2018-01-10 / Front Page

Commissioners approve donation of Rackley property for JCFEC

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

The Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center (JCFEC) will soon have a new home. During a recent meeting, the Jenkins County Commissioners accepted a donation of property from the Dr. Hunter Rackley family to house the offices of JCFEC and agreed that the county will pay the closing costs for the transaction.

The property, which is located on Winthrope Avenue, will need some renovations which could be provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections. JCFEC would be responsible for materials. The building will be named in honor of Dr. Rackley, longtime dentist in the community. The structure currently housing the JCFEC on Barney Avenue is owned by the Jenkins County Board of Education and is scheduled to be demolished in the near future.

County Administrator Grady Saxon discussed the planned paving project for Woodrum Lane, including possible funding sources. He noted that the county has received notification from the Georgia Department of Transportation that it would receive $150,000 from the State for this project. Grant opportunities were discussed and a motion was approved to apply for a grant and to contact Rhonda Gilbert and Associates to write a grant for the funding.

Mr. Saxon also discussed the upcoming final phase of renovation at the Jenkins County Courthouse. He provided a cost estimate in the amount of $435,923 and stated that this funding would come from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 6. A motion was approved to begin the bid process for the project.

A quote for equipment financing through the Association of County Commissions of Georgia’s (ACCG) Equipment Financing Program was presented by Mr. Saxon. Equipment listed on the application was a new motor grader, a new ambulance and new E-911 equipment. ACCG submitted the request to various banks and then sent the best option to the County for review. The amount to be financed is $675,315 and will be repaid through the SPLOST funds, which Mr. Saxon stated would help reduce the burden on property owners.

The potential sale of the old County Jail was discussed with Mr. Saxon reporting that he had received an estimate for the property from the Tax Assessor. The commissioners approved a motion to advertise the property for sale with the opportunity to accept/reject any of the bids received.

It was noted that the county had received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the amount of $6,000 for the purchase of an Emergency Equipment Trailer. Jenkins County EMA Director Alvin Burke had received quotes for the trailer, with the lowest being $6,202. A motion was approved for the county to contribute the remaining $202 for purchase of the trailer and an additional $1,500 for renovations to the inside of the trailer.

Commissioner Hiller Spann inquired if any contact had been made with the Jenkins County Medical Center regarding the possibility of the facility providing dialysis services since the local dialysis center had closed. Mr. Saxon was asked to make the contact and report back to the Commissioners.

In a called meeting of the Commissioners, the combined millage rate for the county and school was set at 25.675 for the fiscal year. The county’s rate was approved at 10.195 mils and the school’s rate at 15.480 mils.

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