The Henry County
Board of Commissioners held a Public Workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August
31, 2009, in the Community Room,
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
(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; Commissioner Holder seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Roque Romero updated the Board on the Eagle’s Landing Parkway Project. The bid award will be on the September 1st agenda. A groundbreaking is planned for September 21st with the Governor and the Secretary of Transportation.
On the Highway 81 and Bethany Road Project, the acquisition of right-of-way is almost complete. When the permit is received from the Georgia Department of Transportation, the project can be bid out.
Honorable Judge Ernest Blount, State Court and Lynne Plosinski, Solicitor’s
Office presented the agenda item to the Board.
the Problem – Traditional approaches to DUI sentencing (confinement,
§ DUI Courts provide for an enhanced level of supervision coupled with organized, specific, monitored substance abuse treatment.
§ Judicial oversight of probationary conditions coupled with regular meetings with participants reinforces the importance and consequences if failing to comply.
§ Second DUI in Five Years
§ Third DUI in lifetime
§ A combination of criminal acts and substance abuse indicates a need for an enhanced level of supervision to redirect behavior – high BAC, accident, age of offender, drug seeking behavior.
§ Court Coordinator
§ Defense Counsel
§ Treatment Provider
§ Law Enforcement
· Minimum Requirements of the Program
§ Weekly Group Meetings
§ Individual Counseling Sessions
§ AA/NA Meetings
§ Random and Frequent Drug and Alcohol Testing
§ Weekly check-ins – weekday or weekend
§ Home visits by Law Enforcement
§ Weekly status conference with the Judge and Court Team
§ Compliance with all other conditions of sentence
· Benefits to the Community
§ Reduces DUI and Drug related criminal offenses
§ Reduces costs (jail and court time)
§ Provides for increased accountability
§ Increases public safety
§ Improves the likelihood of offender rehabilitation
§ Returns the offender to the community as a productive member of society.
· Benefits to the Participant
§ Case management assistance in meeting probationary sentence requirements
§ Eligible for license reinstatement upon completion of all program requirements
§ Becomes a productive member of community and is removed from the revolving door of substance abuse and the criminal justice system
§ Reduces chance of reoffending
· Probation Surveillance Officer – Post certified law enforcement officer able to make arrest
§ Home visits
§ Work visits
§ Bar sweeps
§ Curfew enforcement
§ Drug screens
· DUI Courts can make a difference through:
§ Participant accountability
§ Enhanced supervision
§ Extended treatment
§ Frequent and random drug/alcohol testing
§ Home surveillance
§ Continuing judicial monitoring
Chairman Mathis asked if the DUI cases included DUI offenders that were involved in an accident. Judge Blount stated there could be accidents involved. The main criteria is second DUI in five years and third DUI in a lifetime. Chairman Mathis stated for clarification, if someone is in a DUI accident where a person is injured instead of going to jail they could be placed in this program. Judge Blount stated they could be if they otherwise qualify.
Chairman Mathis asked
where the funding would come from if grants are not available to fund this
court. Judge Blount stated there has
never been a
Chairman Mathis asked approximately how many DUI arrest are there in the county each year. Judge Blount estimated about 250 per year between four courts.
Bowman stated a few months ago the Board was working with the Solicitor General
Chuck Spahos and Connecting Henry on a certain amount of funds and $1 million
was left in those funds; could those funds be used for this program should the
grant run out and there is a need to continue with the program. Judge Blount stated he didn’t know anything
about the fund. Commissioner Holder
stated the funding is D.A.T.E. (Drug Abuse Training and Education) funds. The
This item was moved to the September 1st agenda for action by the Board.
Jim Lubbering, Building and Development Services Division Director updated the Board on the negotiations of getting a van for the new trustee crew. The only thing that is available through Transit would not be available until December and there is no guaranty that Stormwater would get the van. Also they are looking at used vans. The used vans with high mileage are coming in at $8,000 to $12,000 dollars. A new van, through state contract can be purchased at $20,000. If nothing is found in-house, the department will probably go with the state contract.
Mathis asked about the grading of the potential track for the park on
Bush, Finance Director presented the agenda item to the Board. Mr. Bush discussed the FY2009 End of the Year
Budget Amendment with the Board. A
monthly report of revenue and expenditures for July, 2009 was discussed. Also there were discussions regarding the
FY2010 budget line item by line item for the legislative departments (Deputy
County Manager, Board of Commissioners,
Commissioner Stamey made the motion to adjourn the meeting; Commissioner Holder seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Shay Mathis, County Clerk