Gordon County Youth Leadership attends latest Board of Commissioners meeting

Members of Gordon County Youth Leadership, above, listen to the Gordon County Board of Commissioners as they conduct their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. The program features students from Calhoun High School, Georgia- Cumberland Academy, Gordon Central High School and Sonoraville High School.

SUSAN KIRKLAND / For the Times

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners met with Gordon County Youth Leadership at Tuesday's work session, where they advised the local students on ways to get involved in the community. The discussion focused on opportunities to serve and how to give back to the Calhoun-Gordon County Community.

"It doesn't always have to be political. Serve where you feel like you can give back," said Becky Hood, chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

"When you get involved, it ingrains in you the desire to serve," said Commissioner Bud Owens. "There are so many opportunities where you can truly impact other people."

The commissioners answered questions about procedure, voting and their impact on the community. This year marks the 24th Youth Leadership class sponsored by the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. In total, more than 1,200 students from all Gordon County high schools have graduated from the program.

In other news:

Employee of the month was Dottie Payne, with 23 years of service to the Gordon County Fire Department.

The Board voted to re-appoint Dr. Devin Handley to the Gordon County Board of Health for a six-year term, ending December 31, 2023.

Approved contracting with Ceres Environmental Services and Crowder Gulf to lock in the prices for debris removal and disaster clean up. The federal government will reimburse

the county for having a company in place for emergencies.

Approved the declaration of surplus property for the Gordon County Sheriff's Office for a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2006 Nissan Altima.

Approved a contract extension with the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia for Personnel. This allows the county to hire contract attorneys to assist the District Attorney's office.

Approved a contract with Georgia D.O.T. for Section 5311 Funds for Transit Operating & Capital Assistance Program.

Approved a budget amendment to transfer $109 to George Chambers for lawn care services.

Approved a budget amendment for employee appreciation check.

Approved the 2018 Board of Commissioners meeting schedule.

Approved the proposal award to Prevent Child Abuse for lease and use of mental health building and approval to draft lease.

Approved the Memorandum of Understanding with City of Calhoun for Georgia DNR Trail Grant Program.

Approved a budget amendment for the Gordon County Sheriff's Office from fines and forfeitures for operational supplies. This allows the county to turn over money seized to the Sheriff's Office in the amount of $37,050.

The next meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 in the County Administration Building located on North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.