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August 1, Board of Commissioners work session and regular meeting notes

By Mike Cross
Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2005

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August 1, Board of Commissioners and Board of Education

We met to view a "one to one" laptop presentation by Apple Computers. This education program would place a laptop computer with each Chatham County student over a period of years. The presentation was very good and the program certainly is worthy of consideration.

This was discussed during our 2005-06 budget process and I understand it was on hold until we had this review and discussed finances. The "bare-bones" - "must" budget presented by our previous superintendent and BOE chair requested funds for 200 laptops and we were told the school system has already ordered 1100 laptops at 1 million dollars plus. That leaves 7,000+ to be funded. I am a bit "befuddled" by their process and wonder what we gave up from the budget presented to come up with the funds!... and I certainly don't know where continued funding will surface.

August 1, Board of Commissioners Work Session

* Pea Ridge Rd. has been bid and we expect work to start in September.
* North Chatham Hydraulic improvements are basically complete. New water tower will be installed at Jack Bennett and Lystra Rd.
* JOCCA presented its 2005-06 budget request/status clarification. Commissioner Emerson and staff will meet with JOCCA staff to resolve any remaining issues and the BOC will reconsider their request.
* North Chatham Water and Sewer Co., LLC., petitioned to connect to the Chatham water system for a fee no greater than $68,000 for existing commercial, residential, and future construction. Petition was denied 5-0, as recommended by staff and our Water Advisory Board.

Aug 1 Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting
Consent Agenda -- Approved 5-0

* Private road names: Forest Light Lane and Paige Boulevard
* Tax releases and refunds
* Requests to deny relief of discovery penalty for business personal property of Donald and Theresa Stevens
* FY 2005-06 budget amendments
* Personnel policy amendment allowing county manager to start new personnel salaries between the base and mid-range depending on qualifications

Public Input Session
No signups, no presenters

BOC Matters
Resolution honoring Mr. Bill Bussey for his volunteer work at the Southwest Park. Approved 5-0

Planning and Zoning

Variance of Subdivision Ordinance to allow Ms. Geraldine Pollard to divide 6.4 acre lot into two lots. Approved 5-0 with stipulation that upon sale of the first lot (prior to permitting) funds will be used to construct an 80 foot turnaround for emergency vehicles.

Emergency Operations

Renewal of Emergency Medical Franchise for EMS, Rescue Squads and Fire Departments. This allows current providers to operate wittin Chatham County and has nothing to do with their contracts. Approved 5-0

Boards and Committees

* I nominated Mr. Keith Stanley for reappointment to the Agriculture Advisory Committee. Approved 5-0
* Commissioner Emerson nominated Mr. Scott Forde for reappointment to the Human Relations Committee. Approved 5-0
* Commissioner Barnes nominated Ms. Cindy Edwards to the Library Board. Approved 5-0

BOC Matters

Southwest Water District loan applications (USDA-Rural Development -- 4-1/8 for 40 years). Approved 5-0

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