BUTTS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 12, 2017
Present:
Ken Rivers, District 1
Robert Henderson, District 2, Chairman
Joe Brown, District 3, Vice Chairman
Keith Douglas, District 4
Russ Crumbley, District 5

Staff:
Keith Moffett, County Administrator
Chiquita Barkley, Controller/ County Clerk
Michael Brewer, Government Relations Director
Michael O’Quinn, County Attorney
MINUTES

Workshop: The Board of Commissioners participated in a workshop from 5 PM until 6PM to receive information on the following county initiatives:

• WS-2017-016: Update on the Service Delivery Strategy processes. Dr. Moffett gave an overview of the progress on the Service Delivery Strategy and went over each area being worked on.

• WS2017-017: SPLOST VII Update. Dr. Moffett an overview of the process on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Following the conclusion of the workshop, Chairman Henderson concluded the meeting. The Board convened with all members present and Chairman Henderson then called the June 12, 2017 meeting to order at 6:00 PM after a short recess. He welcomed all present. He then asked Commissioner Crumbley to give the invocation, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

Item 2017-06-079: Approval of Docket
Upon a motion by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Douglas, the docket was approved with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-080: Upon a motion by Commissioner Douglas and seconded by Commissioner Crumbley, the Board approved the minutes of the May meeting with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-081: Public Comment: Mr. Terry Nolan spoke on the need for broadband expansion.

Item 2017-06-082: Proclamation naming the last week of June, 2017 as “Amateur Radio Week” in Butts County. Commissioner Brown made a motion to approve, seconded by Commissioner Douglas with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-083: Public Hearing: Case # 06(01)-2017 Charlotte B Weaver Trust/Luke Weaver Trustee of Jackson, GA is requesting a special use for property located on High Falls Road and Highway 36 West for a proposed new telecommunication tower. Mr. O’Quinn opened the public hearing and two spoke in favor of special use. No one spoke against the special use and Mr. O’Quinn closed the public meeting. Upon a motion from Commissioner Douglas and seconded by Commissioner Brown, the special use was approved with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-084: Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Case # 06(02)-2017 John Estes of Jackson, GA is requesting a special use for property located at 205 Blankenship Road for special use for an immediate family member. Mr. O’Quinn opened the public hearing and no one spoke for or against the special use and Mr. O’Quinn closed the public meeting. Following a discussion, Commissioner Crumbley made a motion to approve the special use, seconded by Commissioner Douglas with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-085: Public Hearing: Case # 06(03)-2017 William B. Jones of Jackson, GA is requesting a Text Amendment to Section 4.02.06(A) of the Butts County UDO to strike/remove “Truck Stops” from the list of prohibited use restrictions within the I-75 Corridor Overlay District. Mr. O’Quinn opened the public hearing. The following individuals spoke in favor of the text amendment: Applicant Bill Jones and David Massey. The following individuals spoke against the text amendment: Scott Peters and Amy Fletcher. Mr. O’Quinn closed the public meeting. Upon a motion by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Douglas, the board voted 4-0 to approve the text amendment with Commissioner Crumbley abstaining due to being related to the applicant. The text amendment shall be defined as follows:

An ordinance of the Board of Commissioners of Butts County, Georgia, sitting for county purposes for the purpose of amending the Unified Development Ordinance for Butts County and its regulation of the I-75 Overlay District and truck stops, and for other purposes at the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Butts County held on June 12, 2017.

WHEREAS, the Butts County Board of Commissioners adopted a Unified Development Ordinance in 2016; and

WHEREAS, the Butts County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners have identified certain modifications to the Unified Development Ordinance that will better serve the citizens of Butts County; and

WHEREAS, having conducted duly noticed and published public hearings before the Board of Commissioners on June 12, 2017, and the Butts County Planning Commission on June 8, 2017;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, AND IT HEREBY IS ORDAINED, by virtue of the authority vested in the Board of Commissioners of Butts County by law that the Unified Development Ordinance of Butts County, Georgia, is hereby amended as follows:

SECTION ONE

Section 4.02.06 of the Unified Development Ordinance, pertaining to Regulation of uses in the I-75 Overlay District shall be amended so that item 26 of paragraph (A) shall be restated to add the italicized language, as follows:

26. Truck stops; except that a facility with no more than 30% of the developed area being committed to the fueling of commercial trucks with diesel fuel will be permitted in the overlay district, on the west side of I-75 only, when it is within a mixed use development (P-M zoning district) of 20 acres or more.

SECTION TWO

A. Severability Clause. It is the express intention of the Board of Commissioners that each independent provision of this amendment should be adopted, and the Board of Commissioners would have adopted each such independent provision even if the others had not been adopted. Therefore, in the event that a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of this amendment or the UDO to be unlawful, invalid or unenforceable, it is the intent of the Board of Commissioners that the offending provision be severed, and all lawful provisions remain in force.

B. General Repealer. Any ordinance not expressly addressed by this ordinance that is inconsistent with the provisions herein is expressly repealed to the extent that it conflicts with the provisions of this amending ordinance.

