The Houston County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Houston County Annex in Warner Robins, Georgia with Chairman Stalnaker presiding and Commissioners McMichael, Walker, Thomson and Robinson present. Also present were Director of Administration Barry Holland, Director of Operations Robbie Dunbar, Director of Personnel Ken Carter, HEMA/Fire Chief Jimmy Williams, Chief Building Inspector Tim Andrews, Project Coordinator Clarence Long, Joanne Fladd, Walton Wood, Becky Wood and County Attorney Tom Hall.
Commissioner McMichael led the audience in the Invocation.
Mr. Henry Golden, retired MSgt. United States Air Force, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and gave a detailed account of his career with the Air Force. Mr. Golden joined the Air Force in November 1979 serving 4 years as a supply technician during his first enlistment. Shortly after, he enlisted for a second time and served as a logistics specialist working at planning deployments during this time. Through his service years he learned the true meaning of camaraderie and the importance of being part of a team.
Motion by Mr. McMichael second by Mr. Walker and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of July 3, 2012.
Mr. Barry Holland, Director of Administration, gave a second reading of an Alcohol License Application submitted by Jitendrakumar N. Patel representing MAA Durga LLC D/B/A Dev Liquor Store. Chairman Stalnaker then opened a public hearing on an alcohol license application for MAA Durga LLC D/B/A Dev Liquor Store. Chairman Stalnaker acknowledged the presence of the applicant, but indicated he did not wish to speak. There being no opposition the meeting was continued.
Motion by Mr. McMichael, second by Mr. Thomson and carried unanimously to approve an Alcohol License Application submitted by Jitendrakumar N. Patel representing MAA Durga LLC D/B/A Dev Liquor Store for the retail sale of beer/wine/liquor located at 2328 Hwy. 41 N., Perry, Georgia.
Motion by Mr. Walker, second by Ms. Robinson and carried unanimously to approve a personnel request from the Director of Administration to hire Mr. Mark Baker for the vacant Purchasing Agent position at Grade 27, Step F, at $59,217.60 annually, effective July 30, 2012.
Mr. Ken Carter, Director of Personnel, presented an Edge Fitness membership item. Mr. Carter spoke in regards to an increase from $5.50 to $6.00 each employee would see if they are enrolled in the plan. Mr. Walker commented that the program aids an overall employee wellness and that he wishes more employees would take advantage of the program; and also that it contributes to keeping health insurance rates down.
Motion by Mr. Walker, second by Ms. Robinson and carried unanimously to approve an increase of the employees cost of the Edge Fitness membership from $5.50 per pay period to $6.00 per pay period effective July 24, 2012.
Motion by Ms. Robinson, second by Mr. Walker and carried unanimously to reappoint Mr. Mike Mathis to the Central Georgia Region 5 EMS Board. The term is for three years and will expire June 30, 2015.
Motion by Mr. Thomson, second by Mr. McMichael and carried unanimously to approve FY2012 Water Fund debt write-off of $18,727.90, Waste Collection (Sanitation) debt write-off of $9,750.00, and Solid Waste Disposal (Landfill) debt write-off of $13,263.87. Every effort will continue to be made to collect this bad debt.
Motion by Mr. McMichael, second by Mr. Thomson and carried unanimously to approve the following FY2012 year-end budget adjustments:
General Fund (100):
Executive 1300-51.1100 Regular Employees $10,500
Superior Court 2150-51.1200 Temporary Employees $ 3,500
Juvenile Court-Enhancement 2620-51.1200 Temporary Employees $ 900
Coroner 3700-52.1200 Professional Services $ 5,000
Welfare Admin (DFACS) 5410-52.2200 Repairs/Maintenance $ 300
5410-58.1300 Other Debt Principal $ 5,100
Vital Statistics 5120-52.3900 Other $ 150
Executive 1300-52.3200 Communications $ 2,500
1300-52.3300 Advertising $ 3,500
1300-52.3400 Printing $ 1,000
1300-52.3600 Dues & Fees $ 2,500
1300-52.3700 Training $ 1,000
Superior Court 2150-52.1200 Professional Services $ 3,500
Juvenile Court-Enhancement 2620-52.3500 Travel $ 900
Contingency 1599-57.9000 Contingency $ 5,000
Mental Health 5115-58.1300 Principal $ 5,400
Mosquito Control 5144-53.1100 General Supplies $ 150
SPLOST Fund (320):
Water 4400-54.1400 Infrastructure $51,275
Highways & Streets 4200-54.1400 Infrastructure $51,275
Solid Waste Fund (540):
Closure / Post-Closures 4560-57.6000 Closure / Post-Closure $41,976
Solid Waste Fund 540-34.4121 Sale L/Gas $41,976
Internal Service Fund (600):
Risk Management (W/C) 1556-52.1200 Professional Services $183,672
600-13-3602 Retained Earnings/W-Comp $183,672
Motion by Mr. McMichael, second by Ms. Robinson and carried unanimously to approve payment of the bills totaling $1,579,295.00.
Director of Operations Robbie Dunbar briefed the Board on the required steps taken to date relative to the proposed landfill expansion. Mr. Thomson asked Mr. Dunbar to clarify the expected capacity that the expansion would provide. Mr. Dunbar stated that the current capacity is approximately 10 years and that the expansion would increase that to 100 years.
Mr. Walker asked Mr. Dunbar how the capacity was calculated. Mr. Dunbar explained that many factors such as growth rates, waste density and compaction are used by the engineers to calculate the capacity.
Chairman Stalnaker then opened the meeting for public comments. Ms. Jeanne Moyer asked whether the expansion would increase capacity for both the MSW and C&D. Mr. Dunbar stated that it would increase capacity for both. Being no further public comments the meeting was continued.
Mr. Walker remarked that Mr. Arthur White, Mr. Milton Beckham and Mr. Charlie Stewart should be commended for laying the ground work years ago for such a successful landfill. The resolution was read by the Director of Administration and a motion was made by Mr. McMichael, second by Mr. Thomson and carried unanimously to authorize the Chairman to sign a resolution determining the proposed MSW Landfill expansion to be consistent with Houston Countys Solid Waste Management Plan, and further approving the sitting decision pertaining to submission of an application to the Georgia EPD for the proposed expansion.
Chairman Stalnaker then opened the meeting for public comments.
Director of Operations Robbie Dunbar, recognized Joanne Fladd, a retired County employee, for her willingness to fill in for an employee who is out on extended sick leave.
Jeanne Moyer briefed the Board on the progress that Advanced Disposal is making catching up on the waste pick-up. Ms. Moyer thanked the public for their continued patience.
HEMA/Fire Chief Jimmy Williams briefed the Board on a recent fire caused by an electrical short which resulted in the total loss of a double-wide mobile home. There were no fatalities and no Fire Department personnel were injured during the incident. He stated that the City of Centerville responded to the scene as well under the mutual aid agreement.
Mr. Walker asked Chief Williams whether another agency could respond to an emergency call under the mutual aid agreement without being first called. Chief Williams explained that under our current mutual aid agreement there would have to be an official request for another agency to respond.
Motion by Mr. Walker, second by Mr. Thomson and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.