The Dodge County Board of Commissioners took no action on possibly purchasing the Ocmulgee river property owned by the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority at their meeting on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
The Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority opened bids for the purchase of the 45.3 acres of river property on Monday, May 6 at 9:00 a.m. Frank Walthall, a businessman from Macon, was the only individual who placed a bid on the property. The bid was to pay $2,801.00 per acre for the property. Although the airport authority’s reserve per acre price was $3,500.00, the airport authority (with all members present or on conference call except Terry Niblett, who did not attend, voted to go ahead and sell the property to Walthall at $2,801.00 per acre pending the county’s decision on whether to purchase the property or not. According to the bid advertisement, the board of commissioners had first option of refusal on the purchase by matching the high bid ($126,885.30) and adding $13,000.00.
The airport authority signed a purchase and sale agreement with Watlhall stating that the contract is subject to right of first refusal in favor of the county commissioners and the authority would deliver the agreement to the county by Tuesday, May 7, 3013. The county would then be granted a 24 hour first right to accept or reject purchasing the property.
Dodge County Commission Chairman Dan McCranie stated that because at their previous meeting the airport authority had only stated that the county would have first refusal and made no stipulations to a timeframe, he didn’t know whether the 24 hour period was legal or not.
Dodge County Sheriff Lynn Sheffield told commissioners that work on the leaking roof at the new jail was still underway. He added that interviews for additional jailers were underway and the purchase of software for the computer system was being looked into.
Commissioner Karen Cheek asked Sheffield how many new jailers would be hired. He stated that they would double the number currently staffed, which would mean adding 12 to 13 new jailers. Sheffield added that he hoped that they would be in the new jail no later than mid June.
Commissioner Terry Niblett made the motion for the commissioners to move forward with implementing the Single Stream Recycling Program.
Niblett updated commissioners stating that he had contacted Dodge County School Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis and that the school system would join in educating and implementing the recycling program.
The motion was seconded by commissioner Jr. Howell and passed unanimously.
Commissioner Cheek recommended Dana T. Brown to fill a seat on the Regional Planning Board of the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities. Commissioner Howell made the motion, seconded by Niblett, to accept the recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.
At the commissioners meeting on April 15, interim county manager Bobby Peacock told commissioners that a representative from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) had come down to audit the workers compensation for county employees. The representative stated that she could not find where the elected officials were covered and that they should be. Peacock told commissioners that the ACCG found a resolution adopted in 1985, by then sole commissioner Doyce Mullis, that boards would be covered. The ACCG representative stated that the current board would be covered, but since we had a board of commissioners now that a new resolution should be adopted to include all elected officials to the workers compensation coverage.
Peacock told commissioners that the premium would increase approximately $14,000.00 per year to add the elected officials to the workers compensation existing policy and that the funding would come from the general account. Commissioner Niblett made the motion to table adopting a resolution, seconded by Howell.
Commissioners then discussed public comments. Niblett stated that the policy the Dodge County School Board has in placed seems to work and he feels that implementing a policy would allow the commissioner’s meeting to run more efficiently. Niblett then made the motion to adopt the new policy, which was seconded by Howell. The motion passed unanimously. The commissioners did not tell the audience what the new public comment policy contained.
An appointment to the Department of Family and Children Services was then briefly discussed and tabled until the next meeting. Niblett made the motion to table, which was seconded by Howell. The motion passed unanimously.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.