Pike County Times
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Welcome to the Pike County Times.com Board of Commissioners Page.

This is my way of providing accountability in County Government. Shedding light on our county government is very important. Public scrutiny will encourage questions from the public as to why our representatives act on our behalf. Public scrutiny will also encourage a dialogue between our county government and its citizens.

I believe that citizens have every right to provide our opinions to our representatives, and I believe that we are obligated to bring information to our representatives so they can make an educated decision on our behalf. I also believe that citizens have an obligation to ask questions of our government representatives in order to ensure that our representatives are acting in our best interest.

Citizens and county government should work hand in hand to keep Pike County a great place to live.

For more information on these meetings or to look at copies of minutes and post agendas from the Board of Commissioners' website, click here and click on the archives or the NovusAgendalink. There are minutes from every county board and authority that spends Pike County funding included with the minutes for meetings as well. I like open government! Thank you for the Commission Office for providing this information with easy access for citizens.

 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

7.12.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton attended this meeting. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

6.28.17
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Pike County Commissioners on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. The only item on the agenda besides the approval of the minutes from the May 10, 2017 meetings is to Approve/Deny 2nd Reading of the FY 2017-2018 Budget. Readers can access the 2nd Reading of the Budget that would include any changes from the 1st Reading by clicking here. This link goes to the county website, then to Novisagenda, and you need to click on Thursday's meeting information. [Note from the Editor: I will not be attending this meeting. ]

Submitted 5.23.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
April 25, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

4.29.17
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FY 2017-18 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 1:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - There was a discussion of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. [This meeting is completed and contains links to the budget.]

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

4.20.17
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First Draft of County Budget Presented

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners presented the recommended Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget during its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Public Hearing will be held on April 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to participate. Public Hearings will be held for the first reading on May 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., second reading on May 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. and Final Adoption of the Budget on third reading is scheduled for May 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the DRAFT FY 2017-2018 Budget are available at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library at 585 Highway 19 South and the Commissioner’s Office at 331 Thomaston St, Zebulon, GA. Click here to read a copy of the First Draft that was presented in the April 12, 2017 meeting.

Submitted 4.19.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
March 28, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on March 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. Click here for more on the meeting. This meeting is complete.

4.11.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
March 8, 2017 at 9 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. There was very little attendence today compared to the last evening meeting. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

3.13.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

3.4.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

We have a quorum of four commissioners today with Commissioner Tim Guy not present. County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye is present to take down the minutes, County Manager (CM) Hanson is present, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton are present. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

2.9.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Commissioners Tim Daniel and James Jenkins are missing from the meeting tonight, but there is a quorum with Commissioner Tommy Powers, Briar Johnson, and Tim Guy present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

2.7.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

1.13.17
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Pike County Fire Department Discusses Medical First Response License and Reissues Jump Bags to First Responders
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Fire Department has been the subject of discussion and questions by commissioners and those who have been sitting in Commission meetings over the past couple of months. Click here for more.

1.4.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. This meeting was held in the main courtroom of the Pike County Courthouse. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

1.10.17
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the main Courtroom upstairs in the Pike County Courthouse. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

Updated 12.13.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

11.23.16
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Georgia Breaks All-Time Voting Record

ATLANTA – In a historic election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced early Wednesday morning that Georgia set an all-time record in number of votes cast. With over 4 million votes counted, Georgia surpassed the 2008 record of 3.9 million votes. Click here to read more. Click here to review election results from Pike County and a link to the statewide results.

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Election Results for November 8, 2016
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Out of 10,620 registered voters in Pike County, 8,787 voters (82.74%) spoke their minds at the voter's box with 5,522 voters (52%) casting their votes during early voting. Click here to review election results from Pike County and a link to the statewide results.

11.9.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. There are quite a few here for public comment on the winery. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

11.16.16
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SPECIAL CALLED MEETING BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

10.20.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

Commissioners Tim Guy, Tommy Powers, and James Jenkins are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton, and County Manager (CM) John Hanson. Commissioner Tim Guy led the meeting. This meeting is standing room only with people lining the walls as well as filling every seat. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete. I attended the Special Called Meeting today and am working on that too.]

10.18.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.7.16
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City of Zebulon to Recognize Good Citizenship

ZEBULON - The City of Zebulon passed a resolution on September 13, 2016 that recognizes good citizenship activities as a way to counter some of the negative behaviors that we are seeing in our society today. County Attorney Tom Morton said that the program has long-range implications and could be used to partner with the county, state, and maybe even spread nation-wide. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.5.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present along with County Manager(CM) Hanson, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

10.4.16
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will held special called meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. along with its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pike Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. These meetings are complete.

9.6.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners are present including County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Some important items of note from this meeting: Big Chic will be breaking ground in Zebulon soon, the paving on Patton and Gresham roads (and more) will be starting shortly, there is an update to the bat removal article in the CM Report at the top of the meeting, appointments to the Library Board were made, and there was a discussion Watering Hole Pass. Click here for more. This article is complete.

8.11.16
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Runoff Election Results Are In

ZEBULON - These are the unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office as of 11 p.m. Click here for more.

7.26.16
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9 a.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9 a.m. Click here for more. This article is complete.

8.12.16
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Special Called Meeting - June 17, 2016
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

[Note from the Editor: This is from the Meeting Post Agenda.] The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its Special Called Meeting on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex, at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon. Click here for more.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete. P.S. Walking Dead Bridge Closing Alert!

Submitted 7.6.16
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Molena City Council to Meet

MOLENA - Molena City Council will meet on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. in City Hall in Molena, Georgia. The Chief of Police and Council and Committees will give reports. The Mayor’s Report will include Resignation of Mayor. Old/Unfinished Business includes: Update on fair price for Ashby Property, Resumes for new City Attorney, Splost update, Update on possible release of rollback rate from tax commissioner, and Update on ordinance for tall grass. New Business includes Adding Damon Riggins to signature card at bank, Qualifying/Special election for Mayor, and Agreed Upon Procedures report from AJK. The next meeting will held on August 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. Click here to read draft minutes from last month.

Submitted 7.6.16
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. I did not attend this meeting but am attaching the Post Agenda for readers. Click here for more.

7.7.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. The room as standing room only within a few minutes of the meeting starting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

5.31.16
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PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex, at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon. Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting and Commissioners Tim Daniel, Tim Guy, Tommy Powers and James Jenkins attended. County Manager John Hanson, County Attorneys Tom and Rob Morton and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. Click here for more.

5.31.16
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BREAKING NEWS: ISO Ratings Change Is Good News
for Pike Home and Business Owners
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - There is good news for 95% of Pike County’s homeowners that Pike County Times learned in last night’s County Commission meeting. The ISO rating for the county has gone from a classification of 6/10 to a 5/10! The effective date for the change in the ISO rate is September 1, 2016. What is the ISO rate and how does it affect you? Click here for more.

5.31.16
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BREAKING NEWS: Updates on Hughley Road Development
October 2014 to Date
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - This article contains pertinent information on two court cases that have been before Pike County Superior Court over the past year. One case was settled before Judge Mack Crawford between the developer, Brent Pike LLC, and the City of Zebulon, and the other has been postponed until a judge from outside of the jurisdiction can be found to preside over the case. Click here for more.

5.31.16
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Pike County 2016 Election Results

ZEBULON - Here are the election results from tonight's election. The results are also running on Fun 101.1/Zoom Radio out of Thomaston. Click here for more.

5.24.16
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. The only item on the agenda is the First Reading of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public viewing at The Board of Commissioners Office located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for a copy of the First Draft Summary of the 2016-2017 budget. Click here for a copy of the First Draft Revenues of the 2016-2017 budget. Click here for a copy of the First Draft Expenditures of the 2016-2017 budget. [Note from the Editor: I will be attending the morning meeting but not this meeting.]

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FY 2016-17 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex Meeting Room located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. According to the agenda, there will be a Budget Overview by the County Manager with a Question and Answer Session as well as Commissioners Comments and a Public Hearing from those who would like to speak at the meeting.

The first reading of the FY 2016-17 Budget will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. The second reading will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. And the final adoption will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public viewing at The Board of Commissioners Office located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for a copy of the First Draft Summary of the 2016-2017 budget. Click here for a copy of the First Draft Revenues of the 2016-2017 budget. Click here for a copy of the First Draft Expenditures of the 2016-2017 budget.

Submitted 5.3.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on April 26, 2014 at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. All five commissioners are here tonight, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Troop 37 is present tonight as well. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

4.28.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

Submitted 3.26.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 9, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

3.26.16
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City of Williamson Website Has Minutes and Agendas for Meetings

WILLIAMSON - Are you interested in keeping up with the City of Williamson? Here you go! Click on the Mayor and City Council page to see the minutes and agenda for upcoming meetings. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: I am thankful for those who point me in the right direction for info like this when we meet at Racquethause South!]

Submitted 5.2.16
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County Commission Thanks Voters for Supporting the SPLOST

ZEBULON - Pike County Board of Commissioners would like to take the opportunity to thank the citizens of Pike County for supporting the 2016 SPLOST Continuation. The measure passed with an overwhelming amount of support at 74.01% of the vote in favor of the SPLOST. The Commissioners are committed to maximizing the use of these dollars to improve the roads in Pike County. Request for Proposals for the planned projects will be sent out in the coming weeks in preparation for when the funding becomes available. We would like to see projects starting as late spring 2016.
County Manager, John Hanson, Pike County Board of Commissioners

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a regular called meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here to read about this meeting. This meeting is complete.

3.3.16
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BREAKING NEWS: WestCare Withdraws Application
for Youth Rehab Facility in Molena
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - In a letter dated February 9, 2016, Planning and Zoning Director David Allen notified neighbors of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission property that WestCare sent a formal notice dated February 4, 2016 to advise Pike County Planning and Development that it is cancelling its application for the Special Exception request for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center for male youths ages 14 to 17 at 5611 GA Hwy. 109 in Molena, Georgia. Click here for more.

2.9.16
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, January 28, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting for the purpose of Approve/Deny Development Agreement between Pike County and Dollar General at Bottoms Road at 10 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here to read about this meeting. This meeting is complete.

Submitted 2.4.16
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City of Molena Meets - Draft Minutes

MOLENA - The Molena City Council met on January 11, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. The meeting was called to order at 6:02 P.M. with Mayor Pro Tem Danny Riggins and Councilmen Richard Beckham, George Ingram, Darrell Riggins and Damon Riggins present. Chief of Police Novin Darsey, City Clerk Cindy Darsey and City Attorney Jack Park were also present. Click here for more.

City Council will hold its Regular Monthly Council Meeting on Monday, February 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. in City Hall, Molena, Georgia. Some of the items on the agenda include swearing in the new Mayor, a police report, a financial report, reports from Council and Committees, the Mayor's Report, Old Business including a discussion of Nuisance Abatement Property, Netting for pavilion – wood strips, Qualifying Fees set for 2016, EPD, and Building/Land Swap, New Business including Signers on Bank Accounts, Grants, Approval of Personnel Policy Changes, Qualifying for Council Seats, and Repairs and request at Fire Station. The next Regular Meeting will be held on March 14, 2016 at 6 PM. The public is invited to attend.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. [This meeting is complete.]

2.2.16
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. All five commissioners were present as well as County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

Submitted 1.15.16
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Pike Case to Be Heard in the Georgia Supreme Court

ATLANTA - A Pike County case is being argued before the Georgia Supreme Court today. The following is a Summary of Facts and Issues from the Supreme Court of Georgia's website. Click here for more.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete. It also includes a radar list for Pike County.

12.23.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. I did not get to attend this meeting; however, you can read the post agenda by clicking here.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

11.12.15
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Election Results 2015
Pike County Times: Election Coverage 2015

ZEBULON - Election Day was held in Pike County today. There was one item for county residents to vote on; whereas voters in the cities of Williamson, Molena, Concord, and Zebulon made their voices heard on who should represent them. Get educated and make your voice heard. Click here for election results.

11.3.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

10.29.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - Chairman Briar Johnson was not able to be here this morning for this meeting though the other four commissioners were present. Vice-Chairman Tommy Powers ran the meeting in his stead. County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye was there to take the minutes along with County Manager John Hanson and County Attorney Tom Morton who sat in for Rob who was in court today. Click here for more.

10.14.15
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School Board Discusses Capital Improvements Bond Referendum
Voters Decide Yes or No on November 3rd

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Education held an informational session about the proposed bond referendum that is on the November ballot before school began. Voters will be given the opportunity to vote yes or no on the Capital Improvements Bond Referendum on November 3, 2015. Click here for more.

10.3.15
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BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Considering a SPLOST for Roads
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - County Manager John Hanson discussed the possibility of a SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) for 2016 in the September 29, 2015 County Commission meeting. He suggested calling it for a referendum for voters to vote on and that it be for roads only. Click here for more.

10.1.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners were present, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Discussion of the paving of Williamson-Zebulon Road and SPLOST are in this meeting. Click here for more.

9.30.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all of the commissioners as well as County Manager (CM) John Hanson, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, and and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

9.19.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This article is complete.

8.29.15
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BREAKING NEWS: Grady EMS to Rent a County Fire Station
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Grady EMS recently conducted a weeks long assessment to determine where the most emergency calls come from in Pike County. During this time, ambulances were stationed outside of two of Pike County’s fire stations. Click here for more.

8.25.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

8.17.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

7.29.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Friday, July 24, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday, July 24, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. The public is invited to attend this meeting about the gun range in Pike County that was discussed at a prior meeting. Click here for more including a link to the prior meeting in which the outdoor gun range was discussed. This meeting is complete.

7.25.15
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Pike County Public Works Repairing Roads with Equipment
Bought with SPLOST Funds
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Public Works has been working on repairing roads in Pike County with equipment that was bought from 2011 SPLOST funds. The March 15, 2011 SPLOST referendum was a penny tax that upgraded and repaired our Courthouse as well as designating money to repair Pike County's roads and bridges. Click here for more.

7.23.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

7.20.15
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Pecan Trees Removed from the Courthouse Square

ZEBULON - Some long-term residents of the Pike County Courthouse lawn were removed this week. The pecan trees had become a possible hazard to people, vehicles, and the Courthouse itself. Click here for more.

7.17.15
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MOLENA REGULAR MONTHLY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
Monday, July 13, 2015 – 6 p.m.
City Hall, Molena, Georgia

MOLENA - The Molena City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Molena, Georgia. The public is invited to attend. The agenda includes: approval of the minutes from the past two meetings, invited guests April & Shane Gooden, the police report and financial report, reports from council and committees including Building, Street and Grounds, Public Safety, Water, and Ways & Means, and a Budget Status including Water Fund and General Fund. The Mayor's Report will include an update on the City Website cityofmolena1.wordpress.com, Pigeons in Pavilion, Pavilion Fence Work, Water Tank Work, Ambulance Services Trial in Molena, LGRMS Inspection Completed, Defensive Driving Course, Audit Completed, and Millage Rate. Old Business includes: LMIG/County Quote for Repairs, Downtown Sidewalk Repair Bids, Standardized quote on storage building roof repair, Nuisance Abatement Property, and 911 House Numbering. New Business includes: Bathroom at Park. Executive Session and Council comments ends out the meeting with the next meeting being scheduled for August 10, 2015 at 6 p.m.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

7.1.15
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Jim Roberts Case Closed and POST Certification Withdrawn
by Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Georgia vs. James Anthony Roberts went before Judge Mack Crawford in Pike County Court today. This was a follow up to the February court date and May arrest for violation of probation in this case. [Note from the Editor: This article contains an extensive review of documents obtained from the GBI and should be the last article written on this case barring any future developments that involve law enforcement. **Update 7.1.15: This article now includes a section on evidence and explains how the assistance to the GBI came to be requested.] Click here for more.

6.29.15
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Eggs and Issues Breakfast with the Pike County Farm Bureau
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Eggs and Issues Breakfast is hosted every year by Pike County Farm Bureau in Zebulon. It was held this year on May 8, 2015 and was an opportunity for members and invited guests to learn first-hand what is going on in Atlanta under the gold dome from elected state representatives. House Rep. Johnnie Caldwell, Jr. and Senator Marty Harbin were the guest speakers. Click here for more.

6.23.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here to read about this meeting. It is complete.

6.13.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. *This meeting is complete.

5.27.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. *This meeting is complete.

5.27.15
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Pike County Awards Ambulance Contract to Grady EMS
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Commission has chosen to go with a new ambulance service provider in the 2015-2016 budget year. Last night’s county commission meeting had many in attendance who were concerned about the awarding of the contract. Click here for more.

5.20.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners were present. County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. [Note from the Editor: There will be a Special Called Meeting for the 2nd reading of the budget on the 19th. The next regular meeting will be on the 26th.] Click here for more.

5.13.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All 5 commissioners are present along with Jo Ann Wrye to type the minutes, County Manger (CM) Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Click here for more.

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FY 2015-16 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: I am probably not going to be able to make this meeting so if you want to hear the details first hand, you will want to make some arrangements to attend.]

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Board studies food service and after-school options
By Guest Columnist Tamra Jarrett

ZEBULON - Should Pike County schools partner with a food service management company? Should there be an extended learning opportunity available to students in the form of an after-school and summer program? Click here to read more.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on April 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

4.29.15
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Meansville Fire Department Signs Mutual Aid Agreement
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The City of Meansville signed an automatic aid agreement with Pike County for fire fighting efforts in our county. The agreement covers a mulitude of topics including types of assistance, training, communications, incident command, personnel accountability, incident reporting, and Insurance Services Organization (ISO) ratings. The City of Meansville signed the agreement on March 9, 2015 and Pike County ratified and signed it on March 11, 2015 during the morning commission meeting. Click here for more.

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More Information Added to the County Website

ZEBULON - Pike County has made some welcome changes to the website including an easy way to download agendas, post agendas and minutes for county meetings. Board of Appeals agendas are going online now too. Scroll down to the Notice to the Public for important instructions. Old agendas, minutes, etc. for the Board of Commissioners are still found under Resource and Archive. Click here for more.

1.14.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

4.11.15
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Public Notice - Budget Hearing Dates

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners were presented with the recommended Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget during its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Public Hearing will be held on May 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to participate. Public Hearings will be held for the first reading on May 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., second reading on May 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. and Final Adoption of the Budget on third reading is scheduled for May 26, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the DRAFT FY 2015-2016 Budget will be available at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library at 585 Highway 19 South and the Commissioner’s Office at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, GA. Click here to view a copy of the current Tax Digest (2014-technically last year's budget) and a 5 Year History of the Levy. Click here to view the County website.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

4.8.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. The commissioners are currently scheduled to approve or deny the Intergovernmental Agreement between Pike County and Meansville concerning fire protection in this meeting. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: I did not attend this meeting, but you can find a link to the Post Agenda by clicking here.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present. County Clerk Jo Anne Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson and County Attorneys Tom and Rob Morton were also present. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

2.24.15
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Pike County to Undergo ISO Audit

ZEBULON - Pike County Emergency Services Fire Chief Rick O'Barr advised that Pike County will be undergoing an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Audit in April. Chief O'Barr said that there will probably be no changes anywhere but in the Molena area because it was left out of the last ISO evaluation. Hopefully residents close to hydrants and the fire station in Molena will get a drop in their insurance rates based on the results of this ISO evaluation. Click here to read a 2011 article that explains ISO. Keep in mind that some things have changed from 2011 because that was before the Molena Fire Station was even completed, but there is some good info in this article.

2.16.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There will be a regular meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. along with a Town Hall Meeting that begins at 8:45 a.m. in which any citizen can address the commissioners without getting on an agenda prior to the meeting. Click here for more.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its next regular scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting. The public is invited to attend. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

1.27.15
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This is the first meeting of the new year with new commissioners Tim Guy and Tim Daniel attending the meeting along with three returning commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye and Ginny Blakeney to take the minutes, County Manager John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Click here for more.

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City of Concord Meeting – December 16, 2014 - 7 p.m.
By Editor Becky Watts

CONCORD - This meeting was attended by Mayor Jim Roberts and Council Members Subrenna Weathers, Kim Griffin, Doug Neath, and Mayor Pro tem John Strickland along with Sharon Casey to take the minutes and the City Attorney Virginia Church. Click here for more.

12.17.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All commissioners with the exception of James Jenkins were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Commissioner James Jenkins was not at the meeting due a family health issue. Incoming commissioners Tim Guy and Tim Daniel were also in the meeting. The meeting began an hour late this morning because of the Economic Summit that was held by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce this morning. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

12.13.14
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New Fire Chief to Be Appointed on Wednesday

ZEBULON - The panel to select the new Fire Chief for Pike County made a unanimous decision to select Richard O’Barr as our new Fire Chief. Mr. O’Barr has many years of fire experience and is retired from Henry County Fire Department as Captain. Mr. O’Barr lives here in Zebulon and has previously served on the City Council in Zebulon. He will be formally announced to the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. This decision is contingent upon the approval of the Board of Commissioners in the Wednesday, December 10, 2014 meeting which begins at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m. [Note from the Editor: Mr. O'Barr was confirmed as the new Fire Chief and introduced to the community in the meeting. Look for more information on this in the write up from Wednesday's meeting.]

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. *PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will begin at 10 a.m. instead of its regular 9 a.m. start time. Click here to read the agenda.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly night meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. All five commissioners present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Tom Morton. Click here to this write up which includes a synopsis of the Town Hall Meeting. This meeting is complete.

12.3.14
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Resurfacing Has Begun on Hollonville Road

HOLLONVILLE - Public Works Director Todd Goolsby advised that the LMIG resurfacing of Hollonville Road from Hwy 18 to Hwy 362 began today. ER Snell is working on this project for the county.

Goolsby advised that it will take approximately 8 to 10 days to complete this project, and that citizens should expect delays if traveling this road. Rain forecast for later this week could prolong completion.

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Water and Sewer Authority Page Is Up to Date

ZEBULON - The Water and Sewer Authority page is up to date for the year so far. Click here to read these minutes include minutes earlier this year that include a tie in to the county water system from a business on Hwy 41.

11.26.14
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Storms Miss Pike County

ZEBULON - 537 emergency notifications went out to subscribers of the First Call Emergency Notification system here in Pike County yesterday afternoon. The storm blew and the winds circled overhead, but there was no tornado activity here in Pike County. There were some power outages, but those outages have been restored in our area by today. Neighboring counties were not so lucky with storm damage in Lamar County and a direct hit on the homes of several residents living on Delray Road in Upson County.

If you have not signed up for the First Call alert system, you can do so by clicking here. The First Call alert system will send out alerts such as flood and flash flood messages, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and tornado watches and warnings.

11.24.14
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Pike County Has a Facility for Holding Dangerous and Vicious Dogs
By Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Animal control has been a long time in coming to Pike County. While we still do not have a complete animal control facility like many of the surrounding counties, but the process has begun; and that in itself is a big step for Pike County. Click here for more.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All 5 commissioners are present including County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Several of the commissioners were using their county PDA’s during the meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

Submitted 11.14.14
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Election Day 2014
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times.com was at the Pike County Courthouse this evening to report on the election results including county-wide liquor by the drink which passed by a 60% to 40% margin. Click here for more.

11.4.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will also be a Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Click here to read the post agenda for the meeting. [Note from the Editor: I did not attend this meeting.]

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City of Zebulon Holds Special Called Meeting

ZEBULON - The Special Called Meeting of the City Council of Zebulon convened at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at City Hall, 7818 Highway 19 South, Zebulon. Presiding was Mayor Mike Beres and present were Councilmen David Woods, Dewey Yarbrough, William Thomas, and Joe Walter. Also attending were City Attorneys Rob Morton and Tom Morton, as well as City Clerk Teresa Watson. Please note: According to the minutes, there has been changes in the Zebulon Police Department. An Interim Chief is serving at this time. Click here to read the post agenda.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye and Ginny Blakeney to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Tom Morton. Click here to read more. This meeting is complete.

10.9.14
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City of Zebulon Approves Large Development on Hughley Road
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Zebulon City Council approved a plan for 450 housing units on 335 acres off of Hughley Road during its August meeting. Since that time, an appeal has been filed in Pike Superior Court. While the discussion of this topic can be made to sound very simple, it goes back to 1999, and it is much more complicated than it appears. Arguments are presented both for and against this development along with a timeline that begins in 1999 and runs through 2014. Click here for more. Update 10.8.14: This article has been updated to include mayors and council members from 1999 through 2014. Update 10.14.14: This article has been updated to include information about the non-profit group that is fighting the development.

