2017-10-04 / Front Page

County takes action on illegal dumping

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

“Smile, you’re on candid camera.”!

During a recent meeting of the Jenkins County Commissioners it was reported that a camera system to monitor dumpster sites in the county for illegal dumping had been purchased. Grady Saxon, county administrator, said that the system had been ordered and the metal posts for mounting were “in-house.” One camera had already been received and the county mechanic had begun fabricating the camera boxes. Superior Alarm would mark the sites for post placement and installation would begin soon, Mr. Saxon said.

Dale Suggs with ScotBilt Homes spoke to the group seeking a reduction in the county’s landfill tipping fees for the manufacturing plant from $40 per ton to $30 per ton. Mr. Suggs noted that ScotBilt would be purchasing its own truck and roll-off dumpsters and would haul debris to the landfill directly. The Commissioners requested additional information on estimated monthly tonnage and stated that a decision would be made at the group’s next meeting.

Problems with the county’s radio system were discussed by Chief Dwayne Herrington. Chief Herrington said that since a recent system upgrade, the reliability of the radio system had declined. He noted the Fire Department pagers were not working properly either, stating that the poor reliability could put the lives of the public safety personnel at risk. Sheriff Robert Oglesby also reported having problems with the system since the upgrade. It was determined that Sheriff Oglesby would work with Chief Herrington on resetting the system to its settings prior to the upgrade.

Jack Patel, owner of Regency Inn, inquired as to the commissioners plans to increase hotel/motel taxes this year. It was explained to Mr. Patel that a commercial property revaluation had been done and that a tax increase on his property was possible. Mr. Patel also requested that a secure system be developed for leaving messages for the commissioners or county administrator.

Screening to limit the impact of the sight at the solar farm located on Old Louisville Road was discussed. Mr. Saxon reported that he had met with a representative of Citizens Energy regarding the matter and the representative felt that the site was in compliance with the county’s Solar Ordinance. Various options were discussed to resolve the matter, including blackout screening. The representative had agreed to look into the cost of the blackout screening. Mr. Saxon said he would follow up on the matter.

The commissioners approved the appointment of Steve Burke, Emma Whiters, Glen Mays and Marian Pennington to the Board of Tax Assessors and to increase the monthly compensation to $100 per month, $500 for the initial 40 hour training course and $500 for each 40 hours of training thereafter.

It was reported that the county has been approved for a grant to revise the Hazard Mitigation Plan for Jenkins County with a cost share agreement. Federal funding would amount to $21,000, state funding, $2,800 and a local share of $4,200. The local share can be paid through in-kind services.

It was also noted that the county had received its reimbursement from FEMA/GEMA for damages sustained during Hurricane Mathew in the amount of $22,842.69.

Other actions taken by the commissioners included: approved a contract from the CSRA Rural Commission Department of Aging Services to cover 90% of the cost of providing meals at the Jenkins County Senior Citizens Center with a county match of $3,865.20; accepted a Recreation Grant for the Senior Citizens Center for fiscal year 2018 in the amount of $5,000 with a county match of $556; and approved the purchase of a Rhina batwing mower in the amount of $15,200 from Burke Truck and Tractor.

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