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County commissioners listen to Jason Martin, CPA, as he reviews the findings of the recent county audit.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County Board of Commissioners held its February workshop and regular meeting last Thursday at the Dade County Administrative Building with a small crowd on hand.

One of the main items during the work session was a report from Jason Martin, CPA, who reported to the commissioners on the recent audit.

Martin commended the county on the cooperation of everyone involved in the process. He also stated that the implementation of controls for multi-level review and corrections was a great improvement over past years.

Martin told the Commissioners that the State of Georgia recommended a fund balance of three to six months operating expense and at present Dade falls short of that and hopes that efforts will be made to correct the issue.

He also stated that everything went well from auditors prospective with no problems to report.

The remainder of the work session was spent reviewing items for the meeting and discussing any items to be placed on the agenda.

The first order of business for the regular meeting was the reports from each of the Commissioners.

Commissioner Mitchell Smith reported that reflectors had been placed on several roads in the north end of the county and they were a big help. He also commended the county road crews for their efforts in the recent snow storm.

Commissioner Scottie Pittman reported that cosmetic work continues at the Dade County sports complex (four fields). Some repairs had to be done to the complex’s parking lot due to a water leak and he also commended the road crews for their work during the snowstorm.

Commissioner Robert Goff reported that SPLOST money continues to be down but has shown slight improvements over the last few months. Last month collections were up $14,000 over the previous month but is still below past levels.

Goff also encouraged residents to keep up with what is going on with the Georgia Legislature by going to accg.net. It’s easy to see what bills are being discussed and voted on and everyone is encouraged to contact their representatives on those issues of concern.

Commissioner Allan Bradford reported that the flashing light at the top of Burkhalter Gap had been shot out again. It had just been replaced at a cost of about $800 to the county. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for the vandalism he reported. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Dade County Sheriff’s Department.

Goff and Bradford also commended the road crew for their tireless work during the recent bad weather.

County Executive Ted Rumley reported that it had been a very busy month but was glad to report that on a recent trip to Atlanta he learned the county would be getting $227,901 for paving this year.

Rumley also reported that they hoped to have the old playground equipment at the Dade Sports Complex replaced soon.

He also reported that they have been working hard to get SPLOST on the ballot for the May election and a Special Called Meeting will probably be held soon for that purpose. “We want to keep going like we’re going,” he said. Not adding a new tax but keeping the one we have.

Few details were given for this SPLOST but safe places in each community of the county are one possibility.

The Commission approved the reappointment of Laura Holder to the Dade County Board of Assessors for another three–year term, ending Dec. 31, 2016.

The Commission also approved resolutions for American Heart Month and Georgia’s Arbor Day.

Other items approved included a grant application for public transportation; Transit Alliance Group agreement; Memorandum of Understanding – Family Crisis Center; and an agreement with GDOT for local maintenance and improvement grant.

The Commission also approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Trenton and the Board of Elections to hold the upcoming City Election.

Dade County Public Library Manager Marshana Sharp gave the Commissioners a detailed report of library usage for the last four years. She stated they currently have over 7,000 active registered users and most areas have shown an increase in usage in the last year. Sharp also reported that the Friends of the Library had raised over $22,000 to help fund the budget shortfall due to cuts in funding.

Katie Hammond of the Dade County/UGA Extension Office reported on a full slate of activities including 4-H. She reported they had rain barrels for sale as a fundraiser and anyone interested could call the Extension Office at (706) 657-4116.

Chris Musser, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce reported on the Chamber’s activities and upcoming events. He also reported they had six new board members for this year and they are currently looking for an administrative assistant.


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