2018-06-14 / Front Page

Attorneys will meet with judge to decide fate of SDS agreement

By KAY TOTO staff writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held a work session last week, where no vote was taken, to discuss a number of pertinent items, some of which will be taken to a vote at its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday (tonight), June 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at the courthouse.

The hope that resolution of the non-compliance of the service delivery strategy (SDS) is on the horizon came as Chairman Walker Norman informed the Board that Attorneys Ben Jackson and Bill Keogh, along with Barry Fleming and his office will meet with Judge Overstreet June 18. At least this meeting may settle things so the county can be in compliance with the state before the deadline on the nearly $1 million which has been applied for in grants. That dollar amount includes the Development Authority grant application.

The SDS must be updated whenever there are changes, or if it has been 10 years since the most recent agreement was filed. Both the county and the city must be in agreement; however, the current lawsuit over water issues has de­layed the signing by the city. The SDS expired earlier this year.

Director Nancy Blount present­ed the 2019 annual contract with Department of Human Services (DHS) for transportation for the seniors that receive congregate meals at the Senior Center. The amount is the same as last year but she has spoken with CSRA- Regional Commission asking for more funds as the number of participants has increased. Blount also presented the Board with a proposal for fees for Lincoln County Transit. She proposes a fee of $5 for local trips with two stops and $1 for each additional stop. Thomson and Washington trips would be $10. After some discussion, this was put on hold until further notice.

Troy Glymer, Oconee District Manager for the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), was present to share with the board two ways for the county to gain ownership of the Food Pantry building. It was recent determined that le­gally it was never transferred to the county in years past. Glymer recommended a resolution for the county to accept the building to use for a public purpose (food pantry) rather than purchasing. Purchasing would require GFC to do a bid process starting at the fair market value of the property. After some discussion, the board plans to prepare a resolution for consideration at the regular meet­ing. At present, the Food Pantry is getting a new coat of paint thanks to the volunteers of the River of Life. “I’d like to send thanks to the River of Life for painting the food pantry. We truly appreciate their efforts,” Commission Chairman Walker Norman said.

Jennifer Wood, Circulation Manager for the Lincoln County Library, presented the annual service agreement for the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library. Funding for system services de­creased while funding for materi­als increased. Wood also shared with the board that a grant of $3,275 has been awarded by the Watson-Brown Foundation Ju­nior Board for the purchase of a computer and archival supplies to preserve Lincoln County historic documents. The Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board funds worthwhile historic preserva­tion projects in and around the CSRA.

There was some confusion and then clarification about the Lincoln County Library Board of Trustees. Norman stated that the library board is an advisory board. They advise the Board of Commissioners on what needs the library has. “I think sometime people get confused as to the purpose of that board. No board has the authority to spend county money,” Norman explained. This has nothing to do with the Friends of the Library, he added.

There are currently two open seats on the Development Author­ity Board. Marcus Mason had resigned for District 1 and Alana Burke had resigned from an at- large appointment. Replacements are being reviewed and should be presented at the board meeting.

At present, Lincoln County does not have a surveyor. Norman said he thinks the position should be abolished. If the board agrees unanimously, this would help to reduce the deficit the county is facing, he said.

The board has purchased a new vehicle for the sheriff’s office for $27,713. Norman announced that the new vehicle would also have to have approximately $8,000 of equipment installed in the car. The chairman will ask the board to approve this purchase at the board meeting.

Roby Seymour, Public Works Director, informed the board that an easement is needed for the water line at Lucky Horse Shoe Investments on McCormick High­way. The easement is needed so the county can maintain, repair, replace and inspect the water line the county installed on the property. He also informed them that Christi Hill wishes to rezone the location on Highway 79 for a horse boarding facility. Inman Solar also wishes to rezone the location on Double Branches Road to operate a ground level solar farm.

Traci Bussey, Finance Director, stated that there will be several resolutions for the board to sign at the board’s regular meeting. She stated that there would be no changes to the Temporary General Fund Budget until the tax digest is approved sometime at the end of July.

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