Coweta Commission

County's finance department recognized

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Coweta County's Finance Department has once again been recognized for excellence.

For the fourth year in a row, the Government Finance Officers' Association has awarded Coweta the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award is for the year ending Sept. 30, 2012.

Finance Director Hans Wilson and several members of his staff were on hand at Tuesday's meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.

In other meeting business:

• The board approved an amendment to the "animals running at large" section of the county's Animal Control Ordinance. The amendment sets up separate definitions for "owner" and "keeper" of an animal. A keeper is defined as someone who is temporarily responsible or in charge of an animal. The ordinance previously made no distinction between owner or keeper.

• Usage policies for the Brown's Mill Battlefield historic site were approved.

• The commissioners rescheduled the previously-scheduled Dec. 5 meeting for Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.

• Appointed to the Coweta County Library System Board of Trustees were Martha Lynn Smith Mitchell and Earlene Scott. Mitchell will represent the Third District and Scott will be an at-large member. Chairman and Third District Commissioner Bob Blackburn thanked outgoing Trustee Robert Ward for "the outstanding job he has done."

• Acting as the Solid Waste Authority, the board voted to temporarily extend the contract with Republic Services for the hauling and disposal of solid waste from the Coweta Transfer Station.

The original contract with Republic Services was in 2003, said Assistant Administrator Kelly Mickle.

The county recently solicited bids for new providers, but "additional time is needed to evaluate the proposals," Mickle said. Republic has agreed to continue on a month-by-month basis until a decision is made.

The new bids are "more favorable than the current rate," said County Administrator Michael Fouts.

Mickle said the county is also looking into doing the work in house.

The board also approved a five-year extension of the lease on the compactor site on Corinth Road. The previous lease was for 20 years. The property is owned by Newnan Utilities.

• Approved were contracts and liens associated with the cleanup of 201 Arnco Sixth Street and 60 Indian Bluff Drive.

• Approved were amendments to the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. "After the budget was approved," there were some items that approved and needed to be added, as well as items that needed to be addressed," Wilson said. They included the reclassification of the fund balance in the fire fund, paying off the SunTrust capital lease early, and a reduction in the county's annual contribution to the pension plan.

• Approved was a request from the city of Senoia to change a mitigative measure related to a previous annexation. The city recently bought more than 60 acres of the proposed development for a recreation facility. The lots in the subdivision had to be reconfigured to meet stormwater requirements and city ordinances, and the city asked the county to remove the requirement for a 50-foot vegetative buffer along the common property lines with the county. The city of Senoia requested that a 50-foot setback for several lots be required instead.



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