10.7.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

Commissioners James Jenkins, Carol Bass, Tommy Powers and Chairman Briar Johnson were present as well as County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

10.1.14
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Application for Alcohol Rehabilitation Center Is Withdrawn
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - County Manager John Hanson informed commissioners in last night's meeting that as the county was preparing to send out letters of notification on the property currently known as the Shri Ram Chandra Mission, the county was advised that the application for rezoning had been withdrawn. Click here to read more about this.

10.1.14
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County Manager Appoints Fire Panel

County Manager (CM) John Hanson announced the members of the panel selected to assist the County Manager for the process of selecting a new Fire Chief for Pike County Emergency Services. Click here for more.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular morning meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. with a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting. All five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, and Ginny Blakeney to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

9.12.14
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Zebulon City Council Regular Meeting
September 9, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - Zebulon City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Click here to read the agenda.

Submitted 9.8.14
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Pike County Fire Chief Resigns
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Commission accepted the resignation of Chief of Pike County Emergency Services Randy Snyder at the past commission meeting on August 26, 2014. Chief Snyder submitted his resignation by a letter dated August 25, 2014. Click here for more.

9.5.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Click here to read more.

8.27.14
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PUBLIC HEARING - Pike County Board of Commissioners
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive public input on the notice of proposed property tax increase. The public is invited to attend. Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting at 5:30 to adopt the Tax Levy. Click here for more. Update 8.27.14: According to the Post Agenda: Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett and Tommy Powers attended. County Manager John Hanson and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2)) Commissioner James Jenkins and County Attorney Rob Morton were not available to attend the meeting. No one spoke in favor or opposition, and the meeting was adjourned.

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting to consider Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy and to consider authorization for the Chairman to sigh the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy. There will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. where the public can speak out about this. Click here for more. Update 8.27.14 from the Post Agenda: Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett and Tommy Powers attended. County Manager John Hanson and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2)) Commissioner James Jenkins and County Attorney Rob Morton were unavailable to attend meeting. Commissioners and passed 4-0 the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy. They also made the motion and passed authorization for the Chairman to sign the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy in a 4-0 vote. The meeting was then adjourned. carried 4-0.

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Pike County Board of Education Announces Proposed Property Tax Increase

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Education today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year for Maintenance and Operations by 1.55 percent over the rollback millage rate. Therefore, before the Board of Education may set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase. (Last hearing is today.) Click here for more.

Submitted 8.14.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

8.13.14
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Pike County to Enforce No Thru Trucks on Marked Roads

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners has asked teamed up with local business owners to reduce wear and tear on Pike County's No Thru Truck roads. The Pike County Sheriff's office is also part of this team since deputies will be enforcing the No Thru Truck ordinance that has been in place for the past nine years. Click here for more.

8.7.14
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Voters to Determine on Mixed Drink Referendum

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to allow the public to vote whether or not to allow the sale of mixed drinks in restaurants in the county during Tuesday night's meeting. The drinks would have to be sold at restaurants that are licensed by the county to sell mixed drinks and the drinks would have to be consumed at the restaurant. Most restaurants in Pike County are located within cities which have their own rules on the sale of mixed drinks. This would pertain only to restaurants in the county. Citizens will have the opportunity to vote for or against this referendum in the November 2014 election.

7.31.14
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Pike County Commission Notifies of Property Tax Increase

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 10.83 percentage over the rollback millage rate. Click here to see the 5 year history of the levy and find out when the hearings will be on this rate increase.

7.31.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

7.9.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - All five commissioners are in the meeting along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Click here for more.

7.1.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This is a public meeting that was attended by four of the five commissioners. Click here to read this write up. This meeting is complete.

6.11.14
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Zebulon City Council Regular Meeting
June 10, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Zebulon convened at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at City Hall, 7818 Highway 19 South, Zebulon. Presiding was Mayor Pro-Tem Dewey Yarbrough, and present were Councilmen David Woods, William Thomas, and Joe Walter. Also attending was City Attorneys Robert Morton and Tom Morton, as well as City Clerk Teresa Watson to record minutes. Click here to read the approved minutes.

Submitted 7.14.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This is a public meeting to discuss the final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget. The final budget was approved for next year in this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

6.11.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular called meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Please note: There are several items of interest in this meeting including a re-zoning from P-I (Professional-Institutional) to M-2A (Manufacturing – Light) to allow for a veterinary facility on the subject property, Continuation/removal of Sliding Building Permit Cost, pursuant to Section 156.023 (J) of the Pike County Code of Ordinances, 1st Reading of proposed text amendment to the Pike County Code of Ordinances, to amend Chapter 156, Zoning Code, Section 156.028 to add O.C.G.A. 36-66-4 (f), relative to specific zoning procedures for the location or relocation of a halfway house, drug rehabilitation center, or other facility for treatment of drug dependency, and Discuss proposed Solar Farm Ordinance. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting where anyone can speak to commissioners without getting on an agenda prior to the meeting. Click here for more.

5.24.14
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Election 2014. Get Informed. Vote. Make Your Voice Heard.
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Here is a summary of all local races, the Senate District 16 race, U.S. Congress 3 race, and the U.S. Senate race in this election. 2,474 votes were cast in Pike County out of 10,040 registered voters. This is a 24.64% turn out in Pike County. Click here for more.

The Run Off will be on July 22.
5.20.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All 5 commissioners are present along with Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Tom Morton. County Attorney came in later in the meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

5.14.14
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FY 2014-15 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The meeting began with all 5 commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton as well as three adults in the audience. By the end of the meeting, we were down to one adult in the audience, only one county attorney, and three commissioners, but the meeting was very informative. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

5.12.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon

ZEBULON - All five commissioners are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Attorney Rob Morton, and County Manager (CM) John Hanson. CM Hanson asked to amend the agenda to include invited guests Boy Scout Troop 37 and Matt Bidwell for county insurance. County Attorney Rob Morton asked to amend the agenda to include an executive session for pending litigation: Magistrate Court. The meeting room was standing room only. Click here for more.

6.12.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia. This meeting was attended by all 5 commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. There was a lot of discussion that will be of interest to the public in this meeting. The budget was presented with a suggestion for a 2% raise for regular employees and discussion of our roads in general as well as one road in particular that was just resurfaced 2 years ago and is falling apart. Click here for more.

4.10.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more.

4.4.14
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Judge Hears Challenge to Garrard Residency in District 4 BOE Race
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Elections Superintendent Lynn Brandenburg heard a challenge to a candidate’s residency on Friday, March 21st in the Pike County Courtroom. Candidate Robert E. Adams, Jr. filed a challenge to Incumbent Charles “Charlie” Garrard’s residency in the Board of Education District 4 race. The outcome of this hearing was to determine whether or not Mr. Garrard is eligible to be on the ballot against Mr. Adams. Click here for more.

3.26.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9 a.m. All five commissioners are present as well as County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye and Jennifer Gilow to take the minutes, CM John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more.

3.14.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PLANNING SESSION
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 –11:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a Planning Session on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to discuss updates regarding Pike County Ordinances. All five commissioners were present as well as County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Also present were Planning and Zoning Director David Allen. Click here for more.

3.14.14
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Animal Control Ordinance Now in Effect in Pike County
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Animal control has been a hotly debated topic in Pike County for years. Those who support it do so with the knowledge that it will cost money and that the cities will need to participate and pay a portion of the cost. Those who are against it have various reasons including the fact that some people in the country take care of their own problems. Lack of animal control in Pike County has been discussed for a long time, but the talk turned to something more in 2007 and the State of Georgia has now mandated some aspects of animal control for all counties including Pike County which does not have an animal control facility. Click here for more.

2.25.14
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Ice Storm May Bring State and Federal Compensation
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County participated in a preliminary information gathering meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) on February 20th to access storm damage in the county and investigated the possibility of a declaration of funds to the county for storm damage reparation. Click here for more. Update 3.7.14: Word went out from the Governor's Office this morning that President Obama has approved Governor Deal's request for a declaration of major disaster in 39 counties in Georgia including Pike County. The declaration allows for federal compensation up to 75 per cent of "eligible expenditures and damage costs". Click here to read this press release. County Manager John Hanson confirmed that Pike County will continue to seek compensation for storm-related costs.

2.21.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The public is always invited to attend these meetings. There is also a Town Hall Meeting fifteen minutes before each meeting where members of the public can address the commissioners about a topic without having to be on the agenda of a meeting. It is not a part of the official minutes, but it is a way for citizens to make their concerns, thanks, etc. known to the commissioners. Click here for more. Update 2.26.14: This meeting is complete.

2.26.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All commissioners with the exception of Chairman Briar Johnson (who was dealing with issues with his job due to the storm) are here today along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, CM Hanson, and County Attorney Tom Morton. Vice-Chairman Tommy Powers ran the meeting today. County Attorney Rob Morton came in to the end of the meeting at the tail end of the Executive Session. Click here for more.

2.17.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. [Note from the Editor: I did not attend but these are the unofficial minutes that were taken during the meeting.] Click here for more.

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Board of Commissioners PLANNING SESSION
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – 9:00 am
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson St., Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held the annual Planning Session on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9 a.m. Click here to read more. This meeting is complete.

1.14.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Attorney Rob Morton, and County Manager (CM) John Hanson. Click here to read the agenda.

Submitted 1.3.14
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia. All five commissioners are present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Hanson, and County Attorney Rob and Tom Morton were present. CM Hanson proposed some changes to the agenda including moving animal control to a workshop in January and a couple of additions for new business that are included in this write up. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

12.11.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Attorney Rob Morton, and County Manager (CM) John Hanson. Tonight was a very short meeting even with the addition of an Executive Session with it being less than an hour long total. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

11.26.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners were present as well as County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Attorney Rob Morton, and County Manager (CM) John Hanson. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

11.13.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - CM Hanson is on a vacation that was scheduled before he took the position as county manager. County Attorney Rob Morton read the balances on county accounts as of October 25, 2013 aloud. All five commissioners were there along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes. Click here for more. 10.30.13: This meeting is complete.

10.30.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 9 a.m. Click here for more. Update 10.12.13: This meeting is now complete.

10.9.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - County Manager (CM) John Hanson was at the front table with all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton last night. He participated in discussion with commissioners though Mr. Rob Morton conducted most of the business during the meeting. Click here for more. Update 9.25.13: This meeting is complete.

9.25.13
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County Signs Memorandum of Understanding with New County Manager
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners and County Manager (CM) John Hanson signed a Memorandum of Understanding at last night’s county commission meeting. This document is the beginning of a formal contract arrangement that will be negotiated between both parties that will include, but not be limited to, the following terms. Click here for more.

9.25.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting next week. Click here to read the write up. This meeting is complete.

9.11.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All 5 commissioners are present with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes and Rob Morton acting as Interim County Manager (CM) and county attorney. The room is probably about half full of citizens and county personnel. Click here for more about the meeting. This meeting is complete.

8.28.13
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John Hanson Named Finalist for County Manager

ZEBULON - In a 5-0 vote tonight, Pike resident John A. Hanson was named the finalist for county manager by the Pike County Commissioners. There will be 14 days for investigation and discussion before the final appointment is made. Click here for more.

8.27.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All 5 commissioners present, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, Interim County Managers/County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Changes to the agenda include moving 8a to invited guest. Click here for more. 8.16.13: This meeting is complete.

8.16.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, August 15, 2013 – 5:45 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There will a Special Called Meeting as follows: Interim County Manager requests adjournment to Executive Session for: Discussion or deliberation on the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action or dismissal, or periodic evaluation or rating of a public officer or employee or interviewing applicants for the position of the executive head of an agency, as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(b)(2), germane to Administration. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes and County Attorney/Interim County Manager (CM) Rob Morton. Commissioners voted to approve the agenda without any changes and immediately went into Executive Session. They deliberated for a little over an hour and came back into session at 6:58 p.m. with four commissioners. James Jenkins was not present at the end. Motion to adjourn. 4-0.

8.15.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The only item that is on the agenda at this time is the consideration of the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Pike County Tax Levy. This will include both the county's portion of the budget that has been brought before the Board of Commissioners and the school portion of our taxes which has been approved by the Pike County Board of Education. [Note from the Editor: The Pike County Board of Commissioners has no say on the budget that has been passed by the Pike County Board of Education, but the law does require that both sections of our tax levy be signed off on by the Pike County Board of Commissioners.] Click here for more.

Submitted 8.13.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETINGS
To Interview County Manager Candidates
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners are holding three special called meetings in which they will hold interviews for four different applicants for County Manager. The first meeting will be on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. The second will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. And the final meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to these meetings, but the interviews will take place behind closed doors. [Note from the Editor: The agendas are subject to revision though I don't expect that anything earth-shattering will be added to these agendas. This Board of Commissioners and its staff has been very good at advising the public of changes through the media prior to meetings.] Click here for more information about the hiring process. Update 8.7.13: The Pike County Board of Commissioners has cancelled their Special Called Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 3:00 p.m. and rescheduled it for Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

8.1.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. There is also a fifteen minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the regular meeting where anyone can speak on any topic without signing up ahead of time. Click here to read more. This meeting is complete.

7.30.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, and Interim County Managers Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

7.10.13
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Pike Commissioners Pass County Budget

ZEBULON - The Pike County Commission held the 3rd reading and final adoption of the FY 2013-2014 budget in a meeting held Saturday morning. This half of the total budget--with the other half coming from the Pike County School System--comes to $8,596.948. This final amount includes the matching funds required to get road paving done in our county. A motion was also made to reduce the Jail Fund by $22,000.00. This was approved in a 5-0 vote. Click here to read the Post Agenda from the past meeting.

7.2.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to read the agenda. There is a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting that begins at 6:15 p.m. in which anyone can speak to commissioners without signing up beforehand. It is not a part of the official minutes, but commissioners are there to take all comments under advisement.

Submitted 6.20.13
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Jonathan Smith Awarded Employee of the Quarter

ZEBULON - Jonathan Smith was named Employee of the Quarter for January through March 2013 at a recent meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners. This certificate is accompanied by a check for $250. In the May 8, 2013 Commission meeting, Interim County Manager Rob Morton told commissioners how Jonathan found a bank bag and tracked down the owner and returned the bag intact. Click here for more.

6.13.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 5 p.m.

ZEBULON - Tonight's meeting was the second of the day with all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, Interim County Manager (CM) Rob Morton, and Financial Officer Kay Landers there to discuss the upcoming 2013-2014 budget for Pike County. An Executive Session was added to the beginning of this meeting. This was meeting #2 of the Board of Commissioners today. Click here for more.

6.12.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This is a public meeting to discuss topics like the Atlanta Regional Commission requesting funding for MARTA, another Joint Broadband Resolution, a prayer policy update, and fire protection monitoring at the Courthouse through Cintas. There will be a Town Hall Meeting at 8:45 in which anyone can speak without getting on the agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting as well. Click here for more. Update 7.6.13: This meeting is complete.

7.2.13
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Open House at the Pike County Courthouse

ZEBULON - The celebration at the Pike County Courthouse took place on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The Courthouse, originally built in 1895, received a renovation and an addition that added much needed additional space for the many departments in the Courthouse. The renovation was paid for with a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that added one penny to items bought in Pike County with the proceeds going toward renovating the Courthouse and making improvements to roads, streets, and bridges in Pike County. Click here for more.

6.14.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The meeting began at 1 p.m. with all 5 commissioners were present, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, Financial Officer Kay Landers, and County Attorneys/Interim County Managers (CM) Rob and Tom Morton. Motion to amend the agenda to be the First Reading instead of the Second Reading. 5-0. CM Rob Morton gave an overview of the budget overall. Click here for more. This meeting is complete with links to an updated copy of the budget though these numbers could change between now and the final adoption date.

6.4.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was long but there was a lot accomplished with some items that will be coming back up for discussion at a later date. Click here for more. Update 6.11.13: This meeting is now complete.

5.28.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The 1st reading of the budget was originally scheduled for this day, but it has been moved to the night meeting on May 28th. The 2nd reading is currently scheduled for June 4th at 1:00 p.m. and the 3rd reading and final adoption on June 12th at 5:00 p.m. (Look for additions and changes on Pike County Times.com!) This meeting was attended by all commissioners except Chairman Briar Johnson, County Clerk Jo Anne Wrye to take the minutes, and County Attorney/Interim County Manager Rob Morton. Vice Chairman Tommy Powers ran the meeting. Click here for more.

5.23.13
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PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ZEBULON - (From the Post Agenda... I did not attend this meeting.) The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its Budget Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex, at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon. Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting, and Commissioners Tamra Jarrett, Tommy Powers, and James Jenkins attended. Interim County Manager Rob Morton, County Attorney Tom Morton and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2)) Click here for more.

Submitted 5.9.13
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Open House at the Newly Renovated, Historic Courthouse

ZEBULON - The Pike County Commission invites the community to visit the newly renovated, historic Pike County Courthouse in Zebulon on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Tours will be given and the courthouse will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a presentation at noon to recognize those who helped out with this project. Click here to see before and after pictures of our courthouse. The change has been amazing! *NOTICE: Please be advised that the possibility exists for a quorum of the Pike County Board of Commissioners to attend the Courthouse Presentation Ceremony.

5.29.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all of the commissioners except for Commissioner Carol Bass who submitted a letter than was read by County Attorney/Interim County Manager (CM) Rob Morton that advised she could not be present due to a previous commitment from last year that could not be changed. County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye took the minutes and both county attorneys Rob and Tom Morton were present. Discussion of prayer in the meetings and the resignation of our current Fire Chief was discussed in this meeting. Look for the comment in blue to find the section of the meeting about this resignation. Click here for more.

5.11.13
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County Loses Lawsuit Before the Georgia Supreme Court
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - In a unanimous decision by the Georgia Supreme Court issued this week, the Pike County Board of Commissioners lost their appeal against the mandamus that had been decided for Pike County Magistrate Marcia Callaway-Ingram by Superior Court in September of 2012. In the September lawsuit, a judge ruled that the Pike County Commission had interfered with the operations of Magistrate Court and illegally lowered the salary of the Chief Magistrate Judge during a term of office. When commissioners lost their case in Superior Court, they appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. According to The Daily Report, Judge Callaway-Ingram's attorney said that his client has won about $55,000 in back pay and approximately $100,000 in legal fees. Thanks to Fun 101.1 FM for this information. Click here for more.

5.2.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all 5 commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, and Interim County Managers Rob and Tom Morton. The room filled to about halfway by the time that the meeting began at 6:30 p.m. One of the decisions made tonight was about whether or not to have a verbal prayer in county commission meetings. Click here for more.

4.30.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Monday, April 25, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

From the Post Agenda: The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its Special Called Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex, at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon. Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett, Tommy Powers, and James Jenkins attended. Interim County Manager Rob Morton and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2)) Click here for more.

Submitted 4.26.13
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Public Hearing - Budget Workshop
Courthouse Annex Meeting Room, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon

The Pike County Manager held a Budget Workshop on Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18th. Pike County Times was in attendance at these meetings. Budget hearings continue on Friday, April 19, 2013 will be as follows: The Registrar from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.; The Tax Assessor from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Probate & Elections from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Pike Emergency Management Agency (EMA) from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download a copy of the Draft Budget. Click here to read what has gone on so far. These meetings are complete.

4.19.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 9 a.m. Click here for more. Update 4.17.13: More added today.

4.10.13
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What's the Big Deal about Hiring a County Manager?

The selection of a County Manager (CM) may not seem like a big deal, but in a CM form of government, it is the equivalent of hiring a CEO to run a Fortune 500 Company. The Board of Commissioners (BOC) compare to the Board of that Company because the BOC is not allowed to run the day to day operations in our county government without an interim CM or a permanent CM. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: I added a citizen activist note to my article because I have always been one since long before I had a newspaper. I have also included a brief revamp of the past two county managers to refresh memories on the differences between them.]

4.16.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, April 15, 2013 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

There will be a Special Called Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia. Click here to read about this meeting. This write up is complete.

4.15.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to read the write up on this meeting. Update 4.8.13: This meeting is now complete.

3.26.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. The meeting was long but quite a bit was accomplished today. Click here for more.

3.13.13
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SPLOST Committee Members Tour the Renovated Courthouse
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Members of the SPLOST Committee toured the Pike County Courthouse last month to see how the renovation with SPLOST dollars has improved the facility. Planning and Zoning Director David Allen gave a tour through the Courthouse as he has been the project manager and worked with the contractor and architect after the previous county manager resigned. Click here for more including pictures from the clock tower.

3.12.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, and County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips. There were a couple of additions to the meeting. Invited Guest David Mundt from SAFEbuilt, Inc. was added and so was an Executive Session for Personnel in the Commission Office. Boy Scout Troop 37 out of Zebulon also had many members and Troop Leaders present in the meeting as part of what they do on a regular basis to earn merit badges. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

2.27.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting began at 9 with all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, County Attorney Rob Morton and an almost full house. It ran until almost 12 noon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

2.13.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, February 4, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye and County Attorney Rob Morton. The only thing on the agenda was discussion of County Manager and his 6 month evaluation. However, the agenda was amended to allow public discussion and asset tags for county inventory. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

2.4.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a public meeting on January 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to read more. This meeting is complete.

1.29.13
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, January 14, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Approval/denial of the BOE Tax Levy Resolution adoption was the only item on today's agenda Click here to read more. This meeting lasted a whole 6 minutes from start to finish. Update 1.15.13: This meeting is complete.

1.14.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting began as almost standing room only with citizens present to hear about a variety of issues throughout the meeting. The meeting room slowly cleared out as each issue was called with only a few left when the meeting concluded at 1:26 p.m. Discussion ranged from the DFACS Agency to animal control to the Board of Educations' Tax Levy Resolution. Click here to read more. Update 1.19.13: This meeting is complete.

1.19.13
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton, and Financial Officer Kay Landers. It was almost a full house again at this meeting. CARE Inc. was added to the agenda at the request of Commissioner Collins to discuss whether or not to give a 30 day extension on the closing of this facility as requested by Ms. Ramos from the Town Hall Meeting prior to the regularly called meeting. Click here to read more. Update 1.8.13 which includes a link to city, county, and board of education budgets, annual reports, etc.

12.15.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its Regular Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon, Georgia. It was a standing room only crowd with many there about the bridge on Buffington Road and others about county animal control. It also has discussion about the smart meters that Southern Rivers Energy will begin installing on all businesses and homes in the Pike County and surrounding areas beginning in January 2013. Click here to read my write up from this meeting. Update 12.8.12: This meeting is now complete.

12.8.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here to read more.

12.4.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was just about a full house. It was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk, Jo Ann Wrye, County Manager Mike Phillips, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

11.1.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will meet on November 14, 2012 at 9 a.m. County business will be discussed and the public is invited to attend. Click here to read the items that will be discussed in this meeting.

Submitted 11.7.12
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Vote on Tuesday

ZEBULON - Voter turnout in Pike County was very high. Of the 10,630 registered voters in Pike County, 8,151 cast votes in this election. That is 76.68% of the voters casting their ballots in this race. Tonight's results are unofficial and will become official on Friday afternoon. There are a handful of military ballots that could be included in the final, official results. Click here for results.

11.6.12
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Wrye Voted As County Clerk

ZEBULON - In a Special Called Meeting yesterday, the Pike County Board of Commissioners voted to offer the County Clerk position to Interim County Clerk, JoAnn Wrye. "I advised JoAnn of that offer this morning, and she has accepted the County Clerk’s position, effective today, Tuesday, October 23, 2012," said County Manager Mike Phillips. "We will now move to post her old position in Human Resources/Payroll/Accounts Payable, as vacant, and we anticipate filling that position in a few weeks."

Added 10.25.12: From the Post Agenda: After 50 minutes in Executive Session, the meeting was reconvened with Commissioner Tommy Powers making the motion for and Commissioner Carol Bass giving the second to offer the County Clerk position to JoAnn at a salary of $34,393. (I have been advised that the position is no longer hourly.) Motion was approved 4-1 with Commissioner Tamra Jarrett dissenting. Motion by Commissioner Powers with a second by Commissioner Tamra Jarrett to post the Human Resource Administrator position, at the budgeted salary, for 5 days in-house and in the newspaper, and accept applications until November 7th. Motion approved 5-0. Motion to adjourn at 4:35 p.m.

