DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners was prepared to pass a Timber Ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting until property owners Kathy Norris and Kenneth Beasley raised a few questions about who the ordinance would impact.
Their public comments demonstrated the importance of citizens attending commission meetings and the commissioners’ decision to table the issue until the ordinance could be more clearly defined demonstrated their willingness to listen to the citizens.
Commissioner Bobby Mayfield thanked Norris and Beasley for their comments and Commissioner Rhett Stringer’s motion to table the issue until the next meeting was unanimously approved.then Chairman Chris Dockery said he would work with City Manager Stan Kelley on a clarification.
The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public, roads and environment from companies engaged in timber operations in the unincorporated area of Lumpkin County. It is specifically aimed at timber operators engaged in buying, harvesting or hauling timber in the county for commercial or profit-making purposes.
The Board honored the Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation 12 and under girls basketball team which became the first Lumpkin County in history team to win the state championship.
April was proclaimed to be LifeLink Donate Life month and Child Abuse Awareness month.
The Board also approved:
⦁ The 2017 Comprehensive Plan and dissolved the Comprehensive Plan Committee;
⦁ Appointment of Steven Ferguson and Jim Curtis to the Development Authority;
⦁ Appointment of John Gerheim to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee;
⦁ A low bid of $679,175.78 by Colditz Trucking to resurface 6.55 miles of county roads under the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG);
⦁ A low bid by Townley Construction for tree removal project at Wimpy Airport;
⦁ A low bid of $390,000 by Mobil Communications to install a digital radio system for the Sheriff’s Office and Public Safety;
⦁ The submission of a Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Application;
⦁ An agreement with Greg Amos to operate the Parks and Recreation Concession Program;
⦁ Starting the process of the abandonment of Wimpy Road;
⦁ Execution of a Quit Claim or Abandonment of Wilson Drive;
⦁ A Hazardous Waste Trust Fund;
⦁ A letter of support to Georgia Department of Transportation for the replacement of the Roy Grindle Bridge;
⦁ Revenue Audits;
⦁ A bid by Quinn Design and Concepts of $21,000 to design plans for Fire Station 7 at Frogtown;
⦁ The work plan for the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST);
⦁ Issuance of an alcohol beverage license to Robert Warner, doing business as White Oaks Bistro.