The Charlton County Board of Commissioners held a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, August 15 in the board room.

During the meeting, the commission approved the Proclamation of Support for Twin Pines Minerals, LLC. The proclamations states, “Now. therefore, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners, subject to approval by any other authority having jurisdiction, hereby proclaims and expresses support of Twin Pine Minerals, LLC proposed heavy mineral sand mining”. The motion was made by Commissioner Jesse Crews, seconded by Commissioner Drew Jones, and approved unanimously.

Also during the meeting, the Alley Abandonment for Sarah Sheffield, in St. George, was approved. The board also approved the Variance and the Advertising of the Alley Abandonment for Justin and Amber Dunlap, also in St. George.

The board of Commissioners reviewed the Memorandum for the ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference. The memorandum states the county must elect a delegate from Charlton County. The board unanimously approved Chairman Commissioner James Everett.

The commissioners discussed updating the Personnel Policy and approved to work with Jarrard & Davis, LLP on the matter.

During the meeting, the board approved adding the responsibility of hiring and firing of department heads to County Administrator Hampton Raulerson and finalized his contract.

Commissioners approved the Memorandum of Understanding for the Affiliation Agreement with Charlton County EMS and Rescue Training. The MOU states all students will have liability insurance during ride-along training. The county will receive certificates from the school proving trainees are covered under their own insurance. Should there be an accident, the county will not be held reliable.

Other approvals were made for the Lease Agreement with Action Pact, Inc. (formerly Concerted Services); the Georgia Forestry Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding for Charlton Fire Rescue; and the use of the St. George Fire Station to Melissa Sweatt for a baby shower.

A motion was made for the engine repair of one of the county’s motor graders, and for the purchase of a replacement, and passed unanimously.

The commissioners held a public comment period for a crowded room, but allowed only Charlton County residents or property owners to speak. The speakers were given three minutes each.

Cheif Redhawk with the Cherokee of Georgia expressed his concern for the land, animals, and water before allowing his assistant, Jane Winkler, to speak on his behalf. Winkler told the board  her concerns for the property values of surrounding land owners, for the shallow wells the citizens of St. George use, as well as the impact a higher traffic volume may have on the safety of those in the area. She also questioned how many of the proposed jobs would go to those who are from Charlton County. Also during this period, commissioners heard from Teresa Crawford, of St. George, who reminded the board of the economic impact the refuge has on the county. She warned that repercussions of mining could destroy this “jewel”, and if it happens – it’s gone.

The board will hold the next work shop Thursday, September 5 in the BOC conference room.