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2017 Millage Rate Notice2

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Human Trafficking Notice

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Regular Meeting of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners

Aug. 8, 2017

Agenda:

9 A.M.     CALL TO ORDER

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

Special Presentation: Recreation Authority

Public Participation

Approve Minutes of Commissioners Regular Meeting held July 26, 2017

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Consider Approval of Equipment Purchase – Motor Grader
  2. Consider Amendment to Subscribed Regulatory Compliance Service Agreement
  3. Consider Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with City of Climax – Elections
  4. Consider Approval for Disposal of Items as Requested by Sheriff’s Department
  5. Consider Approval for Purchase of Vehicles for Sheriff’s Department
  6. Consider Approval of Easement for Sign – Southern Power (Solar Farm)

Commissioners / Administrator’s Remarks.

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Decatur County Board of Elections Meeting Agenda

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017, 6:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENT.
  2. III.           PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
  3. APPROVE MINUTES, JULY 11, 2017, meeting
  4. BUDGET
  5. OLD BUSINESS
  6. Discussion of computer security and worst-case scenario. (Postpone to September meeting).
  7. Consideration of changing the Board’s meeting place.

VII.         NEW BUSINESS

  1. Municipal and special elections – intergovernmental agreements, qualifying, etc.
    1. Consideration of Saturday, Oct. 28, advance voting.
  2. Formulation of mission statement, code of ethics, code of conduct.

VIII.        ADJOURNMENT

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1,820 voter registrations canceled in Decatur County as part of list maintenance

As part of the legal mandate to clean up the state’s voter rolls, 1,820 voter registrations in Decatur County were recently canceled by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Statewide, 591,548 voter registrations were canceled on Friday, July 28, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

If a voter was canceled, that means they had not voted, updated their voter registration information, filed a change of name or address, signed a petition or responded to attempts to confirm their last known address for at least the past three years. Basically, none of the voters have had any contact with local election officials or the state since at least Sept. 16,2014, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

If a voter has been canceled, they must re-register to vote. Decatur County now has approximately 15,900 active and inactive registered voters.

If a voter wants to check on their status, they may go to the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page website or call the Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration at (229) 243-2087.

The cancellations of the voter registrations are separate from the 383,400 confirmation notices mailed out several weeks ago statewide. In Decatur County, 958 of those confirmation notices were sent out.

These confirmation notices are part of the national change of address process under Georgia law that requires the Georgia Secretary of State to compare change of address information supplied by the U.S. Postal Service with electors list.

If a voter doesn’t respond within 30 days with either confirming their address or indicating a new one, that voter may be moved to an “inactive” status. By a voter being “inactive,” it starts the clock ticking on the years-long process of potentially being canceled.

Voters listed as “inactive” are still registered to vote and may vote at any time. Once an inactive” voter contacts an elections office with a change on their voter registration, signs a petition or votes, they become “active” again.

Furthermore, these actions are separate from a federal commission created by President Donald Trump that has requested voter information from every state.

The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming countywide TSPLOST and municipal elections in Decatur County is Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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Regular Meeting of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners

July 25, 2017

Agenda:

7 P.M.     CALL TO ORDER

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

Special Presentation:

Public Participation

Approve Minutes of Commissioners Regular Meeting held July 11, 2017

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Legal Equality Movement – Nicole Austin
  2. 2017 Digest Submission / Pending Appeals
  3. Consider Approval of Resolution – T-SPLOST

Commissioners / Administrator’s Remarks.

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Meeting Summary of the Decatur County Board of Elections

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Call to order: 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting room.

Participants:    Vice Chairman Willie Lamb Jr., Board Members Beverly Holmes, Keith Sellars and Gina Burke; Clerk of Voter Registration Linda Walton, and part-time Board of Elections employee Margaret Bryant.

Minutes were approved for June 13, 2017, meeting.

The Board members reviewed the just-ending fiscal year’s budget and reviewed the current 2017-18 budget.

The Board members approved a new poll worker compensation package, which makes the compensation uniform across polling locations and increases that compensation.

The discussion of changing the meeting place was tabled.

Adjournment was at 7 p.m.

