STATE OF GEORGIA

 

COUNTY OF HENRY

 

          The Henry County Board of Commissioners hosted a called meeting with the Henry County Board of Education at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the Bistro 41, 41 Griffin Street, McDonough, Georgia.  Notice of this meeting was posted on the bulletin board in the entrance foyer of the County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia, the usual meeting place of the Board of Commissioners.  The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting.

 

          Those present were:

 

          Henry County Board of Commissioners:

          Leland Maddox, Chairman, presiding

          Lee Holman, Vice-Chairman/District V Commissioner

          Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

          Gary M. Freedman, District II Commissioner

          Jason T. Harper, District III Commissioner

          Gerry Adams, District IV Commissioner

          Linda G. Angus, County Manager

          Susan B. Craig, County Clerk

          Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney

          Rob Magnaghi, Deputy County Manager/Public Safety Director

          Chief Henry White, Bureau of Police Services

          Major Lee Brooks, Bureau of Police Services

          Angie Bailey, Executive Assistant to the County Manager

          Shay Mathis, Deputy County Clerk

 

          Henry County Board of Education:

          Ray Hudalla, Chairman

          Erik Charles, Member

          Charles Vickery, Member

          Dr. Jack Parish, Superintendent

          Allen Guimarin, Director of Facilities

 

          News Media:

          Eric Sturgis, Atlanta Journal Constitution

          Clay Wilson, The Henry Herald

 

          Chairman Maddox called the meeting to order.  Commissioner Holman made a motion to approve the agenda, with one amendment (Add “Executive Session – Personnel Matter”); Commissioner Holder seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Freedman, Harper and Adams in favor.

 

          The following status report on transportation improvements/school projects was provided:

 

1.                 Luella School Campus (Walker Road and Strickland Road)

 

Work is ongoing; scheduled to place GAB by Friday, April 16; remaining paving scheduled to begin next week.  Project should be substantially complete (95%) by the end of the month.

 

Dr. Parish suggested this project be made passable with gravel until the school year ends, after which the contractor could remobilize and complete the project.  Ms. Angus stated the County is “sorry for the mess, however, with the progress we’re trying to make, there’s going to be some pain involved.”

 

2.                 Dutchtown School Campus (Mitchell Road)

 

Project currently is in design; right-of-way plans are scheduled to be completed in two weeks, at which time Henry County will proceed with right-of-way acquisition; final construction plans are scheduled to be completed by May 5, 2004; anticipate awarding bid for construction by June 1, 2004; and anticipate substantial completion by August, 2004.  It was noted additional funding will be required for this project.

 

Commissioner Freedman stated a rumor exists that part of McCullough Road will be abandoned, however, that rumor is not true.

 

3.                 North Ola Road Elementary School:

 

Estimated completion date is August 2006; Henry County to fund needed transportation improvements in next fiscal year; scope of work includes widening and turn lanes on North Ola Road; intersection improvements at Wilson Road and North Ola Road; and turn lanes, accel/decel lanes on Wilson Road.

 

Commissioner Harper stated North Ola Road will be widened two feet on each side in the immediate future out of the current budget.

 

4.                 New Hope Road Elementary School:

 

Estimated completion date is August 2006; scope of work includes widening and turn lanes on New Hope Road; and Henry County will fund needed transportation improvements in next fiscal year.

 

Commissioner Holder stated he is hopeful the signal at New Hope Road and S.R. 81 will be installed by the time this school opens.  He noted this intersection improvements is SPLOST-funded.

 

5.                 Timberridge Elementary School:

 

School scheduled to open in August 2005.  Coordination with State D.O.T. will be necessary on transportation projects because this school will be located on S.R. 20.  Ms. Angus stated this project needs to be included on the ARC formal plan.

 

6.                 Peeksville/South Ola Road High School:

 

Improvements at the intersection where this school will be located include realignment.  Commissioner Holder stated the realignment is already designed.  Ms. Angus stated she will check on the status of this project.  Dr. Parish noted the Board of Education owns the necessary right-of-way property for this project.

 

          The Boards discussed several transportation issues around schools, with no votes taken.

 

          Mr. Hudalla thanked the Board for assistance in getting the certificate of occupancy issued for Red Oak Elementary School.  Chairman Maddox stated he met with Building Department personnel this date who informed him necessary soil erosion measures had been taken by the contractor.  Commissioner Freedman stated no one asked him about this issue.  He stated the adjacent property, which has a chapel located on it, had soil erosion problems in its parking lot because soil erosion measures were only taken to the middle of their property.  Mr. Hudalla stated the contractor completed everything which was included on the approved plans.  Commissioner Freedman stated he does not think the problem is fixed and that water goes across their church’s property.  He said the Board should have looked at the site before the CO was issued.  Commissioner Holman asked the Board of Education if they can be a good neighbor to the church.  Dr. Parish stated the Board of Education has gone beyond what the plans required and there should be less water there now. 

 

          Chairman Maddox stated the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) met with him and Ms. Angus yesterday and went over all the roads which are included in the program.  He said he also met with Governor Perdue today concerning the $3 billion transportation bonds which were approved by the State Legislature.  Commissioner Freedman stated the projects Henry County will receive include HOV lanes on I-75 and intersection projects.  Ms. Angus stated Henry County will receive approximately .66% of the total $3 billion. 

 

          Chairman Maddox stated he met with State D.O.T. Transportation Board Member Dana Lemon, who recommended a Master Transportation Plan be developed, which will cost approximately $2 million.  He stated he also met with Congressman Scott and requested Federal financial assistance to use in the preparation of the plan.  Ms. Angus stated this will be a major endeavor which will require engineering.  She noted the Plan must be available to draw down State and Federal monies.

 

          The Board discussed the impact various residential zonings have on the schools.  Ms. Angus stated a proposal is being prepared by a consultant to determine how much various land uses cost the school system.  Mr. Jaugstetter stated the impact on schools cannot be used solely for a zoning denial, but it can be considered in totality.

 

          Commissioner Holder stated he is not happy with how the School Resource Officer program was handled.  Chairman Maddox requested Commissioner Holder voice his concerns during executive session.

 

          Commissioner Holder made a motion to convene into executive session in accordance with provisions of the Official Code of Georgia and upon the advice of the County Attorney, Patrick Jaugstetter, to discuss personnel matters; Commissioner Adams seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Freedman, Harper and Adams in favor.

 

          An executive session was held.

 

          Commissioner Holman made a motion to reconvene into public session; Commissioner Adams seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Freedman, Harper and Adams in favor.

 

          Commissioner Holman made a motion to execute an affidavit in support of the Chairman pertaining to executive session; Commissioner Harper seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Freedman, Harper and Adams in favor.

 

          Commissioner Holman made a motion to adjourn (9:20 p.m.); Commissioner Adams seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, with Commissioners Holman, Holder, Freedman, Harper and Adams in favor.

 

                                                                   Leland Maddox, Chairman

 

Susan B. Craig, County Clerk