County To Look At Disposing Property

At last week’s meeting of the Jeff Davis County Commission, the commissioners agreed to review a list of county-owned properties to determine if there are properties on the list not presently serving any use for county operations.
If so, the commissioners will consider disposing of the property and using the money for operating county services. County Administrator Keith Carter said he would get the list of properties to the commissioners for their consideration.
The county’s timber ordinance came up for discussion when Chairman Jerry Wooten pointed out that he had received complaints that when harvesters cut timber, sometimes they push dirt into roadside ditches and don’t push it back out resulting in drainage problems.
Commissioner Hank Hobbs said he had gotten a lot of phone calls about the problem but normally workers come right back and clear out the ditches.
Wooten suggested that the road department be sure the ditches are not left blocked by crews.
Commissioner Brad Crews brought up the fact that his name was on the list of members of the Fairgrounds Association but, to his knowledge, the commission had not appointed him to the group. Saying he thought the commission should make a proper appointment, the commissioners voted to appoint Commissioner James Benjamin to the association.
In other actions, the commissioners ….
…. heard concerns from Joe Toler about the need for stop signs in Denton and removing a fallen tree that was downed during the last big storm.
…. approved renewing the contract with Georgia Indigent Defense Services.
…. discussed damage done to The Big House during the last storm and agreed to make sure the damage had been turned in to the county’s insurance company.
…. approved altering the solid waste sites’ operating hours to accommodate Daylight Savings Time.
…. heard a report from Carter on the fact that the new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax receipts for January and February were less than expected, $28,000 short for January and $39,000 for February. He said if the trend continues, the tax will not produce the $12.5 million projected over the six-year life of the tax.
….. declared the week of April 29-May 5 as Crime Victims Rights Week in Jeff Davis County. The official Crime Victims Memorial Ceremony will be May 1 at 10 a.m.
…. agreed to initiate the process to close off Sally McNair Road since Ray Road has been repaired and reopened for use after several years.

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