10.23.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, and County Attorney Tom Morton. There were three additions to the agenda: Commissioner Don Collins asked that animal control be added under new business, and that an executive session be added for Hiring and Firing of Personnel in the County Commission Office--specifically the position of county clerk. Chairman Doug Mangham asked that Judge Mack Crawford be allowed to speak as an invited guest.

Click here for more.

10.10.12
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Commissioners Hold Special Called Meeting

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a Special Called Meeting on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Chairman Doug Mangham convened the meeting, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett, Tommy Powers, and Don Collins attended. County Manager, Mike Phillips, County Attorney Tom Morton and Interim County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. County Commissioners requests adjournment to Executive Session for: Discussion or deliberation on the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action or dismissal, or periodic evaluation or rating of a public officer or employee or interviewing applicants for the position of the executive head of an agency, as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(b)(2), germane to Administration. [Note from the Editor: I understand that this was about the hiring of a county clerk.] Motion to adjourn at 4:17 p.m. Approved 5-0.

Submitted 10.16.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING AGENDA
Monday, October 15, 2012 – 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

1. CALL TO ORDER - Chairman Doug Mangham
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Chairman Doug Mangham
3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION
a. County Manager requests adjournment to Executive Session for: Discussion or deliberation on the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action or dismissal, or periodic evaluation or rating of a public officer or employee or interviewing applicants for the position of the executive head of an agency, as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(b)(2), germane to Administration.
5. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda subject to revision.

Submitted 10.11.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP AGENDA
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

1. CALL TO ORDER…………………………………………..Chairman Doug Mangham
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE……………………………….Chairman Doug Mangham
3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA – (O.C.G.A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))
4. PUBLIC WORKSHOP: Possible modifications to Pike County code Chapter 158 “Sign Ordinance”.
5. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda subject to revision

All five commissioners attended with Interim County Clerk JoAnn Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. This meeting lasted for an hour and was better attended than I thought it would be based on the 5 p.m. time of the meeting. Representatives from Mt. Olive Church and from Patriot Motors were in attendance as well a few members of the public and Planning and Development Director David Allen.

Click here for more as this meeting goes online.

10.4.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia
By Editor Becky Watts

All five commissioners were present at this meeting, Interim County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye and former County Clerk Teresa Watson to do the minutes, County Manager (CM) Mike Phillips, Tom Morton, and Rob Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

9.25.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present with Interim County Clerk JoAnn Wrye to record the meeting, County Attorney Tom Morton as legal counsel, and Court Reporter Yvonne Langford who will transcribe the meeting. County Manager Mike Phillips was sick and could not attend the meeting. There was a vote to hold an animal control workshop on a Saturday to discuss a plan for Pike County. See comments by Don Bailey and Commissioner Carol Bass. Update 9.15.12: This meeting is complete.
Update 9.17.12: Another update with financial figures for the county.

Click here for more. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

9.13.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, September 10, 2012 – 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There was a Special Called Meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners on September 10, 2012. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.14.12
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JOINT PIKE COUNTY/MUNICIPALITIES LOST RENEGOTIATIONS

ZEBULON - A joint meeting in the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) renegotiation process between Pike County and its municipalities was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex Meeting Room at 79 Jackson Street. The meeting was convened by County Attorney Rob Morton. County Manager Mike Phillips, County Attorney Tom Morton and County Clerk Teresa Watson were also present.

The next Renegotiation Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the County Commissioner Meeting Room located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.22.12
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Run Off Results in the Pike County Races
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Thank you to WTGA Fun 101.1 for allowing Pike County Times.com to report the results of each precinct live on Thomaston radio. There was a turnout of 11.27% in Pike County with 1,159 votes cast out of 10,285 registered voters in Pike County. Update 8.22.12: There was a change of one vote in the Magistrate with the inclusion of the provisional vote in this race.

Click here for the results.

8.21.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There was standing room only tonight at the Pike County Board of Commissioners meeting. Citizens spoke before the meeting during the Town Hall Meeting and many spoke during the Public Hearing part of the meeting. All in all, the meeting was only an hour long even with the public meeting about the CARE animal rescue facility located in the East Molena Farms Subdivision.

Click here for more.

Submitted 8.27.12
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SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, August 20, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Room

I. CALL TO ORDER .................................... Chairman Doug Mangham
II. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG ............................ Chairman Doug Mangham
III. ORDER OF BUSINESS
a. Consider the opening and approve receipt of the bids for the landfill monitoring.
IV. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda subject to change.

Update 8.14.12: This meeting agenda has been revised to include the following: 4. EXECUTIVE SESSION a. County Attorney requests Executive Session for consultation with the county attorney or other legal counsel, to discuss pending or potential litigation, settlement, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions brought or to be brought by or against the county or any officer or employee or in which the county or any officer or employee may be directly involved as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-2(1); germane to LOST renegotiations.

This meeting was attended by all 5 commissioners, County Clerk Watson, County Manager Phillips, and County Attorney Morton. 3 bids were opened during the meeting. GEC out of Macon-$18,508.50. Environmental Management Association, LLC out of Buford-$14,105. Advanced Environmental Management Inc from Norcross-$16,850. Motion to accept bids as received and forward them to Harbin Engineering for review. 5-0. The intent is to award this at the next meeting with testing being done in September and a revised work plan will be sent to the appropriate authorities on this. Harbin is negotiating with the EPD. Motion to go into Executive Session at 4:13 p.m. Motion to come back into session at 5 p.m. Motion to authorize outside counsel to file and appeal on Marcia Callaway-Ingram v. Pike County. 5-0. Click here to read about this case. Motion to adjourn at 5:02 p.m. 5-0.

8.20.12
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Chief Magistrate Wins Case Against Pike County
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Marcia Callaway-Ingram v. Pike County, Georgia was filed in the Superior Court of Pike County on August 1, 2011. Judge Stephen E. Boswell presided over this writ of mandamus that Chief Magistrate Marcia Callaway-Ingram filed against the county and ended this part of the litigation by issuing an order signed August 13, 2012. Judge Boswell ruled in favor of Chief Magistrate Callaway-Ingram and against the county and signed an order on the case that was prepared by Marcia Callaway-Ingram's attorney. The Order which had not been filed in Pike County Superior Court today was signed by Judge Boswell on August 13, 2012 and will be filed with the court to become part of the final record on this case. The Pike County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to appeal this decision in the Special Called Meeting that took place at 4 p.m. today.

Click here to read as this story goes online.

8.20.12
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SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Room

I. CALL TO ORDER .................................... Chairman Doug Mangham
II. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG ............................ Chairman Doug Mangham
III. ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Consider Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Pike County Tax Levy.
IV. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda subject to change.

Click here to read the FY 2012-2013 tax levy resolution.

Submitted 8.4.12
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PUBLIC HEARINGS On “Notice of Property Tax Increase”
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 5:00 p.m.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Room

Update 8.17.12 from the Post Agenda:

1. Call to Order .................................. Chairman Doug Mangham
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Open Public Hearing
Conduct Third and Final Public Hearing to receive comment on the notice of proposed property tax increase for FY 2012-2013.
Mr. John Holmes and Mr. Larry Lynch addressed the Board regarding the state of the economy and their objections to ever-rising taxes on citizens’ property.
4. Close Public Hearing
Chairman Mangham closed the Public Hearing.
4. New Business
a. Award bid for capital loan for lease/purchase of four new vehicles for Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Collins moved to select First Bank of Pike, as low bidder for $117,000 amortized over 37-38 months at an interest rate of 2.8% to execute a lease/purchase for four vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, seconded by Commissioner Powers. After discussion, motion carried 4-1 with Commissioner Bass opposing.
5. ADJOURN
Motion/second to adjourn at 5:19 p.m. by Commissioners Powers/Bass carried 5-0.

Submitted 8.4.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - There is a lot of items on the agenda including the GEMA Mutual Aid Agreement that was signed in February, 2012 by former County Manager Bill Sawyer without the knowledge or authorization of the Board of Commissioners. There were appointments to several boards in Pike County too. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

8.8.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 – Noon
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There was a working lunch with all five commissioners, commission office employees, County Clerk Teresa Watson and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Michael (Mike) Phillips accepted the invitation to become the new county manager that commissioners extended during a Special Called Meeting this month. His annual salary would be $77,500.

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8.3.12
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Pike County Voting Results-Upsets, Run offs, and T-SPLOST Included

ZEBULON - It is a party in front of the Courthouse in Zebulon tonight. With the renovations, everyone but poll workers were outside on the lawn. Kids ran and played and adults just hung out around the courthouse steps waiting for Probate Judge Brandenburg to read the results from each race aloud. It has been a long time since I saw this kind of interest in a local election.

Click here for more.

7.31.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

The meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Attorneys and Acting Interim County Managers Rob and Tom Morton. Incoming County Manager Mike Phillips was present in the audience with his wife for this meeting. Flint River Council Troop 37 was also present to learn about county government by attending this meeting. A picture of the troop with the commissioners is on the Pictures page. The link for this is at the top of the page. [Note from the Editor: This meeting was not put online in the midst of reporting two elections and many other BOC meetings. My apologies for not being more timely. This meeting is complete.]

Click here for more.

8.24.12
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Coming Soon to Your Voter Ballot: T-SPLOST
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) question and answer session with Three Rivers Regional Commission Representative Robert Hiett was sparsely attended by the public but some good questions were asked in this session. Zebulon Mayor Mike Beres conducted the meeting.

Click here for more.

7.26.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, July 19, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and Iterim County Managers Rob and Tom Morton. There were four people in the audience during the course of the meeting, one citizen, one department head, one newspaper editor, and one person from news radio. There was discussion of our funding, the millage rate and soon to be approved budget for next year, and continuation of the discussion of the courthouse and whether to put the Law Library in the Grand Jury Room, spend $2377 to have the contractor put in a new room or try to save money and have Public Works finish out this room after the contractor signs off on the entire courthouse. (Yes, there are some comments in blue on this one. Feel free to send an editorial to editor@pikecountytimes.com.)

Click here to read the remainder of this article. Update 7.21.12: This meeting is complete.

7.20.12
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T-SPLOST Forum Scheduled in Pike County
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - There will be a T SPLOST forum on Monday, July 23 at 7:00 PM in the courthouse annex meeting room (where county commission meetings are held). This question and answer session is being sponsored by the Pike Area Transportation Committee. The Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2010 is on the July 31 ballot. Voters will decide whether to approve a ten year, 1% sales tax to fund transportation projects in our region.

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7.20.12
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Pike County Commissioners Choose a County Manager

ZEBULON - Pike County Commissioners chose to extend an offer to Michael Phillips to become the new county manager in Pike County during a Special Called Meeting today. His annual salary would be $77,500 and commissioners have requested that his first day of work be on August 1.

If Mr. Phillips chooses to accept this offer of employment, he would work for an initial period of six months. After that period of employment, there would be an evaluation of his job performance and commissioners would then negotiate a contract with him as our county manager.

Update 7.17.12: Michael Phillips was the City Manager in Corbin, Kentucky until May of 2012 where there was a $9 million budget. He worked in Rincon, Georgia from 2009 to 2011 as the City Manger prior to that where there was a $15 million budget. He also worked in Appling County, Georgia during 2007 and 2008 as a County Manager and as a City Administrator in Chester, South Carolina from 2004 to 2006.

7.16.12
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Magistrate Court Attorney Argues Lawsuit Against Pike County
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - In a two hour presentation before Superior Court Judge Stephen E. Boswell on June 19, 2012, attorneys on both sides of Marcia Callaway-Ingram v. Pike County Georgia argued their cases before a courtroom audience that included two reporters and one Pike County Commissioner.

Update 6.21.12: Pike County Times received some information that was pertinent to this article and I revamped the article accordingly.]

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6.21.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Friday, June 29, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Thursday afternoon meeting was cancelled and this one was scheduled on Friday instead. Items on the agenda include discussion of bids for Consulting Services on the landfill, discussion of judges'recommendations on the courtroom, discussion of authorized use of county facilities by candidates, the appointment of an Animal Control Officer as required by State law before July 1, 2012, and an executive session about the county manager.

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TOWN HALL MEETING AND WORKSHOP
Thursday, June 28, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Board of Commissioners will hold a town hall meeting and workshop on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to receive public input and provide information to the Board of Commissioners on the proposed EMA Ordinance and related issues. Presentations will be heard from Jimmy Totten, Pike County EMA Director, and Ed Westbrook, GEMA Region 4 Field Coordinator. Click here for more.

Editor's Note: Click here and read down at item 8.d. under New Business to download a copy of the two ordinances that were discussed in the meeting. The GEMA-Homeland Security document is non-negotiable. However, the Pike County EMA document can be rewritten with any kind of changes that the commissioners would like to put in it. Click on the Letters to the Editor page for an editorial too.

These meetings are complete.

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. The public is invited to attend.

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[Note from the Editor: I went to this meeting today and sat for a while. I even got to meet one of the candidates for county manager before I headed out around 2 p.m. This meeting was for the purpose of interviewing each of the final candidates for county manager. The list has not been released yet, but I am expecting it soon.]

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold their Regular Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia.

There is a Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m. where the public can speak to commissioners without signing up for a list or advising of their agenda. It does end promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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This meeting is complete.

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - This meeting was held at the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room on Jackson Street beside the Sheriff's Office. Several members of the public and department heads attended this meeting.

Click here for to read this article and find out what Pike County's balanced budget is for the 2012/2013 Fiscal Year. This meeting is complete.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, and County Attorney/Interim County Manager Rob Morton. The meeting was longer than usual due to a break when commissioners went over to the Courthouse to review some of the renovations and make a decision on paint schemes, etc. when the meeting was back into session.

This meeting is complete.

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6.13.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, June 4, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorneys/ and acting Interim County Managers Rob and Tom Morton. To date, there have been 27 applications received for the county manager position that is being advertised here in Pike County. All applications had to be postmarked by June 1st.

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6.5.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 6 p.m.

ZEBULON -This meeting was attended by five commissioners and County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes. The meeting was sparsely attended by members of the public and several members from county departments. This meeting is complete.

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Update: This meeting is now complete.

5.30.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorney/Interim County Manager Tom Morton. This meeting was very sparsely attended.

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - There will be a Special Called meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Board of Commissioner's Meeting Room located by the Sheriff's Office. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be for the purpose of the First Reading of the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget.

Update 6.7.12. This meeting is complete.

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5.21.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held their regular scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon, Georgia. I did not attend this meeting but am providing an update from a recording of the meeting.

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Update: This meeting is complete.

5.14.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – 3:00 p.m.
Commissioners Meeting Room

ZEBULON - Items on the agenda include a courthouse update, items for Public Works, the wells at the landfill, approval of the group health insurance plan (which is part of the May 9, 2012 meeting), and approval of recommended changes to the FY 2012-2013 Budget Ordinance. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

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Click here for the upcoming budget calendar.

Update 5.21.12: This meeting is now complete.

5.11.12
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Pike County Board of Commissioners
FY 2012-13 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, Finance Officer Kay Landers, and County Attorney Rob Morton. There were 26 citizens and department representatives in the audience.

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Update 5.14.12: This meeting is now complete.

5.10.12
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Pike County Board of Commissioners to Meet on April 24th

ZEBULON - Commissioner Collins asked that the metal roof for the Courthouse be placed back onto the agenda. Motion was made and it was approved. In reviewing the minutes from the past meeting, there was a discussion about House Bill 386 and its affect on Special Purpose Local Option Tax (SPLOST) and Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) collection.

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Update 5.3.12: This meeting is complete.

4.24.12
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Pike's County Manager Resigns
By Editor Becky Watts

Bill Sawyer has tendered his resignation as County Manager of Pike County.

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Update added 4.19.12.

4.18.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
April 11, 2012 – 9 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton.

A complete revamp on AC and ductwork in the Courthouse with a composite roof instead of metal on the courthouse, an upcoming work session for whether county should take over Recreation, and whether Sunday alcohol sales should go on a voter referendum are just a few of the things that were discussed in today's BOC meeting. Click on the link below and watch as this meeting goes online.

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Update 4.18.12: This meeting is complete.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

There were very few people at the meeting tonight. All five Commissioners were present along with County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton. A motion was made to add Robert Hiett and Lanier Boatwright from Three Rivers Regional Commission as Invited Guests.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

All five commissioners were in attendance along with County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton. It was a longer meeting than usual, but I appreciated the amount of information that was presented to citizens at the meeting.

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3.15.12
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E911 Updating Its Database
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Emergency Services (PCES) has advised that E911 is updating its database. Pike County Emergency Services Deputy Chief of Operations Randy Snyder advises that as part of this process, in cooperation with Sheriff Jimmy Thomas of the Pike County Sheriff's Office, PCES has created a page for information submissions on its website.

"Persons can go to the page as listed below, fill out the form, and submit their information directly to E911," said Snyder. "The more details people can give, the better... For example, having a detailed description of a home helps law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services reach people much quicker when they need us."

Click here to update your E911 information.

This updates coincides with the implementation of the county-wide notification system to warn residents when severe weather or other life-threatening events are occurring in our community. Read "Pike County Gets County-Wide Emergency Notification System" below for more information about this system and click on the DeltAlert link above to sign up.

2.11.12
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Pike County Gets County-Wide Emergency Notification Syste

ZEBULON - On Thursday, February 23, 2012, Pike County will for the first time be covered with a county-wide emergency notification system when severe weather or other life-threatening events occur in the community. Residents who currently have a valid phone number on file in the E911 data base will receive a test call announcing the system has been activated in Pike County. An internet-based system, DeltAlert, will automatically call citizens at their homes and mobile phones when a tornado warning is issued for Pike County. DeltAlert can also be used to contact citizens with other important notices, such as a boil water alert.

Click here to read the rest of this article and click on the link to sign up your email, cell phones, etc. I signed up my cell phone and email in a matter of minutes. Thanks to all who have worked to get an emergency response system here in Pike County!

2.10.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There were about 20 people in attendance in the audience at last night’s meeting along with all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and both Rob and Tom Morton from Morton and Morton to give legal representation.

I am, once again, going to work backwards from the end of the meeting to the front since proposed changes to Impact Fees and the Recreation Authority really concern me. This method of trying to do things quickly and commissioners finding out how things are being done after the fact concerns me even more. I am a firm believer that government needs to move slowly so we don’t jump into things that are going to cost us more than we save in the long run.

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2.28.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all 5 commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and both Rob and Tom Morton to advise the county on legal matters.

This was a 31 minute meeting that should be finished up over the next day or so.

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2.10.12
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING - AGENDA
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett, Tommy Powers, Don Collins and Chairman Doug Mangham, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton.

Commissioner Tommy Powers made a motion to amend the agenda to include George Norris as the invited guest. Motion passed 4-1 with Commissioner Carol Bass dissenting.

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1.11.12
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING - REVISED AGENDA
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

This meeting was attended by four out of the five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. CM Sawyer advised that Commissioner Carol Bass was absent due to a death in her family.

1. CALL TO ORDER .................................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
Minutes of the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of November 29, 2011 and the Special Called Meeting of December 7, 2011.

Click here to read more from this meeting as it goes online. I will note updates on this article as I work to finish it out.

Update 12.21.11: I have begun writing on the changes between the low bid project and the possible changes that commissioners will vote on in the January meeting. Comments from the public will follow these updates. Readers can send their thoughts on the project in a Letter to the Editor that I will place on that page through the January 2012 meeting. One letter is already online. Thanks for reading the Pike County Times.

12.15.11
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

All five commissioners were at the meeting today as well as County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Tom Morton. (There was a Board of Equalization meeting scheduled at the same time as this meeting so Rob Morton attended one meeting and Tom Morton attended the other.) The meeting lasted a little over an hour. [Note from the Editor: The best part of the meeting was hearing comments from citizens about Impact Fees. Solicitation of public comment enhances our open government because commissioners care enough to hear what citizens have to say. There were some good questions and suggestions that came out of this meeting.]

Click here to read more from this article. This meeting is complete.

12.8.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorney Rob Morton.

• Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:

General Fund $190,570.62
Jury Account $0.00
Cash Reserve Account $185,690.38
Jail Fund $31,302.25
E-911 Fund $57,038.64
DATE Fund $10,614.09
Juvenile Court Fund $29,490.69
Residential Impact Fees $275,529.88
Commercial Impact Fees $12,119.39
General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund 2011 $263,589.96
LOST Collections for the month $63,815.01
SPLOST Collections for the month $84,582.90

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Update 12.3.11: This meeting is now complete.

11.29.11
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Rakestraw Reinstated as Associate Magistrate

ZEBULON - In a three minute hearing before Judge Stephen E. Boswell yesterday afternoon, the matter of Pike County versus Loretta Rakestraw was finally decided. Judge Boswell asked the audience in the courtroom if anyone had any objections to the Final Judgment before he made his final decision. When no one spoke, the attorneys for Pike County were allowed to file the Final Settlement which allowed Loretta Rakestraw to return to her position as Assistant Magistrate Court Judge.

According to the Consent Order and Final Judgment, Assistant Magistrate Rakestraw will return to her position on a 20 hour per week basis with full-time benefits until her current appointment expires on December 31, 2012. Rakestraw was also awarded $40,000 in attorney's fees.

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11.18.11
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PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its Regular Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Courthouse Annex at 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia. Convening the meeting was Chairman Doug Mangham, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett, Tommy Powers, and Don Collins attended. County Manager Bill Sawyer, County Attorney Rob Morton, and County Clerk Teresa Watson were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2))

Click here to read the remainder of the Post Agenda from the Pike County website. Pike County Times did not attend this meeting due to family sickness.

11.16.11
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Commissioners Authorize Negotiation to Resolve Loretta Rakestraw Lawsuit

ZEBULON - After numerous Executive Sessions over the past few months, Pike County Commissioners made a motion to authorize the County Attorney to negotiate to resolve Pike County v. Loretta H. Rakestraw which was filed in Pike County Superior Court on April 14, 2010. This case will be heard before Judge Boswell in Pike County Superior Court (in the Courthouse) on November 17, 2011 at 3 p.m.

When asked about this motion, County Manager Bill Sawyer said, "It is my opinion that an agreement is forthcoming on the 17th. It has been over a year and Pike County needs to move on as well as the parties involved."

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11.9.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting was attended by all Commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton. County Finance Officer Kay Landers was also in attendance to help answer any financial questions relating to the county.

a. Mark Hardison, a principal with the accounting firm of Clifton, Lipford, Hardison & Parker, LLC, will present the annual audit of the financial statements of Pike County for the year ending June 30, 2011.

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10.25.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

All five commissioners were present for this meeting as well as County Clerk Teresa Watson to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and Rob Morton and Tom Morton as legal counsel for Pike County.

District 3 Commissioner Tommy Powers was recognized with a certificate, plaque, and pin for more than 120 hours of training over the past several years to become a certified county commissioner through ACCG (Association County Commissioners of Georgia) with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA. Commissioner Powers attended classes on finance, human resources, county law, economic development and ethics as well as attending district meetings, participating in leadership activities, serving on ACCG policy committees and completing a project summary in order to earn this honor. Congratulations!

Click here to read the rest of the write up from this meeting. I will continue writing until finished and update on this page.

10.12.11
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Fire Insurance Rates - ISO - Explained

Have you ever wondered about your fire insurance rates? Why are some rates higher than others? Why do some companies charge different rates for homes in the same area?

“ISO ratings depend on a combination of different evaluation areas which are combined to become the actual ISO rating for the area,” said Fire Chief Mike Grant of Pike Emergency Services. Insurance companies use classifications to determine the price of fire insurance for homes and businesses in Pike County.

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10.4.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting was attended by all Commissioners except for District 2 Commissioner Tamra Jarrett who was absent due to medical reasons, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton. County Manager Sawyer read a statement from District 2 Representative Tamra Jarrett which advised that she is unable to attend tonight's meeting due to medical reasons. She advised that her surgery will require a recovery period of 4 to 6 weeks and asked the public to please continue to call or email with any issues that they would like her to address. She has asked the county manager to apprise her of all issues that should be brought to her attention as the commissioner for District 2 so she can follow up during this time. She looks forward to returning to meetings as soon as she is able.

