September 8, 2016
The next BOC meeting will be held in the small courtroom upstairs (level 3) in the courthouse. There will be several controversial items on the agenda. You need to call the commissioners BEFORE the meeting if you have concerns because they continue to allow citizen comments AFTER they vote on the issues!
- NOISE ORDINANCE
Like it or not, this could affect you in the future, if it isn’t already. You will have a chance to speak on this first thing at the meeting since it is a public hearing. Review what this new ordinance- that took a year to revise- says. Do you think the Sheriff’s office will enforce it?
Read it here: 2016 Noise Ordinance
- LIQUOR LICENSE FOR HWY 142 BAR
Haystack Wings N Thangz, LLC has applied for licenses for pouring beer, wine and distilled spirits. Sources tell us a Monticello resident is applying for the license, but people out of DeKalb County will be running this establishment. If this ends up being like all the other managements of “the bar”, then the neighbors will have continued problems with loud noise until the early morning hours and DUI. This item is also a public hearing and anyone can speak about it early in the meeting.
- REZONING 199 ACRES ON HWY 83 S TO MANUFACTURING
Southern Farms & Conservancy, LLC has applied for a re-zoning at the corner of Smith Mill Rd. and Hwy 83S. The property is 199 acres. Current zoning is Agricultural (AG) and the proposed zoning is Manufacturing (M). This has to do with mineral rights and the value of the property. The P&Z Board denied this application. This too is a public hearing and anyone can speak for or against.
Next the BOC has Commissioner Comments
During the Commissioner comments anything can be brought up, and sometimes there is even a vote, despite the fact it is not the agenda. The BOC tries to sneak in things here, and you have to attend the meetings to find out what they are.
JDA INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT
The BOC will vote on the 50-year JDA agreement between Newton, Walton, Morgan, and Jasper counties as discussed in recent blogs. It will be interesting to see if any commissioner asks questions, brings up problems, or even cares—since they won’t be around to see what really happens.
You can read that agreement here:
Copy of New JDA Revenue Sharing Intergovernmental Agreement
For the sake of Jasper County, let’s hope all the commissioners have read it.
EMS OPERATIONS AND BILLING SERVICES
JDA LINE OF CREDIT EXTENSION
About every 7 years, the original $9,000,000 bond for JDA has to have the line of credit renewed. This bond is what JDA used to buy the Stanton Springs property. Every time the LOC is extended the lawyers make lots of money. This time the lawyers will make around $26,000 and the interest rate will increase and cost an additional $17,000 according to Bill Johnson of King & Spalding who presented this to the JDA. The JDA bond will be paid off in November 2020. Jasper County has paid 10% plus interest and attorney fees on this $9,000,000 bond.
COUNTY MANAGER ITEMS
This is another one of those items on the agenda where the county manager talks about several things, usually from 2 to 6 items, that the public is not privy to because they are not on the agenda. Again, the BOC has voted on some of these, but usually “directs” the county manager to do things without voting. If you don’t attend the meetings, you don’t know what all is going on because a lot is done this way and kept off the agenda.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST—CITIZEN COMMENTS
So after all the above has been discussed and voted on, the lowly citizens are allowed 3 minutes to voice their opinions while the BOC gets ready to go into Executive Session to talk about more issues away from the public.
SERIOUSLY, MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THIS MEETING! There are many items on this agenda that will affect you and your children and grandchildren.
If you want to call the Commissioners ahead of time:
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Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.