SPALDING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
The Spalding County Commissioners met this week at the county annex and discussed holding a T-SPLOST referendum November 07, 2017. They approved to hold 3-5 public hearings for citizen feedback. With an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City a maximum of 1% could be levied. Without an IGA with the City the maximum would be .75%.
A .1% T-SPLOST would generate approximately $8,400,000 per year but would require an IGA with the City.
A .75% T-SPLOST would generate approximately $6,300,000 per year. The time limit for a T-SPLOST is a maximum of 5 years.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners:
Approved: a Joint Proclamation with the City of Griffin honoring Mr. Willie James Gault for his athletic accomplishments and the honor that he has brought to his family and his community.
This joint proclamation was awarded to Mr. Gault at the Induction Ceremony of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame held in Macon, Georgia on February 25th.
Approved: a Joint Proclamation with the City of Griffin honoring Bonita”Bonnie” Pfrogner for the accomplishments and contributions that she has made to Spalding County and the City of Griffin as the Director of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce.
This proclamation was awarded to Ms. Pfrogner at her retirement party on Tuesday, February 28th.
Approved: a Proclamation designating the week of April 9-15, 2017 as National Public Safety
The week of April 9th through 15th is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is designated as a time when citizens can thank public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Americans can show gratitude to 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies.
We are fortunate in Spalding County to have 21 Full-Time and 3 Part time Telecommunicators, 1 Communications Manager, 1 Training Officer & 1 Administrative Staff Person to serve over 64,000 citizens.
Approved: a Proclamation designating the month of March 2017,as March for Meals Month in Spalding County.
The Spalding County Meals on Wheels Program currently serves 90 Meals On Wheels 60 years and older clients and serves an additional 268 Congregate Meals Clients (Senior Center).
Approved: on second reading: an Application from Shield of Faith Christian Center, Inc.,
Owner – Brenda Gibbons,Agent – 920 Harlow Avenue (0.74 acres) – requesting a rezoning from R-2, Single Family Residential, to C-1B, Heavy Commercial.
The Board of Commissioners public hearing and 1st reading was February 23, 2017.
The approval was conditional as follows:
a. .827 acre tract located at 920 Harlow Avenue shall be combined with adjacent 1.9 acre
tract located at 916 Harlow Avenue.
b. Zoning shall be tied to church and associated uses only.
c. All site lighting shall be designed so as not to glare onto adjacent residential properties.
Approved: the health insurance renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA for FY2018.
.there is a 3% increase in cost to the county
.the employee specialist co-pay increased from $35 to $45
.the employee regular doctor co-pay remained the same at $25
.formulary drug cost went from $30 to $40
.generic drug cost is a $10 maximum co-pay amount
.the employee monthly payroll deduct is no change
.the changes are effective July 01
Approved: a resolution authorizing the issuance of purchasing and/or credit cards for Spalding County Elected Officials and adoption of a Purchasing Card and Credit Card Ordinance.
The Spalding County Purchasing Card Policy is designed to enable authorized elected officials and county employees to purchase supplies, materials and services for County use within the rules and guidelines set forth in the Spalding County Financial Policies
The Board of Commissioners designated cards for the following elected officials:
Chair/CEO/, Commissioners, Coroner, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, Sheriff, Superior Court Clerk, Tax Commissioner, Solicitor, and State Court Judge.
Approved: a lease with Griffin First Assembly at no charge for space to be utilized by the Spalding County Accountability Court for counseling by Judge Esary.
The counseling will be in the Royal Ranger Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm til 7pm.
Approved: a contract with S.A.F.E. (SavingAnimals From Euthanasia, Inc.) for Spay/Neuter and Vaccination services to the Spalding County Animal Shelter. S.A.F.E. has been providing these services for the Animal Shelter since 2014.
Approved: of the Griffin + SpaldingArchway Partnership Memorandum of Understanding for FY18. The terms of this Agreement shall be from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Funding for the FY2018 Community Fee is Spalding County Board of Commissioners $20,000,
City of Griffin $20,000, and Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education $20,000.
Approved: a resolution to clarifying the right of way on Hollonville Road.
There are various Right-of –Way’s depicted along Hollonville Road as shown on various plats and surveys indicating that the Right of Way of Hollonville road is a 60 Foot Right-Of-Way, an 80-foot Right-of-Way, and a 100-Foot Right of Way along the same stretch of road.
Spalding County, disclaims, releases and quitclaims any interest it may have in real property
that extends beyond the 60 foot right of way along Hollonville Road except for that certain portion near the Flint River where it becomes a 100 foot Right of Way.
Approved: a revised contract Detail Officer agreements for FY2018.
Spalding County has existing agreements FOR USE OF INMATE WORK DETAILS with the City of Griffin; City of Thomaston; Upson County; Fayette County; Henry County; and the G/S Board of Education.
Approved: of submission of a grant application to the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank for improvements to the East McIntosh/Hill Street Intersection.
The Project is known as Intersection #3 on North Hill Street Corridor Improvements Projects. Total estimated project cost $1,533,171. Grant funding $1,220,335 with a local match of $312,842 to come from 2008 SPLOST and 2016 SPLOST proceeds.
Approved: a Spalding County Policy for Competitive Negotiation Qualifications-based Selection for Projects Using Federal Aid Highway Program (FAHP) Funding.
In order for the County to be LAP (Locally Administered Project) Certified they must adopt this Federal policy for the use of FAHP funds.
Approved: of Title VI Non-Discrimination Agreement between the Georgia Department of Transportation and Spalding County for Federal Aid Highway Program (FAHP) funded projects.
This is a required agreement for Federal Funded projects.
Established: Monday April 17, 9:00AM for a future workshop to discuss possible transportation projects utilizing 2016 SPLOST proceeds.
Declared: surplus weapons that have been forfeit to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and county owned weapons that have become obsolete. These firearms may not be sold to the general public. The weapons will be available for viewing by licensed dealers and bids will be accepted for the entire lot. Funds received will be used for the purchase of equipment for the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.
Approved: a request from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to declare surplus K-9 Rex and K-9 Luck.
This transaction will be for retirement of K-9 Rex 8 years of service approx. 11 years old, and K-9 Luck 8.5 years of service approx. 11.5 years old. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to transfer ownership of the canines to their respective handlers. This is customary due to the bond created between the handler and the canine. Both of these canines have served the community well and have reached an age that they are not as able to meet the rigorous demands serving in this capacity.
Net cost to the County is zero dollars. We are exploring grants and donations to move towards replacing these canines in the future. Whatever balance is left to purchase new canines will be funded from asset forfeiture.
Construction on the Pickle Ball Complex was slowed by rain but is still scheduled for completion by 05/15/17. Commissioner Hawbaker asked the board about seeking a Corporate Sponsor for maybe $400,000 and naming the center after them? It was discussed but no action was taken.