County Minutes - As Recorded By A Meeting Attendee
Scheduled Stewart County Commission
October 13, 2009
Municipal Courtroom Lumpkin Georgia
Five Commissioners present, 20 attending,
Minutes recorded by, James Babb.
After procedural formalities two public
Woody Murrah: Requested that he be allowed to address
the Commission at conclusion.
John Pollard: Submitted the Georgia Forestry Report,
providing a copy to each of the commissioners.
-There were no Administrative Matters
-Reports: Monthly Financial Report totals
provided by Commissioner Lee
PROBATE: None submitted
COURTHOUSE: David Kent, Requested Commission ruling regarding Color
of Paint to be used in Courthouse. Motion
made and adopted for Paint color to be Early
EMS: None Submitted
ROAD: None Submitted
JAIL: Open discussion of feasibility of converting
old prison camp into a facility that could
house prisoners. This in an effort to eliminate
the expensive arrangement in place now. At
present Stewart County pays $35 per day/per
prisoner to Sumter County to house our prisoners.
Stewart County incurs monthly costs in excess
of $20,000 on a regular basis.
Suggested that at times Sumter County is
full and we must find other accommodations.Commissioner
Holloway furthered stated that in the event
that there are more Federal Prisoners, our
prisoner would likely be displaced due to
the higher rate of pay obtained from the
Federal Government ($75 per day)
Discussed the possibility of obtaining a
loan through the DOT-LARP program which would
likely take up to one year to
obtain. Also discussed was the possibility
of securing a loan through Farmers State
Bank to make up the difference money available
and the cost.
Indicated the he had made inquiries with
the Warden at CCA, regarding feasibility
of utilizing their Food Service Provider
in an effort to reduce costs.
Indicated that he had more research to do
and he would have more information at the
next called meeting
Commented that further investigation is needed
to determine if the project is feasible.
-USDA-Patrol Vehicles: No Action
Stated his intent to advertise and set a
date this week for a public hearing to facilitate
progress on the Jail Project
-LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENT: Motion made and
adopted to appoint Mrs. Dorothy Kennedy to The Library Board
-NOMINATIONS TO WATER AUTHORITY BOARD: Postponed
-Invitation from Baldwin Funeral Home to provide the Commission an opportunity
to visit their facility in Richland.
-Robert Patterson-thank you letter
PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Mr. Woody Murrah had a litany of questions for Commissioner Lee. Mostly concerning the County Budget. In
a rapid fire succession of questions with
regard to the budget Mr. Murrah demanded to know the status of the budget.
Commissioner Lee informed him that the budget is progressing
comparably to past years, and invited Mr. Murrah to stop by his office at his convenience
and he would be glad to discuss the budget
in detail. Suggesting that perhaps this would
be a better forum. Mr. Murrah stated that he preferred to ask his questions
in the Commission Meeting. Not in the office.
Mr. Murrah further stated the he felt as if the prisoner
housing costs is a bargain compared to the
many requirements such as health care.
Mr. James Babb contributed that during his tenure as Warden
at Stewart County C.I., he had managed to
keep costs to a minimum utilizing a nurse
daily and having weekly doctor rounds.
Suggested research be done between now and
November to determine the best course of
action regarding the Jail situation.
Voiced concern with regard to compliance
with Federal illegal alien requirements.
Requested an explanation why she and Commissioner Scott were required to pay sales tax and parking
while they were away taking relevant educational
Indicated that he was unaware of the reason.
That both Commissioners should have been
afforded tax exempt status and their parking
should have been paid.
Commissioner Holloway: No additional comments
Commenting further regarding the Jail situation
Brown indicated that he could envision a
jail that would actually make a profit,
Additional Motion made and adopted
DOT-LARP Program. Unanimous Consent
Meeting Was Adjourned
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