STATE OF GEORGIA

 

HENRY COUNTY

 

 

            The 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, 1124 Clark Street, Covington, Georgia.  Notice of this meeting was posted on the bulletin board in the foyer of the Henry County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia, the usual meeting place of the Henry County Board of Commissioners.  The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting.  Representatives were present from Rockdale, Walton, Newton and Henry County.  Each County had a quorum present, with the exception of Walton County.  Attending from Henry County were:

 

            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 

           

            Rob Magnaghi, County Manager

            Susan B. Craig, County Clerk

            Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney

            Danny Taylor, Economic Development Director

            Jim Luebbering, P.E., Stormwater Management Manager

            Steve Cash, Henry County Council for Quality Growth

            Julie Hoover Ernst, Community Relations

 

            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.

 

            Mr. Kevin Walter, P.E., County Engineer, Newton County Planning & Zoning; Mr. Larry Kaiser, P.E., Director, Rockdale County Public Services & Engineering; Mr. Mike Martin, Director, Walton County Planning & Development; and Mr. Jim Luebbering, P.E., Henry County Stormwater Manager, gave an overview of the multi-jurisdictional approach for the management of stormwater. 

 

            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.

 

            Rockdale County and Newton County Boards of Commissioners both voted unanimously to adopt the multi-jurisdictional resolution.  Walton County will consider adoption on December 20th due to the fact a quorum was not present at this meeting.

 

            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.”

 

            Dr. 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 Georgia’s future.”  She said this action “represents a model of how counties need to work together to solve common problems because water knows no boundaries.”  She further noted all waters are upstream from other counties.  Dr. Couch congratulated the four County Boards for their “organized and capable staff.”

           

            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, County Clerk