STATE OF GEORGIA

 

 

COUNTY OF HENRY                

 

 

 

The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Called Meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2004, in the Community Room, County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia.  Notice of this meeting was posted on the bulletin board in the entrance foyer of the County Administration Building.  The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting.  Those present were:

 

                        Leland Maddox, Chairman, presiding

                        Lee Holman, Vice-Chairman, District V Commissioner

                        Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

                        Jason T. Harper, District III Commissioner

                        Gerry Adams, District IV Commissioner

 

                        Gary M. Freedman, District II Commissioner (not present)

 

Also attending were Linda Angus, County Manager; Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Susan B. Craig, County Clerk; Shay Mathis, Deputy County Clerk; Rob Magnaghi, Deputy County Manager & Public Safety Division Director; Mike Bush, Finance Director; and others.

 

Chairman Maddox called the meeting to order and asked for an Acceptance of the Agenda.  Commissioner Holman made a motion to accept the Agenda with the amendment for an Executive Session for legal, real estate and personnel matters; Commissioner Adams seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Adams, Holder and Harper voting in favor. 

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  MILLAGE RATE.

 

Commissioner Holder explained he had spoken to Mr. Andy Pipkin, Tax Commissioner, who had to leave to go to Scottish Rite Hospital because he has a very sick daughter.  Mr. Pipkin asked Commissioner Holder to convey to the Board the reason for the Called Meeting which is a public hearing with no action to be taken by the Board.  He said this only affects the City of McDonough and Locust Grove.  Commissioner Holder said there was an advertising error, and the millage, the amount of actual dollars, will not change at all; it is just because of the way it was printed.  He referenced the handout showing where the error was made for the City of McDonough; it was picked up as 7.04 and should have been 7.410 with the actual increase of 7.72.   Referencing the handout for Locust Grove, the problem came from a miscalculation in the reassessment of the property that was presented to the public.  He said instead of it being 9.590, the actual percentage increase is 12.35. 

 

Commissioner Holder said the law allows three (3) points without requiring another Public Hearing. 

 

Commissioner Holman asked how the first calculation was made in error.

 

Ms. Angus, County Manager, stated no one has gone out seeking who made the error among the Assessor’s Office, the Tax Commissioner’s Office and the newspaper, or if it was transmitted incorrectly.  She said next year it will be double-checked so this will not happen again.

 

No public comments were made and the hearing closed.

 

 

EMERGENCY SPLOST MATTERS/BIDS:

 

Chairman Maddox said there were no matters/bids to be discussed. 

 

 

Commissioner Holman moved to adjourn into Executive Session, in accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. 50-14-3, and other applicable laws, and pursuant to the advice by Patrick Jaugstetter, the County Attorney, for the purpose of discussing the acquisition of real estate, pending and/or potential litigation, and personnel matters.  Commissioner Holder seconded; the motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Adams and Harper voting in favor.

 

 

 

                                                An Executive Session was Held.

 

 

Commissioner Holman moved to reconvene into Public Session; Commissioner Harper seconded; the motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Harper, Holder, and Adams voting in favor.

 

Commissioner Holman moved to authorize the Chairman to execute the affidavit for Executive Session; Commissioner Harper seconded; the motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Harper, Holder, and Adams voting in favor. 

 

Commissioner Holman moved to amend the Agenda and approve a resolution of the Henry County Board of Commissioners pertaining to the intersection of Jodeco Road and Flippen Road in reference to right-of-way acquisition.  Commissioner Harper seconded; the motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Harper, Holder and Adams voting in favor.

 

Commissioner Holman moved to amend the Agenda and authorize the Chairman to execute a contract to acquire 40+/- acres located at Fairview and Austin Roads for the price not to exceed $700,000.  Commissioner Holder seconded; the motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Harper and Adams voting in favor. 

 

Chairman Maddox asked the status of the park property that was purchased from Mr. Potts.

 

Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney, said the staff is trying to revise the previous agreement.

 

Ms. Angus stated by the request of Commissioner Holman, staff went to that group with a request of $135,000 and said we had an agreement with the builder and Mr. Potts. She said we were not concerned about who did it, but we were going to receive $135,000.  Ms. Angus stated we finally got their attention and got them to agree when Deputy County Attorney, Jill Goodman, was here.  Then, the cost of the access point from Fairview Road started looking like it was going to be more, and at some point, we were told $135,000 would not be enough.  Ms. Angus stated she felt like a deal had been made and did not want to go back and ask for more money.  She said that is where it is at this point; we are trying to revive the deal originally authorized and get paid. 

 

Chairman Maddox asked if we receive the $135,000, will we own the land.

 

Mr. Jaugstetter answered, “all but one strip of the park land, four (4) lots approximately three (3) acres, to sell to them.  Then you could use the $135,000 to buy access to Fairview Road.”

 

Ms. Angus said once the land is sold, we have an obligation to start developing it.  She said she did not think anyone was working on this, because they are waiting on the money.  Ms. Angus said, “we own that land; the deal is done.” 

 

Commissioner Holman made a motion to amend the Agenda to discuss the Notti Park; there was no second; the motion failed. 

 

Commissioner Holman made a motion to amend the Agenda to discuss the Courthouse location; Commissioner Harper seconded. 

 

Commissioner Holder said SPLOST funds will be used to build the Courthouse Annex and the SPLOST ballot did not specify the location of the Annex. 

 

Chairman Maddox asked if the Board voted to construct the Annex adjacent to the Jail on Henry Parkway, costing in excess of the $9 million budgeted in SPLOST, whether the difference could be bonded.  He asked after the Annex was built, whether the County could pay for it as times goes along. 

 

Ms. Angus stated, “you can, but $60 million is a very large number.  Horrey County is a larger county compared to Henry, and that Courthouse was built for $30 million.”  She said it could be bonded for twenty (20) to thirty (30) years and paid over time.  She stated the Board needs to address the Annex, the additional Jail Pod, and the Fire and Police space. 

 

Referencing the Courthouse, Ms. Angus said the Board could choose another site, with very little time having passed, and could build and anticipate what was going to be added.

 

Chairman Maddox said we need to be sensitive to our space needs.  He said if the Courthouse is going to be built for the County, then we need to be looking at it from a County standpoint. 

 

Commissioner Holman clarified the Board has directed staff to investigate an alternative site for the Courthouse Annex. 

 

Commissioner Holman made a motion to adjourn at 3:25 p.m.; Commissioner Harper seconded.  The motion carried 4-0-0 with Commissioners Holman, Harper, Adams and Holder voting in favor. 

 

                                                                        Leland Maddox, Chairman

 

Peggy L. Malcolm, Deputy County Clerk