The Dodge County Board of Commissioners, at their regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, appointed Neil Spradley to the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority. Spradley will replace H. Lamar Marshall, Jr. who resigned effective October 7, 2013.
Spradley will be the citizen appointee from the commissioners. Commissioner Terry Niblett is the board’s commissioner appointment to the authority.
Commissioner Terry Niblett made the motion, which was seconded by commissioner Brian Watkins to appoint Spradley to the position.
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority met in a called meeting where chairman Dennis Giddens read a letter from Eastman City Council Chairman Bobby Slye announcing his resignation from the airport board. Slye cited several reasons for his resignation including his disagreement with the recently published legal opinion of the Georgia State Attorney General that the members of the airport board no longer enjoy an uninterruptable term in which to serve. Slye believes this to be detrimental to the survival of the airport.
In other business before the county commissioners, the commissioners tabled appointments to the Dodge County Board of Assessors and the Eastman/Dodge County Recreation Department.
Commissioner Niblett informed commissioners about a non-working sewage line at the airport where Dynamic Paint Solutions (DPS) was located. A four-inch residential sewage line is serving the business. He stated that with DPS’s increase in employment of around 70 individuals, the four-inch sewage line was not working. Niblett stated that the airport (Heart of Georgia Airport Authority) had been working on having a six-inch line put in, of which the city engineers recommended, at a cost of a little over $5,000.00. He went on to say, as an airport board member, he had been asked to request half of the money from the county and the City of Eastman would be asked for the other half to put a six-inch sewage line in.
Niblett made a motion to allot up to $2,800.00 to the airport authority for discretional use for the sewage project to come out of the contingency fund. The motion by Niblett
and seconded by commissioner Karen Cheek. The motion was approved.
In old business, LeRoy Sparrow addressed the commissioners again about extending the ordinance closing down functions at 12:00 midnight until 2:00 a.m.
Commissioner Karen Cheek read the county ordinance, which stated that functions should be closed at 1:00 a.m. County attorney John Harrington added that the county also has a noise ordinance and he volunteered to talk with Sparrow and others about the ordinances.
No action was taken on the request to extend the existing ordinance.
During public comments, Kristeena Robinson went before the commissioners stating she and her family lived across the branch from the location Sparrow was referring to and the loud music was a problem She asked commissioners about requirements for noise barriers on buildings that had functions.
Sparrow then went back before commissioners thanking Robinson for her comments and he stated he wanted an open line of communication between the homeowners in the area. He added that they knew they needed to comply with the noise level ordinance.
Commissioners then went in to executive session to discuss an employee issue. No action was taken once the commissioners came out of executive session.
The next regular meeting of the Dodge County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013.