The Charlton County Commissioners held a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Annex Building.

During the meeting, Commissioner Jesse Crews made a motion to approve the First Reading of the Approval of Amendment of Code Ordinances, after a public hearing prior to the meeting. It was approved unanimously.

Commissioners also heard from Sam Williams with the DNR Report. He stated the DNR investigated 125 boating incidents and 56 drownings, as well as having 288 litter and waste violations documented across the state in the 2018 Fiscal Year. He also told the commission there is now a Side Scan Sonar used to locate drowning victims, which is available for Charlton County use. Williams stated there are 1,541 information and safety programs, 30 local hunters education courses, and 61 boaters education courses. The DNR also assisted the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office with the search and claim of a body in the landfill and with relief from Hurricane Michael. He also stated in four to five weeks, an eighth member of their team will be brought on, making a full staff for the first time in 15 years.

In other business, Commissioner Alphya Benefield made a motion to approve the Contract for Services from D Johns Painting for $2,865.00. The motion was approved unanimously.

The commissioners acknowledged the acceptance of the Wellness Report, which was given in April.

Commissioner Benefield made the motion to accept the appointment of Glenda Adams as a Unison Board member. It was seconded by Commissioner Crews, and approved unanimously.

The Charlton County Republican Women’s Club application for the use of a county building was approved. The motion was made by Commissioner Jesse Crews, seconded by Commissioner Benefield, and was approved unanimously. Club members Marion Allen and Patty Caldwell announced the club will hold a civic event with speaker Kiyan Michaels on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the county auditorium. It is feee to the public. Commissioner Luke Gowen offered to pay the $45.00 cleaning fee.

Elaine Bailey spoke during the public comments  and congratulated Commissioner Benefield for the Leadership Development Advocate of the Year Award she received from the the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. She expressed her gratitude to Commissioner Benefield and all commissioners for their great work and all they do for the county.

Commissioner Benefield expressed her appreciation to Glenda Adams for her willingness to serve on the Unison Board. 

Commissioner Crews thanked Matt Gardner with the Charlton County Herald, for the Wood Pecker Trail story featured in the Charlton Life Magazine.

Commissioner Gowen thanked everyone in attendance for their support.

The commissioners will meet again, Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Annex Building.