Henry County Board of Commissioners attended a multi-jurisdictional stormwater
called meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 15, 2004, in the Newton
County Historic Courthouse,
Leland Maddox, Chairman
Lee Holman, Vice-Chairman/Disrict V Commissioner
Jason T. Harper, District III Commissioner
Gerry Adams, District IV Commissioner
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner (absent from this meeting)
Gary M. Freedman, District II Commissioner (absent from this meeting)
Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis, District II Commissioner-elect
Danny Taylor, Economic Development Director
Jim Luebbering, P.E., Stormwater Management Manager
Steve Cash, Henry County Council for Quality Growth
Chairman Aaron Varner, Newton County Board of Commissioners, called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Adams made a motion to accept the agenda as published on Henry County’s behalf; Commissioner Holman seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Chairman Maddox and Commissioners Harper, Adams and Holman in favor.
Ms. Connie Waller presented a puppet show for attendees, which will be used as an educational tool in the school systems to teach children the importance of protecting stormwater.
Kevin Walter, P.E.,
It was noted staff from each County started coordinating efforts last winter to explore the possibility of creating a regional agency. Their initial feasibility study findings demonstrate that, in addition to protecting surface and groundwater resources in all four jurisdictions, there may be other potential advantages to managing stormwater regionally. It was noted the advantages include providing a more cost-effective approach for each of the counties to meet State and Federal water quality and stormwater pollution standards. It may also improve the four Counties’ ability to compete for State and Federal funding resources, which may require matching funds.
Staff requested for the Boards to consider adopting a resolution authorizing staff to 1) develop a draft bill for the 2005 General Assembly; 2) Meet with State House and Senate Representatives for Bill sponsorship; and 3) report findings back to the Board in three months.
Chairman Maddox asked the Henry County Board of Commissioners for its pleasure concerning the adoption of the proposed resolution. Mr. Jaugstetter stated he had reviewed the resolution and had no problem with same.
Commissioner Holman made a motion to adopt the resolution; Commissioner Adams seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Chairman Maddox and Commissioners Harper, Adams and Holman in favor.
The resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, the parties hereto have been planning for long term watershed and water quality protection in the Upper Ocmulgee Watersheds and desire to move forward with the implementation of various activities and projects therein; and
WHEREAS, each jurisdiction’s stormwater management program encourages coordination between and joint ventures among jurisdictions to achieve the stormwater pollution goals established in their individual NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits; and
WHEREAS, it is in the economic interest of each jurisdiction to avoid duplication of stormwater facilities and services and make efficient use of each jurisdiction’s limited financial resources by sharing in the costs of planning, design, acquisition and development of regional stormwater best management practices that will provide benefit to the citizens of all jurisdictions; and
WHEREAS; the parties hereto have previously met and approved an intergovernmental memorandum of agreement relative to regional stormwater managemment; and
WHEREAS; the Boards of Commissioners of Henry County, Walton County, Rockdale County and Newton County are the governing bodies of their jurisdictions having authority to adopt policy concerning stormwater operations.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the parties hereto mutually approve of the concepts and findings of the regional stormwater feasibility report; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the parties agree to direct respective county staff to develop a draft bill for introduction of a regional stormwater agency for the 2005 Legislative Session in the Georgia General Assembly; direct respective staff to meet in early January 2005 with key state representatives to seek appropriations for a pilot project; and agree to meet again as a group of four Board of Commissioners in the spring of 2005 with the intent to decide whether to move forward with a request for proposal in 2005 for the development of a Regional Stormwater Agency legislative bill in the 2006 Georgia General Assembly.
Mr. Ross King, Vice-President, Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), applauded the Boards’ action and pledged the support of ACCG. He stated “we will lobby on behalf of the four counties to both State and Federal legislators.”
Carol Couch, Director, Environmental Protection Division (EPD), expressed her
confidence in the Commissioners and the regional concept. She stated “you are embarking on a prudent
course. Your pioneering efforts present
an outstanding opportunity to create a roadmap for
Commissioner Holman made a motion to adjourn (7:05 p.m.); Commissioner Adams seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Chairman Maddox and Commissioners Holman, Adams and Harper in favor.
Leland Maddox, Chairman
Susan B. Craig,