Click here to read this meeting which is complete.

9.27.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

All five commissioners were present at this meeting along with County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. There was a fairly large crowd present too.

1. CALL TO ORDER .................................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
Minutes of the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of August 30, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. John Spaller, Senior Geologist with GEC (Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants), will be present to discuss post-closure ground water monitoring wells at the Pike County Landfill site.

The landfill has been closed for some time and the EPD requires monitoring of the water surrounding the site to be sure that nothing is going into the surrounding water that shouldn't be. Mr. Spaller's company has been monitoring the ground water levels there for 17 years. At this time, there is some contamination that is being monitored through wells on the property and there has been notification that some additional testing and wells may be required. The county is being required by the EPD to determine whether the contaminants have left the 146 acres owned by the county. More testing will be conducted in November and that will give the county a better picture of what is being dealt with. Mr. Spaller said that there are a lot of unknowns that are being dealt with at this time including a possibility that the contaminant levels have peaked and will start going away on their own. If additional wells are required, he gave a guess that it could cost around $20,000 to $30,000.

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9.27.11
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POST AGENDA
PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ZEBULON - From the Post Agenda

5. INVITED GUESTS

a. Pike County Fire Chief Mike Grant will update the Board on first responders. Chief Grant provided an overview of Pike County Emergency Services (PCES) and its scope of services. The EMS program, which provides for a greater degree of emergency services, supplements the fine job that Mid-Georgia Ambulance Service does for the County. PCES is petitioning for a first responder license and already holds an ambulance license. A used ambulance donated to the County will be fitted for use by the EMS program which will work out of the Zebulon station. A response time of 4-6 minutes can sometimes make the difference in providing life-saving service while awaiting arrival of the ambulance. Two cardiac instances recently in Concord resulted in life-saving procedures being done by EMS trained personnel. As of this afternoon, there are 100 volunteers, 4 paramedics, 18 are EMTs, 30 are first responders, and 48 are firefighters. The current EMT class has 7 personnel, and they each pay $1500 out of their own pockets for this 18-month course. About 17% of calls are EMS related and it complements the fire calls well. Currently 52% of personnel are medically certified, which is amazing for a volunteer workforce. They are exploring repainting the converted ambulance and hopefully will roll it out by October. He thanked the Board for its support.

Also there currently exists no firefighter rehab, and with 60 lbs. of turnout gear for fire fighters in this heat this is a real need, so several officers put their heads together with support staff to rectify this situation. They obtained a trailer on a state grant four years ago and one volunteer has researched and written a standard operating procedure (SOP) for firefighter rehabilitation. They have trained at the county-owned house on Adams Street and this should work well to enhance firefighter rehab.

Fire Chief Grant reiterated he knew that finances for the County are tight; so, PCES has applied for every type grant available. For instance, they recommissioned and put into service a trailer valued at $8000 to $13,000 for only $2,000. Also, they have put PCES back into NFPA compliance. Also, they are looking into state training and certification for those who cannot afford to go the ten days straight in Forsyth.

Chief Grant said they were meeting today with a couple of chiefs to identify some projects that are in progress and need to be completed, but there are a great many people in this department with huge hearts for service.

Mr. Sawyer responded to a question that the Mayor of Meansville was reviewing the proposed agreement; they desire to add the $5,000 payment in the contract and use the same doctor that PCES uses for medical services. Dr. Cox has agreed. Once things were laid in place, Fire Chief Grant said he and Major Snyder visited with them. They will train EMS and fire personnel with the department and use Dr. Cox. Chief Grant and Chief Huckaby will get together on training.

To read the rest of this post agenda, click here. *[Note from the Editor: I did not attend this meeting.]

9.1.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

Several people spoke during the Town Hall Meeting that was held at 6:15 p.m. A Town Hall Meeting is held 15 minutes prior to every Regular Called Commission Meeting.

1. CALL TO ORDER .................................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))
Commissioner Carol Bass added an Executive Session for the purpose of pending and potential litigation before New Business at the request of County Attorney Rob Morton made prior to the beginning of the meeting. Approved 5-0.

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes of the July 13, 2011 Regular Monthly Meeting.

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. County Manager Bill Sawyer and Robert Hiett, Governmental Services Director for Three Rivers Regional Commission, will update the Board on the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (TSPLOST). [Note from the Editor: TSPLOST will be on the ballot next year and is a VERY important issue.]

Click here for the main website for Three Rivers Regional Commission. Click here the minutes from the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) also known as (TSPLOST).

Click here to read the remainder of this article. This is complete.

7.26.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

Today's meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Manager Bill Sawyer, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton.

The meeting was about 43 minutes long and that was a welcome change. There was a lot of discussion between the commissioners and both the County Manager (CM) and County Attorneys at this meeting where there hasn't been nearly enough in past meetings.

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Update 7.16.11: This meeting is now complete.

7.13.11
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Meansville Fire Department Paid $5,000 Without a Contract
By Editor Becky Watts

Pike County Times confirmed on June 29, 2011 that the current Pike County Fire Department budget (2010-2011) was used to pay the City of Meansville $5,000 to maintain its fire department. This happened approximately four to six weeks ago according to County Manager Bill Sawyer. Pike County Times learned in this interview that Pike County does not have a current, written mutual aid contract with the City of Meansville for fire protection.

County Manager Bill Sawyer advised that the City of Meansville was paid $5,000 from the fire fund (the Pike County Fire Department/Pike County Emergency Services budget for the 2010-2011 year) to make sure that the City of Meansville Fire Department's equipment could pass their accreditation. "I'm disappointed that they didn't become part of the county department, but they are taxpayers and if we can do what we can to help them maintain the integrity of their equipment then we're going to do that," he said.

County Manager Sawyer said that his intent is to make sure that these funds are only used in the fire department for maintenance or integrity of their equipment, but when asked if the county has anything in writing to this effect, the answer was no. He advised that the verbiage is being worked on at this time by legal counsel. He said that the contract between Pike County and the City of Meansville will say that money specifically has to be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the equipment and stressed that accountability is needed on this. He said the contract should be tied to The Pike County Emergency Services Fire Chief going into the Meansville Fire Department to ensure that the $5,000 has been spent according to the contract.

Click here to read the rest of this article as well as the history of Pike County and the City of Meansville Fire Department.

Update 7.1.11:

Info from Fire Ordinance and Pike County Manager Enabling Legislation:

From the 2010 Pike County Fire Department Ordinance that was signed in December of 2010:

Section 32.02(A) says, "Pike County shall provide fire prevention, fire fighting and other fire/emergency related services within the geographical boundaries of Pike County, Georgia including within the various municipalities within Pike County as may be authorized by law and/or agreement. The services may include fire prevention, EMA, EMS fire fighting services and operations as such may be deemed necessary and reasonable including services by contract or in cooperation with any municipality located within PIke County or in cooperation with any other fire protection entity or emergency service provider."

Section 32.02(C) says, "...In addition, the Pike County Fire Department may provide fire prevention, fire fighting and other fire/emergency related services as set defined herein subject to the review of such policies, procedures, rules and/or regulations by the Board of Commissioners and County Manager." [Italics is my emphasis.]

Section 32.02(E) says, "As with any other county department, the County Manager shall have oversight of the Pike County Fire Department, including but not limited to financial, budgetary and personnel related issues."

[Note from the Editor: I had some questions on whether what was done was legal and it is, but it appears that the 32.02(C) got dropped a bit with three commissioners and the Department Head not being fully notified of this payment to the City of Meansville until several weeks after the fact--after I find out about it to be exact. Common courtesy should have demanded that the commissioners be apprised of this since it falls under policies, procedures, rules, and/or regulations with the Pike County Fire Department. I would think that common courtesy would have demanded that the County Manager apprise the commissioners of this payment, period. Maybe this could be likened to putting calcium chloride on a road in a Commissioner's District (that really will get the phone ringing with thank you's!) or dissolving an authority (or two) in order to put under the county umbrella.

It is a sign of respect to keep commissioners apprised of what is going on in something that will start their telephones ringing so they can answer to the best of their abilities. Our enabling legislation clearly states that "[the county manager] shall be responsible to the board of commissioners for the efficient administration of all of the affairs of the county over which the county manager has jurisdiction." Shall be responsible to the BOC... Am I reading too much into it to say that the county manager should let ALL FIVE of the commissioners know what is going on in something like this?

Here is hoping that changes are being made even as I type. I don't want to see Pike County go back to a place where no one trusted county government and always questioned motives behind everything. I am not looking for things to be done my way, I just want the rules to be followed and for there to be an understanding that just because something is legal doesn't always make it right. The end doesn't always justify the means and we are judged by the mess that we leave in our wake. My resume: Ten years attending Pike County Commission meetings (I also attended meetings in Upson County for several years before moving back home) and almost five years at Pike County Times as a public service making sure that citizens know what is going on in Pike County government. ]

6.30.11
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AGENDA - BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 5:00 p.m

I. CALL TO ORDER ............................................................................. Chairman Doug Mangham

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ........................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

III. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

IV. 3RD READING AND FINAL ADOPTION OF THE FY 2011-2012 BUDGET

1. Public Hearing: Open for public comment regarding FY 2011-2012 Budget.
Close public hearing.

2. Adoption of the FY 2011-2012 Budget as follows:
• Approval of adoption of the General Fund: $8,512,232
• Approval of adoption of Jail Fund: 25,154
• Approval of adoption of the 911 Fund: 229,736
• Approval of adoption of DATE Fund: 11,792
• Approval of adoption of Fire Fund (Now in General Fund): 000
• Approval of adoption of Juvenile Fund: 27,813
• Approval of adoption of Law Library Fund 11,000
Total Expenditures ...................................................................... $8,817,727

3. Authorize Chairman Mangham and County Manager Sawyer to execute the FY 2011-2012 Budget documentation, to include, but not limited to, advertising, pertinent dates, and all incorporated motions made as of this date, June 28, 2011.

V. ADJOURNMENT

Agenda subject to revision.

[Note from the Editor: Click on the Letters to the Editor link above to read a letter about the budget.]

This was a very short meeting that lasted all of about three minutes. It was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer, and County Finance Officer Kay Landers. The budget above was read aloud before opening the floor for the public hearing in case anyone from the public wanted to speak. No one spoke so the public hearing was closed and a motion was given to approve the $8,817,727 budget. Approved 5-0. Motion to adjourn at 5:03 p.m.

6.28.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER .................................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
Minutes from the following: June 7, 2011 Courthouse Renovation Meeting; June 8, 2011 Budget
Public Hearing; June 8, 2011 Regular Monthly Meeting; June 15, 2011 Special Called Meeting/Budget
First Reading; June 22, 2011 Special Called Meeting/Budget Second Reading; and the June 28, 2011
Special Called Meeting/Budget Adoption (to be made available at the 6:30 p.m. Board meeting).

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. Ben Carter of Carter Watkins Associates Architects, Inc. will provide an update on the Courthouse Renovation SPLOST Project. Mr. Carter brought an architectural rending of what the Courthouse will look like after it is renovated. There were no questions from the Commissioners.

Update 6.29.11: This meeting is now complete.

Click here to read the entire writeup of this meeting.

6.28.11
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – 6:00 p.m.
By Editor Becky Watts

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners. County Manager Bill Sawyer began the meeting by stating the proposed budget for the upcoming year. The actual proposed budget is $9,678,077 including the Fire Auxiliary Fund, DATE Fund, Juvenile Fund and Law Library. Actual expenditures are $8,817,727. This is a reduction of $860,350 or 10%.

Three people spoke at this meeting: Magistrate Judge Marcia Callaway-Ingram, Parrish Swift, and Becky Watts (me).

Click here to read the rest of the meeting.

Update 6.29.11: This meeting writeup is complete.

6.27.11
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Meansville City Council Votes Not to Join the County Fire Department
By Editor Becky Watts

Thank you to the Rachel McDaniel and the Pike Journal Reporter for covering Meansville City Council meetings and keeping the community up to date on the decisions made that impact our entire community. Especially when it comes to the Fire Department.

According to the PJR, there was a 4-1 vote at a recent meeting where the Meansville City Council voted not to join the Pike County Fire Department/Pike County Emergency Services.

Click here to read the article from the Pike Journal Reporter.

Update 6.24.11:

Click here to read a history of the ISO ratings, the County Fire Department, and the Meansville Fire Department.

Click here to read the write up from the June 22, 2011 Budget Workshop and comments concerning the County Fire Department and the Meansville Fire Department that were a direct result of this news article.

6.22.11
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 – 1:00 p.m.
By Editor Becky Watts

County Manager Bill Sawyer advised by phone that a consensus was reached during this meeting over whether to take money out of the Magistrate Court budget and place it in Contingency to be used for Magistrate Court if needed at a later date. This was postponed from the past budget meeting where Commissioner Carol Bass said that she would like to see the Deputy Magistrate Judge made into a part-time position in the upcoming budget and the difference and all fringe benefits moved to contingency.

Click here to read this write up which is complete.

6.16.11
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FY 2011-12 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, June 8 2011 – 1:00 p.m.
By Editor Becky Watts

1. CALL TO ORDER ............................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

3. COUNTY MANAGER’S COMMENTS ................................................................... Bill Sawyer
Continued Budget Overview and Q/A Session ............................. Kay Landers, Teresa Watson

4. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS

5. PUBLIC HEARING: FY 2011-12 Budget ........................................ Discussion and Comments

6. ADJOURNMENT

Agenda subject to revision.

To view a copy of the Budget Calendar which contains the times of upcoming hearings and the final adoption process, click here. Please note: I will probably not be attending the next two budget hearings. If you have an opinion on the budget that you would like to send to me, you can send your Letter to the Editor to: editor@pikecountytimes.com.

Click here to view a copy of the budget from the Pike County Commission website.

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and Financial Officer Kay Landers. This budget was presented at the Pike County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 26, 2011. The current budget is $9,642,598. The new proposed budget is $8,777,200 with a reduction of 9.86%. The County Manager stressed at the past meeting that Commissioners have the final say on the budget. Click here to read the rest of this meeting.

Here are some important links that will put the entire budget into perspective.

Click here to read from the first budget hearing with links to a list of the cuts that have been made to the overall budget.

FY2011-2012BudgetCuts.pdf

budgetworksheet5.9.11.pdf

6.15.11
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Pike County Courthouse Restoration SPLOST Project Meeting
By Editor Becky Watts

A Pike County Courthouse Restoration SPLOST Project Meeting was held in the Courthouse Annex Meeting Room (Commission Meeting Room) located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Approval/denial/discussion of exterior/interior issues for SPLOST Courthouse Renovation Project was on the agenda. The public was invited to attend.

All five commissioners and the County Manager were there yesterday as Ben Carter took some time out of his busy day to discuss the roof of the addition of the Courthouse. Many from the SPLOST Committee were there and so was Judge Mack Crawford.

There were two choices for the roof of the addition. A flat roof would have enabled the view of the back of the gable of the courthouse because the addition with the flat roof would have been lower than the rest of roof and the second was a continuation of the current roof design with a sloped roof. There was also discussion on whether to repaint the courthouse or clean and seal the brick was next on the list. It would cost an additional $150,000 or more to clean and seal the brick so Mr. Carter said that it would probably be better to just repaint the entire courthouse.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

This article is complete.

6.9.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, June 8 2011 – 9:00 a.m.
By Editor Becky Watts

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. A motion was made to amend the agenda to include an Executive Session for the purpose of acquisition of real estate.

General Fund - $697,874.07 including $220,000 for Interest Bearing Account for the Fire Fund (previous report $958,230.64 plus $220,000)
Jury Account - $0.00
sh Reserve Account - $432,435.45 (previous report $432,435.45)
>Jail Fund - $27,224.70 (previous report $27,224.70)
E-911 Fund - $103,337.12 (previous report $109,452.21)
DATE Fund - $13,163.59 (previous report - $13,163.59)
Operational Fire Fund - $18,756.40 plus $220,000 above (previous report $31,860.56 + $220,000 in interest bearing account.)
Juvenile Court Fund - $28,913.70 (previous report $28,913.70)
Residential Impact Fees - $304,998.43 (previous report $304,998.43) [Funds needed for the library parking lot and ADA requirements will be taken out of this fund this year equal roughly to $40,000.]
Commercial Impact Fees - $12,112.93 (previous report $12,112.93)
General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund - $1,986.19 (Past SPLOST - has been paid.)
Grand Total in all Pike County accounts: $1,860,802.58 (previous report $2,139,866.53) [Note from the Editor: This grand total includes all accounts including some that are encumbered--accounts such as the Jail Fund, Commercial Impact Fees, etc. where the money must be spent according to specific purposes.]

To read the rest of this article which is now complete, click here.

[Helpful Hint from the Editor: To look up BOC meetings that are now being downloaded to their own pages now, type http://www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BOC(insert the date of the meeting here).html or use the search box at the top of the page. Thanks for reading Pike County Times.com and I welcome your comments on the meetings as a Letter to the Editor.]

6.8.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER ............................................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE .......................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
Minutes from the following: Budget Workshop of May 24, 2011; Regular Monthly Meeting of May 11, 2011; SPLOST Courthouse Renovation Meeting of May 10, 2011; Budget Workshop of May 3, 2011; and SPLOST Courthouse Renovation Meeting of April 5, 2011. Motion to approve with a requested one change. Approved 5-0.

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. Don Bailey, Post Commander, American Legion, Pike County Post 197, desires to update the Board on American Legion activities. Post Commander Bailey advised the commissioners that American Legion, Pike Post 197 has received notification that Pike County Emergency Services (PCES) Fire Fighter Brian Michel has been chosen as the American Legion Fire Fighter of the Year. In March, 1st Lt. Jeffrey Boatwright of the Pike County Sheriff's Office and Captain Brian Michel of PCES were selected as the Department of Georgia, Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year out of applicants from more than 240 American Legion Posts in the state of Georgia and their applications were forwarded to the American Legion, National Headquarters for consideration as the American Legion National Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year. Capt. Michel's was chosen for Fire Fighter of the Year, and he will be honored at the Legion's national convention in August. Pike Post 197 has been going out into the community and giving certificates of appreciation to those who have served our country in the military. Commander Bailey presented a plaque of appreciation to CM Sawywer for his service to our country in the Marines, Chairman Doug Mangham for his service to our country in the Army, Commissioner Tommy Powers for his service to our country in the Army, and Commissioner Don Collins for his service to our country in the Navy.

Click here to read the rest of this meeting.

[Update 6.4.11: This meeting is complete.]

6.1.11
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS - WORKSHOP AGENDA
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.
Commissioners Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex

I. CALL TO ORDER Chairman Doug Mangham

II. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

III. COUNTY MANAGER’S COMMENTS Bill Sawyer
• Continued Budget Overview and Q/A Session

IV. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS

V. ADJOURNMENT

Agenda subject to revision

All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer, and Finance Officer/Accounting Clerk Kay Landers.

This process has taken eleven weeks of review and CM Sawyer presented it to the Commissioners to add or delete or accept as it was. It was pointed out that 4H was added back entirely into the budget and that amount was taken from contingency.

The commissioners each got to have their say on the budget. District 1 Carol Bass presented a spreadsheet of additional cuts that she asked the board to consider based on the history of what has been used in each department's budget. District 2 Tamra Jarrett said that she was pleased to the position added back into 4H. Said that there are about 650 kids in 4H with close to two dozen programs that serve the county. Commission District 3 Tommy Powers said that he was ok with the budget and Commission District 4 Don Collins said that he was ok with it too. There was some discussion about the $5,000 with E911 and the $8,000 copier with Superior Court. CM Sawyer said that he had no objections to Carol's suggestions for an additional $33,000 in cuts but said that if the copier is needed, the funds can be taken out of contingency. Staff recommended going with the budget including Commissioner Bass' recommended cuts and moving forward with this for the June 8, 2011 public hearing. The total budget for next year is $877,300.

Commissioner Collins asked CM Sawyer if he thought this was adequate for next year and was advised that yes, he thought it was and that this is bare bones and "is as good as we can get". CM Sawyer said that this is dependent on what comes through the Tax Office. The appeals process will affect the budget. If funds are affected by the appeals process, there are options that will have to be taken: increase the millage rate (which the CM is against), make more cuts, furlough employees, layoff more employees, or reduce the number of holidays. They are hoping that the digest maintains its integrity. However the CM said that this budget is not cut in stone and the Commissioners can amend or adjust as needed. They hope to submit the budget to the state by August 1, 2011. The CM said that there was a two year concern on finances a year ago when he came into office. Said that the county would have a TAN (Tax Anticipation Note) two years in a row. The CM stressed again that this is the best that we can do.

Commissioner Bass clarified that her changes do not reflect on the staff because they did a superb job on the budget and are to be commended for their work. Motion to approve the budget with Commissioner Bass' reduction to $877,300 with the exception of the $5,000 that was left in for E911. This will effectively reduce the budget about 9.71% from last year's budget. Approved 5-0 vote.

Click here to download Commissioner Bass' spreadsheet.

Motion to adjourn. 2:23 p.m.

5.26.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

Today's meeting was very interesting to say the least. The new insurance information shows how federal law can impact locally. The meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Manager Bill Sawyer, Clerk Nancy Cook to take the minutes, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER ........................................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ....................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of April 26, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. Matt Bidwell of MSI Benefits Group to present with new insurance information to the Board.
Mr. Bidwell informed the commissioners of some of the changes that are coming for county insurance via federal law to health insurance companies. There are no prior authorizations for emergency treatment, no pre-existing conditions, and no exemptions for children up to age 26 even if they are married to name a few. 3-4% is being added to renewal costs to cover this by the county's insurance carrier. The actual cost of insurance was $804,000 last year. Annual checkups are paid at 100% beginning in July, no lifetime benefits, and no visitation restrictions. It will cost $966,000 if the county were to stay with Cigna. Aetna gave a quote of $967,000, United Healthcare is $881,000--with less than a 1% increase if the county changes dependent coverage. Mr. Bidwell and the County Manager (CM) recommended changing to United Healthcare with the 9.57% increase because it is the lowest bidder, staying with BCBS on dental because there was no change with the dental plan and changing the vision to BCBS so employees only have one card for vision and dental. Commissioner Don Collins asked if employees were getting the same Thomaston coverage with United Healthcare and was told yes. Motion to amend the agenda for approval or denial. 5-0. Motion to go with United Healthcare on medical, stay with BCBS on dental and changing to BCBS for vision. Approved 5-0. Mr. Bidwell said that many counties are going with a wellness policy to help with renewals on insurance. Mr. Bidwell encouraged the Commissioners to make a policy that gives a deduction on future insurance to employees who have an annual checkup and bring a signed note from their doctor to prove it. Said that uncontrolled blood sugar, cholestol, etc. cause health problems that could be caught and treated with an annual checkup. Said many employees refuse to take advantage of free annual physical unless there is an incentive. Recommended notifying employees in open enrollment paperwork.

6. REPORTS – From Commissions, Departments, Committees, County Manager, Attorney
a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities
b. County Manager Report
• Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
General Fund - $1,539,400.91 including $220,000 for Interest Bearing Account for the Fire Fund (previous report $1,676932.47 total)
Jury Account - $0.00
Cash Reserve Account - $432,435.45 (previous report $432,435.45)
Jail Fund - $25,000 (previous report $25,154.25)
E-911 Fund - $103,456.88 (previous report $55,069.06)
DATE Fund - $11,792.62 (previous report - $11,792.62)
Operational Fire Fund - $36,701.85 plus $220,000 above (previous report $51,948.59 - See interest bearing account listed above for the remaining $220,000 out of the account.)
Juvenile Court Fund - $27,613.95 (previous report $$27,613.95)
Residential Impact Fees - $304,884.02 (previous report $302,479.87) [Funds needed for the library parking lot and ADA requirements will be taken out of this fund this year equal roughly to $40,000.]
Commercial Impact Fees - $12,111.39 (previous report $12,111.39)
General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund - $1,474.32 (previous report $1,474.32. This money will be sent to the cities.)
• County Manager Comments

c. Commissioner Reports:
Commissioner Don Collins said that he attended the National Day of Prayer Celebration and asked the CM if there was any funding left to take care of shrubbery and walkways around the courthouse. Said that 3rd Fridays and other events are coming up and thinks that we can improve this without a lot of money. Maybe even contract with Warden Sanders for major work if needed and there are any funds left. CM Sawyer said that this will be taken care of in the new budget when taking care of county properties.

