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Posted: August 7, 2013 9:22 a.m.

BOC talks bridge repairs, pay raises

NEWTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, REGULAR MEETING, August 6, 2013

AGENDA, 7:00 PM

1. Call to Order: Chairman Keith Ellis
2. Invocation: Pastor Ronny Brannen, Prospect United Methodist Church
3. Pledge of Allegiance – Sam Ramsey

4. Chairman’s Report

5. County Manager’s Report

6. Citizen Comments

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
None

NEW BUSINESS
Page #’s
1-2 7. County Clerk: Approval of Public Hearing Minutes dated July 16, 2013
APPROVED

3-8 8. County Clerk: Approval of BOC Minutes dated July 16, 2013
APPROVED

9. Chairman: Appointment to the NEGRC Board (Private Sector)
APPROVED – Frank Turner, Sr.

10. Chairman: Appointment to the N.C. Land Trust Alliance
APPROVED – Mort Ewing

9-14 11. Fire Services: Intergovernmental Agreement between N.C. & City of
Covington Regarding Fire & Emergency Service Training Facility
APPROVED – Term: 5 years

15-33 12. Finance: R080713 – Master Lease w/Bank of North Georgia (Amended &
Restated Lease Addendum to Master Equipment Lease)
APPROVED

Side Pocket 13. Extension Service: Annual Report
RECEIVED

34-36 14. Extension Service: UGA Annual Agreement – ($37,526.00)
APPROVED

37-41 15. Construction Engineering Services: Oak Hill Road Bridge Replacement –
Over Snapping Shoals Creek
APPROVED - URS Corporation - $67,722.00

42-48 16. Transportation: Miracle League Roof
TABLED – August 20th BOC meeting

49 17. Juvenile Services: Acceptance of DHS Grant for Girl Steps Program (5th
year) Grant Amount: $35,844.75
APPROVED

18. BOC Salary Increase (Census Figures) *See Commissioner John Douglas quote below sent to The News after the meeting.

POSTPONED – Indefinitely

F. Commissioner’s Comments
G. Executive Session – Land Acquisition
H. Adjourned @ 8:40 p.m.

*Douglas quote: "Tonight at the county commission meeting, I made a motion to indefinitely postpone any action on the upcoming county commission pay raise. That means no action will be taken to stop the pay raise.

"I have tried repeatedly both in public and behind the scenes to stop the ill advised and unnecessary county commission pay raise, but to no avail. In spite of my best efforts and reasons, there was no support among the other commissioners to halt this backdoor hike. While this is not a large increase, the principle stands tall that we should NOT get ANY pay raise while our employees have suffered five years with no pay raises and numerous furlough days and we all continue to endure a never ending recession."

(For The News' previous in-depth coverage of this story, click on this link - http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/43508/)

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