2011-05-25 / Front Page

County to loan city SPLOST funds

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

The Jenkins County Commissioners will loan the City of Millen $100,000 of the county’s share of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax #5 ( SPLOST) funds to help defray initial expenses incurred by the city for the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) project. The agreement was approved during an April meeting of the commissioners.

Under terms of the agreement, the city will repay the loan from its share of future SPLOST revenue.

In a related matter, the commissioners discussed a project grant of $917,000 which the county and city have co-written for the purpose of defraying some of the expenses both governmental bodies will incur relating to the CCA project. If approved, the county will receive $500,000 and the city will receive the remaining funds.

The commissioners approved a motion 4-1 to issue citations to the owners of several nuisance sites in the county. The sites named were an area on U.S. Hwy. 25 with autos, tractors and boats, Old Duck Pond building, community house on State Route 23 and the Birdsville Community House on State Route 17 North. Commissioners Tommy Lane, Domingo Green, Pamelia Dwight and James Henry cast approving votes. Commissioner Floyd Chance opposed.

Emergency Medical Services Director Henry Young reported that the county ambulance damaged in a recent storm would soon be repaired and that an ambulance had been borrowed from Medstar for use in the meantime. He presented two shelter plans for the commissioners to consider for replacement of the ambulance shelter that was destroyed by the storm.

Coaches Bobby Dammarell and Larry Lawrence requested the commissioners’ help with the cost of lighting of the recreation department field during practice sessions of the East Georgia Rebels, a semi-pro football team that would be based in Millen. The cost would be $50 per hour. The commissioners agreed to consider the request and inform the coaches of their decision by telephone.

Field Director Grady Lane reported: a citizen had volunteered to raise funds to offer a reward for “sign snatchers; tires were being found in county dumpsters; the property owner of Herman’s Road had offered to donate the property to the county; and patching and leveling was needed on Paramore Hill Road before resurfacing.

The commissioners discussed changes to the indigent burial program being drafted with the changes to be incorporated into the proposal for consideration at the next meeting.

Other actions taken by the commissioners included the following:

 Approved the collection of trash at the county landfill on “Clean- Up Day”, April 23, at no charge to the citizen;

 Rejected a proposal from Dabbs-Williams to replace the rails and balusters on the west porch of the courthouse at a cost of $8,513;

 Approved the annual cost of $8,900 for Analytical Services to monitor the water at test wells at the county landfill;

 Approved the payment of one-half the cost of a new computer, $804.50, for the Jenkins County Extension Service; and

 Approved the county’s share of the salary and benefits for Jenkins County Extension Service aide, Elaine Lanier.

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