BUTTS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MINUTES OF THE BOARD FOR JULY 23, 2018
Joe Brown, District 3
Russ Crumbley, District 5, Chairman
Keith Douglas, District 4
Robert Henderson, District 2
Ken Rivers, District 1, Vice Chairman
Steve Layson, County Administrator
Michael Brewer, Government Relations Director, County Clerk
Brandon Bowen, Zoning Attorney
Section 1: Meeting Preliminaries
Chairman Crumbley brought the July 23, 2018 to order at 6PM in the courtroom of the Historic Butts County Courthouse, which was being utilized in place of the Administration Building due to the need to sequester election voting machines in the auditorium. It was noted that the County Clerk had notified the legal organ, posted notice of the changed venue on both buildings, had included notices on the county website and on social media and had notified the local radio station.
Chairman Crumbley welcomed all present and requested that Commissioner Douglas give the invocation and lead the pledge of allegiance.
Chairman Crumbley then notified the public that he was calling a 15-minute recess to allow any citizens who might have not gotten the notice and gone to the Administration Building sufficient time to be directed to the Courthouse and seated. At 6:18 PM, the Chairman called the meeting back to order.
Item 2018-07-153: Approval of Docket
The docket was approved upon a motion by Mr. Henderson, seconded by Mr. Rivers with unanimous consent and no additions or changes.
Item 2018-07-154: Public Hearing on Rezoning of Property at Stark Road and Hope McClure Road
Planning Director Christy Lawson presented the rezoning, after which the Zoning Attorney explained the rules for the public hearing. He then turned called on those in favor of the rezoning. The only one speaking in favor of the rezoning was the applicant, who spoke for six minutes.
Those in opposition then were called on to speak and two speakers spoke against before their ten minutes of allotted time expired. Mr. Rivers then made a motion to suspend the rules and allow an additional 10 minutes per side. This was seconded by Mr. Brown with unanimous consent and the public hearing continued.
Two more citizens spoke against and there were no more rising to speak against the rezoning. The applicant was allowed to use his remaining time to speak in favor of the rezoning. Upon his concluding comments, the public hearing was then closed.
Mr. Rivers then moved that the Board of Commissioners adhere to the recommendations of the planning and zoning commission and deny the rezoning, seconded by Mr. Henderson and passed with unanimous consent.
Section 2: Special Business and Public Comments
Item 2018-07-155: Executive Session
Mr. Brown moved to enter Executive Session for litigation and personnel, seconded by Mr. Rivers with unanimous consent. Mr. Rivers later moved to exit Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Douglas with unanimous consent. Mr. Bowan gave a summary of the session, which included an employee retirement matter and a potential litigation item.
Item 2018-07-156: Adjournment Motion
Upon a motion by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Douglas, the board adjourned the meeting with unanimous consent.
To be ratified this 13th Day of August, 2018