The Gordon County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday in their regular meeting to discuss a noise ordinance, filling a vacant park and recreation position, and hear about a CARES Act Relief update.
Noise Ordinance update
Jim Ledbetter, County Administrator, told the board that if the county decided to adopt a comprehensive noise ordinance, the enforcement would move from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Department to the code enforcement office.
Georgia law allows for fireworks all year up until 11:59 p.m. unless there is a local noise ordinance. Regardless of noise ordinances, fireworks can be ignited Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend, and Fourth of July until 11:29 p.m. On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, they can be ignited until 1 a.m.
County receives CARES Act funds
Ledbetter said the county’s application for the fund and the county was approved for just over $2.25 million. The CARES Act provides assistance for state, local and tribal governments.
The act provides reimbursement for front line public safety for their work during the pandemic.
“They don’t want counties who are suffering cutting public safety due to financial hardships,” said Ledbetter.
He said the county received $607,000 within day of the approval and he, Al Leonard, finance officer and Courtney Taylor, Director of Public Safety will meet to determine the best way to allocate the funds and submit the claims.
Parks and Recreation
The board approved filling the vacant recreation supervisor position in the parks and recreation department. The funds were already in the budget, but the position was not filled due to the cancellation of activities. However, the department is planning to start football, cheer-leading and other organized activities starting in September. All participants will have to follow sanitation guidelines.
Tax offices closed due to COVID-19
The Gordon County Tax Commissioner’s Office and Tax Assessor’s Office is closed to the public until further notice due to possible COVID-19 exposure. However, citizens can continue to use the online services and the dropbox near the main entrance.
“We do have two employees who tested positive. The safest thing to do was to follow CDC guidelines and close the building for the rest of the week in order sanitize,” said Ledbetter.
Tax Commissioners Office
To renew tags, replace registration, pay insurance fines, cancel registration, or to estimate Title Ad Valorem Tax, visit Driver services.
Property taxes can be paid at Tax Commissioner.
Tax Assessor’s Office:
Look up Tax Assessor data on the QPublic website at t Qpublic.
Questions can be sent to [email protected] or call 706-629-6812.
“We’ve had several comments, concerns about safety. We’ve installed partitions and hand sanitizing stations, provided masks but it’s just the nature of this virus,” said Ledbetter. “We’re as safe as any other place of business. We have been taking temperatures and screening employees for a while.”
In other board news, the board approved
- Declaration of Surplus Property for the Sheriff’s Office for a 2005 GMC truck VIN#1GDG5C1E55F908617 and a 2006 Nissan Altima S/SL VIN#1N4AL11E76C227212.
- Declaration of Surplus Property for Environmental Health for a 2001 Ford LGT VIN#1FTZF17121KC44799.
- Appointment to the Library Board for Chrissy Parker Bryant to fill an Unexpired Term ending July 31, 2022.
- Roy & Doris Hefner’s Request to Rezone from A-1 to RA-1.
- Terry Joe & Whitney Rushing’s Request to Rezone from R-2 to A-1.
- Terry Joe & Whitney Rushing’s Request to Rezone from R-2 to R-1.
- OWR, LLC’s Request to Rezone from A-1 to I-2.
- Flipper McDaniel’s Request to Rezone from A-1 to R-1.