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Scheduled Stewart County Commission Meeting October 13, 2009

Municipal Courtroom Lumpkin Georgia

Five Commissioners present, 20 attending, Minutes recorded by, James Babb.


After procedural formalities two public appearances were announced.

Woody Murrah: Requested that he be allowed to address the Commission at conclusion.

John Pollard: Submitted the Georgia Forestry Report, providing a copy to each of the commissioners.

-There were no Administrative Matters addressed

-Reports: Monthly Financial Report totals provided by Commissioner Lee

PROBATE: None submitted

COURTHOUSE: David Kent, Requested Commission ruling regarding Color of Paint to be used in Courthouse. Motion made and adopted for Paint color to be Early American.

EMS: None Submitted

ROAD: None Submitted

-Old Business:

JAIL: Open discussion of feasibility of converting old prison camp into a facility that could house prisoners. This in an effort to eliminate the expensive arrangement in place now. At present Stewart County pays $35 per day/per prisoner to Sumter County to house our prisoners. Stewart County incurs monthly costs in excess of $20,000 on a regular basis.


Commissioner Holloway
Suggested that at times Sumter County is full and we must find other accommodations.Commissioner Holloway furthered stated that in the event that there are more Federal Prisoners, our prisoner would likely be displaced due to the higher rate of pay obtained from the Federal Government ($75 per day)

Commissioner Brown
Discussed the possibility of obtaining a loan through the DOT-LARP program which would likely take up to one year to
obtain. Also discussed was the possibility of securing a loan through Farmers State Bank to make up the difference money available and the cost.

Commissioner Brown
Indicated the he had made inquiries with the Warden at CCA, regarding feasibility of utilizing their Food Service Provider in an effort to reduce costs.

Commissioner Brown
Indicated that he had more research to do and he would have more information at the next called meeting

Commissioner Scott
Commented that further investigation is needed to determine if the project is feasible.

-USDA-Patrol Vehicles: No Action

-Commissioner Lee
Stated his intent to advertise and set a date this week for a public hearing to facilitate progress on the Jail Project


New Business

-LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENT: Motion made and adopted to appoint Mrs. Dorothy Kennedy to The Library Board

-NOMINATIONS TO WATER AUTHORITY BOARD: Postponed

-Invitation from Baldwin Funeral Home to provide the Commission an opportunity to visit their facility in Richland.

-Letter AAOA

-Robert Patterson-thank you letter

PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Mr. Woody Murrah had a litany of questions for Commissioner Lee. Mostly concerning the County Budget. In a rapid fire succession of questions with regard to the budget Mr. Murrah demanded to know the status of the budget. Commissioner Lee informed him that the budget is progressing comparably to past years, and invited Mr. Murrah to stop by his office at his convenience and he would be glad to discuss the budget in detail. Suggesting that perhaps this would be a better forum. Mr. Murrah stated that he preferred to ask his questions in the Commission Meeting. Not in the office. Mr. Murrah further stated the he felt as if the prisoner housing costs is a bargain compared to the many requirements such as health care.

Mr. James Babb contributed that during his tenure as Warden at Stewart County C.I., he had managed to keep costs to a minimum utilizing a nurse daily and having weekly doctor rounds.


Commissioners Comments:

Commissioner Lee:

Suggested research be done between now and November to determine the best course of action regarding the Jail situation.

Commissioner Scott:
Voiced concern with regard to compliance with Federal illegal alien requirements.

Commissioner House:
Requested an explanation why she and Commissioner Scott were required to pay sales tax and parking while they were away taking relevant educational courses.

Commissioner Lee:
Indicated that he was unaware of the reason. That both Commissioners should have been afforded tax exempt status and their parking should have been paid.

Commissioner Holloway: No additional comments

Commissioner Brown:
Commenting further regarding the Jail situation Brown indicated that he could envision a jail that would actually make a profit,

Additional Motion made and adopted to adopt DOT-LARP Program. Unanimous Consent


Meeting Was Adjourned

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