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Meeting Highlights from Hall County Board of Commissioners
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Hall County  (Submitted by Nikki Young)  6 p.m. March 10, 2011, Georgia Mountains Center

  1. Presentation of a Proclamation recognizing March 19, 2011, as Master Gardner Appreciation Day
  2. Special recognition of the Hall County Recycling Center staff for exemplary service.
  3. Consent Agenda unanimously approved:     
    1. Approved February 24, 2011, meeting minutes.
    2. Approved reappointment of David Lee to the Lanier Joint Development Authority for Hall and Forsyth Counties.  (Full Commission).
    3. Approved appointment of Commissioner Billy Powell to the Lanier Joint Development Authority for Hall and Forsyth Counties.  (Full Commission).
    4. Approved the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court's application to the State of Georgia Governor's Office of Children and Families 2011 Year 2 Continuation Application System of Care Grant to reduce truancy, increase literacy and increase the graduation rate.
    5. Approved the Hall County Solicitor’s Office application to the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a 2011 Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA) to fund a full-time investigator.
    6. Approved the Hall County District Attorney and Solicitor’s Office application to the Department of Justice for a 2011 Violence Against Women Grant to fund a Victim Advocate, Investigator and Spanish-speaking Victim Advocate in the Solicitor’s Office, as well as a Spanish-speaking Victim Advocate for the DA’s Office.
    7. Approved submission of the Georgia Department of Human Resources FY12 Federal Section 5310 Grant Application for public transit.
    8. Approved authorization for County Attorney to proceed with the collection of $25,000 Irrevocable Letter of Credit for Streets in Watermark Subdivision.
    9. Approved acceptance of $19,500 Irrevocable Letter of Credit for Sidewalks in Misty Harbor Subdivision.
    10. Approved HB 277 (Transportation Investment Act of 2010) Project List to be submitted to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
    11. Approve the following bid: Traffic Control Supplies (Public Works), EPH and Associates, Inc., $20,382.10
  4. Public Comment – Agenda Items Only
    1. Douglas Aiken commented that the county should make criminals – not taxpayers – pay for the cleanup of methamphetamine labs, now that federal funding has been discontinued.
  5. Other Business:
    1. Following a second reading and public hearing, approved a resolution to increase ambulance fees, which allows Hall County to collect the maximum amount payable by Medicare, Medicaid and insurance. Vote: 4-1, Commissioner Ashley Bell opposed.
    2. Unanimously approved the new biannual property tax bill format. In addition to an explanatory insert that will arrive with the new bills on Aug. 1, information about the new bill will be published in the media, on hallcounty.org and TV18.
  6. Report from County Attorney
    1. County Attorney O.V. Brantley reported that former county attorneys Stewart, Melvin & Frost provided requested proof that its partners have no present business interest with members of the Commission. Ms. Brantley stated that because there is no conflict of interest, the firm may continue to represent the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
  7. Report from County Administrator
    1. FY2011 Budget Update. Interim County Administrator Jock Connell and Interim Finance Director Lisa Johnsa presented a budget update for fiscal year 2011 and outlook for fiscal year 2012, as requested by the Commission.
    2. Mr. Connell presented an account of Glades Reservoir expenditures as requested by the Commission.
    3. Privatization/Outsourcing Update. Planning Director Randy Knighton explained the process by which his team will assemble and evaluate information about the potential of privatizing some county services. Mr. Connell emphasized that this is only a study and cost analysis, and that Mr. Knighton’s team will give regular updates to the Board on their progress.
    4. Mr. Knighton informed the Commission that new regulations may affect the Comprehensive Plan Update process. He will present more information at the next work session. 
  8. Consider other business presented by members of the Commission
    1. Commissioner Craig Lutz motioned to amend the Board’s previous decision to build baseball fields at the Cool Springs Park property; he motioned to remove the bathrooms, septic system and water from the plans as a cost-saving measure. After some discussion among the Commission and County Attorney, the Chairman rejected the motion.
    2. The Board approved Commissioner Lutz’s nomination of Tommy Sandoval to the Hall County Parks & Leisure Services Board. Vote: 4-1, Billy Powell opposed.
    3. Commissioner Billy Powell thanked Times reporter Melissa Weinman for her article in the March 10 newspaper about the need for baseball fields in the Cool Springs area.
    4. Commissioner Ashley Bell invited the public to attend The One Community Organization meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St., Gainesville.

Chairman Tom Oliver recognized reporter Melissa Weinman, as this was her last board meeting covering Hall County Government for The Times. Each Commissioner thanked Ms. Weinman for her service and wished her well. Ms. Weinman thanked the Commission and employees for their kindness in helping her gather information for her stories. 

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