2017-08-09 / Front Page

County names bicentennial co-chairs

Established Dec. 15, 1818, Early County will celebrate its bicentennial next year. A number of groups are interested in recognizing this milestone — some already planning activites.

The Board of Commissioners named co-chairs Monday night to help coordinate the bicentennial activities.

“I have consulted with a number of groups soliciting recommendations for these co-chairs,” commission chair June Merritt told the board. “The consensus recommendations were Julie Jarrett and Robert Chester.”

“I’ve contacted both and they enthusiastically agreed to do it.” The board approved Merritt’s recommendation.

During his report to the commissioners, County Administrator Spencer Mueller stated the second floor of the courthouse is now being cooled by the new air conditioning system. He also noted the courthouse roof is being inspected, in part with a drone.

Mueller advised the commissioners that three additional roads have been surveyed and added to the 2017-2018 LMIG project list — Nicklesville Road (2.2 miles) from SR 216 to the Calhoun county line, Pullen Road (3.1 miles) from SR 200 to County Line Road and Flea Hop Road (4.6 miles) from First Kolomoki Road to U.S. 27.

The board adopted a resolution to amend the FY2017 Budget, shifting funds among accounts within the original budget so no line item was overspent. The total amount of appropriations is unchanged.

The board adopted a resolution to amend the Code of Ordinances regulating vehicular and pedestrian use of the airport.

Merritt advised the board of vacancies on two boards — Judy Moore resigned from the Planning Commission due to health and a new airport authority board member is needed as Alan Gamble is no longer a resident of the county. She asked commissioners to submit nominations for the two vacancies by the end of August to enable the board to make appointments at the September meeting. Both will fill unexpired terms: Planning ending Dec. 31, 2019, and Airport ending Dec. 31, 2017.

E911 Report — Matt Hromalik and Jim Copp presented the commissioners an E911 report.

The commissioners discussed a recommendation to purchase a video camera for the purpose of recording meetings, but a motion to make the unbudgeted expenditure failed.

Merritt read a letter from Georgia Emergency Management approving the proposed Hazard Mitigation Plan which will be effective through June 2022.

A call meeting will be held Aug. 10 at 11:30 to review county administrator’s performance evaluation. The board will go into executive session for the review.

The first Monday in September being Labor Day, the commission’s September meeting will be moved to Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

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