County Commissioners handled routine matters, including annual reappointments. Each position was unanimously approved, except the vice chair position.
Commissioner Brad Jones was nominated to continue his role as vice chair and was approved by a 4-0 vote, with Jones himself abstaining.
Receiving unanimous 5-0 votes were Bryan Aasheim, county administrator; Kendall Gross, county attorney; Kellie Lank, county clerk; Mel Kelly, EMS director and Jerry Lanier, road superintendent.
Commissioners were given a brief update about items that are still on the agenda’s “old business,” although no action was taken.
The “old business” items still garnering the most public attention are the recreational vehicle park and campground ordinance and zoning plans.
The proposed RV ordinance was uploaded to the county’s website in late December. As the commissioners originally requested, the ordinance draft will be available for public review for a minimum of 30 days, which means it will come back before commissioners for a vote on Feb. 17.
The zoning discussion will continue on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Jack Strickland Building. During that time, commissioners will seek public input on whether zoning is desired in the county and, if it is, what parameters the community would like to see established.
This public hearing will be held in lieu of the regular February 3 meeting.
Commissioners also continued their discussion of EMS fees. Gross noted that in the past year, five entities in the county, including nursing homes and assisted care facilities, accounted for 44 percent of the calls in Candler County, yet paid the same fee for EMS services as a single residence.
He indicated that the current policy does not create an equitable distribution of fees among health-related facilities and private property owners. No action was taken.
In anticipation of the 2020 election season, commissioners established qualifying fees as follows:
Chairman, $300; County Commissioner, District 1 and 3, $144; Probate Judge, Clerk of Court and Tax Commissioner, $1,229; Solicitor, $989; Coroner, $244; Sheriff, $1,408; State Court Judge, $1,099; Surveyor, $100; and Board of Education, $144.
In other business of Monday’s meeting, commissioners agreed to continue to serve as fiscal agent for Candler County Family Connection during FY2021.
Commissioners also agreed to arrange to have the old jail at 10 Candler St. auctioned off due to lack of bids submitted for the building.