C. Effective Date. The public welfare demanding, this ordinance shall be effective immediately after its adoption.

Item 2017-06-086: Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Case # 06(04)-2017 William B. Jones of Jackson, GA is requesting a rezoning from C-2 – Commercial – General/Highway to PM – Planned Development-Mixed Use for property located at 2781 Highway 16 West/I-75 & Highway 16 West. Mr. O’Quinn opened the public hearing. The following individuals spoke in favor of the text amendment: Applicant Bill Jones, David Massey and Mayor Kay Pippin of Jackson. The following individuals spoke against the text amendment: Scott Peters. Mr. O’Quinn closed the public meeting. Upon a motion by Commissioner Rivers, seconded by Commissioner Brown, the board voted 4-0 to approve the rezoning with Commissioner Crumbley abstaining due to being related to the applicant.

Item 2017-06-087: Public Hearing to approve the FY 2018 budget. Upon a motion by Commissioner Rivers, seconded by Commissioner Douglas, the Board voted to approve the FY 2018 budget of $20,532,372.00. The budget was anticipated to be adapted at this meeting; however, due to concerns raised by the County Attorney as to whether the County had to wait for a week following the public hearing, the adaption of said budget was deferred to a later time. Budget was approved but not adapted.

Item 2017-06-088: Appointment to the Board of Elections. Mr. Brewer notified the board in May that the seat currently held by Terri Evans was up for reappointment or new appointment. He notified the Board he had received one nomination from Commissioner Douglas for a new appointment and that no other Board members had brought forward candidates for the seat. Commissioner Douglas made a motion to appoint Leslie Medlock to the Board of Elections, to begin July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and approved with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-089: Appointment to the DFACS Board of Directors. Mr. Brewer notified the board in May that the seat currently held by Mack Davis was up for reappointment or new appointment. He notified the Board he had received one nomination from Commissioner Crumbley for the reappointment of Mr. Davis and that no other Board members had brought forward candidates for the seat. Commissioner Douglas made a motion to reappoint Mr. Davis to begin July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Crumbley and approved with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-090: Appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mr. Brewer notified the board in May that the seat currently held by Alton Stewart was up for reappointment or new appointment. He notified the Board he had received confirmation from the Zoning Administrator that Mr. Stewart wished to continue to serve and that no Board members had brought forward candidates for the seat. Commissioner Crumbley made a motion to reappoint Mr. Stewart to begin July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and approved with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-091: Appointment to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Mr. Brewer notified the board in May that the seat currently held by Justin Phillips was up for reappointment or new appointment. He notified the Board he had received confirmation from the Zoning Administrator that Mr. Phillips wished to continue to serve and that no Board members had brought forward candidates for the seat. Commissioner Rivers made a motion to reappoint Mr. Phillips to begin July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Douglas and approved with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-092: Approval for the use of Daughtry Park by the City of Jackson for the 4th of July Fireworks Show. A motion was made by Commissioner Douglas, seconded by Commissioner Crumbley, with unanimous consent to approve.

Item 2017-06-093: Approval of Alcohol License for Cabana on the Lake Restaurant. A motion was made by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Rivers and passed 3-1-1 with Commissioner Henderson abstaining and Commissioner Crumbley in dissent.

Item 2017-06-094: Purchase of Replacement Fire Engine. The Board was presented with documentation from administrative staff requesting to expand funds from the 2012 special purpose local option sales tax for the purchase of a new fire engine that had been approved for this program in 2011. Staff recommended the board accepted the lowest bid of $227,412.00 from Fire Line, Inc. of Winder, Georgia. A motion was made by Commissioner Crumbley, seconded by Commissioner Douglas, with unanimous consent to approve.

Item 2017-06-095: Authorization to Enter Into Agreement with Enterprise Fleet Leasing. Dr. Moffett presented a request to the Board to enter into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Leasing that would create a program by which the county would lease future new service vehicles for various departments that would, over a period of five years, replace all vehicles in the fleet. The board instructed Dr. Moffett to find out whether similar services were offered by other fleet leasing companies that would allow them to compare offerings. Dr. Moffett advised the commissioners that he would research this further.

Item 2017-06-096: First Reading on Revision to Animal Control Ordinance. Dr. Moffett presented a revised animal control ordinance to the board of commissioners four a first reading. The ordinance will lie on the table for 30 days and a second meeting will be held at the July commissioners meeting for approval by the board.

Item 2017-06-097: Approval of Service Agreement with Moye Electric. Dr. Moffett presented a service agreement that, if approved, would authorize the aforementioned company to perform monthly service on the lighting system at Interstate 75 and Highway 16. Following some questions from the board, Commissioner Rivers made a motion to table approval, seconded by Commissioner Douglas with unanimous consent.

Item 2017-06-098: Executive Session: Personnel and Real Estate. Commissioner Douglas made a motion to go into Executive Session for a Personnel and Real Estate discussion, seconded by Commissioner Rivers with unanimous consent. The board later reconvened upon a motion by Commissioner Douglas and seconded by Commissioner Crumbley.

Item 2017-06-099: Mr. O’Quinn gave the summary of executive session and stated that the board met to discuss a personnel matter with the fire department and the potential purchase of a property. No decision was made on the purchase of property.

Item 2017-06-100: A motion was then made by Commissioner Rivers to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Douglas with unanimous consent.

Ratified 10 July, 2017