2006-09-27 / Front Page

Commissioners table courthouse parking plans

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Plans for providing additional parking space at the Jenkins County Courthouse were placed "on hold" during the Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Jenkins County Commissioners.

Chairman James Henry commented that he had received "negative feedback" from numerous citizens concerning the possible utilization of the rear courthouse lawn for additional parking. He also noted that any parking plans made by the commissioners would have to be compatible with the courthouse security plan that Jenkins County Sheriff Tim Fields had recently submitted to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit judges for review.

Alternative plans were discussed, but after more discussion, the decision was made to delay action on the parking plans until the courthouse security plans are approved.

The commissioners approved sending a delegation to Atlanta to meet with Medicaid officials concerning a recent request that the county reimburse the agency $41,000 for claims which officials indicate were approved for payment and should not have been. The county has been unsuccessful in obtaining documentation to support the request, and the agency has been applying Medicaid payments due the county to the disputed reimbursement amount.

County administrator Carol Cates asked for clarification of the county's animal control policy regarding the types of situations in which the county will authorize dogs to be picked up. After some discussion, it was determined that only dogs deemed dangerous or represent a safety concern will be picked up by the county.

It was reported that the county has received from the Department of Transportation a "Notice to Proceed" with repairs to four bridges within the county. The amount approved for materials to complete the work was $38,792.61. The commissioners instructed the county field director to investigate the possibility of obtaining additional funds from other sources that would allow the county to hire contractors to complete portions of the work that county workers cannot perform.

Other actions taken by the commissioners included the following:

Approved the employment of Gina Harbin as transit van driver;

Approved the purchase of a sheriff's car in the amount of $28,060;

Approved the development of a Pre-disaster Mitigation Plan with grant funds, using the RDC to write the grant application;

Approved and authorized chairman to sign airport improvement contract in the amount of $631,579.

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