The Banks County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with plans to purchase 250,000 gallons of water per day from the City of Toccoa.
The BOC has received a proposed 15-year contract from the city for the water purchase. At a meeting Tuesday night, the BOC agreed for administrative assistant Angela Shepherd to meet with Toccoa officials to move forward with the contract. After Shepherd meets with Toccoa officials, the final contract will come back to the BOC for approval.
The proposed contract calls for the county to pay Toccoa $2.53 per 1,000 gallons of water. The water connection would be on Damascus Road. The agreement doesn’t require any significant infrastructure upgrade to either system.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:
•commissioner Joe Barefoot presented a silver keychain to out-going chairman Gene Hart on behalf of the staff and BOC. “The future of the county is bright,” Hart said. “I am really excited about the future of Banks County.”
•a request from Billy Poole for a variance for setbacks for poultry houses was postponed until the January meeting.
•a request for a conditional use permit to operate an auction business at 321 Pottery Factory Drive was approved.
•the board approved a request from Natasha Ward, chairman of Banks County Relay for Life, to hold the annual event May 15-16 on property beside of the middle school.
•tabled making appointments until the January meeting to the planning commission, joint development authority, recreation advisory board and Chestatee Chattahoochee RC & D board.
•the board approved a bid from Parker Traffic Markings, Cleveland, for $30,355 for 25 miles of road striping work in the county. The county received two bids for this project. Mid-State Striping Inc., Eatonton, submitted a bid of $30,779.
•the BOC approved a bid from Triple H Transport of $475 per ton for gravel hauling for county projects. The county received one more bid. Simpson Trucking submitted a bid of $560 per ton. Shubert Hauling had also submitted a bid but it was withdrawn.
•commissioners agreed to replace windows at the courthouse which is being renovated. There will not be any additional change to the overall budget for this work.
•a $3,000 annual contract with the Tate’s Creek Fire Department was approved.
•approved a $25,125 contract with Rindt McDuff & Associates for engineering work on a long-range water plan for the county. The BOC also approved a $9,000 contract with the company for a engineering for a gravity line sewer project.
•Hart was authorized to sign off on the service delivery strategy resolution.
•a proposal to increase the pay for the board of equalization to $150 per day, as of July 1, 2009, was approved.
•a proposal to increase the daily pay for bailiffs to $50 was approved.
•alcohol license renewals for the year were approved.
•the BOC agreed to pay $200 per month in retirement compenstation for senior judge Robert Adamson.
•it was reported that landfill fees for county residents who use Waste Management to dispose of their garbage will be $10 for up to 10 bags of garbage per visit.
•the BOC approved a proposal of $29,260 to update the computer software in the tax commissioner’s office.
•commissioners approved an update on the GIS (geographic information system) resolution. It was first approved in August and some minor changes were made after errors were discovered.
•the Dec. 23 scheduled BOC meeting was cancelled. The next regular BOC meeting will be Jan. 13.
•a 20-minute closed session was held to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken.