May 7, 2013
JCWSA, Old Washington Park School, Recreation Plan
Observations of the BOC Meeting May
6th –Part I
Comments --Washington Park School—BOC was asked if they had gotten a
letter of abatement for the asbestos? Asked
BOC not to put this on the citizens. See
The Litigation reason for every executive session was questioned. The county only has 2 lawsuits-- LOST which
seemed to have already been decided and one against the Sheriff’s office.
There were comments about JCWSA and how their enabling legislation states it
should stand on its own and pay for itself with revenues from system. Population projections were also questioned.
video here, then watch the video with JCWSA engineer Frank Sherill
by Jasper County Water Authority
Frank Sherill, JCWSA engineer, said they were exploring water resources in
Jasper County and projects in the next 5 years. He said the county needed to increase its
supply of water. (Note: In 2012 JCWSA bought 20,715,000 gallons and sold
16,030,000 gallons for the year and had approximately 360
customers. The customer base is less
than what JCWSA estimated they would start up with in 2003, which was
440.) See letter to USDA here.
Frank Sherill accompanied Tommy Craig to Jasper County in December 2003 to
convince our BOC and the public how desperately we needed Bear Creek Reservoir
and more water. They predicted in the year 2013 that there would be 20,820 people in
Jasper County and that JCWSA would have over 5900 customers. His spill was similar at the May 6th
Mr. Sherrill said there was plenty of loan money out there at favorable
rates—1.4% for 30 years. (Note: JCWSA
can not pay the debt they have now; therefore the need for a Fire District tax
bringing in over $48,000 a year to help them.)
He also said we will get a residential presence from Baxter. He ended with, “We are working on your behalf
to use resources in county. JCWSA will
be on ready.”
Old Washington Park School – Ms.
Smith said the BOC needed to let the School Board know their intentions about
the building. Comm. Henry suggested they
have a walk through. Comm. Trammell said
it has to be a plus for “our plan,” but “he
had tried to get rid of old school buildings all his career, not take them
over.” Comm. Pennamon wants to move
forward and gave reasons why this was a good building. Comm. Trammell said, "We don't even know
what we want to do with it." He
also said there is asbestos in there –in the 8x8 floor tiles—and someone had
stripped all the copper wiring out of the gym.
The BOC still agreed to do a walk through once a date and time was set
video of this discussion here
Georgia Regional Commission – Recreation Plan Proposal
The BOC approved spending matching funds of $1200 to pay NEGRC to prepare a
Recreation Plan. DCA approval of $13,200
of the cost via a grant should be known by May 31st. NEGRC won't begin until July 1 to work on the
plan. The comment from the BOC was “Put
up or shut up about Recreation” and they voted 5-0 to move forward with this
video here of discussion.
Several things that came up in this meeting revealed that the BOC is going
to have a very difficult time replacing the organizational skills, financial
skills, finesse and knowledge of Lorri Smith.
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