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January 24, 2013

County takes out line of credit to pay bills

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Johnny Westmoreland, District 5, said he understood the county needed the loan to pay bills, while mentioning the cost could be better allocated toward citizen services.

Sammy Hall, District 3, didn't disagree the board shouldn't be borrowing.

“For the record the county has been doing this for 10 years if not longer,” Hall said.

The commission agreed to have its first called work session next Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

For now, the board agreed to hold work sessions every fourth Thursday.

Westmoreland said work sessions are a vital component to increase community involvement and better all-around knowledge of the issues at hand.

“You have the ability to call as many meetings as you like. Let's start out and see how one works for everybody's schedule then we'll go from there,” Tommy French, District 2, said. “Test the water before you go out. We can always change.”

Work sessions are open to the public and set upcoming meeting agendas.

In other news:

• All the commissioners signed a letter asking the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to postpone the scheduled Craig Center closing at Central State Hospital due to humanitarian and economic concerns. The Central State redevelopment authority, Milledgeville City Council and county legislative representatives' signatures will be included. The Craig Center is the last mental health facility at Central State.

• Tim Ingram from Ingram & Associates updated the commission on a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for a sanitary sewer rehabilitation project in the Frazier Drive area.

• Ingram said a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) grant of $5.2 million for a 750,000-gallon elevated water tank on Highway 212 and a 2 million gallon ground storage site on Hopewell Church Road will greatly increase holding capacity. The elevated tank is on track to begin functioning in mid-February.

• County attorney David McRee said a bill supported by all major wireless carriers for mobile broadband infrastructure development has been introduced this legislative session. The bill would limit local ability to regulate tower location and modifications. Hall suggested writing a letter in opposition. The board agreed. 

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