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a. PUBLIC HEARING: Conduct second public hearing (first was held on January 25, 2011) to inform the public that Pike County, in cooperation with the cities of Concord, Meansville, Molena, Williamson and Zebulon, is in the process of updating the Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Management Plan, 5-Year Short Term Work Program Update and to give citizens of Pike County an opportunity to offer comment. Upon certification by the Pike County Manager, the Update will be submitted to the Department of Community Affairs for approval.
No changes. Cities have already signed off on this. CM Sawyer needs to sign off on and then send it to the DCA for approval. No one spoke on this. Motion to approve and the CM to sign. 5-0

Update 5.13.11:

b. Approval/denial, on second reading, to adopt the Watershed, Wetlands and Groundwater Recharge Area Protection Map.
Nothing has changed since the last meeting. Motion to approve. 5-0.

c. Approval/denial, on second reading, of a text amendment to amend the Pike County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 156, Sections 156.280 through 156.336 pertaining to the adoption of the Watershed, Wetlands and Groundwater Recharge Area Protection Map.
Nothing has changed since the last meeting. Motion to approve. 5-0.

8. NEW BUSINESS

a. Approval/denial of request of Warden Edd Sanders to officially call for dissolution of the Pike Clean and Beautiful Authority (Keep Pike Beautiful).
Warden Edd Sanders from the West Central Pre-Release Center spoke on the behalf of PCBA to officially call for a dissolution of this authority. History on this authority from Edd Sanders as follows: The PCBA was created in 1991 by the Georgia General Assembly. Up until 2009 it cost the county $18,000 to $23,000 for operation of PCBA with most of the cost going to the Executive Director. In 2009, the position of Executive Director was dissolved by PCBA. Since that time, PCBA has not accepted or requested any funds from the county and has awarded four college scholarships to High School Seniors in Pike County. Asked that this authority be dissolved in order to reduce county government. Said that PCBA plans to rebrand itself and continue wworking in the community and offering college scholarships under the umbrella of Family Connections, Inc. County Attorney Rob Morton read the resolution that will be signed and sent to the Georgia General Assembly through Representative Billy Maddox to dissolve PCBA. Motion to approve. 5-0. On a side note, as Warden Sanders was leaving the front of the room, he said that he would walk across to the Courthouse grounds and see what was needed so he could get a detail out there as a gift to the county. He was thanked by the Commissioners.

b. Commissioner Collins would like to discuss the policy for allowing permission to use the Courthouse grounds for civic and community events.
Commissioner Collins said that this was to get everyone on the same page as to how they conduct their business. Asked that Commissioners be presented with changes to accepted procedures prior to this being done. Said that business needed to be conducted here before we set policy because it's our job to set policy. He said that the courthouse grounds had always come before the board before and that was what he needed to discuss. Commissioner then referenced a letter written May 4, 2011 in which County Manager Sawyer asked County Attorney Rob Morton to begin proceedings to eliminate by whatever process is necessary the following authorities... He said that he thought this should have been discussed in an open meeting prior to doing this and said that the Commissioners needed to do this in a meeting and do it properly. [Note from the Editor: There are two issues being talked about here and the topic bounced back and forth in the meeting. The first is the policy for allowing permission to use the Courthouse grounds for civic and community events. The second is a letter that was written by CM Sawyer on May 4, 2011 which is explained below. It was a little confusing for me sitting in the audience until I got a copy of the letter today.] Long and short of the Courthouse grounds... Some other counties have a paper/form with guidelines that is given to the person wanting to use the Courthouse, according to Commissioner Tamra Jarrett. She gave a copy to the CM for review. The Sheriff is responsible for the Courthouse grounds and when someone asks to use the Courthouse, the Sheriff and CM Sawyer review the request and then give an answer to the person wanting to know about using the Courthouse square. The CM said that he feels people are entitled to an answer right then instead of coming before the Commissioners during a called meeting. Discussion on this included who was liable if someone is using the Courthouse and is injured. Attorney Rob Morton advised that this has been discussed before and said that county and commissioners have sovereign immunity from a lawsuit unless the county knew of a problem and refused to repair it. Discussion on whether it should come before the commissioners to inform the public and whether there should be some policy on the Courthouse. Commissioner Collins clarified that he wasn't saying everything should come before the Commissioners but asked that if a policy decision is going to be made then have it done in a public meeting so the Board can decide this. Consensus to have County Attorney Morton and CM Sawyer prepare some suggestions for discussion at the next meeting.

Now for the Authorities letter that was referenced during this discussion... CM Sawyer wrote a letter to County Attorney Rob Morton on May 4, 2011 asking him "to immediately start proceedings to eliminate, by whatever process is necessary" both the Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority and the Pike County Water and Sewer Authority to place them both under the Board of Commissioners as county departments. He went on to ask that the Development Authority of Pike County and the Pike County Agribusiness Authority be left "intact with no changes". The letter goes on to state, "We are sure you realize the emergent and extenuating financial circumstances that necessitate this request, and we thank you very much for your understanding, cooperation and prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please let me know." It was signed by the County Manager Sawyer and carbon copied to State Senator Ronnie Chance, State Representative Billy Maddox, the Board of Commissioners, and the County Clerk. Now back to discussion at the meeting. CM Sawyer said that when the Board of Commissioners has a $9 million budget, the county commissioners ought to control every dollar that is spent in this county and the personnel. Commissioner Collins then asked to move ahead on the County Manager's recommendation that the Parks and Recreation Authority and the Water and Sewer Authority be placed under the Pike County Board of Commissioners. MOtion to approve. 4-1 with Commissioner Tamra Jarrett opposed. At this point, CM Sawyer asked that this be added to the agenda. Motion to amend the agenda. Approve 4-1 with Commissioner Jarrett opposed. Motion to adopt the County Manager's recommendation that the Parks and Recreation Authority and the Water and Sewer Authority be placed under the Pike County Board of Commissioners. Discussion: Commissioner Carol Bass asked if this was effective immediately. No was the answer given by the County Manager. Motion to approve. 4-1 with Commissioner Tamra Jarrett opposed. [Note from the Editor: I spoke with Commissioner Jarrett after the meeting by phone to ask about her no vote and was advised that she thought this should have been an agenda item so it could be advertised to the public prior to the vote. I totally agree. It should have been added to the agenda for a vote before anything took place at all including the letter. The County Manager has the authority to make this decision, but on anything that will require Commissioner approval including a resolution that will have to go through the General Assembly through Rep. Billy Maddox, it would have been better to go through the Commissioners to begin with. I was advised by County Attorney Rob Morton after the meeting that this is the beginning of a process that will require an act of the General Assembly before it is final. I sincerely hope that the heads of these two authorities were notified of this letter before they read about it on Pike County Times.]

9. PUBLIC COMMENT (Limited to 5 minutes per person) - None

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None

11. ADJOURNMENT: 9:55 a.m.

Agenda subject to revision.
5.11.11
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.
Commissioners Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex

I. CALL TO ORDER .......................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

II. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

III. COUNTY MANAGER’S COMMENTS ................................................................... Bill Sawyer
• Budget Overview and Q/A Session

IV. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS

V. ADJOURNMENT

Agenda subject to revision

This meeting was attended by all five Commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Some very good questions were asked. Some questions about cutting more than what is in this proposed budget or making changes to the budget as has been presented by the County Manager.

This budget was presented at the Pike County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 26, 2011. The current budget is $9,642,598. The new proposed budget is $8,777,300 with a reduction of $865,298.00 or 9.8%. The County Manager stressed at the past meeting that Commissioners have the final say on the budget.

Copies of the proposed budget for FY 2011-2012 are available for viewing at the Board of Commissioners Office located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon and at the J. Joel Edwards Library located on Highway 19 South in Zebulon.

FY2011-2012BudgetCuts.pdf

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

I did not make it for the Town Hall Meeting tonight. This is the time when, fifteen minutes prior to a meeting, anyone can attend and make comments to the Commissioners without having to get on an agenda for the meeting. The meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Manager Bill Sawyer, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorney Rob Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER ........................................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ....................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of April 13, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS

6. REPORTS – From Commissions, Departments, Committees, County Manager, Attorney
a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities – None*
*A Comprehensive Report will be provided at the first monthly meeting of the Board in May.

b. County Manager Report: Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to pave Beeks Road from Blanton Mill and ending at Hollonville Road. This should be done by December 31, 2011. It has also agreed to pave Powder Creek Road beginning at Roberts Quarters Road and ending at Old Zebulon Road. County Manager Bill Sawyer advised that the paving of these two roads shouldn't cost the county any money. The state chose the roads from a list that was provided to them by the county.
•Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
General Fund - $1,456,932.47 + $220,000 for Interest Bearing Account for the Fire Fund = $1,646,263.80 (previous report $1,839,209.97 total) [Note from the Editor: The amount in the Fire Fund is separate and is now in an interest bearing account whereas it was not before for whatever reason.]
Jury Account - $0.00
Cash Reserve Account - $432,435.45 (previous report $432,380.37)
Jail Fund - $25,154.25 (previous report N/A)
E-911 Fund - $55,069.06 (previous report $65,793.14)
DATE Fund - $11,792.62 (previous report - N/A)
Operational Fire Fund - $51,948.59 (previous report $60,247.08 - See interest bearing account listed above for the remaining $220,000 out of the account.)
Juvenile Court Fund - $27,813.95 (previous report $27,809.09)
Residential Impact Fees - $302,479.87 (previous report $302,459.73)
Commercial Impact Fees - $12,111.39 (previous report $12,110.61)
General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund - $1,474.32 (previous report $14.44 This has been paid off.)
•County Manager Comments: Nothing further.

Update 4.27.11:

c. Commissioner Reports: District 2 Commissioner Tamra Jarrett advised that she has received a letter from residents of Wildwood Road asking to have their road paved. She asked the CM to look into the possibility of using calcium chloride to keep the dust down on the road. District 4 Commissioner Don Collins said that the trip to look at courthouses with the architect was very enlightening. He said that this trip made it easier to see what is being proposed. No reports from the other commissioners.

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None.

8. NEW BUSINESS

a. PUBLIC HEARING: Receive input on text amendment to amend the Pike County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 156, Section 156.048 (B) and Section 156.048 (D) pertaining to non-profit animal rescue shelters. This was postponed for a later meeting at the beginning of the meeting. No reason was given for this postponement.

b. Approval/denial, on first reading, of the above Text amendment to amend the Pike County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 156, Section 156.048 (B) and Section 156.048 (D) pertaining to non-profit animal rescue shelters. This was postponed for a later meeting at the beginning of the meeting. No reason was given for this postponement.

c. PUBLIC HEARING: Receive input on the Watershed, Wetlands and Groundwater Recharge Area Protection Map. County Attorney Morton advised that counties are required to adopt environmental ordinances by the state and it cannot be found where this was officially adopted by Pike County. No one spoke during the public hearing.

d. Approval/denial, on first reading, of the above-referenced Watershed, Wetlands and Groundwater Recharge Area Protection Map. Motion to approve. 5-0.

e. PUBLIC HEARING: Receive input on text amendment to amend the Pike County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 156, Sections 156.280 through 156.336 pertaining to the adoption of the Watershed, Wetlands and Groundwater Recharge Area Protection Map. This is to correct typos and clarify the seven mile radus of watersheds upstream that was not included in our ordinance. A question was asked from the audience whether this had been enforced since it had been included in our code of ordinances in 1998 and the map referred to in the ordinance in 2002. Director David Allen said that he did not know but said that it would be enforced now.

f. Approval/denial, on first reading, of the above text amendment to amend the Pike County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 156, Sections 156.280 through 156.336 pertaining to the adoption of the Watershed, Wetlands and Groundwater Recharge Area Protection Map. Motion to approve and also adopt the findings of the Planning Commission. 5-0.

Update 5.5.11:

g. David Allen, Director of Planning and Development, desires to brief the Board on the status of certain commercial- and industrial-zoned properties which currently may be assessed and/or taxed incorrectly. This came about from a dialogue over the past year between the Fire Department and the Tax Assessor's office because some parcels that are zoned commercial/industrial do not have that tax rate. Some of these parcels have zonings that they have never done anything with. Some are candidates for reversion. A list of the all the commercial/industrial zoned properties has been compiled along with an assessment of what they are being used for now in an attempt to line up tax rates. The Planning Commission reviewed the list in the April 14, 2011 meeting and approved it to move forward. Category 1 contains 27 parcels that need their tax rates aligned with their zoning. Category 2 contains 3 parcels which are reversion candidates per our Code of Ordinances. The reversion process will likely be started in the Planning Commission in June or July and the reversion process for the Scarborough commercial parcels on Highway 19 will begin separately in May. Category 3 contains 36 parcels which were zoned commercial or industrial prior to the adoption of the Pike County Zoning Code in 1988 and no longer have a commercial or industrial use. David said that in many cases, the parcel owner may not even be aware of the zoning on their property. This process will be a county initiated rezoning in which the property owners will be given the option of having their property rezoned back to A-R. If they refuse, their property will be assessed at the proper commercial or industrial tax rate. This process will likely not start until July at the earliest with the Planning Commission.

h. Consider appointment of new member to the Board of Assessors to fill an unexpired four-year term set to expire April 14, 2012. There was one application: Keith Revell. He applied for a previous vacancy but was not appointed and advised that he would like to apply for this one. Approved 5-0

i. Overview and presentation of the FY 2011-12 Budget to the Board. The current budget is $9,642,598. The new proposed budget is $8,777,300 with a reduction of $865,298.00 or 9.8%. There will be a meeting on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with several over the next three weeks. The County Manager went on to say that the Commissioners have the final say on the budget.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT (Limited to 5 minutes per person) - None

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None

11. ADJOURNMENT

Agenda subject to revision.
4.26.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Manager Bill Sawyer, County Clerk Teresa Watson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER ........................................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ....................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of March 29, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. Wanda Roberts, Conservation Ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, desires to address the Board on DNR services and programs. Ranger Roberts gave a powerpoint presentation on DNR and what it does for our community. DNR protects our natural resources by enforcing rules and regulations on game and non-game species, providing hunter and boater education courses as well as other courses in shooting sports. DNR investigates boating and hunting accidents as well as drownings and perform search and rescue on land and water. They also provide support to state and local law enforcement agencies upon request. They have a Critical Incident Response Team for accident reconstruction, and a Critical Action Team to respond in emergencies like floods. They also provide personnel and equipment to combat illegal drugs, locate missing persons, and they are in charge of licensing.

6. REPORTS – From Commissions, Departments, Committees, County Manager, Attorney.
a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities: Commissioner Don Collins noted that financial revenues in the state have gone up 27% but our LOST monies have gone down. CM Sawyer noted that LOST funds are based on sales in our country from two months ago so we should be seeing higher numbers shortly. Motion to approve the reports. 5-0.

b. County Manager Report
• Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
General Fund - $1,839,209.97 (previous report $1,734,869.15)
Jury Account - $0.00
Cash Reserve Account - $432,380.37 (previous report $432,380.37)
Jail Fund - No Report (previous report $22,504.20)
E-911 Fund - $65,793.14 (previous report $57,683.24)
DATE Fund - No Report (previous report $10,675.87)
Fire Fund - $60,247.08 (previous report $280,646.69)
Juvenile Court Fund - $27,809.09 (previous report $28,129.09)
Residential Impact Fees - $302,459.73 (previous report $302,459.73)
Commercial Impact Fees - $12,110.61 (previous report $12,110.61)
General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund - $14.44 (previous report $14.44 This has been paid off.)
• County Manager Comments
• Ads are currently running for a Board vacancy on Pike County Tax Assessors.
• The FY 2011/12 budget process is continuing with a presentation to the Board of Commissioners scheduled for the April 26, 2011 meeting.
• Identification of properties for consideration as both temporary and permanent relocation sites for Courthouse personnel during the period of renovation is underway.
• Economic Development – One prospect is still viable.
• Clean-up efforts from recent storms are ongoing.
The CM also mentioned that there is one new hire in Public Works to replace someone who went out on disability. 48 roads that were affected by the recent storm. Those roads will be all repaired by noon today. GEMA came in to tour these issues and right now there is no funding that is expected as a result.

Update 4.14.11:

c. Commissioner Reports: No report from District 1, 2, 3, or the Chairman. District 4 Commissioner Don Collins commented on making sure that we are getting the most bang for our buck with road projects. Said that he has had some requests for inclusion on the SPLOST road project list. He and other commissioners passed on those requests to the County Manager.

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: County Attorney Rob Morton said that Morton and Morton continues to field phone calls, fill requests, research pending litigation, and work for the Board of Commissioners on a daily basis.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a. Approve/deny submission of Regionally Important Resource(s) (RIR) nominations to Three Rivers Regional Commission for incorporation into the Regional Resource Plan as developed by staff.
Staff recommends approval of nominations; David Allen to address.
This item was removed from the agenda at the meeting. According to the post agenda, no action was required. Committee members will handle nomination of the Regionally Important Resources as presented.

b. Consider appointment of two members to serve on the Regionally Important Resources Planning Advisory Council, to serve on ad hoc committee from May to August 2011, as follows: 1) David Allen, Pike Planning & Development Director, and 2) Ken Gran, Pike Conservationist. Motion to approve. 5-0.

8. NEW BUSINESS

a. Commissioners to recognize outgoing Interim Fire Chief Randy Snyder and incoming Pike County Fire Chief Mike Grant. Outgoing Interim Fire Chief Randy Snyder was honored with a plaque that reads as follows: "For your unwavering support of Pike County Emergency Services during a time of transition by performing with excellence the duties of Interim Pike County Fire Chief. We truly appreciate not only your excellent skill set, but your integrity as a leader. You are testimony to how a department can be steered, even in the midst of turbulence. We commend you on your positive direction and your wise guidance in the face of these challenges." Interim Fire Chief Snyder was praised for his service for the past three months as Pike County Fire Chief Mike Grant was recognized. (Now) Deputy Director Randy Snyder spoke in an interview with Pike County Times about his service as Interim Fire Chief over the past three months. "I need to thank many people - my wife and sons, our personnel, the Commissioners, the County Manager and the office staff, and the citizens - for being so supportive and so gracious with their patience during my tenure as interim chief," he said. "It is not a position where you can go it alone. It takes true teamwork." Deputy Director Snyder said of incoming Fire Chief Mike Grant: "The department has a good man in charge and is the best choice for our community. He has years of varied experience, both volunteer and paid. In fact, Chief Grant started out as a volunteer." Today was the official welcome for Fire Chief Mike Grant. Chairman Doug Mangham read from a welcome that praised Chief Grant's appointment as "an indication of our trust and our confidence in his experience, his integrity, and his abilities." Chief Grant has been involved with the area of fire for the past 26 years. The BOC looks forward to working under the leadership of Chief Grant in Pike County Emergency Services.

b. Approval/denial of successful candidate for vacant Pike County EMA Director position. Application attached.
County Manager will address. Motion to appoint Jimmy Totten as the Pike County EMA Director pending state approval. Approved 5-0.

c. Approval/denial of annual Section 5311 Public Transportation Service Agreement with Three Rivers Regional Commission for operation of the local Pike County van for passenger travel.
County Manager recommends approval.
Commissioner Carol Bass recused herself from this vote and discussion. These are the buses that we see in Pike and the surrounding counties with Pike County or Upson County, etc. on them. 5,448 trips have been made on the Pike County bus for a total of 33,078 miles. 57% are senior citizen activities and 47% of the trips are for employment. 3 Rivers paid 95% of the cost for this service for our citizens last year. $42,444 was the total cost for Pike. $4,109 was our 10% but we were actually billed $1,805.88. Motion to approve paying our share of this service. Approved 4-0-1. Carol abstained.

d. Approval/denial authorizing a letter to Georgia Department of Revenue stating Pike County has no objection to the state’s issuing a one-day license for Pike Chamber golf tournament fundraiser on May 2, 2011 at The Cedars Golf Course. Britain Turner will be present to address for the Chamber.
County Manager recommends approval.
This has to be done in order to receive donations from distributors. Motion to approve. Approved 5-0.

e. Approval/denial of request from Brent Pike, LLC for a one- or two-year extension on a 2010 zoning approval for Parcels 074-089 and 074-089A.
County Manager will address.
There has been no demolition or land movement. The recommendation of Planning and Zoning is to not grant this request. Motion to deny. The County Attorney said that this property is subject to reversion and that the commissioners may move to start the rezoning process after April 27, 2011 which is one year after the original approval. The can go before the Planning Commission as soon as the May meeting. Motion to amend the motion to begin the rezoning process on this property. Approved 5-0.

f. Approval/denial of request of Don Bailey to initiate closure to public access (or abandonment) of a portion of Reeves Road running eastward beyond his property that is currently unused and unimproved.
County Manager recommends approval of closure.
Motion to approve. 5-0.

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g. Approval/denial of appointing the County Manager as Project Manager for the SPLOST Courthouse Renovation.
Motion to approve. 5-0.

h. Approval/denial of Courthouse renovation schedule of events.
County Manager recommends approval.
Here is a Schedule of Events that was posted at the meeting. It is subject to change but gives a rough outline of what we are looking to do. 4.28.11-Schematic Design Complete. 5.26.11-Design Development Review and Recommendations. 7.28.11-Complete Construction Documents. 8.17.11-Plan Review. 9.29.11-Bids Due. 10.27.11-Contract Negotiations. 11.23.11-Sign Contract for Construction. 12.15.11-Issue Notice to Proceed. Motion to approve. 5-0.

i. Discussion and/or approval/denial of SPLOST Courthouse Renovation proposed floor plan.
County Manager and Architect will address.
The architect presented the first and second floor plans to the commissioners with the new handicap accessible restrooms and a waiting area for Probate Court on the bottom floor along with the elevator for prisoners. This plan would involve moving the Tax Commissioner and Voter Registrar out of the Courthouse. There would be a bigger jury room and jury restroom on the second floor with a witness room under the balcony and restoration to the exterior and interior with inclusion of a sprinkler system for fire protection. Commissioner Carol Bass made a motion to approve plans to allow the Tax Commissioner to remain in the Courthouse, leave the upstairs configured as submitted, no changes downstairs, remove the sally port, use a metal detector instead of an x-ray machine. She said that she felt these changes needed to be made in order to stay within the budget that was approved by voters on the SPLOST vote. Commissioner Tommy Powers gave the second on this motion. Discussion: Commissioner Don Collins asked if the motion was to leave space for the Tax Commissioner as it is now and do not increase Superior Court space. Carol said yes. Commissioner Collins was concerned about making the Courthouse more functional and giving space to those who were in there now. Discussion that Tax Commissioner would be removed and there would be a monthly cost to house this office elsewhere. Possibly the Woodland Company and it would be $14,000 a year to come out of the county budget. Commissioner Bass referred to the 2005 Courthouse Report by Carter Watkins (the same firm as is working on this now) that was $2,548,929 cost. Her concern was to try to get under $2.5 million because citizens trusted the Commission with this amount and said that the old report was a good report. The County Manager said that there is the possibility of modules and temporary classrooms in 48 foot by 60 foot pods during the move. Buildings would be $1,200 per month during renovation and same for Chandler Building. Commissioner Bass said that change is hard and there is not going to be a plan to satisfy everyone but try to find the best way to blend the old with the new in this historic building. Discussion that this design with a Sheriff's Office in the Courthouse goes back to the 1895 plans in our Courthouse. CM Sawyer asked if gables were added to extend the Courthouse outward to add 1,500 square feet per floor could the Tax Commissioner stay in the current location. Answer was yes. This would add $100 or $150 per foot approximately and the architect said that he would be comfortable with this addition because the exterior would look the same with the matching of the original brick being a possible challenge after the paint is removed from the outside of the entire building. State and federal may not be happy with the addition but it is allowed and state and federal funds are normally not available to upgrade courthouses anyway. He named several counties that have added onto their courthouses and they are very happy with them. Was asked if this could be done and stay within budget and the answer was yes. The Grand Hall downstairs in the Courthouse would remain the same and the sally port could be eliminated. He suggested that the commissioners who wanted to see these courthouses go on a trip that he would sponsor and vote at a later meeting. Commissioner Collins asked if some of the costs have come down since the 2005 estimate was done on the Courthouse and was told yes, some of them have. Motion was amended to come back with revisions to cost and design in 14 days with a field trip for commissioners prior to that vote too. Motion passed 5-0.

j. Approval/denial of revised Standard Form of Agreement between Pike County and Carter Watkins Associates Architects, Inc.
County Mananger pointed out that Carter Watkins has worked for three years on this project with no payment. Morton and Morton has reviewed the agreement and recommended approval.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT (Limited to 5 minutes per person) - None

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None

11. ADJOURNMENT: 10:02 a.m.

Agenda subject to revision.
Submitted 4.11.11
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SPLOST Planning Meeting April 5, 2011
By Guest Columnist Margie Trammell

This meeting was called to order at 1:30 PM by Commission Chairman Doug Mangham and was attended by all five commissioners as well as members of the SPLOST committee, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer, County Attorney Rob Morton, Ben Carter of Carter Watkins Associates Architects Inc., most of Pike County’s elected officials and several interested citizens.

