H. Lamar Marshall, Jr. resigned effective Monday, October 7, 2013 from his position on the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority, according to Dodge County Commissioner Terry Niblett.
Niblett read Marshall’s resignation letter at the regular meeting of the board of commissioners on Monday night. In the letter Marshall stated, “Taking into account the current issues that the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport faces, I do not have enough time to invest in these matters.” The letter thanked the county and community for his opportunity to serve on the board for the past 15 months. It also stated that with the time he would need to adequately help address the airports problems, he did not feel he could balance his commitments with his family, career and volunteer commitments.
Interim county manager Bobby Peacock presented a request from Emergency Medical Services Director Annette Huff for four lap top computers to be used in the four ambulances at the Dodge County Hospital. Two bids submitted, under the state contract process, for $13,256.00 for 10 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and $13,004.00 for 4 gigabytes of RAM.
According to Peacock, the funding will come from the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Commissioner Niblett made the motion to accept the bid for $13,256.00, which was seconded by commissioner Brian Watkins. The motion passed unanimously.
Eastman-Dodge County Recreation (EDRD) Director Travis Niblett went before the board requesting $3,000.00 to their fuel budget for the remainder of the year to enable them to continue to improve the EDRD. According to Niblett, their fuel bid was reduced by $3,350.00 from 2012 to 2013 because the EDRD only used $4,417.00 in fuel for 2012. He added that 2012 was a drought year and was without a director for several months.
Commissioner Jr. Howell made the motion to give the EDRD $1,500.00 of the requested $3,000.00. The motion was seconded by commissioner Karen Cheek and passed. Commissioner Terry Niblett abstained from voting.
Peacock informed commissioners that the roof repair on the new jail still had not started. He stated that after talking with Bob Hilburn from Peter Brown Construction, the materials needed would be delivered by October 24, 2013 and repairs made within two weeks after that.
American Red Cross Emergency Service Program Manager Donna Lee went before the commissioners updating them on assistance given to Dodge County and updating them on future services that will be available to citizens. She also stated that they were in need of more volunteers from Dodge County to become a part of the Red Cross.
Otis Simmons and John Battle approached commissioners about the maintenance of dirt roads in the county. Simmons suggested that the road department personnel should spend more time scraping the roads and pick up the scrapings (junk) left beside the roads when they are scraped and maintenance done. He added that in the area he lives, the roads are not maintained as proficient as they are in other areas of the county.
Battle added that certain people were not being treated equally. He stated that within the road department a better relationship between supervisors and employees through communication was needed.
Wendell Poole requested the board waive a tax penalty he owed on six parcels of property. Poole told commissioners he purchased the six parcels through delinquent tax
sales in 2008 and 2009 and recently received a letter stating he owed the taxes and penalties.
After a brief discussion, commissioners requested that county attorney John Harrington look into the reason why Poole was just receiving notification of the 2008 and 2009
taxes and it would be discussed at the next regular meeting.
During public comments, Larry Humphrey and Eschol Clark requested board members to look at the maintenance of the dirt roads in their area. They requested commissioners look at Locket, Pine Way and Dubois Church Roads.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and the Dodge County Courthouse Annex building.