January 9, 2015
There are several items of interest on the agenda for the BOC meeting Monday night, 1/12/15 at 6:00PM, including keeping the public silenced, making electric from our landfill fiber waste, and hiring both a county attorney and an assistant!!
Please read our comments in red with each agenda item.
PUBLIC HEARING – ALCOHOL LICENSES
Cora’s Bar and Grill – Beer & Wine application (Wanda Barron)—53 Pennington Rd., Newborn at old Hwy 142 Bar & Grill
TLC Restaurant & Lounge – Beer & Wine application (Tommy Clemons)—6373 Hwy 11 S, Hillsboro
These two hearings were not advertised in the paper correctly; and therefore the hearings are not legal. These hearings were advertised for 1/5/15, not 1/12/15.
- Appointment of Chairman
2. Appointment of Vice-Chairman
3. Appointment of County Attorney—Staff recommends hiring BOTH a county attorney (Jim Alexander) and an assistant county attorney (David Ozburn). This county must really be growing!!
- DCA – CIE Resolution –This concerns the public hearing on 12/29/14 and the 5 year plan for the county. Let’s hope it was corrected and actually updated. We have not been able to obtain an updated copy, if there is one.
- Pitts Chapel Bridge Update
- 2015 Holidays
2. 2015 Meeting Dates
3. 2016 Fiscal Agent Agreement – Jasper County Family Connection
4. Open Meeting Conduct Policy – Draft—per the meeting topic posted online—
Commissioners and the County Manager have received complaints from visitors, citizens and staff regarding the frequency and volume of audience “participation” during public meetings. Some of this participation has clearly been designed to disrupt information being presented to the Board, has been demeaning in nature, and some visitors have complained that comments made by some audience members either caused them to lose their train of thought during their presentation, left them feeling personally hurt, and/or would discourage them from coming back to future meetings.
The only “folks” that might lose their train of thought is our County Manager who is so busy making excuses at every meeting; she must forget what she said last if someone even clears their throat. Comm. Trammell bangs his gavel if someone moves wrong and makes a noise. This is called paranoia. Anyone that attends the meetings know they are not loud nor are any comments made “frequently”, but Ms. Degges will do anything to silence those that catch her in comments that are less than truthful.
- Inert Landfill – Operational Change—do away with license for inert landfill
- C&D Landfill – Consent Order Modification—This is what the BOC is being asked—since the County Manager hasn’t gotten all the fiber removed yet, after $350,000 of costs—
“Additional time is needed to fully explore an opportunity to convert the fiber material (and all other landfill material) to electricity, which would be used to power nearby county facilities (with excess sold back to the grid).”
- Pintail Road RFP—no information as to where the money comes from—increased property taxes most likely.
COUNTY MANAGER ITEMS
- JCWSA Draft IGA Agreement – Update (if needed)—NOT IN PACKET ONLINE—An open records request has been sent for any draft—which according to Comm. Pennamon would be made public before any consideration by the BOC. We will post the draft when we obtain it.
This ought to be an interesting meeting, and it will be most exciting to see how much it will cost the county to “make electric” at the landfill and what the cost will be. Also, we would love to hear the excuses as to why the all the fiber hasn’t been moved yet—over 18 months has passed—with many glowing promises to the BOC by the County Manager. It will certainly be someone else’s fault—from the past.
Plan to attend this meeting! Our County Manager does not like any public participation, including attending meetings and recording them for future reference. We all need to attend to help her get over her fear of the public—the public who pays her salary and who she was hired to serve!
** To keep the taxpayers of Jasper County, Georgia informed as to where and how their tax dollars are being spent.
** To keep the taxpayers abreast of local policies and laws being discussed and enacted.
** We advocate more open government, less government spending, and lower property taxes.