The first thing Mr. Carter was asked to do by the county manager was review each page of the pending contract and questions from commissioners concerning that contract were answered at that time. Commissioner Bass had a question about the basic dollar amount which was listed at 2.1 to 2.7 million dollars and requested the 2.7 be changed to 2.5 in keeping with what citizens had been told would be spent as well as what the actual SPLOST referendum stated the dollar amount would be. In addition there were questions about some blanks being filled in as well as discussion about additional charges from Carter Watkins such as payment for excess trips to Pike County. Apparently the contract is based on 36 trips during the 11 month construction period.

During the course of address by Mr. Carter a basic timeline was laid out for the process of design, plan review, bidding, contract negotiations, performance review and payment with the duration of construction being estimated at 11 months.

Mr. Carter reviewed the architectural changes being recommended which include but are not limited to installation of additional bathrooms, expansion of the superior court clerk’s storage area, recovery of space that housed the original elevator, installation of a sheriff office, additional elevator and sally port.

For those of us unaware of what a sally port is Wikipedia basically describes it as “The primary modern meaning for sally port is a secure, controlled entryway, as at a fortification or a prison”.

The concern apparently being for the safety of deputies and prisoners being escorted across the street. Commissioner Bass was concerned that more emphasis was being put on criminal safety than on the safety of judges, jurors and citizens.

An interesting clarification was made by Mr. Carter during the discussion of modifications to our existing structure; he defined per Webster both Court House and Courthouse. Webster according to Mr. Carter defines a Court House as a building designated for and limited to the use of holding court. A Courthouse is a building designated for multi-use government functions.

A concern voiced by Commissioner Collins was the amount of money previously spent to bring the courthouse into ADA compliance that would have been wasted if the plan is to destroy what has been recently built. Mr. Carter made reference to our courthouse not being ADA compliant when he addressed the addition of new bathrooms.

In addition Mr. Carter addressed judicial recommendations which would add an additional six hundred thousand dollars to our restoration/renovation/modification.

Did the citizens of Pike County approve the SPLOST referendum to restore the courthouse or to renovate the court house?

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING - AGENDA
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

Update 3.29.11: Go to the We Are Pike County page to see pictures from tonight's meeting including the thank you given to the SPLOST Committee, the presentation of awards from Pike County Post 197, to Department of Georgia, National Firefighter of the Year and National Law Enforcement Office of the Year, and the new Chief of Pike County Emergency Services.

Update 3.30.11: The Town Hall Meeting was terse last night. Several citizens spoke before the Commissioners and asked that the SPLOST Committee be allowed to continue as an oversight committee for the recently passed SPLOST. One citizen spoke to Commissioners and said that he campaigned against the SPLOST and that it was imperative to have an oversight committee. [Note from the Editor: There was discussion of disbanding this committee prior to last night's meeting but thankfully, this it did not occur. Thank you to all who made phone calls and spoke at last night's meeting.] The County Manager entered during these comments to the Board and said that the SPLOST Committee will not be disbanded though he stressed that the Commissioners will have the final say on this project. Said that the SPLOST Committee has been asked to participate in a meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. During this meeting that is open to the public, the agreement between Pike County and Carter Watkins Associates Architects, Inc. will be discussed, a tentative schedule of events will be submitted, the Pike County Courthouse Schematic Proposed Floor Plan with suggested revisions will be discussed, and possible funding sources to facilitate proceeding with the Pike County Courthouse will be discussed. * There is a possibility that a quorum of the Pike Counjty Board of Commissioners will be in attendance at this meeting. [Note from the Editor: As far as I am concerned, there needs to be a quorum at the upcoming meeting. Commissioners need to know what is going on with this project. Thanks to County Clerk Teresa Watson for getting this information to me after the meeting so the public can mark the calendar to attend.]

1. CALL TO ORDER ........................................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ....................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of March 9, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS

a. The Pike County Board of Commissioners desires to present certificates of appreciation to members of the 2011 SPLOST Steering Committee, Joy Walker Chairman. Chairman Joy Walker, Tommy Burnsed, Riley Shackelford, Douglas Rounds, Merritt Spears and Jeff Kennerly served on this committee. See photo on the We Are Pike County page.

b. Don Bailey, Post Commander, American Legion, Pike County Post 197, desires to present awards for National Firefighter of the Year and National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. From the Post Commander, Don Bailey's comments in the meeting: "Americans, especially since the tragic day of September 11, 2001, understand the heroism, bravery and importance of our nation’s law enforcement officers and firefighters and their role in helping to safeguard life and property. The Preamble of the Constitution of The American Legion includes as one of its objectives... "to maintain Law and Order". As concerned citizens and veterans, Legionnaires have always fostered a strong sense of law and order and have upheld the protection of American citizens and the American way of life. Pike Post 197 would like to take this time to honor and recognize our outstanding law enforcement officers and firefighters who daily serve our communities and frequently lay their lives on the line." A Certification of Appreciation, Plaque, pocket knife with Police Officer/Firefighter engravings, and a Gift Card-Sponsored by the Pike Depot was given to Sergeant (now 1st Lieutenant) Jeffrey Boatwright of the Pike County Sheriffs Office and (now former) Pike County Emergency Services Chief Randy Snyder accepted the award on behalf of Captain Brian Michel. 1st Lt. Boatwright and Captain Michel were selected as the Department of Georgia, Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year out of applicants from more than 240 American Legion Posts in the state of Georgia. Their applications have been forwarded to the American Legion, National Headquarters for consideration as the American Legion National Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year. A recipient is selected for each national award and honored at the Legion's national convention in August. See photo on the We Are Pike County page.

c. Chairman Mangham will present a Proclamation for National Donate Life Month to Heidi Taylor, representative for LifeLink of Georgia. Representative Heidi Taylor, received a transplant nine years ago and volunteers to encourage others to become an organ, tissue, and eye donor. http://www.donatelifegeorgia.org/.

6. REPORTS – From Commissions, Departments, Committees, County Manager, Attorney
a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities – None*
*A Comprehensive Report will be provided at the first monthly meeting of the Board in April.

Update 4.1.11:

b. County Manager Report
• Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
General Fund - $1,734,869.15 (previous report $1,919,604.11)
Jury Account - $0.00
Cash Reserve Account - $432,380.37 (previous report $432,248.42)
Jail Fund - $22,504.20 (previous report $22,154.16)
E-911 Fund - $57,683.24 (previous report $72,555.09)
DATE Fund - $10,675.87 (previous report $10,430.88)
Fire Fund - $280,646.69 (previous report $281,077.73)
Juvenile Court Fund - $28,129.09 (previous report $28,464.93)
Residential Impact Fees - $302,459.73 (previous report $299,951.07)
Commercial Impact Fees - $12,110.61 (previous report $7,198.45)
General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund - $14.44(previous report $0 Paid Off)
• Update on County projects. CM Bill Sawyer advised that the budget process is still ongoing. Said that one prospect visited the county in the past month.

Update 4.4.11:

c. Commissioner Reports
•District 1 Carol Bass - None.
•District 2 Tamra Jarrett - Said that the Tax Assessor training went well last week and that it will enhance her skills as a commissioner.
•District 3 Tommy Powers - None.
•District 4 Don Collins - Thanked the SPLOST Commitee for their work. Encouraged the work on this project to start as soon as possible.
•Chairman Doug Mangham - None.

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None.

8. NEW BUSINESS

a. Approval/denial of successful candidate for vacant Pike County Fire Chief position. There were more applications for candidates mentioned at a previous meeting but only three remained when the decision was made at last night's meeting. The remaining applicants are as follows: Curtis Wayne Jones, who is currently serving with Spalding County Fire; Michael Joseph Grant, who is the current Deputy Chief of Pike County Emergency Services; and Thomas Wayne Tyree, who is currently serving with the Atlanta Fire Department. County Manager Bill Sawyer advised that his choice to fill the position of Pike County Fire Chief is Michael Joseph Grant. There was no discussion from the Commissioners prior to the motion being made. Motion to appoint Michael Joseph Grant. Approved 3-2 with Carol Bass and Tamara Jarrett opposed. Both opposing Commissioners stressed that this was not a personal decision against Mr. Grant but that they did not have time to review the packet prior to the meeting. [Note from the Editor: This item was not on the original agenda that went out on Friday but was added on Monday, March 28. I was told that the missing item was an oversight due to extenuating circumstances. The applicant information packet was not supplied to Commissioners until some time between Monday and Tuesday, and from the sound of things, maybe even right before Tuesday night's meeting. I realize that the County Manager is in charge of hiring and firing employees, but when the Commissioners have to give a vote of approval on the hiring of a department head, they need to get the information in time to review it.]

Upate 4.4.11:

b. Approve/deny submission of Regionally Important Resource(s) (RIR) nominations to Three Rivers Regional Commission for incorporation into the Regional Resource Plan as developed by staff for the following: 1) The Still Branch Reservoir, 2) Flat Shoals, 3) The Austin Dabney Historic Grave Site, 4) The William Barker Whiskey Bonding Barn, and 5) The Chestnut Oak Center.
Staff recommends approval of nominations; David Allen to address.
Planning and Development Director David Allen addressed the commission on this. Said that these recommendations are for networking through Three Rivers. They will put together a map and distribute the maps. Commissioner Don Collins is Pike County's representative on this council and he tried to answer some of the questions that commissioners had on this as well. This is supposed to be a short-term event with recommendations needed by April 28, 2011 in order to be included in a regional map. There is no number on the recommendations that we can send. This is a way to promote awareness and appreciation of resources in our area. Commissioners had some questions that could not be answered to their satisfaction at the meeting however. Some of the questions included the following: Do we have the right to nominate sources that we don't own the property? This question was asked because the county paid for gravel and other work so that the Austin Dabney Historic Grave Site could be accessible for the public to attend a ceremony there. Commissioner Carol Bass asked if there is there liability to commit to future costs? She said that it seemed like a good project but doesn't know the answers to some important questions. Motion by Commissioner Carol Bass to table to for six months and study this project. 2nd by Commissioner Tommy Powers. Discussion: Need more paperwork on this project. County Attorney Rob Morton asked if the Commission needed to visit this at the next meeting. Commissioner Don Collins said that this would not be an expense to the county period and that this is merely a planning tool for important projects to be recognized. The time frame on this project is March 1st through April 28th. Three Rivers needs recommendations from Pike County by its next meeting of April 28, 2011. The conversation got somewhat heated and Commissioner Carol Bass made a second motion to deny any submissions. At this point, County Attorney Morton said that a motion had already been made to table this project for six months. Commissioner Bass confirmed that she still wanted this vote to take place and Commissioner Powers confirmed that his second was still in support. Motion failed 2-3. Motion by Commissioner Tamra Jarrett to postpone until the first meeting in April. No second. Motion by Commissioner Don Collins that Pike County select the projects that have been nominated. No second. A call was made for more motions. There were none. County Attorney Rob Morton advised that this will be back on the agenda for the next meeting.

b. Appoint two members to serve on the Regionally Important Resources Planning Advisory Council, to serve from May to August 2011, as follows: 1) David Allen, Pike Planning & Development Director, and 2) Ken Gran, Pike Conservationist.
Staff recommends approval of appointments as suggested to RIR Advisory Council.
This will be on the next agenda as well.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT (Limited to 5 minutes per person) - None

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION: 7 p.m. Back into regular session at 7:41 p.m.
a. County Manager and County Attorney desire an Executive Session to discuss pending or potential litigation, settlement, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions brought or to be brought by or against the county or any officer or employee or in which the county or any officer or employee may be directly involved, with regard to Magistrate Court, as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50- 14-2(1).
Motion to authorize the County Manager and County Attorney to formulate a response letter to Representative Billy Maddox in reference to Magistrate Court. Approved 5-0.

[Note from the Editor: The information following is from the letter that was sent to the Board of Commissioners on March 17, 2011 from Representative Billy Maddox.] Rep. Maddox wrote in response to a letter from the Pike County BOC dated February 23, 2011 which requested that he draft and present local legislation to combine Pike County Magistrate Court and Pike County Probate Court. Rep. Maddox raised some issues that will affect the request of the BOC. OCGA 1-3-11 says: "No office to be abolished nor term shrotened or lengthened by local Act during term to which person has been elected unless the same shall be approved by the people of the jurisdiction affected in a referendum on the question." [Note from the Editor: Probate Judge Lynn Brandenburg was elected for a four year term that expires in 2012. Current Magistrate Judge Marcia Callaway-Ingram was appointed to fill a four year term that expires in 2012.] Rep. Maddox asked if the BOC had further specifics on legislative action and/or staffing arrangements for the proposed court. He also asked if the BOC wanted to allow the current judges to fill their terms before combining the courts. He also asked a question in reference to OCGA 21-2-540 (related to the question above) which states: "Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a special election to present a quesion to the voters shall be held only on one of the following dates which is at least 29 days after the date of the call for the special election..."

Update 4.6.11.

Rep. Maddox went on to express concern about the lack of a unanimous decision of the Commissioners on the combining of these two courts and went on to say that while that a unanimous decision is preferable but that he respects the desire of the County Commission and "wants to move forward in an informed and prudent manner." He asked for further instruction from the Commissioners and said that he was hopeful that in addressing some of the issues that he raised in this letter that the Commission could move from "a close call to a solid and unified decision made in the best interest of the people of Pike County." Rep. Maddox ended the letter by that he has been approached about the abolishment of the Pike Clean and Beautiful Authority and asked for a resolution on this matter. [Note from the Editor: This authority dissolved itself and returned money to the Commissioners so this is just a housekeeping matter.]

11. ADJOURNMENT: 7:42 p.m.

Agenda subject to revision.
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This meeting was attended by all five commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorney Rob Morton. [Note from the Editor: I did not make the 8:45 a.m. Town Hall Meeting.]

1. CALL TO ORDER ............................................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE .............................................................................. Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of February 22, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS

6. REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONS, DEPARTMENTS, COMMITTEES, AUTHORITIES

a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Commissions, Departments, Committees and Authorities: The Commissioners discussed how much they appreciated the details in these reports as well as how they appreciate receiving them in a timely manner so they can read them before the meetings.

b. County Manager Report
• Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
•General Fund $1,919,604.11 (previous report $1,852,418.22)
•Jury Account $0 (previous report $0)
•Cash Reserve Account $432,248.42 (previous report $432,248.42)
•Jail Fund $22,154.16 (previous report $20,345.16)
•E-911 Fund $72,555.09 (previous report $63,727.07)
•DATE Fund $10,430.88 (previous report $10,430.88)
•Fire Fund $281,077.73 (previous report $280,882.73)
•Juvenile Court Fund $28,464.93 (previous report $28,464.93)
•Residential Impact Fees $299,951.07 (previous report $300,001.00)
•Commercial Impact Fees $7,198.45 (previous report $7,198.45)
•General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund $0 Paid Off
• Update on County projects. Caldwell Bridge Road is officially open. Kudos to Public Works for their work on this. There are no closed roads in Pike County. * There was an accident on March 1, 2011 between a county work tractor and a private vehicle. The woman came up on the county tractor with a boom arm that was mowing trees and swerved off of the road to miss hitting the back of the tractor. Her vehicle struck the extended boom. Georgia State Patrol handled the accident. The woman was taken to a local hospital. Her vehicle was a total loss. There was minimal damage to the county's equipment. The county worker took and passed a drug test after the incident--this is standard operating procedure. No charges or citations were filed against the county. *

c. Commissioner Reports
• District 1 – Commissioner Carol Bass: None.
• District 2 – Commissioner Tamra Jarrett: A citizen had asked how many applications had been received for the Fire Chief position. Was advised 5.
• District 3 – Commissioner Tommy Powers: He received calls from two citizens thanking Todd and Public Works for work on right of ways. Also received one complaint on Patton Road about right of way. Said he and Doug checked it and said that they were on the right of way.
• District 4 – Commissioner Don Collins: Said he got a call from someone with a pregnant dog dropped in her yard and that he is getting calls every week about animal control. Said that it would have to be addressed sooner or later.
• At Large – Chairman Doug Mangham: Responded to same call that Commissioner Powers got.

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a. Approval/denial, on second reading, of Text Amendment to add a new Chapter 165, Cemetery and Burial Regulations to Pike County Code of Ordinances and to amend Chapter 156, Sections 156.048(B), 156.048(D) and 156.203(B), consistent with the provision of the new Chapter 165.
County Manager/Planning & Development Staff/Planning Commission all recommend approval.
Text Amendment was approved on first reading 2-22-11.
Planning and Zoning Director David Allen said that some issues from the Public Hearing have been addressed and brought those changes to the Commissioner's attention. The County Attorney made a suggestion about some of the wording that will be included in the final version that will be signed as soon as those changes are made. Motion to approve with recommended changes. Approved 5-0.

8. NEW BUSINESS
a. Appoint member to the Pike County Board of Tax Assessors for a four-year term to expire 3-15-15: Only one application was received for this position. Discussion: This is a four year appointment that will expire in March of 2015. This will bring the board up to full strength. Motion to appoint Matthew Tomarchio. Approved 5-0.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT- (Limited to 5 minutes per person) - None

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION – None

11. ADJOURNMENT: 9:13 a.m.

Agenda subject to revision.

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Representatives Asked To Present Bill Combining Magistrate and Probate Courts

On February 23, 2011, County Manager Bill Sawyer sent a letter to Georgia legislators on the behalf of the Pike County Board of Commissioners. This letter asked Representative Billy Maddox and Senator Ronnie Chance to introduce legislation regarding Pike County's Magistrate and Probate Courts.

The letter states, "Pursuant to a majority vote by the Pike County Board of Commissioners on February 22, 2011, I am requesting that [Rep. Maddox and Senator Chance] introduce legislation to effect the combining of the Pike County Probate Court and the Pike County Magistrate Court. Requested effective dates would be as soon as reasonably feasible, preferably on or about the start of our FY [fiscal year] 2011-2012 which is July 1, or as legislatively practical.

A copy of the draft minutes from the February 22, 2011 meeting signed by County Clerk Teresa Watson and Commission Chairman Doug Mangham were attached to each letter.

Neither office has issued an official statement on the request at this time.

[Note from the Editor: Crossover Day, the 30th day of the Georgia Legislative Session, is on March 16, 2011. This is the final day for bills to be given a vote of approval in the House or Senate so the bills can cross over to the other chamber of the Legislature. Even if our representatives are willing to present this bill to the Legislature on a split vote of 3-2, we are so close to Crossover Day that it may not occur.]

3.1.11
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER ........................................................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ....................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of February 9, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS - None

Click here to read the remainder of this BOC Meeting.

2.22.11
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Uninsured or Unable to Pay Your Co-Pay or Healthcare?

Are you uninsured or unable to pay your co-pay for health care? The Pike County Health Department may be able to help.

Services we provide: Vaccines for all ages, Health checks for children, Developmental screening for children, Breast and cervical cancer screening, Registered Dietician on site, Family planning – includes medical exams, lab tests, counseling, contraceptives/sterilizations, and referral for health needs, Pregnancy tests, Screening and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hearing/Vision/Dental screenings, Tuberculosis screening and treatment, Blood pressure screening, Lab work (with doctors orders), Women, Infant, & Children nutrition program for pregnant women and children up to 5 yrs old, and Well water testing for bacteria.

Our goal is to provide low cost services. Charges for many services are based on income for people who are underinsured or uninsured.

Same day appointments are available if you call early in the morning. Phone lines open at 7 a.m. The health department is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call today and see how we can help you have a healthier future! 770-567-8972

2.22.11
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Meansville City Council Says Draw Up the Agreement

The Meansville City Council met on February 14, 2011. During this meeting, there was discussion of whether or not to join with the Pike County Fire Department at the next meeting. There were several concerned citizens in attendance at this meeting. Council Members Melvin Colquitt, Betty Bradshaw, Sandy Mitchell, Virlon Rachels and Al Milby were present along with Mayor Gayle Burden, City Clerk Jerome Finley, and City Attorney Tom Morton.

Joy Walker spoke on the upcoming five year, $5,400,000 SPLOST with approximately one half is designated for the Courthouse and one half is designated for work on roads, streets, and bridges in Pike County. This is a one cent sales tax that would be paid on items bought in Pike County that is an effort to keep the costs of these projects off the backs of the property owners in Pike County. Subsidized 40% by people from out of our county. She said that if a person spent $100 in Pike County with this 1% SPLOST, the cost would be approximate to a cup of coffee. Said that in the last month of the past SPLOST collection, Pike County brought in between $8 and $9 million in sales which gave the county about $85,000 in SPLOST funds. She asked the Meansville City Council to encourage citizens get out and vote. Also encouraged citizens to shop in Pike County.

Other business: A public meeting on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant was to be held today at noon. Project was started in September of 2007 and is finished. Congratulations to the City of Meansville on this CDBG. Motion to approve the Easter Sonrise Service at the walking track. Approved 5-0. Other topics were addressed as well.

Fire Fighter Ron Snowden spoke to the City Council about his conversation with County Manager Bill Sawyer on Monday morning prior to the evening meeting. He said that they discussed the possibility of a six month and a year long intergovernmental agreement that could be renewed yearly and either side could back out of the agreement during that time. Said that the city will not lose its charter and could still get insurance rollback money but would be required to spend that money on certain things. This will give better and more training, more calls for the fire fighters to respond to because all have been trained with extensive schooling but not been able to use it, the county carries a higher level of Worker's Comp than the City, the county can help bring up roster numbers, better benefits for the fire fighters, and it will help the ISO rating around the city. Said that it could be written in there that nothing moves or changes and said that an agreement with the county could be a win-win agreement for all involved, but said that without Meansville being a part of the County Fire Department, the county will be forced to build another station real soon. Also said that if an engine went out on one of the trucks or a major equipment purchase was required or there was a liability accident, it would break the city. Said that if it doesn't work out, then tell them and no losses.

Several citizens spoke during the public comment part of the meeting and encouraged the City Council members to join the County Fire Department. Margie Trammell said that not joining will hurt everyone in the county and encouraged the members to get past what has happened in the past in order to help citizens in the city and outside of the city limits. Tommy Burnsed also encouraged Council members to join and Don Bailey said that he thought it would be a great idea for fire support.

Executive Session began at 7:28 p.m. and the meeting was called back to order at 8 p.m. Motion was made by the Meansville City Council to authorize the Mayor, the City Attorney, and the County Manager to draw up an agreement with the county on joining the fire department. Approved 5-0.

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ISO ratings, the City of Meansville, and Pike County Emergency Services

Meansville City Council met on January 18, 2011 with County Manager Bill Sawyer, Interim Fire Chief Randy Snyder, District 3 Commissioner Tommy Powers, and Pike County Commission Doug Mangham. This is a contination of meetings from 2009 discussing whether the City of Meansville would join the Pike County Fire Department. At the time, there was a mutual aid agreement between the City of Meansville and Pike County. That agreement expired on December 31, 2009 and has not been renewed.

