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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bradford also commended the road crew for their tireless work during the recent
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.
reported that they hoped to have the old playground equipment at the Dade
Sports Complex replaced soon.
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.
were given for this SPLOST but safe places in each community of the county are
The Commission approved
the reappointment of Laura Holder to the Dade County Board of Assessors for
another three–year term, ending Dec. 31, 2016.
also approved resolutions for American Heart Month and Georgia’s Arbor Day.
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.
also approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Trenton and the
Board of Elections to hold the upcoming City Election.
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.
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.
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.