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County to aid Midway

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CURT WILKERSON

Times Correspondent

Recently retired Gadsden County educator Linda Jones was honored at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). Jones retired after a 31-year career as a teacher and administrator. Additionally, Jones has served as the public relations director for the Gadsden County Chapter of the Retired Educators Association, is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and has also worked with the Havana chapter of 

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“As a caring educator, Miss Jones was always concerned that a student’s need for quality education remains her first priority,” Chairman Eric Hinson read from an honorary resolution. “She never stopped learning so she could share an infinite amount of information with her students, in an ever changing world.” 

Following the presentation, Clerk of Court Nicholas Thomas gave the “cash in the bank report,” saying the county has a total of $15.8 million in all combined accounts. Commissioner Sherrie Taylor asked if that amount represented a healthy financial status for the county and Thomas responded.

“$15.8 million is a lot,” he said. “This is the time of year that you are flush with cash because ad valorem tax revenues have been coming in. You are either at or above where you should be.”

In other business, the BoCC unanimously approved an interlocal agreement for the county to temporarily provide planning services to the city of Midway. The county will assist Midway, which currently has no city planner, in areas such as land development review and interpretation of developmental regulations, assessing a maximum fee of $23,500.

“This is a huge help to the city of Midway,” said Midway Interim City Manager Dorothy Inman-Johnson. “Midway is right on the brink of explosive growth. We cannot afford not to have someone overseeing the land use and zoning in our community. What you’re doing tonight is a huge assistance to us and our citizens.” 

Taylor asked if Midway had any future plans of developing a planning and zoning commission of their own.

“We are going through some trying times financially,” Inman-Johnson said. “If we can get through this fiscal year, we will be in a better budget position to be able to develop our own growth management department.”

In other business:

n The board unanimously approved the county’s 2014 legislative priorities. The agenda includes: providing funding for county projects such as the renovation of the Gadsden County Courthouse and the construction of a new agricultural education center, opposing the privatization of the Florida State Hospital and seeking funding for high-priority programs such as public safety and health care. The full list 2014 legislative priorities can be viewed as part of the agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting of the BoCC, available through gadsdengov.net/.