Notes from those 2009 meetings are contained on the "click here" link below. Many of these same issues were rehashed at this January 2011 meeting: whether the county would give Meansville $5,000 to run its own stand alone fire department, whether the new fire truck bought with SPLOST dollars would leave the City Limits of Meansville, will the City lose its charter if it joins the County Fire Department, will ISO rating and level of protection change, what are the benefits of joining a large group versus standing alone, will the City of Meansville provide mutual aid to the County Fire Department at all, and how will citizens who live outside of the City Limits of Meansville be affected by the choice to stay out of the County Fire Department.

Click here to read the remainder of this article.

The Meansville City Council will be discussing whether or not to join with the Pike County Fire Department at the next meeting. At the heart of this matter is whether citizens are going to have to pay to build a new fire station in the southeast portion of the county to ensure adequate fire protection for citizens who live both inside of and outside of the Meansville City Limits. Some of the things that might be be affected include ISO ratings and the cost of homeowners' insurance.

Update 2.11.11: This article has been updated today. It also contains a letter with a list of concerns from council members, firemen, and citizens as well as the response from Interim Chief Snyder.

The public is invited to attend the next meeting of the Meansville City Council to be held on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Meansville.

Update 2.14.11: Joy Walker spoke on SPLOST tonight. Ron Snowden spoke to the City Council about his conversation with County Manager Bill Sawyer today. Said that an agreement with the county could be a win-win agreement for all involved but said that without Meansville being a part of the County Fire Department, the county will be forced to build another station real soon. Also said that if an engine went out on one of the trucks or a major equipment purchase was required or there was a liability accident, it would break the city. Said that the city would still get insurance rollback money but would be required to spend that money on certain things. This could be a six month or even one year agreement and if it doesn't work out, then no losses. It would be a written intergovernmental agreement. More on the specifics of this tomorrow.

Motion was made by the Meansville City Council to authorize the Mayor, the City Attorney, and the County Manager to draw up an agreement with the county on joining the fire department. Approved 5-0.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

The meeting lasted for an entire eleven minutes this morning. Present were all five commissioners, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Attorney Rob Morton and Tom Morton.

1. CALL TO ORDER ............................................................................. Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ............................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of January 25, 2011.

5. INVITED GUESTS-none

6. REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONS, DEPARTMENTS, COMMITTEES, AUTHORITIES

a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities

b. County Manager Report
• Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
•General Fund $2,100,490.00 (previous report $2,249,249.66)
•Jury Account $-340 (previous report $-490)
•Cash Reserve Account $506,276.07 (previous report $332,248.42)
•Jail Fund $17,000.00 (previous report $17,305.16)
•E-911 Fund $66,369.34 (previous report $41,443.79)
•DATE Fund $10,284.73 (previous report $10,284.73)
•Fire Fund $276,035.60 (previous report $401,254.99)
•Juvenile Court Fund $28,164.93 (previous report $28,929.06)
•Residential Impact Fees $183,296.43 (previous report $178,488.13)
•Commercial Impact Fees $6,533.02 (previous report $6,533.02)
•General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund $0 (previous report $776,066.27)
• Update on County projects.
• Other topics as required.

c. Commissioner Reports
•District 1 Carol Bass - Thanked the CM and Road Department for quick action on Caldwell Bridge Road.
•District 2 Tamra Jarrett - Thanked the Road Department for gravel on Dunn Road. Also advised that she has a new phone number that is exclusively for citizens to call her about county business: 706-646-2073.
•District 3 Tommy Powers - None.
•District 4 Don Collins - Said that he has been contacted by several people commenting about the lack of animal control. Said now is not a good time to be discussing this because of finances but the BOC needs to think about animal control. Advised that all municipalities have said in the past that they would participate [financially] in animal control if there was a plan.
•Chairman Doug Mangham - None.

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a. Approval/denial, on second reading, of proposed 2011 amendment to the Pike County Code of Ordinances to provide for New Section 36.38 Seat Belt Policy to Title III Administration, Chapter 36 Personnel Policy. County Manager recommends approval; no changes since first reading 1-12-11.
Motion to approve. 5-0.

8. NEW BUSINESS
a. Approval/denial of Resolution to Amend the FY 2010 Budget to provide for decreases in the following various departments, as directed by the Board’s vote at the January 25, 2011 meeting:
-Dept. of Family and Children’s Services .................. $ 6,406.26
-Recreation Authority ...................................................43,315.13
-Library Board ..............................................................13,867.74
-Industrial Development Authority ..............................19,023.13
-Water Authority ..........................................................10,000.00
-Agribusiness Authority .................................................2,499.99
County Manager recommends approval.
Motion with 2nd for discussion. Commissioner Collins asked if the authorities, etc. would still continue to get a stipend at a reduced rate and was advised yes by the CM. Approved 5-0.

b. Approval/denial to invalidate the following Intergovernmental Agreements since the above reduction in funding renders them null and void for FY 2010: Pike County Industrial Development Authority, Pike County Water and Sewerage Authority, Pike County Agribusiness Authority, and Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority. County Manager recommends approval.
Commissioner Bass asked if this would eliminate all contracts with authorities. County Attorney Rob Morton advised that it will do away with these contracts. Commissioner Bass asked if there were other contracts. Said the IDA has an intergovernmental agreement with the county but it does not specify a dollar amount and asked if this was still binding. County Attorney Morton advised that there is one with the Fire Department in Concord with a specific date and Mid Georgia Ambulance's 5 year contract with a 90 day out on it which will be discussed at the next meeting. Approved 5-0.

c. Approval/denial of authorization to remit to Southern Concrete Construction Co., Inc. of Albany, Georgia in the amount of $30,400.00 for materials/services on Caldwell Bridge Road at Birch Creek replacement project, of which Georgia Department of Transportation will reimburse $19,214.40. County Manager recommends approval.
The remaining balance after the state reimburses for this will be $11,186.00. CM Sawyer said it was unacceptable for this road and bridge to be closed. Motion to move $11,186.00 from contingency to cover this cost.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT- (Limited to 5 minutes per person)
a. Parrish Swift would like to address the Board regarding authorities, boards and the Magistrate Court. [Mr. Swift was not present but I confirmed that he had asked to be removed from the agenda prior to the meeting.]

10. ADJOURNMENT: 9:11 a.m.

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Town Hall Meeting on SPLOST Tonight

There was a Town Hall Meeting about the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) vote in the Courtroom of the Pike County Courthouse tonight. The public was invited to view and discuss Courthouse needs that will be a part of the upcoming one cent SPLOST vote. Road, street and bridge improvements are also a part of this upcoming SPLOST vote.

Over sixty people attended this meeting tonight. Some were there to find out more information about the upcoming SPLOST. Some were there with their minds already made up. Chairman of the SPLOST Committee, Joy Walker, addressed citizens about the upcoming SPLOST and lead a tour of the Courthouse after the meeting was over.

Chairman Walker began by detailing this five year, $5,400,000 SPLOST. This is a one cent sales tax that would be paid on items bought in Pike County. One half is designated for the Courthouse and one half is designated for work on roads, streets, and bridges in Pike County. The repair of the Courthouse is priority with that work beginning first and the rest going to repair and maintenance of roads, streets, and bridges.

Chairman Walker explained that a SPLOST will relieve the burden on taxpayers with thirty to forty percent of SPLOST funds coming from outside sources. The last SPLOST brought approximately $85,000 per month during the last three months of operation when it expired in September of 2010. "This adds up to $1.2 million a year that we are not getting because we do not have a SPLOST," she said. Pike County is one of four counties in the state of Georgia that can legally have a SPLOST but does not. She went on to explain that Pike County citizens are supporting capital improvements in Spalding, Upson, and Lamar Counties every time we shop there because they have a SPLOST in place for capital improvements.

She addressed concerns about past SPLOST ballots by saying that past SPLOSTs have been spent as they were required by state law. The cities and County Fire Department spent the funds that were allocated to specific projects though the Fire Department spent some funds in addition to SPLOST funds to complete its projects. There was a show of hands of those whose insurance rates had gone down because of the improvements to the Fire Department though she said that this did not make up for the lack of oversight that is now present in county government with the current County Manager and the oversight of the SPLOST Committee that will follow this SPLOST through to completion.

Chairman Walker pointed out reductions in county government such as cutting funding to the authorities by thirty percent of their remaining budgets, constitutional officers reducing their budgets, and reduction of twelve full-time and two part-time county employee positions over the past six months. She said that the county is doing everything it can to reduce spending. "This is our opportunity to provide funding for capital improvements projects," she said.

Questions about the upcoming SPLOST ranged across the board from one who asked if this will decrease our county taxes (no, because these problems aren't addressed in our current budget but will have to be paid for at some point if SPLOST doesn't pass and that will come out of our taxes) to the possibility of having to move court to another county in an upcoming murder case because of lack of security in Pike County's Courthouse. Statements were made about the upcoming SPLOST in relation to the liability of the county for potholes that cause accidents to managing current funds in order to prove county reliability to the suggestion of looking at Zebulon's City Hall facility to see their SPLOST expenditure. Some citizens suggested that government should be reduced across the board prompting questions of what services do we want to cut in order to do this.

One citizen asked about specific costs of the Courthouse project from start to finish. Chairman Walker said that the final amount could vary some from $2.5 to $3 million dollars for renovation. She said that the Courthouse would architecturally remain the same with maximum use of every square inch of the current Courthouse with this SPLOST project and that restoration of the Courthouse would take care of Pike County's needs for the next twenty years.

During this question and answer time, the importance of supporting businesses in this county was pointed out more than once. One per cent of $8.5 million is $85,000 and that is the amount that is being spent here in Pike County every month. According to SPLOST member Tommy Burnsed, about twenty-five percent of Pike County residents' money being spent in Pike County at local businesses with the remaining amount being spent outside of Pike. It was also explained that taxes are composed of the County Commission budget and the Board of Education budget with neither having control over the other.

The paint peeling off of the ceiling, the 1940's wiring hanging down from the ceiling for lighting, and the hole bigger than my hand in the ceiling where you can see straight through to the attic were blatantly obvious from the courtroom. The wiring in the basement that was described as a bowl full of spaghetti just thrown around, the lack of security for court, and other issues were not so obvious until we took the tour after the hour and twenty minute long question and answer session.

Citizens still have time to ask some questions and see the problems that the SPLOST Committee pointed out in this meeting tonight. Citizens can choose to address these problems with a tax that will be paid for by everyone who shops in Pike County or we can choose to put these problems off until another time. However, the choice to take no action with SPLOST will not eliminate two problems that could be paid for with a one cent sales tax rather than through property taxes. We have made the choice not to maintain the Courthouse and our roads up until now. At some point, these problems will have to be addressed.

Early voting will begin on February 15, 2011 at the Courthouse for the March 15, 2011 Special Election on Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The last day for name and address changes and registering to vote at Registrar's Office is February 14, 2011.

[Note from the Editor: Thank you to Commissioners Don Collins, Tamra Jarrett, and Carol Bass for attending this meeting. You made yourselves easily accessible to the public for comment on the SPLOST and other county matters.]

Photos are on the We Are Pike County page.

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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
BOC Meeting Room - Beside the Sheriff's Office

All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager (CM) Bill Sawyer, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. There was a Town Hall Meeting 15 minutes prior to the meeting in which citizens could ask questions or bring issues to the attention of the commissioners. Issues ran the spectrum for Magistrate/Probate Court to urging the commissioners to work together with citizens. The meeting room was fairly full.

1. CALL TO ORDER ............................................................................. Chairman Doug Mangham

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ............................................................ Chairman Doug Mangham

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1)):
County Attorney Morton asked that Item b. Discussion of pending or potential litigation, settlement, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions brought or to be brought by or against the county or any officer or employee or in which the county or any officer or employee may be directly involved as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-2(1). Chairman Mangham asked that 8d. Approval/denial of combining of Probate and Magistrate Courts by legislative resolution. County Manager Sawyer will address... be moved to after the Executive Session and became #11. [Note from the Editor: Moving this item to be discussed after Executive Session looked like it was going to be discussed in Executive Session. I have faith in our attorneys to keep commissioners on the straight and narrow about what can and cannot be discussed in Executive Session, but I have to say that this did not smell good to me. Our county history demands that we act in a manner that is above reproach.]

4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - (O.C.G.A.§ 50-14-1(e) (2))
a. Minutes from the following: Regular Monthly Meeting of January 12, 2011 and the Board of Commissioners’ Strategic Planning Retreat of January 20, 2011. Approved 5-0.

5. INVITED GUESTS
a. Mark Hardison with the CPA firm of Clifton, Lipford, Hardison & Parker will present the Annual Financial Report for FY ending June 30, 2010.
Pike County got a clean report from our Auditor for the first time in several years. Only major issue to deal with is the need to have a complete inventory of all capital assets owned by the county every year. Said that there have been very significant improvements over the past several years including a lot of improvement in organizational management. A couple of comments from the slideshow that I found important were as follows: 32% of our fund revenues come from property tax revenues, 19% come from sales tax revenues, and Pike County has "virtually no debt".

6. REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONS, DEPARTMENTS, COMMITTEES, AUTHORITIES
a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities:
Commissioner Carol Bass said that our Code of Ordinance requires that all departments, authorities, etc. that receive money from the county shall submit a monthly financial report and minutes to the BOC. She advised that one board has not submitted anything and would like to the BOC insist that our ordinance be followed. The CM will address this issue.
b. County Manager Report
•Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
•General Fund $2,249,249.66 (previous report $2,464,829.19)
•Jury Account $-340 (from Teresa's post agenda)(previous report -$490)[additional court cases put this account in the hole]
•Cash Reserve Account $332,248.42 (previous report $332,248.42)
•Jail Fund $17,305.16 (previous report $17,186.66)
•E-911 Fund $41,443.79 (previous report $12,557.06)
•DATE Fund $10,285 (from Teresa's post agenda)(previous report $10,087.51)
•Fire Fund $401,254.99 (previous report $397,535.91)
•Juvenile Court Fund $28,929.06 (previous report $28,924.23)
•Residential Impact Fees $178,488.13 (previous report $176,083.98)
•Commercial Impact Fees $6,533.02 (previous report $6,533.02)
•General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund $776,066.27 (previous report $766,844.58) [This will be paid off in February.]
•Update on County projects. Beeks Road and Powder Creek Road will be resurfaced before December 31, 2011. Robert Curtis Drive will be dedicated on Thursday.
•Other topics as required.

Update 1.26.11:
c. Commissioner Reports:
•District 1 Carol Bass - Presented a letter to the CM about potholes and work on Caldwell Bridge Road. Asked CM Sawyer to pass along to the appropriate entity..
•District 2 Tamra Jarrett - Thanked those who call her to express concerns and interests. Asked that citizens continue to call her.
•District 3 Tommy Powers - Complaint on Dunn Road with potholes. Commended Public Works for doing the best that it can with the weather and our roads.
•District 4 Don Collins - None
•Chairman Doug Mangham - Potholes on Oliver Road

d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None.

8. NEW BUSINESS:

a. PUBLIC HEARING: Conduct a joint public hearing to inform the public that Pike County, in cooperation with the cities of Concord, Meansville, Molena, Williamson and Zebulon, is in the process of updating the Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Management Plan, 5-Year Short Term Work Program. Pike County Planning and Development staff will address and schedule a second public hearing for same in March 2011.
Planning and Development Director David Allen advised that the last update was done in 2005 and that there needs to be 30 days between meetings. This was a public hearing where citizens could comment about this update to recycling, waste management, etc. in our county.
Margie Trammell asked if this had anything in it to notify citizens what to do in case of a massive disaster. Director Allen advised that he will check this but thinks that the issue of disaster is dealt with in Predisaster Mitigation instead. Hearing was then closed. Commissioner Bass asked if this emergency information can be given to the newspaper so citizens will know. Director Allen will follow up to ensure that this is done.

b. Approval/denial of an amendment to the original Project Agreements No. 13-00716 and 13-00854 between the State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Pike County, on behalf of the Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority to provide for enclosure of a multi-purpose building.
Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Teate will address.
Director Teate asked permission to close in the Pavillion. This does not authorize or commit funds to this project. However, they were prevented from enclosing this building without permission from the BOC. Approved. 5-0.

c. Approval/denial of financial revision of certain County Authorities.
County Manager Sawyer will address.
This vote provides a 30% reduction in County funds to these Authorities immediately. DFACS was reduced by $6,406.26. The Recreation Authority was reduced by $43,315.13. The Library Board by $13,867.74. The Industrial Development Authority was reduced by $19,023.13. The Water Sewer Authority by $10,000.00. And the Agribusiness Authority was reduced by $2,499.99. Discussion: Commissioner Collins said that these Authorities were given certain funding for the fiscal year by the BOC and this is what they have made their plans for and all of the sudden we are cutting their budgets by 30%. Is this because anticipated revenue is not coming in to cover the budget that we voted for? Is this cost savings? CM advised that this is $800,000 in the hole on June 1, 2011. Said that his options were to furlough employees who have already been cut and allow those employees to not reduce services or cut where I can allow for everyone to understand that times are hard. Said original intent was to cut back 50% in October or November of 2010. Asked what alternatives he had except to cut? Commissioner Collins asked if these Authorities have agreed to go along with this. The CM said that he has talked to Rec, Ag, Library, etc. and that he was sure that they were disappointed but they don't have to run the county with it $800,000 in the hole every day. Commissioner Bass said that she did not make a second on this without a lot of thought. Said that each of the entities has something in the bank now and that 30% of the remaining budget is 12% overall. Said that she appreciates everyone working together on this. Approved 5-0.

d. Approval/denial of combining of Probate and Magistrate Courts by legislative resolution. County Manager Sawyer will address. Moved to #11.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT- (Limited to 5 minutes per person)

10. CLOSED SESSION
a. County Manager desires a Closed Session for: Discussion or deliberation on the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action or dismissal, or periodic evaluation or rating of a county officer or employee, relative to the Magistrate Court, as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(6).
Into Executive Session at 7:08 p.m.

Update 1.27.11

11. Approval/denial of combining of Probate and Magistrate Courts by legislative resolution.
County Manager Sawyer will address.
One commissioner said that this came up rather suddenly. Another asked what other counties have a combined Probate/Magistrate Courts. Commissioners said that they would like to know the before and after costs before voting on this so they can make a better decision. CM Sawyer said that he thinks we should postpone until we have more information. Vote to postpone approved 5-0. [Note from the Editor: Here are the concerns that I raised in the Town Hall Meeting prior to the official meeting. First of all, what are we looking to accomplish? If we are looking to save money by eliminating a job position of one judge, I found three counties that are combined and all have a Probate Judge and a Magistrate Judge. I heard that there was five counties who are combined in the entire state by the way. If we are looking to combine offices to save costs, where are we going to put it and who is going to be in charge because we don't have a place for this right now. We have two elected positions with terms that will not expire for at least another year. One county that combined their Probate and Magistrate Courts cannot do this until those elected terms are up in another two years so there is no immediate cost savings for that county. Will that be the situation here? And one of those positions was filled by our Superior Court Judges. How does that factor into the mix? I am all for saving money, but I want to know that if we take this step--which will require the ok of the Georgia Legislature--I want to KNOW that it is going to save us money. I don't want to look back five years down the road and have someone telling me that we made a mistake and we have gone backward on this. Thank you to our commissioners for asking some hard questions and choosing to postpone this decision until you have more information.]

12. ADJOURNMENT: 7:55 p.m.

Agenda subject to revision.
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS - RETREAT
Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 9:30 a.m.
The Depot, Corner of Highway 18 East/Depot Street, Zebulon, Georgia

I attended this entire meeting today. Thank you to all of the Department Heads and Constitutional Officers for educating the Commissioners and the public on what goes on in your department. Thank you to the Commissioners, County Manager, County Attorneys, and County Clerk for attending and for your part in this meeting. Today's meeting was a very informative snapshot of where our county government is right now. Thank you most of all for holding this meeting in a public setting that was easily accessible to the public.

[Note from the Editor: Look for a summary of this meeting over the next couple of days. There was a short break for lunch but the meeting did not end until after 2 p.m. this afternoon.]

The Retreat was held at the Depot in Zebulon. County Attorney Tom Morton gave a short history of this beautiful building before the meeting began. The Lion's Club acquired the building about 20 years ago after a colorful history with the railroad. The first boycott of the area took place here when farmer boycotted because they did not want the railroad to come through the area. The building has been restored and is where The Pike County Lion's Club meets at 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. The meeting place was provided as a community service through The Lion's Club. Thank you to the Lion's Club for this service!

I. CALL TO ORDER .......................................................................... Chairman Doug Mangham

II. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))

III. COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS ...................................................................... Bill Sawyer

• The Year in Review: In 2010, Pike County hired a new County Clerk, the former County Manager (CM) was terminated, 2 Superior Court Judges resigned, 2 new Judges were appointed, Chief Tax Appraiser resigned, Chief Tax Appraiser was appointed, 1 employee at the Tax Commissioner's Office was indicted, County Agent was made half-time with Lamar County, Magistrate Judge and Magistrate Court employee indicted, new Magistrate Judge appointed, new CM was hired, 1 Accounting Supervisor resigned, 1 Accounting Supervisor was appointed, 1 Human Resources employee resigned, 1 Human Resources employee appointed, Planning and Development reduced by 2 employees and Public Works by 7 employees, changed the fiscal year end to June 30th, changes to insurance benefits to save the county money, 4 day work week with Public Works, borrowed $770,000 for operations and paid it back, eliminated fire fees, County Fire Chief was terminated, new (interim) County Fire Chief was named, EMA Director resigned, 2 new County Commissioners were elected, the Circuit Public Defender passed away, a new interim Public Defender was named. He said that most counties in our state don't have the issues that we've had in 2010. "We've persevered and we still have a long way to go," CM Sawyer said. [Note from the Editor: I even missed a couple of these in the list and it still shows the amount of turmoil that this county has undergone of late.]

• Strategic Planning/Short-Term Objectives: Commissioners were asked to look at the following list and decide their top 5 issues in the upcoming year. New Commercial, New Industrial, New Retail/Shopping Center, Paving/Transportation Projects, SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Passage, T-SPLOST (Regional Transportion SPLOST), Tax Reduction, Reduce Size of Government, Smarter Government Spending, Reassumption of Authorities, Provision of County Owned Ambulance Service, Renovations to the Courthouse, and other as named by Commissioners. Commissioner Tommy Powers said Paving/Transportation. Commissioners Doug Mangham and Don Collins said the passage of the SPLOST. Commissioner Carol Bass said Tax Reduction. And Commissioner Tamra Jarrett said Smarter County Spending. • Discussion: Courthouse and roads can be accomplished through the passage of the upcoming SPLOST. Smarter government spending affects citizens' pocketbooks. There was an emphasis on making the most of what we have and not wasting funds. Reduction of government was brought up. The CM asked what if the upcoming SPLOST fails? Badly needed Courthouse renovation and road improvements will then require property taxes to go up. SPLOST was described as the simplest, fairest way to make these improvements. If the upcoming SPLOST is passed, $5 million in needed repairs to the Courthouse and improvements to our roads will not have to come out of operating funds from this and future budgets. We are currently losing around $85,000 per month in SPLOST money each month because we do not have a SPLOST in place. There are only four counties in Georgia that are eligible to collect SPLOST are not collecting SPLOST. We have 174 miles of dirt roads. It costs $180,000 to pave one mile. Pike County Commissioners used to allocate some of the milleage rate for road improvements but that hasn't been done in a long time. Discussed treatment of 1/4 mile of Woodcreek Road with calcium chloride to cut down on the dust. It's been six months since the treatment and it has held up well up until the snow storm. • Priorities were listed as the following: 1-SPLOST passage 2-Cost effective spending. • The Burn rate was discussed. The Burn rate is the amount of money that we have in the bank and the rate of spending which will tell us when we are going to run out of money. We have about $3 million in the bank. We are spending about $550,000 per month. Almost all of our taxes have been collected with the exception of about $800,000. We still have to adjust spending rates. [Note from the Editor: Take a piece of paper and multiply $550,000 by 6. That will tell you approximately how many months of spending that we have in our account. Then subtract how many months we have until tax bills go out in November or December of this year and tax payments start coming in again. Now you will understand what I learned yesterday in the meeting. There are many people who have tried to slow down government spending over the past 5 or 6 years and people didn't understand or didn't listen to what they were saying. Our money situation has to be addressed right now in preparation for six months down the road, and SPLOST needs to get passed so we can pay for some of these expenses without raising our property taxes. We didn't get here overnight and it won't be an overnight fix, but it can be done.] CM Sawyer went on to say that if current spending is not adjusted right now, Pike County is looking at several options: Heavy furloughs, cuts to authorities, and reduction in the size of government. We can't wait to adjust the burn rate when we run out of money. It needs to be addressed now. Commissioners agreed that SPLOST and smarter county spending need to be addressed right now.

