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Montgomery Co. Commission Tackles Housekeeping Issues In Short Session

The Montgomery County Commission made quick work of its monthly meeting on Monday, May 9. Convening for approximately half an hour, the Commission rubberstamped a number of items it had already dealt with in a work session the previous week. These items included passing a resolution to realign the budgets of the General Fund, the Drug Education Fund, E911 Fund, Senior Nutrition Fund, Capital Projects Fund, SPLOST Fund, TSPLOST Fund and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Fund. The Commission adopted the measure to balance revenues with expenses and to account for unbudgeted grants, said County Manager Brandon Braddy. Braddy reported that with one third of the year elapsed the county has collected 73.3% of budget revenues and has expended 30.7% from the budget to date. With the adoption of the resolution, the revised budget stands at $4.6 million.

Under consent agenda items, the Commission also approved a Hardware Warranty Agreement with Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., for an annual fee of $6,299. Braddy explained that while the voting machines are provided without cost to the County by the State, maintenance of the equipment is the County’s responsibility.

The Commission also approved an equipment transfer agreement with the City of Mount Vernon for a 1997 dump truck, which is in need of repair. The title for the truck will pass to the City of Mount Vernon, with the City agreeing to make repairs to the truck. The City has agreed to allow the County to use the truck as needed and if the truck is sold, 50% of the proceeds will be provided to the County. A work detail agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections was also approved, with the County committing to pay $49,318 for the annual salary and benefits of the corrections officer who will supervise the inmate work detail. The salary will be funded from SPLOST since the work to be performed involves transportation projects.

The Commission also passed an agreement with the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (GARC) to perform grant writing, application and administration of services for a CDBG from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The GARC will provide grant writing and application services at no cost to the county, but in the event of an award, the GARC will invoice the County for administrative services after the grant is received, not to exceed $45,000.

The Commission also approved the County’s participation in the Region 8 HAZ-MAT program administered by the City of Douglas Fire Department. The County will pay $827 for the service that will provide a hazardous material response team to the County as needed. The cost of the service will be paid through the EMA budget.

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