The Charlton County Board of Commissioners held a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, February 7. During the meeting the Commissioners were informed of additional Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funding to be used to install lime rock on a portion of the unpaved section of Newell Road. The grant is for $265,000.00 and requires a 10 percent match from the County. Charlton County Administrator Hampton Raulerson informed the Commissioners that the work would be completed by the Charlton County Road Department.

Other business

Discussion was held on trading in two pieces of Caterpillar equipment, 2007 D6R and 2009 M318, and purchase a new 309 excavator. Road Department Supervisor Ronnie Polluck explained that the two pieces of equipment are not being used and the excavator could be more utilized throughout the county. The cost of the excavator, including a 12-ton trailer, after trade in would be $7,086.00. Following discussion a motion was unanimously approved to purchase the excavator from Yancey Brothers using T-SPLOST funds.

The purchase of a new tower at Davis Field Airport in that amount $248,294.00 was approved. The cost of the tower will have $186,220.50 paid using state funding and the remaining $62,073.50 using T-SPLOST funds.

Gloria Gowen of the Charlton County Historical Society requested the Commissioners waive the $100.00 rental fee for the auditorium. After discussion Commissioner Jesse Crews stated he would pay the rental fee. A motion was also made and approved to allow the Historical Society to have a concert on March 2.

A motion was approved to have the cost of probation services for State and Magistrate Courts from Satilla Probation Management Corporation to increase by $5.00 per month from $45.00 to $50.00.

A proposal from Conner’s Plumbing in the amount of $2,500.00 to replace the toilets and sinks, including some piping, at the St. George baseball field was approved.

During the meeting the following were approved: emergency management IPAWS plan; GEO memorandum of understanding for the Folkston ICE Processing Center; revision to service delivery strategy to include housing revitalization; declare no conflict of interest for Community Devlopment Block Grant (CDBG); and minutes from the January 17 meeting.

Merrill Varn presented the annual St. Mary’s River Management Committee Report.

During public participation Bill Allen asked if there were any updates regarding the replacement of a bridge on Ralph Davis Road. Commissioner Luke Gowen informed he had spoken to a representative from Congressman Buddy Carter’s office again about the possibility of an onsite detour and that if that option was pursued would push the project start further back. It was stated that the new detour through property owned by Rayonier would shorten the detour to three miles from the previously proposed 23 miles. The detour will have all gates along the detour open to the public during the project with the county to install gates closing access to all 17 side roads along the detour.

During commissioner comments Commissioner Alphya Benefield recommended Dale Taylor to fill the vacant seat on the Charlton County Board of Assessors. After discussion the position is to be added to the next meetings agenda with a vote to be taken at that time.

The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, February 21 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s conference room.