June 18, 2018

911 Dispatcher Receives Service Award

(L-R) Commissioner Joe Adams, Commissioner Larry Hammond, Commissioner Chairman Lee Boone, 911 Dispatcher Ms. Martha Kilgore, Commissioner Larry Hooks, Heard County 911 Director Chris Acosta, Commissioner Keri Denney, Commissioner Gwen Caldwell (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

(Franklin/Times-Journal) — The Heard County Commissioners met on May 22, 2018 at 6:30pm in the administration building in Franklin. All commissioners were in attendance.

Chairman Boone called the meeting to order gave the invocation and led everyone in the pledge to the flag.

Commissioners presented 911 dispatcher Ms. Martha Kilgore with a 20-year service award in recognition of her loyal and dedicated service to Heard County. Martha began her career on May 4, 1998 at the Heard County 911 Center.

“I have heard Ms. Martha on the radio, she is a good dispatcher, I stress to everyone in this room that doesn’t know her, if you have an emergency and call 911 center and get Ms. Martha on the phone you are in good hands,” said Board Chairman Lee Boone. “911 dispatchers are valuable and especially the ones that can get the job done under stress. I commend her for what she does and for her service to Heard County.”

Chris Acosta, Heard County 911 Director honored Ms. Kilgore at the presentation by saying, “She makes me look good! She makes all of us at the 911 center, what we do look effortless! She has one of those got to get it done attitudes. She makes no bones about it and doesn’t put any fluff around it! She just gets it done! She is always the one I can go to whenever I really need someone.”

“A person with some sense that will stay calm and get the job done! She is one of our go to people! She is also the go to person for (GCIC) Georgia Crime Information Center where tags for wanted people are ran or cars are stolen, anything to do with law enforcement,” added Acosta. “She does it inside and out backwards and forwards. A lot of other agencies will go to her first before they will go to anybody else that works at the center. She’s just that incredible! She’s one of the best!”

Each of the commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Martha and thanked her for her service to the county.

Commissioners held two public hearings at the meeting. The first was for the text amendment to the agricultural zoning classification to allow horse stables to be added to the agricultural zoning classification. This was recommended by the Heard County planning commission.

The second hearing was for the special use application for Klaus and Katharina Huenermann of Welcome Road in Roopville. This hearing was continued from the April 24 meeting to allow the Huenermanns time to address the Fire Chief’s recommendations to their property for a guest house vacation rental.

No public comments were made at either hearing. The minutes were approved as written from the April 24 meeting.

Under New Business the commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Heard County School District. An agreement between the Heard County, Heard County School System and the Sherriff Department for the employment of a school resource officer.

The board approved the text amendment to the agricultural zoning classification

They approved a motion to adopt the special event permit. This was an addition to the business license section of the counties special event ordinance put in place by the planning commission at their workshop. The addition is for business owners in residential sections of the county to have two special events a year, if they go through the procedure and get the approval.

The board reappointed Debbie Rogers to the Heard County Family and Children Services. They also reappointed Leighton Alston to the West Georgia Regional Joint Development Authority.

Durell Langley Adjutant of the Heard County American Legion Post 148 spoke to the board on a program they have had in place since February called Veterans Helping Veterans.

“So far we have assisted eight veterans in varies aspects, financially, with repairs and with fighting claims. I have a situation tonight that I’m in need of a variance on our building and zoning code on property located on Craven Drive in Heard County off HWY 100,” stated Langley. “We have a veteran, a member of our post, his single wide mobile home burned and his wife was deceased in the fire. He is currently residing on the property in a travel trailer. I am asking for a variance to our code for 1-year so that he can have power restored to the travel trailer he is living in. This is a sad situation. He is currently in a depressed state of mind and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”

After discussing many different options available to have power hooked up and be following the counties code the Board of Commissioners and HC Zoning Administrator Stacy Morris told Mr. Langley if he presented a blueprint for a 1000 sq. ft. site built home on the property it would give him 6 months to build without a variance and power could be hooked up under the code to the travel trailer. If that is not enough time Mr. Langley could then ask the board for a variance to extend the time.

Under Old Business the board approved the special use application for Klaus and Katharina Huenermann of Welcome Road in Roopville after receiving a letter of recommendation from the HC Fire Chief stating that the Huenermanns are in compliance.

Kathy Knowles Executive Director of Heard County Development Authority updated the board on Glover Road Park, no definite decisions were made.

There were no public comments the board went into executive session to discuss potential litigation and real estate.

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