Finance Committee Meeting Minutes
FY07 Budget Presentations
Board of Commissioners
April 6, 2006
Third Floor Conference Room
W. Harold Pate Courthouse Annex
Committee Members: C.
Johnson, U. Keller, & T. Thaw
Staff: D. Chunn, P. McNicoll, B.
Rowell, C. Stewart
Outside Agency requests and recommendations were reviewed.
Air Patrol - It was noted by staff that the recommendation for Civil Air Patrol
should be changed to $9,000. No increase
in funding was requested by Civil Air Patrol.
CGACAA – Mr. Charles Stewart stated that the requested
increase of $2 thousand would restore them to their original appropriation
which was reduced several years ago. Committee
CGRDC – No increase in
DFACS – Budget Team
recommended no increase. Committee
DA – Majority of increase
requested by the District Attorney was for a Human Resources employee. The County’s Human Resources Department
currently provides those services to the DA’s Office. Budget Team did not recommend the
increase. Committee agreed.
EDA – No increase in
Gateway – Budget Team
recommended the $10 thousand increase requested by agency. Committee agreed.
– Increase of $470,310 resulted from the projected increase in bed taxes. This request
will be re-evaluated to ensure that it does not exceed the cap as outlined in
– No increase in funding requested.
Defender – Increase requested amounted to $12,234. Budget Team recommended no increase to the
Public Defender’s Office. Committee
- $40 thousand increase requested by Library.
Budget Team recommended increase of $11 thousand to be used for salary
increases. This would move their
employees’ salaries up to the same level as the Three Rivers Library. The Committee agreed to the salary increases
and also an additional one-time $8 thousand for furniture in the new building. Committee agreed to appropriation of $52,500
and asked staff to invite Ms. Libby Hogan to meet with them if she so desires.
Rivers Library – requested increase of $20,519. Budget Team recommended no increase over FY06
appropriation. Committee agreed.
Juvenile Court – Requested
to upgrade two Transport Officers to full time at budget increase of
$23,944. Committee stated that Transport
Officer positions will be deleted if the County’s get a Juvenile pod in the Detention Center.
Recreation – Casino – This
is the restoration of a position deleted during building renovation
project. Committee agreed.
Recreation – Blythe Island – Part time site attendant is requested because park customers are
arriving and departing on weekend without paying for campsites. Committee agreed.
Information Technology – Budget Team withdrew its recommendation for the requested Audio
Visual Tech position. Staff recommended
that the services provided by Lone Star Film and Video (Sandy) be terminated
and let Burnard Bracy perform all audio visual services for the meetings. Committee questioned whether the County has a
contract with Lone Star and asked staff to report back to the next meeting. Decision deferred.
Police – Animal Control – Commissioner Keller stated that the City should provide an
additional officer. Commissioner Johnson
did not support any additional staff provided by the County and Commissioner
Thaw asked when the AC staff was last increased. Committee agreed to defer this item until a
decision is reached by the City. Mr.
Charley Stewart is to talk to Mr. Roosevelt Harris, City Manager. Committee agreed that City employees assigned
to Animal Control need to be accountable to the Animal Control Manager. Decision deferred.
GIS Analyst – This
position will provide back-up for the GIS Manager. Commissioner Johnson questioned whether a
lower position could be deleted if this position is added. Mr. Stewart asked to address this at a later
meeting. Decision deferred.
Fire Inspector – Ms. Rowell
stated that the Fire Chief had requested this position due to the development
and construction in the county.
Commissioner Johnson asked what the revenue for inspections has been for
the last three years. Decision deferred.
Traffic Engineering –
Request is due to increases in the number of signs and signals. Ms. Rowell stated that Mr. John Carter,
Public Works Director, agreed with this request. He would like to review the department’s
staffing at mid-year and bring any requested additions to the Board at that
time. Commissioner Keller questioned
whether they were cross-training employees between divisions at Public Works
and Ms. Rowell stated that they are. Commissioner
Thaw requested a Public Works Organization Chart. The Committee agreed to add one Traffic
Technician I and to include funds in the Contingency budget for the Public
Works Director’s mid-year staffing review.
Administration – Facilities Management Trades
Worker – This is a Painter requested by Facilities. Committee agreed.
Community Development – Admin Tech – This position is requested to assist with intake. Committee agreed.
Recreation – Selden Park – This position was converted to part-time several years ago as a
budget-cutting measure. Budget Team
recommends restoring to a full time position.
Probate Court – The Judge
has requested to convert a part-time Deputy Clerk position to full-time. The Committee requested a three year history
of the Court’s case load and asked staff to invite the Judge to the next
meeting. Decision deferred.
Georgia Forestry – 5% pay increases. If the
increase is only $422 per year, the Committee agreed.
Magistrate Court – Judge
requested to add an Administrative Assistant and Assistant Magistrate
Judge. Staff informed the Committee that
the Ms. Jamsky has provided the Judge with a clerk to help with his
administrative requirements. The
Committee asked that the Judge present a three year statistical report of the
case-load as justification for the Assistant Judge position. Decision deferred.
The Committee agreed with the
Budget Team on all other not-recommended requests.
Committee agreed with all items recommended by the Budget Team with the
following exceptions and/or comments:
#4 Pate Building Generator –
Commissioner Thaw agreed that the generator should be 150 kw and that it should
be moved outside and placed on stilts.
Pick-up Trucks – Commissioner Johnson stated that the last bid for these trucks
was $13 thousand and recommended budget is $16 thousand. He requested that the budget be adjusted and
that lights and tool boxes should be transferred from the old trucks to the new
F-250 Pick-up Truck – The Committee questioned why Fleet Maintenance had
requested to replace a 2003 truck with 21,000 miles.
Public Safety Building HVAC
Automated System – Staff was requested to determine if this could be purchased
with Splost #3 funds.
Ski with Trailer for use on SSI beaches – This was denied and staff was directed to notify Recreation and Police that they
are to share the Police Jet Ski.
Thaw requested that the County budget for a First Aid trailer which would be
pulled behind a four wheeler for use on the beaches. Commissioner Johnson stated that the Fire
Department has a First Aid trailer that might be suitable.
Thaw requested location markers on the beach for public safety.
Clean, Seal & Tuck
Safety Building – This was
Seal & Tuck Point Office
Park Building – This was
Hostage Rescue/Negotiation Phone System – This was denied.
The Committee requested a status report on
the Building Evaluation and
Maintenance plan. They also questioned
what progress has been made on the document storage program.
The Committee agreed that the funding for the Building,
Roads & Equipment Fund would be a transfer from the General Fund.
Thaw requested to see the overall budget after the Sheriff’s budget is
The next meeting was set for Thursday, April
20 at in the
Historic Courthouse first floor meeting room.