By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Commission met for its regular monthly workshop and meeting last Thursday night
in the Commission Meeting Room of the Dade County Administrative Building with
all commissioners present for the meeting.
During the work
session the Commission discussed items to be placed on the Consent Agenda for
the meeting to follow, allowing Commissioners to vote on a number of items at
Among the items
discussed was the appointment of Eddie Pittman to another three-year term on
the Library Board, a position he has held for some time. This item was not put
on the consent agenda since his brother, Scottie Pittman is a Commissioner and
he abstained from the vote.
reviewed the personnel status report that showed little change since the last
Commission meeting. The only change was in the Sheriff’s Department and it was
a replacement for someone who had left the department.
was presented for Armed Forces Day, which is May 17, and Tom Black, the
county’s representative on the Regional Mental Health Board, gave a report on
their recent meetings and the Governor’s budget and how it impacts the program,
especially in north Georgia.
also discussed the county’s Return to Work Policy and changes that were needed
to meet state requirements. The policy has been in the employee handbook but
official action and minor changes had to be made to comply with state
Don Townsend gave the Commission a brief report on progress with changes to the
County Retirement Plan. Those changes dealt with simplifying the way it is
being handled and consolidating to one company.
currently working with GEBCorp (Government Employees Benefit Corporation who is
owned by the ACCG (Association County Commissioners of Georgia). The GEBCorp
currently serves over 75 percent of Georgia’s counties with some level of
meeting started with each Commissioner giving department reports.
Mitchell Smith reported that the riders in the 3 State 3 Mountain Bicycle Race
would be in the county Saturday, May 3 and asked residents to use caution in
the areas of the racers. He also reported that 911 services were kept busy in
April with a number of fire calls, 1,242 law enforcement calls and 169 EMS
Scottie Pittman reported work at the county’s recreation complex had been
hectic with the recent rains and that workers had pumped water off three fields
and had them ready to play but one field that recently had infield mix added to
it was still too wet for play. He also commended Dade County Rec baseball
league for their work in purchasing the infield mix and paying to have it put
on the field. The county hauled the dirt for the league.
Allen Bradford reported that the transfer station continues to do well. He also
commended Billy Massengale and the Roads Department for all their hard work in
repairing road damage from the recent storms. He also stated that the damage
was having an impact on the budget but the work had to be done.
commissioner, Ricky Breeden didn’t have a report at the meeting, as he is still
getting familiar with the workings of the Commission.
Executive Ted Rumley reported that April had been a busy month with budget
meetings taking place almost daily and that process should be coming to an end
soon as the budget has to be approved in the near future.
reported that the tourism group was here during the month and would be back at
a later date to report on what they saw and make suggestions on how Dade County
can best capitalize on the county’s assets.
on Arbor Day activities and special recognition to Eloise Gass for all of her
hard work over the years with Tree City.
night storms, Rumley reported that the upcoming SPLOST vote would include
community storm shelters similar to those being built in Jackson and DeKalb
counties in Alabama. These shelters can accommodate up to 250 people and would
be placed in each community in the county.
manager of the Dade County Public Library, gave a brief report and turned the
floor over to William Beck, a Library Board member. He requested additional
funding for the library so they could expand their hours since use of the
library continues to increase. He thanked the commissioners for their past
support and stated they hoped to get some renewed funding from the Dade County
Board of Education this year. The library has a deficit of about $23,000.
Dade County High School 4-H president gave the UGA Extension report listing a
number of activities that took place in April and activities that are coming up
in May including Ag Day that will be May 8th. The 4-H awards banquet will also be
in May, a change from years past.
Executive Director of the Dade County Chamber of Commerce, reported a good
turnout for the annual banquet and that the survey forms are currently at
Covenant College being consolidated and should be available soon for review.
reported that the tourism group was “bedazzled” by Dade County and spent longer
that they had planned here. Their report on any suggestions they might have for
the county to capitalize on tourism should be released soon.
then approved the consent agenda that included the Armed Forces Day
Proclamation, awarding Citizens Bank and Trust a bid on the Tax Anticipation
Line of Credit for the amount of $800,000 at a fixed rate of 1.50 percent with
no loan fee and the Return to Work resolution. All Commissioners voted for
A motion was
then made to reappoint Eddie Pittman to the Library Board for a three-year term
ending June 30, 2017. Commissioner Scottie Pittman abstained and all other
commissioners voted for the appointment.
County Finance Officer, gave the monthly financial reports and the Commission
approved those reports.
There were no
legal matters to discuss and no citizen participation so Commission voted to go
into Executive Session for, according to County Attorney Robin Rogers, records
that are exempt from open records laws.
returned after a lengthy session but no action was taken.