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Commissioners approve ‘dead’ budget for new fiscal year

The Screven County Board of Commissioners approved their FY 2014-2015 “dead” budget Tuesday morning at their regularly scheduled meeting.
Commissioner Gregg Ellison called it a “dead” budget as it had no real changes from last year and there were no big capital expenditures. The county is “just maintaining,” he said.
The commissioners also adopted the county millage rate at 12.276 which brings the county-wide total to 26.850 mills. The millage rate was increased by 0.157 to cover lost revenue from multiple sources – like the state’s new tag and title law, decreasing property values, and very little residential growth.
Visitors from the Georgia Department of Transportation office of District 5 were there to meet the commissioners and introduce themselves as Screven County joined District 5, moving from District 2 which is located out of Tennille, Ga.
GDOT District Engineer Karon Ivery said the staff was glad to meet everyone and ready to get to work.
Commissioners were presented with two options for the 2015 LMIG project by Commissioner Gary Crews. Option No. 1 would fix Oglethorpe Trail with 1.5 inches worth of quality seal; and option No. 2 would fix Oglethorpe Trail and 20 total miles of road with a half-inch seal that would last for two to five years.
The board would look over the options and plan on drafting a proposal to submit for next year’s LMIG application.
The Planning and Zoning Board recommended the approval of a final plat on Wilder’s Woods Subdivision located on Twin Oaks Road with five 24-foot curb cuts (driveways). The plan for Wilder’s Woods came from Herbert M. Hill and Jeremy C. Hill as they own land at that location.
The 20 acres of land will be split into nine lots, most of which are two acres large. The subdivision is off of Twin Oaks Road near Zellabee Road. The commissioners approved the recommendation unanimously.
The Planning Board also recommended amending lumberyards as a permitted use in highway commercial zones and change lumberyard with processing as a conditional use in highway commercial zones. The commissioners agreed to clear up the last month’s business of interpreting a lumberyard, even though it would have small processing capabilities, as permitted use.
Advertising and a public hearing must be held to change the ordinance to fall in line with the planned amending of zoning changes. Conditional uses require terms and a public hearing about the business.
J.C. Warren, Dorothy Glisson and Dorothy Parrish were retroactively appointed to the Coastal Workforce Investment Board by the Board of Commissioners.
Screven County’s Roads and Bridges Department will look at Hiltonia Perkins Road in Hiltonia town limits for the purpose of giving Mayor Gerry Forehand an estimated cost to repair the road. No vote was needed for this action.
The county entered into a group agreement with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia related to inmate medical expenses. County Manager Rick Jordan said the agreement came at no cost and would help the county lower bills related to inmates’ medical treatments.
County Attorney Hubert Reeves discussed surplusing a Blue Springs property. The commissioners agreed to advertise and hold a public sale of the property with authority to accept or reject any offer as it was more prudent.