LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

CALLED MEETING

NOVEMBER 17, 2016, 9:30 A.M.

Present: Travis Windham, Chairman; Charles A. Beasley, member; David Addison, member; Ron Fountain, member.  Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Atkinson, Assistant Administrator; Frank Millican

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OPEN MEETING AND INVOCATION

 Chairman Windham opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Councilman Beasley gave the invocation.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

 Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the agenda as mailed. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION DECLARING THE RESULTS OF REFERENDUM OF SUNDAY ALCOLHOL SALES IN LEE COUNTY

Mr. Watkins said that as soon as all of the information was sent to Department of Revenue, the process of sales would begin, as there was no set date.

Mr. Watkins said that the question was placed on the ballot to let the voters of the county and both municipalities decide whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Both municipalities agreed they were in agreement with the results.

The referendum would allow alcohol to be sold by the pour or glass in restaurants or container as sold in grocery store or convenience store. The number in favor of the sale of alcohol on Sundays was 4,448 and the number against it was 2,928.

The County will send all information to Department of Revenue. Mr. Watkins said that liquor stores are not open on Sunday and citizens would only buy beer and wine on Sunday.

Page 2, Lee County Council Minutes, November 17, 2016

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the Resolution declaring the results of Referendum of Sunday Alcohol sales in Lee County. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried. All voted in favor.

ACCEPTANCE OF GRANT AWARD FOR $76,250 FROM DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR THE JAMES INDUSTRIAL PARK RECERTIFICATION

Mr. Watkins said that over the last 12-18 months, the county has been going through the recertification process in the parks, which has to be done every five years.

If a project comes to the table and wants to locate in the park, all prior paperwork has to be done. He said this is an economic development tool, in which Department of Commerce reimburses a majority of the cost.  He said the cost is approximately $95,000 and Department of Commerce reimburses $76,250.

Mr. Watkins said that basically it’s an agreement between Lee County and the Department of Commerce that we have done our part in the recertification and they are reimbursing us. He said this was for James Industrial Park.  He also said that if the park is not certified ready, Department of Commerce cannot show it.

Councilman Fountain made the motion to approve the resolution. Councilman Addison seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON SECOND READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. ORDINANCE SUMMONS PROCEDURE FOR COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT

Mr. Watkins said at this time if the County has someone who is in violation of an ordinance, the only thing the County can do now is to issue a bench warrant. After checking with the Court administration, it is possible to put in codes enforcement officer and that person can write tickets for the purpose of adhering to the ordinance.  This does not change the zoning in any way, it is just a way to enforce the codes violations.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for second reading. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON THIRD READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. LEASE PURCHASE OF MOTOR GRADER

Mr. Watkins said the County has a motor grader they have had on lease purchase for five years. He said they now have the option of selling that one and making balloon payment and entering into a new agreement to purchase another one on a lease purchase for another five years. He said the old one is worth $25,000 and we could pay off the payment and still net $20-25,000.  He also added that the cost for the new motor grader would come from the road maintenance fee and would be around $2500 per month.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for third and final reading. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

Page 3, Lee County Council Minutes, November 17, 2016

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Fountain.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                            VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                               MINUTES APPROVED