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Regular Meeting of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners

July 11, 2017

Agenda:

9 A.M.     CALL TO ORDER

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

Special Presentation:

Public Participation

Approve Minutes of Commissioners Regular Meeting held June 27, 2017

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Update — Public Works Department (Dennis Medley)
  2. Consider Employee Agreement

Commissioners / Administrator’s Remarks.

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Decatur County Board of Elections Meeting Agenda

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017, 6:30 P.M.

Meeting at the Decatur County Board of County Commissioners meeting room

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENT
  3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
  4. APPROVE MINUTEs, June 13, 2017, meeting
  5. BUDGET
    1. Status of this fiscal year’s budget
    2. Final 2017-2018 budget
  6. OLD BUSINESS
    1. Poll Worker Agreement and new compensation package.
    2. Discussion of changing the meeting place
  7. ADJOURNMENT

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Regular Meeting of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners

June 27, 2017

Agenda:

7 P.M.     CALL TO ORDER

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

Special Presentation:

Public Participation

Approve Minutes of Commissioners Regular Meeting held June 13, 2017

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Consider Approval for Purchase of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) – Tonya Griffin
  2. Consider Approval of Amendment to Food Services Agreement – Trinity Services Group, Inc.
  3. Consider Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement for Planning Services with City of Bainbridge
  4. Consider Approval of Property Agreement with Georgia Pines

Commissioners / Administrator’s Remarks.

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Meeting Summary of the Decatur County Board of Elections

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Call to order: 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting room.

Participants:    Board of Elections, Chair Wendell Cofer, Vice Chairman Willie Lamb Jr., Board Members Beverly Holmes and Gina Burke; Chief Elections Official Carol Heard, Clerk of Voter Registration Linda Walton, IT Manager Roy Reynolds and part-time Board of Elections employee Margaret Bryant.

Minutes were approved for April 11, 2017, meeting.

The Board members reviewed the current fiscal year’s budget and previewed the final 2017-18 budget.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Georgia Election Officials Conference recap was given by Vice Chairman Willie Lamb.
  2. Plans were briefly discussed for Voter Registrars Association of Georgia conference in August.

VII.         NEW BUSINESS

  1. Discussions were held on Student Ambassador Program and working with new Bainbridge High School Principal Roy Matthews; changing meeting place; Poll Worker Agreement and new compensation package; and, election computer security. No decisions were made.
  2. Chairman Cofer recommended to hold the July 11 Board of Elections meeting. Members agreed.

Adjournment was at 7:30 p.m.

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Regular Meeting of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners

June 23, 2017

Agenda:

9 A.M.     CALL TO ORDER

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

Special Presentation:

Public Participation

Approve Minutes of Commissioners Regular Meeting held May 23, 2017

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Update on Eagle Scout Project – Tommy Young
  2. Update on Trans-Loading Multimodal Transportation Project at Industrial Park – Rick McCaskill
  3. Update on Simmons McIntyre Road – Right of Way

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Report on Fire Services Consolidation Study – Paula Sanford
  2. WorkSource Southwest Georgia – Melody Pierce
  3. Board Appointment: Bainbridge / Decatur County Hospital Authority
  4. Consider Approval for Alcohol License for Ankita Patel – SABS, Inc.

Commissioners / Administrator’s Remarks

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BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEETING AGENDA

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017

6:30 P.M.

DECATUR COUNTY

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING ROOM

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENT.
  3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
  4. APPROVE MINUTES
    1. April 11, 2017, meeting
  5. BUDGET
    1. Status of this fiscal year’s budget
    2. Final 2017-2018 budget
  6. OLD BUSINESS
    1. Georgia Election Officials Conference recap by Vice Chairman Willie Lamb.EasyVote demonstration (there is a demonstrate that hasn’t been scheduled yet but it will be in Thomasville following its special election on June 20).
    2. Plans for Voter Registrars Association of Georgia conference in August.
  7. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Student Ambassador Program and working with new Bainbridge High School Principal Roy Matthews.
    2. Discussion of changing meeting place.
    3. Poll Worker Agreement and new compensation package.
    4. Discussion of computer security and worst-case scenario.
    5. Consideration of canceling July 11 Board of Elections meeting.
  8. ADJOURNMENT