[Update 1.21.11: I have made some adjustments to yesterday's write up including a note in blue so readers will understand exactly what we are dealing with.]

• Strategic Planning/Long-Range Objectives: Commissioners were asked to look at the following list and decide their top 5 issues in the upcoming five years. New Commercial, New Industrial, New Retail/Shopping Center, Paving/Transportation Projects, County Water System, Reservoir Ownership, Reduction in Government Size, Consolidation of Local Governments, T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), New Courthouse, New Judicial Complex, Smarter Overall County Spending, and other as named by Commissioners. • Smarter spending and new retail were the top issues for the commissioners. The CM asked about whether the reservoir. Discussion about whether the county could buy a part of the reservoir from the City of Griffin centered around the current lawsuit involving another county that wants to be a part of the reservoir and the complications of doing this now compared to 20 years ago when Pike County should have been doing this ourselves. • What about the jail? Pike County is paying other counties to house our prisoners to the amount of $100,000 some years. A new, modern facility compared to the addition of a pod to the current facility was discussed. A meeting is going to take place about this to determine if this is even a possibility. Cost effectiveness is going to be a factor in this. • It was pointed out that short-term objectives may help with our long-term objectives. There was a general consensus that Pike County has to get its act together and this will help with future plans for the county 5, 10, and 15 years down the road.

Update 1.22.11:

IV. PRESENTATIONS BY DEPARTMENT HEADS - (7-10 minutes each) .................... 10:00 am

Cindy Foster ................................................................................. Tax Assessors:
There are 4 employees in this department who report to the Board of Assessors. This department was at 57% of its budget on December 31, 2010. Working to reevaluate every parcel in the county, doing quality checks for uniformity, etc. Personal property notices went out with an April 1, 2011 deadline. Short-term goals: mapping updates and corrections, mobile home decals, access values. Long-term goals: wants to finish reevaluations of all parcels by 2012. Said at least one more year of high foreclosures which affect property values around them and ultimately lowers the tax digest. Said that her office needs more training, Wingap dues will probably go up, and said that they need more help to access the properties. Emphasized that laws passed by the Legislature directly affect her office.

Randy Snyder ......................................................................... Fire Department:
This is an all volunteer department with 7 stations in the county and about 120 volunteers. Last year review: Merger of Concord, Molena, and Zebulon was completed that began in 2009. Praised the teamwork of these volunteers. Grants for the Quint/Ladder Truck and 2 thermal imagers. Began EMT classes. Held a 2 day county-wide extrication course with very little cost to the county. And 2nd channel installed for multiple incident calls. Said reviewing the budget closely. Currently at 63% of budget but have not bought any equipment. 1st Responder program ensuring people in need can receive advanced care. This can save lives and money for the county too. Working on protocols and working with Mid Georgia Ambulance on this. Needs: Station 8 and Station 5 need to be replaced. There are no back up power sources at any of the stations that can power the entire station. Merger with Meansville will require bringing equipment up to date. Plans and Goals: Complete standardized airpacks (will take several years), replace brush trucks with lighter trucks, researching how to replace apparatuses--wants to work closely with the BOC and the CM to come up with an economical plan that will save money, and build a burn building for training. • The Commissioners had some questions and comments. Discussion: There were 1,685 calls last year. 720 were EMS only which means no members from fire department assisted because of medical transport, sick call, nursing home transport, etc. Training for 1st Responders was paid for by those who took the training. About $1,400. Mid Georgia helped with a grant that provided $2,200 in classbooks and supplies. One commissioner said would like to see some reimbursement for this because the county being provided a service and the county is being cheated if someone can't afford the training. Randy pointed out that former Chief Henderson had said some could be reimbursed but not all because 1st Responders can get a job with this training. Oxygen generator to fill fire bottles? Yes, we have two but contract out for medical oxygen. Discussed relocating Station 8 on Hwy 19 because Gresham Road is so narrow to maybe speed up response time though no funding right now. Asked about the old station in Hollonville. Randy referred that the CM. ISO rating from 9 to a 6 for most areas except for those greater than 5 miles from a station. Asked if was looking for land for these for future plans for substations. This would be a good idea though we do not have surplus trucks or equipment for this now.

David Allen ............................................................... Planning & Development:
There are 4 people working in this office. They uphold the building and zoning codes for the county, give out building permits, business licenses, variances, etc. 2 people were cut from this office last year. Goals: Working with the Planning Commission on cemetery regulations, a watershed ordinance, subdivision plat ordinance, etc. Working on a fee schedule with GIS with an official fee schedule for maps. • Discussion: New housing starts in 2010-16. Zebulon Speedway and Crosspointe Academy are building this year. Business licenses-approximately 250 to 270. There is now a log book of who had code of ordinance books and they get color coded copies of changes to the book until the books are recodified to ensure that books are updated in a timely manner. Been working on an actual review of ordinances including some that needed rewording. Worked with the Planning Commission to improve Residential, Commercial and Industrial sections of code book. Still need to work on watershed and subdivision as well as ongoing with cemetery regulations. Said 2 or 3 new home starts already this year.

Update 2.3.11:

Helen Carter ...................................... Cooperative Extension (County Agent)
UGA Cooperative Extension is a cooperation between federal, state, and local government. It is the research arm of UGA. Education, research, and extension to try to put information back into the hands of the people. Also has ties to the Department of Agriculture. Funding for this department is split between state and local government. Mr. Tyler's position is split with Lamar and Pike County each paying 1/2 of the 50% required funding. There are four staff in this office. Split funding with UGA and county for administration. This covers operating expenses but does not pay for community programs. 4H is paid for through event fees, fundraising, etc. The county purchased a bus several years ago. User fees pay for the gas. Collaborate with other agencies for critical needs. There are 256 educational programs not including all 4H events or activities. 1230 contacts in a year. Provide info about chronic disease through the Health Fair, Walk Georgia computer program, Senior Lessions at the Allie B. Edwards Senior Center, Food Safety Certification for businesses, Preserving Food program, info on cancer and diabetes. Provide info to farmers, etc. in our area about chemicals on land, licensing of facilities with the Dept of Agriculture, cattle info, Farm Tour. Provide positive development for families, etc through class that is required for childcare providers to get their license, Youth Leadership Pike Program and 4H program. And marketing through website, articles, educational programs. Needs: computer upgrade because 2002 computer can't handle some things that it is needed to do--want a laptop with docking station so it can work in the office and travel to various meetings for powerpoint, etc. No funding from the schools. Discussion that the building was built in 1970 but looks much older though did replace the carpet in it, hardly any insulation, pannelling on cinderblock and total electric.

Sheriff Jimmy Thomas ......... Sheriff’s Office (incl. Sheriff, Jail, Inmate, E-911)
Jail: About 600 inmates per year with 405 male and 108 female. Inmate housing outside of Pike County costing about $100,000 per year. No female housing. 1136 Civil services, 804 subpoenas, 206 inmate transports. Volunteers on the SWAT Team. Criminal Investigations Divison divided into Internal Affairs, K9, Narcotics, School Resource Officer, etc. Cases go from theft all of the way to murder and armed robbery. 475 cases means about 153 cases per investigator. Said that there has been a lot of good results out of working Narcotics and that prescription meds is frontline right now. Needs include two investigators for sex crimes and computer crimes and a trained crimescene tech. Needs larger evidence room. Gave kudos to office admin for work with the public: 13,461 incoming calls, 7,162 walkins, 2,368 forms, 104 Open Records Requests, getting background checks done and dealing with the budget. Uniform Patrol includes 911, Traffic Enforcement, Honor Guard, etc. 219.3 square miles in Pike County. Proud of accomplishments in 911. Needs include: another person or two in 911 because only 2 dispatchers, would like to see a separate Traffic Division that would deal with calls on major accidents 24/7. Thanked Commissioners for the CAD System that tracks calls, keeps up with info from calls, and is able to locate personnel. 980 calls the first months. 1106 calls in November. Described mandated medical and dental care for inmates. 360 inmates seen by a nurse, 214 by a doctor, 14 hospitalized-with round the clock deputy with them at the hospital for public safety, 15 outpatient tests, xrays, etc., 83 TB tests, 19 medical transports-with a mandated deputy riding on the ambulance for public safety, 29 dental transports, etc. Stressed cost efficiency when serving warrants but making sure that those who steal from Pike citizens are prosecuted. Discussion: possibility of expanding the jail with modules. Meeting soon to discuss this to see if it is even a possibility. Advised 90% solve rate on crimes. Said that separation of inmates, special needs inmates, women inmates, and overcrowding from time to time need to be addressed.

Update 2.19.11:

Sandy Chamblin ................................. Registrar
Registrar Chamblin wrote out a list of duties on a sheet that was given to all of the commissioners. This office is in charge of Voter Registration Records. There are two full-time workers and two part-time (one day a week) workers so the part-time workers are already trained when there is an election. Three trained registrars are required by law during every election. There are voter registration drives at the school each year. People are already calling about the 2012 election. The Department of Justice and Secretary of State govern her office. There are 12 to 14 hours of training every year. There are 11,424 registered voters in Pike County and 45-49% of those registered actually vote. This is excellent turnout for such a small county. Said that she is getting ready for the SPLOST now. Has been the Registrar for 5 1/2 years and voters have grown from 9,000 when she began. Goals: purchased electronic voting machines for absentee and early voting and this has saved the county a lot of money because voters really like to vote early. Wants to purchase Georgia EZ vote. They are scanning voter registration cards and wants to be paperless by October. There will be a backup disc in the vault and paper files will be for signature only. This is a long process.

Todd Goolsby .................................... Public Works
There are 15 employees at Public Works. Already cutting county spending and saving county money in the shop where they do almost all of the upkeep and repairs for every vehicle in the county and all of the scheduled maintenance. Are under budget on every line item right now. Dirt roads and pot holes are an issue right now. They cut grass, take care of watershed issues, do watershed management about twice a year, oversee landfill monitoring, road maintenance, etc. 6/10th of a mile on Reidsboro Road has been resurfaced and Ellis Road was scheduled for same. Kings Road from stimulus and Caldwell Bridge Road working on. Chestnut Oaks area site graded out. Water Authority repairs on erosion around the tank. Got to keep road passable with rock on the roads, etc. Someone is on call 24/7. Employees rotate out for this. 3 fulltime mechanics in the shop. Commissioners said thank you and asked how Woodcreek Road held up with the snow. Woodcreek Road was treated with calcium cholide in mid July. Every person on that road called and was impressed with it. Held up until the snow. Asked for a savings for the Sheriff's Office on cars. Total break job would be about $600 but only costs $200 with the county doing the work now. 10 hour work days are well-liked by Public Works employees. Get more done in a 10 hour work day and off every Friday. Said that he needs a compactor. Could have paid for one with the rent that he has paid over the past three years.

Willie Quiller ............................................................. Building & Maintenance
[Note from the Editor: I did not hear an explanation why Mr. Quiller did not give a presentation.]

V. PRESENTATIONS BY CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS .......................................... 11:00 am
Sheriff Jimmy Thomas ......... Sheriff’s Office (incl. Sheriff, Jail, Inmate, E-911)
See above.

Update 3.7.11:

VI. Lunch Break ...................................................................................................................... 12:00 pm

VII. PRESENTATIONS BY CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, CONTINUED ..................1:00 pm

Carolyn Williams ........................................................ Superior Clerk of Court
[Note from the Editor: I missed a few minutes of Carolyn's presentation.] Said that Grand Jury is held twice a year, maybe a trial in February with two civil cases, siad that Pike County does not have as big of a caseload as other counties. More Juvenile Court not than have ever had. Judge Hankinson said that there is no date on the Weiss case yet. Census report not due until February or March. May hve to redo the jury box. Lists have enough jurors in the box to do this.

Lynn Brandenburg ....................................................................... Probate Court
194 contested cases. 1673 traffic tickets. All of which have to be entered by hand onto the computer. Still has one full-time and 1 part-time staff even though the caseload has doubled since he began as Probate Judge. Marriage license, firearms license, and probation fines also go through this office as well as probate. The bulk of money that comes through the office is from traffic fines. Said that there are 113,000 funds for the state mandate on each ticket and that close to 50% of the money goes to other agencies such as brain and spinal trust fund, drivers education, etc. in the form of a percentage of each ticket. Said that there were five elections in our county last year.

Donna Wynn ........................................................................ Tax Commissioner
Collects ad valorem and motor vehicle taxes. Hunting and fishing licenses can also be bought in this office. As of December 31, 2010, 82.05% of taxes had been collected. Last year at the same time, 82.62% of taxes had been collected. Said that her office is on track with collections. Goals: Wants to keep within 98-99%. Said had two tax sales last year and aims to have two more this year. The County Manager asked if the removal of fire fees would affect her office. She said that the number one complaint was the fire fee. There were so many exeptions with less than an acre or on the Upson County line, etc. that needed to be resolved and couldn't be just inputted into the system in order to be exempt. This is something that would have to be taken care of every single year the way that this was set up.

VIII. PRESENTATIONS ................................................... 1:30 pm

County Attorney Rob Morton
Morton and Morton has been the County Attorney for the past eight years. Have given a presentation of what they do to the two new commissioners. Some of what they do includes representing the Board of Commissioners, constitutional officers, employees, etc. as long as there is no conflict between these entities. They work with the County Manager on a daily basis. Said that this is the most experienced CM that the county has ever had and praised his work. Said that out of the 11 departments that have already appeared, Morton and Morton has worked with 10 of them. Said that they are invovled with insurance cases and issues, work as liason with other attorneys, handle EOC complaints, work with the Tax Board, Tax Commissioner and Tax Assessor, write up all contracts, work with Public Works and are involved with the courts. Said that the county has two attorneys for the cost of one and that Pike County is priority one in their work. Their contract is for about 2 hours per day for the county and they spend more time than that on county business and are honored to do that. Two current pending matters: Declaratory Judgement Action relating to Magistrate Court last spring and a recently filed case against the Sheriff's Office and Pike County claiming wrongful arrest and detention. Also described potential current litigation cases as well as a threat of mandamus. Said they are working on Code process though there was no money to update the code this year. Said it was ideal to update the code every year. Said that the Personnel Policy needs to be addressed and other county policies too. Said that Fire Protocol has a brief description in the code bu needs internal policies and procedures in the code. Said that there is a new director at Teen Challenge to meet with the CM and board representatives.
County Clerk Teresa Watson
Finance Officer Kay Landers

IX. OTHER BUSINESS
• Approval/denial of County contract with GDOT on S013294 – PR – Caldwell Bridge Road at Birch Creek, Stradler Bent Replacement and Pile Encasements.

X. PUBLIC COMMENT- (Limited to 5 minutes per person)

XI. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS ..................................................................................2:15 pm

XII. FINAL COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS ........................................................... Bill Sawyer

XIII. ADJOURNMENT ...................................................................................................... 3:00-3:30 pm

Agenda subject to revision – Times are best approximates
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REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

This was the first meeting of the new Board of Commissioners. Chairman Doug Mangham introduced new District 1 and 2 Commissioners Carol Bass and Tamra Jarrett to the audience who welcomed them with a round of applause. Chairman Mangham also advised that he would vote in meetings from now on. This announcement was met with applause as well. The meeting was attended by all five Commissioners, County Clerk Teresa Watson, County Manager Bill Sawyer and County Attorney Rob Morton.

Appoint a Vice Chairman for the Pike County Board of Commissioners for 2011. This was moved to the beginning of the meeting since the Vice-Chairman would need to take over the meeting during the Unfinished Business portion of the meeting. Motion to appoint Tommy Powers. Approved 5-0.

6. REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONS, DEPARTMENTS, COMMITTEES, AUTHORITIES
a. Monthly Reports submitted from County Departments and County Authorities. Motion to approve 5-0.
b. County Manager Report
•Update on County finances for the following funds/accounts:
•General Fund $2,464,829.19
•Jury Account -$490 [additional court cases put this account in the hole]
•Cash Reserve Account $332,248.42 (previous report $332,218.89)
•Jail Fund $17,186.66 (previous report $20,000)
•E-911 Fund $12,557.06 (previous report $8,419.80)
•DATE Fund $10,087.51(previous report $9,897.51)
•Fire Fund $397,535.91 (previous report $124,748.30)
•Juvenile Court Fund $28,924.23 (previous report $28,599.23)
•Residential Impact Fees $176,083.98 (previous report $176,083.98)
•Commercial Impact Fees $6,533.02
•General Obligation SPLOST Tax Bond Sinking Fund $766,844.58 (previous report $757,009.78) [This will be paid off next month.]
•Update on County projects. None.
•Other topics as required. None.
c. Commissioner Reports:
•District 1 Carol Bass - Asked about restitution by Shawn Shoates. Said he was sentenced to repay $3,816 but the county has only received $386 so far. County Attorney Morton said that Shoates was sentenced to 10 years probation and has to pay this over that time period. Said that the county has no control over when this will be paid but that the County has contacted Shoats' Probation Officer and Supervisor and the State Level to let them know that the County wants to receive that money as soon as possible. He advised that the county has no control over when this will be paid but that it will be paid before he can get off of probation.
•District 2 Tamra Jarrett - Thanked CM Sawyer, Magistrate Court, the Sheriff's Office, and Courthouse Departments for tour of their departments.
•District 3 Tommy Powers - Said that there are problems with Teen Challenge and has talked to the County Attorney about setting up a meeting to talk with the leaders of the facility. Said he was afraid that a teen was going to get hurt and it was going to cost the county money.
•District 4 Don Collins - Checked with the County Manager during the storm and commended Public Works for keeping our roads open.
•Chairman Doug Mangham - None.
d. County Attorney Report to Commissioners: None.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
a. Approval/denial of request from Lyn Smith, 7696 Ga. Highway 109, Molena, for waiver of fire fee. Chairman Mangham stepped down and Vice Chairman Tommy Powers took the gavel for this portion of the meeting. This was postponed from a prior meeting. This has not been paid according to CM Sawyer. Discussion that everyone would have liked to not pay fire fees, but fees were accessed on everyone. CM Sawyer said that if this is approved as an exception, everyone who had double parcels under conservation would ask for an exception. Recommended denial. Motion to deny. Approved 4-0.

8. NEW BUSINESS
a. Appoint a Vice Chairman for the Pike County Board of Commissioners for 2011. Moved to the beginning of the meeting.
b. Appoint a member to the Pike County Board of Assessors to fill the unexpired term of Gina Fry, set to expire March 15, 2011, to complete a four-year term. Chairman Mangham stepped back into the meeting. Discussion whether the applicants for this position had been advised of required training. Yes, they were. [Note from the Editor: I found out after the meeting that applications have been received from Doyle J. Proctor II, Willie Lee Johnson, and Rickie Maddox.] Motion to appoint Proctor. No 2nd. Motion dies for lack of a 2nd. Motion to appoint Maddox. Approved 4-1 with Commissioner Don Collins voting against. Citizen John Morrison had held his hand up through the votes to get the attention of the Commissioners to be recognized. Commissioner Tamra Jarrett made a motion to allow a citizen in the meeting to speak. Commission Carol Bass 2nd this motion. 2-3 with Carol and Tamra voting for it. Motion does not carry. [Note from the Editor: Chairman Mangham did not read the names of the three applicants before asking for a motion on this even though this has been a problem in the past. And this is what John Morrison was asking for with his raised hand and was not allowed to speak. On the chance that this was an oversight--and it could have been even though the vote to keep the public from speaking was not--I have asked that names of applicants be announced to the public before votes are taken.]
c. Approval/denial, on first reading, of proposed 2011 amendment to the Pike County Code of Ordinances to provide for New Section 36.38 Seat Belt Policy to Title III Administration, Chapter 36 Personnel Policy. County Manager recommends approval. This is needed for insurance purposes. It must be approved and a sign posted about it in order to meet the requirements. Discussion of whether it will be presented to employees after approval. Yes.
d. Consider request of Pike County Chief Magistrate, Marcia Callaway-Ingram, for an increase in budget allocated for Department 23 for FY 2010/2011. Chief Magistrate Callaway-Ingram addressed the Commissioners. Advised that she was brought in on June 1, 2010 and with the budget being set for the new year the following month, did not have enough information to give a budget to the BOC. Said that her personnel were cut from 4 full-time including the Chief Magistrate to two full-time people and the Magistrate. She said that is not enough to effectively and efficiently run Magistrate Court. The Civil Clerk was eliminated entirely and salary and position of a full-time Magistrate was cut to part-time. Asked for both to be reinstated. Asked for an annual budget of $235,702.50. Said that the 8 month budget was considered and reuced for the yearly budget and that reinstating positions is the bulk of the increase with $24,000 to $40,000 just for insurance depending on what is needed. Part-time clerical help has helped but is not enough. Chief Magistrate Callaway-Ingram presented counties of similar population and caseload to Pike as well. Appling County has 18,011 people with 2 Clerks and 2 Magistrates. Banks County has 16,800 people with 2 Clerks and 2 Magistrates. Ben Hill County has 17,567 people with 2 Clerks, 1 Secretary, and 3 Magistrates. Lamar County has 17,550 people with 1 1/2 Clerks and 1 1/2 Magistrates. Washington County has 20,879 people with 3 Clerks and 1 Magistrate. Pike County currently has 1 Clerk and 1 part-time Secretary, 1 Assistant Magistrate, and 1 full-time Magistrate Judge. Chief Magistrate Callaway-Ingram was commended for staying within her budget, has been tracking well so far this year with her budget, and this increase would be prorated because half of the year is gone already, but the bottom line came down to how the county could fund the $89,099 increase. One commissioner said that he appreciated the fact that she is running understaffed and noted that at least one other department is doing the same, but said that the people can't afford to pay any more. Motion was made to deny. Denied 5-0.
e. Approval/denial to ratify changes in Fire Department personnel: Interim Fire Chief-Randy Snyder; Deputy Fire Chief/EMA Director-Mike Singleton; and Deputy Fire Chief/Operations-Mike Grant. County Manager recommends approval. Motion to approve. 5-0. Discussion of what procedures are being followed to fill the position permanently. CM Sawyer advised that an advertisement will be placed in the paper for 30 days immediately after this vote. Approved 5-0.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT- (Limited to 5 minutes per person)
a. Mollie Awtrey desires to address the Board regarding County business. Could not attend due to the inclement weather.

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Motion to go into at 9:37 a.m.
a. County Manager desires an Executive Session for: i) pending or potential litigation, settlement, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions brought or to be brought by or against the county or any officer or employee or in which the county or any officer or employee may be directly involved as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-2(1), relative to Magistrate Court, and ii) discussion or deliberation on the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action or dismissal, or periodic evaluation or rating of a county officer or employee, relative to: i) the Pike County Fire Department, and ii) Administration, as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(6).
Back into regular session at 10:36 a.m. The County Manager recommended the immediate elimination of the salary of the Fire Chief. Motion to approve 5-0. There was no discussion. [Note from the Editor: I realize that the county is in dire straits just like the rest of us, and we are discussing $18,000 per year that would be coming out of the yearly county budget for this position. However, we need to get a total view of what we are asking someone to volunteer for. Filing necessary paperwork for monthly meetings, necessary paperwork for the state, attending meetings as a Department Head when required, phone conferences or anything that may be required by the BOC is on top of the duties already required in order to run Pike County Emergency Services in an orderly manner. And that doesn't count the time that is volunteered fighting fires. Who is going to want their husband up here working 10, 15 or even 20 hours a week on top of a regular paying job when they aren't getting paid something for all of those extra duties? (This is a much smaller amount than the time that the past Fire Chief was in the office by the way.) And if there is no compensation for meetings, etc. is the "volunteer" Fire Chief still going to be required to perform these duties? Essentially, the phrase that I keep hearing in conversation about this position is "You get what you pay for". Expecting someone to be available for a list of office duties that are going to require 10-20 hours a week or more without pay is not reasonable.]

11. ADJOURNMENT: Motion to adjourn. 10:37 a.m.

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