Finance Committee Meeting Minutes
Board of Commissioners
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Third Floor Conference Room
W. Harold Pate Courthouse Annex
Committee Members: C.
Johnson, U., Keller, T. Thaw
Commissioners: D. Hogan
Staff: P. Christian, F. Dees, M.
Doering, P. McNicoll, D. Newbern, B. Rowell, A. Sapp, C. Stewart, S. Trautz, W.
Press: T. Dickson, L. Nobles, M. Permar
Others: Tom Metz, George
approving the August 1, 2006 Finance Committee Minutes.
The following motion made by
Commissioner Thaw and seconded by Commissioner Keller passed unanimously.
Recommend approving the August 1, 2006 Finance Committee Minutes. (Vote:
2. Consider approving a $49,600 federal grant contract
with the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of purchasing a Police patrol
boat and other equipment. The Chairman is authorized to execute grant contract
Police Chief Matt Doering discussed the
grant which has been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security and must
now be accepted by the Board of Commissioners.
He stated that the 19 ft boat will replace a 25 ft. cabin boat which is
not usable and is not adequate for the needs of the Police Department. He stated that the SCBA equipment will be
used by the Special Operations Teams to accompany EMA or Fire as needed. The digital radios that have been approved
will be an upgrade to the current radios.
He stated that this is a 100% grant and no local cash match is
required. The following motion
made by Commissioner Keller and seconded by Commissioner Thaw passed
Recommend approving a $49,600 federal grant contract with the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security for the purpose of purchasing a Police patrol boat and
other equipment. The Chairman is authorized to execute grant contract documents. (Vote:
3. Consider authorizing staff to hold a public hearing
September 7, 2006 and adopting a new Environmental Health fee schedule by resolution.
Mr. George O’Brien, Environmental
Health Manager, presented this item and stated that this would be the first fee
adjustment in ten years. He stated that
the current fees do not reflect actual costs of performing the work. Commissioner Keller questioned how many
employees the agency had and Mr. O’Brien stated that they have 2.5 employees in
the field and they have job openings for three additional employees. Commissioner Johnson requested a report of
annual revenues with a detail of the number of permits, reviews,
investigations, etc. that were performed.
He also requested a comparison of the fees to other counties of similar
size. Commissioner Thaw also requested
that the number of past due accounts also be included in the report. The following motion made by Commissioner Thaw
and seconded by Commissioner Keller passed unanimously.
Defer the fee increase request from the Environmental Health Agency to
the September 5, 2006 Finance Committee meeting. (Vote:
4. Consider establishing the solid waste collection
fee for CY 07 at $125.
Ms. Becky Rowell, Assistant County
Administrator, presented this item and stated that the solid waste collection
fee needs to be set by September 1, 2006 in order for the Tax Commissioner to
mail tax bills on September 15, 2006.
She stated that the calendar year (CY) 2006 rate is $107 and would
increase to $116.58 if Southland had not cancelled the contract. This increase includes the normal 2% annual
increase plus $0.62 per customer per month for fuel increases. Since a RFP has been issued the actual fees will not be known until the
RFP process is completed. Based on
anticipated additional increased fuel costs and the possibility of a new
vendor, staff recommended that the fee for CY 07 be set at $125. Mr. Charles Stewart, County Administrator,
informed the Committee that the current charges for the City and Jekyll amount
to approximately $180 and $160, respectively.
The following motion made by
Commissioner Thaw and seconded by Commissioner Keller passed with Commissioner
Johnson voting against the motion.
Recommend holding a public hearing to establish the solid waste
collection fee for CY 07 at $125 and send this item to the August 17 Board of
5. Receive a report on the Altamaha
Training Wall Project.
Mr. Charles Stewart presented this item and
stated that has attempted to locate a vendor that would be suitable for the
project and that Georgia Tech has expressed an interest. The County has $40,000 budgeted but it is
anticipated that the cost of the study will exceed that amount. He stated that the construction is funded in
Splost 5 but the study will be required before the work is contracted for. The County has received the necessary
concurrence from the US Corps of Engineers and the DNR. The following motion made by
Commissioner Keller and seconded by Commissioner Thaw passed unanimously.
Recommend authorizing staff to issue a Request for Proposals for the Altamaha River Hydrology Study and send this item
to the August 17 Board of Commission meeting. (Vote:
6. Request that Chairman Johnson identify the Finance
Committee items which should be included as consent items in the Commission’s
Johnson identified item 2 as a Consent Agenda item. Items 4 and 5 will be placed on the August
17, 2006 agenda as General Business.
Item 3 is deferred to the September 5 Finance Committee meeting.