December 12, 2018

Heard BOC Meeting Notes (November)

(Franklin/Times-Journal) — The Heard County Commissioners met on November 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM 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.

The first item on the agenda was a public hearing for a special use application for Encounter Ministries, Inc. located on Notnomis Road in Franklin to build a Worship Center and a Lodge on the property which is now zoned agricultural.

Encounter Ministries, Inc. also has plans for a petting zoo, and to hold Concerts in the Worship Center that could bring 300 or more people to the area at an event.

A large crowd attended the hearing which lasted over two hours. Several citizens that live in the area spoke at the hearing. Some were for and some against.

The biggest concern from most was the traffic in the area and others not fully understanding the proposed plans for the Ministry. Many stated that they were not opposed to having a church located on the property.

Sherrie Kagey, a resident of Heard County for 60 years and CEO of Encounter Ministries Inc. spoke to the board on how Encounter Ministries was started and why they do what they do.

Sherrie stated, “Encounter Ministries was birthed because of mine and my son’s life story. We became a non-profit organization in 2014. We started by sharing our story to others.”

Sherrie then shared their life story with the board. A story in which their family had experienced a life full of pain, sexual abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, attempted suicide, bullying and more.

She told how God had helped their family overcome. She stated, “We understand how people feel that have gone through these things. We are here to be a mentor and to show hurting people the love of Jesus Christ. To help families and make a difference! To give a person hope who has none! That’s what Encounter Ministries is.”

Sherrie told the board that Encounter Ministries has been making a difference in Carrollton and the surrounding counties. She stated, “Heard County is my home! Why not make a difference in my county!”

No decision was made by the board and the hearing was continued to the December 18th meeting to give the public adequate notice of 15 days of the hearing according to the state law.

The minutes of the October meeting were approved as written.

The board approved the purchase of two new ambulances to be paid with 2019 SPLOST dollars as recommended by Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth.

The board approved a motion for county attorney to move forward with procedures to revoke a special use application for Telecommunications tower at 301 Kirk Road Franklin, due to the fact nothing has been put on the tower since November 2017.

Commissioners adopted a formal resolution required by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and appointed Chairman Lee Boone as County Legislative Coordinator.

A motion was approved by the board to reschedule the December Meeting of Commissioners to the 18th at 6:30 PM due to the Christmas Holiday and the board will also hold a work session at 5:00 PM to discuss 2019 SPLOST spending plan.

There was no old business, no public comments, the board went into executive session to discuss possible litigation. The meeting was adjourned.

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