BUTTS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
123rd Session Covering Calendar Year 2021
2021-2022 Biennium
Minutes of the Board of Commissioners for March 8, 2021

Commissioners:
☐ Robert Henderson, District 2
☐ Joe Brown, District 3, Chairman
☐ Keith Douglas, District 4 Vice Chairman
☐ Russ Crumbley, District 5

Staff:
☐ Brad Johnson, County Manager
☐ J. Michael Brewer, Deputy County Manager
☐ Andrew J. Welch, III, County Attorney

Section 1: Workshop
Chairman Joe Brown called the workshop to order at 5PM. Commissioner Rivers was absent due to a conflict, but a quorum was present. Items discussed included employee healthcare coverage, speed humps in subdivisions, the EMC Broadband Initiative, storage yards and the proposed new schedule of building fees. The workshop concluded at 5:53 PM and recessed.

Section 2: Regular Meeting

Chairman Brown called the March 8th Regular Session to order.

Item 2021-03-040 Approval of Docket
Mr. Douglas moved to approve the docket, seconded by Mr. Crumbley with unanimous consent, 4-0.

Item 2021-03-041 Approval of Minutes
Mr. Douglas moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mr. Crumbley with unanimous consent, 4-0.

Item 2021-03-042 Special Recognitions
Mr. Brewer recognized retiring employees and the read a proclamation honoring the late Bob Ryan. Following comments by the Members, Mr. Crumbley moved to approve, seconded by Mr. Henderson with unanimous consent.

Item 2021-03-043 Public Hearing on Administrative Zoning, Highway 42 North
A public hearing was held on an Administrative Zoning for property located at Highway 42 North near the business park. The original zoning included 10 acres to be rezoned but the buyer needs and additional 10 acres and the Planning Commission recommended approval. The applicant’s attorney spoke in favor of; no one spoke against. Mr. Crumbley moved to approve, seconded by Mr. Henderson with unanimous consent.

Item 2021-03-044 Speed Breakers in Subdivisions
An amendment to the County Ordinance that would permit speed breakers to be placed in subdivisions under certain conditions and if the street in question met the standard of being a subdivision, which is a platted, residential neighborhood, was introduced. Mr. Douglas moved to approve the amendment, seconded by Mr. Henderson with unanimous consent.

Item 2021-03-045 Approval of Building Fee Schedule
Mr. Johnson presented the new schedule of building fees for approval by the board. Mr. Henderson moved to approve, seconded by Mr. Douglas with unanimous consent.

Item 2021-03-046 County Resolution CR202106 Supporting I-75 Central Corridor Coalition
Mr. Brewer presented resolution CR202106 in support of the Interstate 75 Central Corridor Coalition, of which our county is a charter member. Mr. Douglas moved to approve the resolution, seconded by Mr. Crumbley with unanimous consent.

Item 2021-03-047 County Resolution CR202107 Fixing Appointments to Boards
Mr. Brewer presented resolution CR202107 fixing appointments to boards and committees. The resolution appoints Mrs. Beverly Stewart to the library board. Mr. Crumbley moved to approve, seconded by Mr. Douglas with unanimous consent.

Item 2021-03-048 County Resolution CR202108 Joint Resolution Supporting Broadband
Mr. Johnson presented county resolution CR202108 which is a joint resolution between the County and the Board of Education to provide $600,000 for broadband expansion in the county. Mr. Douglas moved to approve, seconded by Mr. Crumbley with unanimous consent

Item 2021-03-049 Approval of Funding for Public Defender
The next item on the docket was the approval of supplemental funding for the public defender’s office to provide for an additional position in the upcoming budget. A motion to approve was made by Mr. Henderson, seconded by Mr. Douglas with unanimous consent to fund this position now and in the upcoming budget.

Item 2021-03-050 Chief Financial Officer’s Report
Ms. Blissit reported that with 67% of the fiscal year complete, the County has received 92% of annual revenue and has expended 65%.

Item 2021-03-051 Deputy County Manager’s Report on Operations
Mr. Brewer presented the monthly report covering the operations of the various departments under the control of the Board of Commissioners.

Item 2021-03-052 County Manager’s Report on the County
Mr. Johnson presented the monthly report of the County Manager and highlighted areas of progress being made throughout the county.

Item 2021-03-053 Adjournment
Having no need to enter upon an executive session, Mr. Douglas moved to adjourn, seconded by Mr. Crumbley with unanimous consent. The meeting was adjourned.

Ratified this 12th Day of April, 2021 in open session

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On behalf of the Board of Commissioners
Joe Brown, Chairman of the Board

CERTIFICATION & ATTESTATION

I do hereby attest by my signature and seal below that the aforementioned minutes of the Butts County Board of Commissioners are an accurate representation of the official actions undertaken by the Board during the open meeting designated for the date and times stated herein.

J. Michael Brewer, Deputy County Manager
Sitting as Clerk of the 123rd Session, Attesting