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Dan Huser with the Limestone Valley RC&D addressed Dade County Commissioners last week about improving water in the Lookout Creek watershed.
 
The Dade County Board of Commissioners held its monthly workshop and regular commission meeting July 3rd at the Dade County Administrative Building. All commissioners were present with the exception of Allen Bradford who was on vacation.

During the work session Dan Huser of the Limestone Valley RC&D spoke to commissioners about a study that has been ongoing to improve water in the Lookout Creek watershed. This was made possible by a small grant and the work is nearing completion and his hopes are to apply for a grant to continue work on this project. (See the related article on the project.)

A review of the personnel status report showed the county has 154 active employees with 11 of those being elected, 41 part–time and 109 full–time. Currently the county has seven vacancies. Three of the employees work for more than one department.

Commissioner Mitchell Smith reported that during the month of June the 911 Center reported 316 EMS calls, 245 fire and rescue calls, 12 forestry calls and 1,301 law enforcement calls. He also reminded those in the north end of the county of the meeting with postal officials about the future of the Wildwood Post Office. That meeting will take place on Thursday, July 10 at the Post Office at 1 p.m.

Commissioner Smith also commended the 10–year–old All–Star baseball team who won the District championship.

Commissioner Scottie Pittman reminded everyone of the Dixie Youth 12–year–old state tournament that will be held at the Dade County Recreation Center beginning July 19th. He reported a lot of work was being done to get ready and that he hoped this would lead to more tournaments in the future. He also commended New Salem on the excellent fireworks display they put on each year and thanked them for all their hard work.

Commissioner Ricky Breeden reported that paving would hopefully be finished in the south end of the county soon. Weather and other factors have delayed the project much longer than expected.

County Executive Ted Rumley reported a busy month that included continuing work on the FY2015 budget and millage rate and trying to keep any millage increase to a minimum.

He also reported on several meetings during the month, some of those with local industries looking to expand their Dade County operations and stated everything is looking good and that everyone on both sides are working hard to make the expansions possible.

Kristy Hammond, UGA Extension, reported on 4–H activities for the past month and reported that she is now a certified Forestry Coach and hopes to put together a forestry team in the near future.

Chris Musser, Executive Director of the Dade Chamber of Commerce addressed commissioners. He reported that the tourism team had been back in the county for another day. According to Musser that is very unusual for them to make a return trip before their report is submitted. That report is expected by September.

Dade Days is in the works again with the date being Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. until dark. He asked anyone interested in helping or participating to call the Chamber office.

Items on the consent agenda for the Commission were:

The Commission approved the resignation of Laura Holder from the Board of Assessors effective June 30. They are currently looking for a replacement from the south end of the county.

The Commission also approved on second reading the Home Rule-Amending Enabling Legislation Provisions for Call of Elections. This was necessary to get the county in line with state requirements on Notices of Elections.

An agreement was also approved for service of groundwater/methane testing on Back Valley Road Landfill with S&ME, Inc of Chattanooga, Tenn. Executive Rumley reported they are trying to get a release from this monitoring and hopes that’s not too far in the future.

The Commission also approved in the consent agenda an ordinance and resolution pertaining to the removal of the excise tax on energy sold to manufactures in Dade County. This is all part of the work being done for expansion of existing industries in Dade County and will be tied to any expansion and capital outlay of existing industry.

Millage rate meetings and advertisement dates were also approved. Those dates are: Advertise first and second public hearings and the five year history on July 16; July 23 advertise third public hearing; July 24 the first public hearing will be held at noon and the second public hearing will be at 6 p.m.; July 30 will be the third public hearing at 6 p.m., and a Special Called Meeting of the Commission will at 6:30 p.m. to adopt the final millage rate. All public meetings will be in the Commission Meeting Room in the Administrative Building.

On July 31 Tax Commissioner Jane Moreland will deliver the documents to the Georgia Department of Revenue to certify the millage rate.

During public input Rex Blevins ask why the digest decreased this year and Executive Rumley stated more people had filed for exemptions.

Blevins also asked if the Dade County Board of Education and the Dade County Commission could go together and ask for an audit of the Assessor’s Office. Executive Rumley responded by saying “that is going to happen” referring to the audit.

Blevins also stated everyone needs to watch all the ad-ons on their Georgia Power bills and make their elected officials aware of how they are ripping residents off.



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