According to a Spalding County press release, the Board of Commissioners will meet Monday morning at 9 a.m. to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2009.
“The commissioners are in there all day Monday reviewing the budget,” said Assistant to the County Manager Paul Van Haute.
The entire meeting is open to the public beginning at 9 a.m., although there will be a public hearing at 5 p.m., where residents can give input.
After the budget hearing ends at 5:30 p.m., there will also be another hearing, this one discussing the Yamacraw Road landfill.
“The landfill is just a procedural corrective measure,” Van Haute said.
He said the site has been closed since the 1990s but the county is required to monitor it for another 15 years.
After the meetings, the regular Board of Commissioners meeting will take place at 6 p.m. On the agenda is whether or not the commissioners will approve the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which has been discussed in both the city and county in recent months.
Another issue on the agenda is the Los Garanones Rodeo, which takes place at 139 Rover-Zetella Road. According to documents supplied by Spalding County, the commissioners will review the blanket outside-amplification permit that had been given to the rodeo in light of recent complaints by neighbors about the noise and behavior of rodeo attendees.
The commissioners will also consider the recommendations of the Animal Care and Control Advisory Board about the number of animals that can be “reasonably accommodated” in Spalding County residences. According to documents supplied by the county, the advisory board’s first choice was that no limit be imposed but other laws governing animals be reviewed. However, the advisory board’s “second choice” was to allow limits - six “companion animals” on a residential property and up to three animals per additional acre over the first acre of contiguous tract with exemptions for licensed groups or individuals - but to grandfather in animals receiving proper care.
Board of Commissioners member Dave Phillips said it is a “lean taxpayer year” but the county commission was careful in its spending, that the department heads started from a “zero budget” and nobody complained about not getting a raise.
He said the Comprehensive Transportation Plan is good, but he doubts the county can afford to implement it.
“I doubt any county around here can afford it,” he said.
However, he said it provides a good framework and the county can set priorities based on the plan.
The meeting will take place at the Spalding County Courthouse Annex, at 119 E. Solomon St.