Hood and Steward chosen by peers to remain as Board Chair, Board Vice-Chair respectively

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners met for the first time this year on Tuesday, Jan. 10, welcoming new commissioner Bud Owens, who takes over District 1 which was vacated by Plainville resident Jeff Gazaway when he decided not to run for re-election in 2016. 

“Welcome to the Board, we are really grateful you are here,” Board Chair Becky Hood told Owens.

Commissioner Chad Steward nominated Hood to remain in the position of Board Chair, with all commissioners voting unanimously for the motion. Commissioner Kevin Cunningham then nominated Steward to retain his role of Board Vice-Chair, with all commissioners voting for the motion.

“I appreciate your support, and I know that Chad does, too,” said Hood to the Board. “We both look forward to working with this Board.”

County Administrator John King gave the Board an update of finances and projects.

According to King, Gordon County received $461,370 in Local Option Sales Tax and $665,273 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax during the month of December 2016, the second month in a row that LOST and SPLOST has seen an increase. LOST saw a 2.50 percent increase and SPLOST increased 2.51 percent compared to December 2015.

Following modifications that were made to the Ranger Volunteer Fire Station, Gordon County Fire and Rescue began full time operations at the station on Jan. 2, 2017. The county responded to four calls within the first 24-hours of operation.

A final inspection is scheduled for the week of Jan. 23 of the Gordon County Government Plaza. The Building and Grounds Department is coordinating the relocation of furniture and personnel and the County is planning an official opening ceremony in February.

The remaining SPLOST revenue necessary to complete the funding package for the Courthouse and Courthouse Annex will be collected later this year. Following the relocation of Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessor and Voter Registration and Election personnel into the first floor of the Gordon County Government Plaza, the county will begin the process of conducting preconstruction assessments needed to evaluate requirements for the renovation and repair of facilities.

Gordon County is coordinating with the Department of Natural Resources to obtain the property located behind the existing Health Department for the construction of a replacement Health Department building. The Department of Natural Resources expects to receive approval from their board during their next meeting on Jan. 27. The decision to transfer the property will then be considered by the State Legislature during their General Assembly. Upon state approval, the transfer will be executed by the State Properties Commission.

Under new business, the Board appointed Commissioner Owens to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission for a term to coincide with his term of Commissioner. Owens abstained from the vote.

The Board voted to reappoint Jerry Lovelace to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020. Lovelace is Commissioner Cunningham’s appointee.

The Board voted to reappoint Randy Rule to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020. Rule is Commissioner Owens’ appointee.

The Board voted to reappoint Butch Layson to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020. He is Commissioner Norris Sexton’s appointee.

The Board voted the reappointment of Bruce Potts and Sheila Calloway to the Department of Family and Children Services Board for five-year terms ending Feb. 28, 2022.

The Board voted to appoint Trace Vaughn for a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2019 to the Region 1 Advisory Council DBHDD.

County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The next meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, 2017 in the Conference Room of the County Administration Building, located on North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.