motion to amend the Association County Commissioners of Georgia Defined Benefit Plan for Henry County and amend the adoption agreement for the ACCG Defined Benefit Plan for Henry County; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried 5-0-0. (a copy of the resolution is located in the County Clerk’s Office)

Purchase of fireworks for the fifth Annual Georgia Independence Day Festival at Nash Farm

            Commissioner Bowman made the motion to reconsider the purchase of fireworks for the fifth annual Georgia Independence Day Festival; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried 5-0-0.

            Tim Coley, Director of Parks and Recreation presented the agenda item to the Board.  Mr. Coley stated last year the revenue for the festival was $31,687.67.  Based on those revenues the cost of the festival for this year (advertisement, open to close of the gate, all entertainment, bands, stages, etc.) will be $38, 938.00.  This a little less than $7,000 short.  $4,000 has been received in donations as well as $750 for in-kind donations (Ci Ci’s Pizza, SBN Channel 22 and Publix).  With the donations and the projected revenue, the shortage will be approximately $3,200. 

            Commissioner Jeffares stated he had raised $6,500 in donations towards the festival.  Chairman Mathis stated that would exceed what is the projected shortage by $3,300.  Mr. Coley stated the donations will not cover the fireworks but the donations and revenues will cover the cost of the festival.  Chairman Mathis stated there is approximately $10,500 in cash donations.  Mr. Coley stated that was correct.

            Commissioner Bowman stated the revenue for the festival was stated at $31,687.67 and the cost of the festival being $38,938.00; does the $38,000 include everything that is being spent for this festival.  Mr. Coley stated yes.  It’s the fireworks, bands, stage, inflatables, and advertising, t-shirts for the staff, educational features, the blacksmith, native dancing, Indians, fighting drum, fireworks, petting zoo rental, and the deposit for an ATM machine.  Commissioner Bowman asked if that figure included overtime for staff and personnel.  Mr. Coley stated Parks and Recreation staff does not receive overtime, they receive comp. time and that is not included in the $38,000. 

            Commissioner Bowman stated for the last two years this purchase was brought to the Board in March.  This year it is being brought to the Board two weeks before the event is to happen and the advertisement has already been done for the event. Commissioner Bowman stated he was not opposed to the fireworks but is opposed to the fireworks being funded by taxpayer money.  If this agenda item had been brought to the Board in March, there would have been more time to raise the money.  It’s time for the Board to start acting and reacting to these issues and have the private sector do funding on issues that need to be done.  Commissioner Bowman stated he would not vote for public funding but in this situation, he feels, it’s the only thing that the Board can do because it has already been advertised to the public.

            Commissioner Bowman made the motion to purchase the fireworks for two days as advertised; Commissioner Jeffares seconded. 

            Commissioner Holder stated he echoed Commissioner Bowman’s comments.  He was opposed to the purchase on yesterday and would still be opposed to it today.  Commissioner Holder stated he is not opposed to the event/activities but when you factor in the state of the economy, the cost of the fireworks could almost fund a salary for an entry level position for approximately six months.  Since there have been donations, plus the fees there should be a surplus.  Mr. Coley stated yes there should be a surplus of approximately $2,500.  Commissioner Holder stated with that he has no problem with the event; he is opposed to the fact that the taxpayers were going to have to foot the entire bill. 

            Commissioner Basler stated he has enjoyed the event for the past several years and Parks and Recreation does a great job with this event.  But he urged everyone not to wait until the eleventh hour to try and raise funds. 

            Commissioner Bowman amended his motion to include approval of the contract with Atlanta Pyrothechnics International, Inc.; Commissioner Jeffares amended his second. 

            Commissioner Bowman amended his motion to accept all donations received and all pending donations; Commissioner Jeffares amended his second.  The motion carried 5-0-0 approving the following resolution:

            WHEREAS, a need exists to provide fireworks displays for the fifth annual Georgia Independence Day Festival at Nash Farm Park; and

            WHEREAS, entry fees are received from participants entering the Festival; and

            WHEREAS, the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department budgeted funds to cover the expense of fireworks displays at the Georgia Independence Day Festival; and

            WHEREAS, Atlanta Pyrotechnics International Inc., is the only company in Georgia that will provide small scale fireworks presentations as verified by the budget and procurement department;

            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Henry County Board of Commissioners approve and authorize the Chairman to sign any and all documentation to complete the purchase of fireworks displays by Atlanta Pyrotechnics International, Inc., for the Georgia Independence Day Festival.  All budget transfers and journal entries needed to account for this transaction are hereby approved by this resolution.

County Manager Comments

            There were no comments.

 

County Attorney Comments

            There were no comments.

Public Comments

            There were no comments.

Upcoming Meetings

1.      Monday, July 6th at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, July 7th at 9:00 a.m. Regular Board Meetings

2.      Monday, July 20th at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m. Regular Board Meetings

Executive Session

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 County Attorney, for the purposes of discussing the acquisition of real estate, pending and/or potential litigation, and personnel matters; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried 5-0-0.

(Executive Session was held.)

(Commissioner Stamey left before reconvening into public session)

Commissioner Bowman made the motion to reconvene into Public Session; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0.

Commissioner Basler made the motion to approve the affidavit and resolution pertaining to executive session; Commissioner Jeffares seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0.

Commissioner Jeffares made the motion to amend the agenda out of public necessity and to approve a resolution to purchase certain real property located in Land Lot 178 of the 3rd District of Henry County Georgia; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0.

Commissioner Bowman made the motion to amend the agenda out of public necessity and to approve an agreement to hire a consultant for a period of up to 90 days to assist with pending Federal and State grants; Commissioner Jeffares seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0.

Commissioner Jeffares made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0.

 

                                                                        Elizabeth “BJ” Mathis, Chairman

 

Shay Mathis, County Clerk