BUTTS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MINUTES OF MARCH 12, 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, Interim County Administrator
Michael Brewer, County Clerk, Government Relations Director
Mike O’Quinn, County Attorney
Chairman Russ Crumbley called the workshop to order at 5:30 PM and welcomed all present.
The following items were then presented at the workshop:
WS 2018-07-Sheriff Gary Long presented a report on local crime statistics to the Board of Commissioners
WS 2018-08-Information was presented to the Board about joining the I-75 South Corridor Coalition.
Following discussion, the workshop adjourned at 5:50 PM
Chairman Crumbley brought the March Meeting to order at 6PM, welcomed all present and requested the Reverend Christ Shurtz (present in audience) to give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Item 2018-03-059: Approval of Docket
Upon a motion by Mr. Henderson and seconded by Mr. Brown, the docket was approved with unanimous consent and the addition of one item: a resolution to declare surplus properties (Now item 063)
Item 2018-03-060: Approval of the February 2017 Minutes
Upon a motion by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Rivers, the February minutes were approved with unanimous consent.
Item 2018-03-061: Proclamation Recognizing the Bicentennial of Jackson United Methodist Church
Mr. Brewer read the proclamation, which was adopted upon a motion by Mr. Douglas and seconded by Mr. Henderson with unanimous consent. Proclamation is attached to and made a part of the minute book.
Item 2018-00-029: Action to Amend Uniform Development Ordinance Allowing Waiving of Impact Fees
Upon a motion by Mr. Henderson, seconded by Mr. Rivers, the board voted with unanimous consent to table this item until to further notice. It was not felt at this time that the board had a clear consensus on whether this would be beneficial for the county or not. Item will not be continued on the docket until the Board is ready to place the item back on the docket.
Item 2018-02-036: Action on Appointing an Impact Fee Advisory Board
Upon a motion by Mr. Rivers, seconded by Mr. Douglas, the Board voted 4-1 to designate the existing Planning and Zoning Commission to serve as the County’s Impact Fee Advisory Board, in accordance with the statutes requiring that such board be appointed. Mr. Brown voted in dissent.
Item 2018-03-062: I-75 Corridor Coalition Membership
Upon a motion by Mr. Rivers and seconded by Mr. Brown, the Board voted with unanimous consent to join the I-75 South Corridor Coalition as a Charter Member at the cost of $500.00 per year. This group will be steering the development of the I-75 corridor between Stockbridge and Macon, which includes Butts County.
Item 2018-03-063: Resolution Declaring Surplus Properties
Mr. Brewer presented a Resolution to declare the following three properties as surplus and to allow the County to put them out for bid:
Mr. Douglas moved to adopt, seconded by Mr. Rivers with unanimous consent. Said properties will now be advertised for bid in accordance with the provisions of the Resolution, which is attached to and made a part of the minute book.
Item 2018-03-064: County Administrator Report
Mr. Layson introduced Rhonda Blissit as the new County CFO; a brief financial report was then given. Mr. Layson reported on various other matters and recognized EMA Director Glen Goens for his work in the Storm Ready Community recertification process. Updates on the SPLOST bonding process were also presented.
Item 2018-03-065: Executive Session for Personnel & Real Estate
Mr. Rivers moved to enter Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Brown with unanimous consent. Mr. Rivers later motioned to reconvene normal session, seconded by Mr. Brown with unanimous consent.
Mr. O’Quinn notified the audience that the primary candidate that had been chosen by the board to be appointed as the new county administrator had withdrawn from the process and no longer wish to be considered for the position. He stated that the board had decided to enter into negotiations with Steve Layson to stay on and be appointed as County Administrator for the remainder of the calendar year and that a new search process may be undertaken in the fall. He also notified the audience that the board had decided to enter into a litigation matter and that the board was also discussing the acquisition of a piece of property.
Item 2018-03-066: Public Comments
Mr. Brewer informed the Board that three people had appropriately signed up for public comment utilizing the county procedure. Two of them showed up for public comment and were heard by the commission. These included Teresa Swan and Dennis Mahoney.
Item 2018-03-067: Adjournment Motion
Upon a motion by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Henderson, the board adjourned the meeting with unanimous consent.
To Be Ratified this 9th day of April, 2018