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Gadsden gavel goes to Croley

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By Alice Du Pont

 

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With the newly elected member of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners member, Eric Hinson, and re-elected members Sherrie Taylor and Gene Morgan sworn in, the first order of business before the BoCC was the election of a chairman.

 

That honor went to Commissioner Doug Croley without opposition. Eric Hinson was elected vice chairman. 

“I want to say humbly to everyone that I appreciate this honor,” Croley said, as he was passed the gavel. 

Commissioners wrestled with how to collect funds owed the county from road paving along Quail Roost and Ames Barineau Road. During the Oct. 2 meeting, commissioners authorized the county’s attorney to enter into discussions with Government Services Group Inc. regarding the provision of consulting service to begin recovering a portion of the costs incurred in paving the two roads.

 

The total paving cost for Quail Roost is $57,342 and the cost of Ames Barineau is $104,640 and the county wants residents there to pay their share. The county agreed to pay one-third of the costs associated with the improvements, and many of the homeowners abutting the property owners agreed to pay an equal share per parcel of the remaining two-thirds of the costs. However, some of the property owners were not parties to the contract and did not agree to pay any of the paving costs, and did not expect to have to pay any of the costs.

At the time the county entered into the contract, an ordinance provided for collection of the property owners’ portion of the paving costs by recording a special assessment lien against the assessed properties in the public records.

 

“We should try to collect, and if we don’t collect, we should write it off,” suggested Morgan.

Taylor said commissioners need to adopt a policy so the money can be collected. But unable to reach an agreement, commissioners agreed to table a decision on both roads and invite a representative of Government Services Inc. to the Dec. 4 meeting to further discuss collection.

 

In other matters:

• Commissioners heard an update from David Gardner, executive director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, on the number of businesses he is currently pursuing. There are eight companies, he said, that are showing promise. All are manufacturing and/or distribution companies.

 

• Commissioners Brenda Holt and Eric Hinson as well as Robert Presnell, county administrator, were appointed to the board of directors for the Small Counties Coalition.