County approves rezoning and surplus property at latest meeting

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners and County Attorney praised Emergency Management, E-911 and county residents for how smoothly the county handled last weeks inclement weather.

"Courtney Taylor (Director of EMS) and Debbie (Vance, Director of E-911) kept us up to date on the situation," said James Ledbetter, county attorney. "The road department was able to keep the roads navigable and we appreciate everyone's cooperation during the event."

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, making up a general session that was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

In other Board news:

The Board approved rezoning requests from CHAM Real Estate, LLC to rezone property at 1400 U.S. Highway 41 South in Calhoun from A-1 to CG. The site was the former Belwood Nursery.

The Board also approved a rezoning request from Bryan Wright to rezone property at 1000 South Wall St. from A-1 to O-1. The property is located next to Rite Aid.

The Board approved a contract with Gordon Hospital to continue ambulance service.

"We came up with a reasonable contract, including a segment of putting together a review committee to review their progress on a quarterly basis. They have asked for time to review the requirements," M.L. "Bud" Owens said.

"They have a been a valuable partner for the county. This is an opportunity to make it better," said Ledbetter.

The Board declared a 2006 Lexus 4S VIN#58628 as surplus for the Sheriff's Department. This was a seized vehicle currently being used in the Detective Division, but has high mileage and some mechanical issues. Money from its sale would be used to buy additional equipment. They also declared surplus a lot of more than 200 miscellaneous rifles, shotguns, revolvers, handguns, other miscellaneous associated scopes, magazines and holsters. Under Georgia law, these must be auctioned off by a federal firearms dealer and sold to a federal firearms dealer. American Auctioneers is contracted with the county to conduct the auction. Revenue from the sell goes back to the general fund.

The next meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at the County Administration Building at 201 North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.