Dodge County Tax Commissioner Kay Graham and Dodge County Magistrate Judge Lonnie Parkerson went before the Dodge County Board of Commissioners on Monday night requesting that they reconsider giving the county employees Veterans Day as a paid holiday.
Graham told commissioners they had worked Columbus Day and had only four citizens come into her office and she felt it was a holiday that all individuals needed to celebrate. Parkerson added that it was one of the most honored days and that honor should be given to all veterans.
Commissioner Karen Cheek asked interim county manager Bobby Peacock what the request would do to the budget. Peacock stated that employees of the E-911, sheriff’s department and emergency medical service would have to be paid time and a half.
No action was taken on the request.
Gloria Knowles, of Milan, went before the commissioners requesting they waive penalty and late fees of $179.29 on a certified tax notice she received. Knowles, reading a prepared statement, explained to commissioners she had paid the initial tax bill of $42.21 and then received a refund check from the tax commissioner’s office. She added that after calling the tax commissioner’s office and being told the taxes had been paid, she cashed the check several months later.
Knowles told commissioners she had also met with tax collector Rob Stanley and was told it was paid.
Tax commissioner Graham told commissioners it was a clerical mistake made in her office and a letter had been sent to Knowles that the tax amount of $42.21 was outstanding and that she could pay it without penalties and fees.
Commissioner Jr. Howell made the motion to allow Knowles to pay the original tax amount of $42.21, which was seconded by commissioner Terry Niblett. The motion passed unanimously.
Because no response to the advertisement to have a citizen volunteer serve as their appointment on the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority (HCRAA), commissioner Howell made the motion, seconded by commissioner Niblett, to table appointing someone to serve on the HGRAA board.
Commissioner Karen Cheek told commissioners that 45 county employees had participated in getting their flu shots through the wellness grant the county received. Cheek commended county clerk Gail Rogers for coordinating and organizing the event.
Interim county manager Peacock updated commissioners on the status of the leaking roof at the new jail. Peacock said that the metal had been delivered on November 4 and that the repairs should be completed within two to three weeks.
Citizen Leroy Sparrow went before the commissioners requesting they extend an ordinance closing down functions at 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. Sparrow explained that he and others had gotten together to provide a location at 6105 Fred Bohannon Road for citizens to go and enjoy events and music on Friday nights. He went on to add that sheriff’s deputies and police officers had been to the location on several occasions but that last week they were told to close the doors because of a county ordinance.
Sparrow added that no alcohol was sold on the premises and a cover charge of $5.00 was enforced to offset expenses for himself and others.
Commissioners Brian Watkins and Cheek asked how close the location was to residential homes. It was explained that family members were the immediate residents of the homes around the location.
Commission Chairman Dan McCranie commented that they would need to get a copy of their ordinance and all commissioners review it before they could make a decision on the request.
Sparrow concluded that they wanted to work with the county to provide this location for citizens to gather and hoped that they could.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the county annex building.