Bulloch County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 in a new temporary location. The commission meeting has been temporarily moved to the Honey Bowen Building located at 1 Max Lockwood Drive. This temporary move was made necessary due to renovations to the Bulloch County Annex which includes the commission meeting room.

Continue reading for actions taken by the commission during the meeting.

Bulloch Commission

Honey Bowen Building
Honey Bowen Building is located off of Fair Road in Fair Road Park Credit: Grice Connect

ZONING AGENDA

The two rezone considerations on Tuesday’s zoning agenda were presented at the last commision meeting and were delayed to modify conditions of the rezone. The property owners have brought the request back to the commission after working through the modifications with the county staff.

Hayden Rollins, Hussey, Gay and Bell spoke in favor of both of the rezoning requests.

APPROVED: Hilda G. Rushing, Virginia R. Trapnell and Stephen H. Rushing submitted an application to rezone 159 acres from R-40 to R-25 to allow for the development of a single family subdivision. The property is located at 359 Josh Deal Road.

APPROVED: Hilda G. Rushing, Virginia R. Trapnell and Stephen H. Rushing submitted an application to rezone 60 acres from R-40 to R-3 to allow for the development of a multi-family residential area. The property is part of a parcel with address of 359 Josh Deal Road.

CONSENT AGENDA

APPROVED: Minutes Approval: Tuesday November 1st, 2022 05:30 PM

APPROVED: 2544 : Motion to approve purchase for Athletic Field Lighting at Mill Creek Park

APPROVED: 2545 : Motion to approve purchase of Rental Lockers for Splash in the Boro Waterpark

APPROVED: 2549 : Motion to approve purchase of Image Trend Elite software for Bulloch County EMS

APPROVED: 2550 : Motion to enter into an agreement MOU with the Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office

This Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) is entered into between the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner – State Fire Marshal (“OCI”) and the Bulloch County Fire Department to allow use of the OCI’s mobile Fire and Life Safety Trailer for educational outreach within Bulloch County and storage of the trailer during the Fiscal Year of 2022-2023.

APPROVED: 2551 : Motion to approve a resolution declaring unserviceable and authorizing sale or disposal of vehicles

APPROVED: 2552 : Motion to approve a resolution declaring unserviceable and authorizing transfer of vehicles to Georgia forestry commission.

APPROVED: 2553 : Motion to approve a resolution to amend the capital budget for Fiscal Year 2023

APPROVED: 2554 : Motion to approve purchase of 20 Self Contained breathing apparatus MES (Airpak) for Bulloch Fire

APPROVED: 2555 : Motion to approve the purchase of Caterpillar Motor Grader and Sloper from Yancey in the amount of $350,490.00

APPROVED: 2556 : Motion to enter into a contract with Gregory Bridge Company, for repairs to the Pulaski Road Bridge at Lott’s Creek, in the amount of $54,550.75, to be funded by TSPLOST

APPROVED: 2563 : Motion to approve Forest Heights Country Club #134 License Transfer

APPROVED: 2558 : Motion to grant a 2023 alcoholic beverage renewal license for package retail beer and wine sales to certain establishments with a current 2022 license.

APPROVED: 2559 : Motion to approve a memorandum of understanding with the City of Statesboro to allow the installation of a bus stop at Health Department

COMMISSION AND STAFF COMMENTS

Tom Couch, Bulloch County Manager addressed the commission and reminded them that they are starting budget process earlier this year. Couch asked commissioners to be thinking about their budget priorities. He said that most likely in the next work session they will discuss their priorities.

He asked the staff to put together a holiday schedule of staff holiday events so the commissioners will be aware of these and can attend when available.

Couch updated the commissioners on their work to get the zoning ordinances in place. He feels they are close on the subdivision revisions and there will be around a dozen issues for the commissioners to decide direction on the zoning ordinances. The county staff is working hard to complete the process soon to meet the public hearing requirements and stay within the moratorium deadlines.

Commission Chair Roy Thompson reminded the commissioners and the audience that there are many different ways to do a lot of things. Their goal as they work through the zoning moratorium is to try and come up with a solution that will make as many people happy as possible.

Bulloch Commission
Citizens attend the commission meeting at the Honey Bowen building Credit: Grice Connect

Executive Session

The commissioners entered into executive session to discuss real estate or personnel issues. They remained in executive session for a little over thirty minutes before returning to the adjourn the meeting with no action taken in the executive session.

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Full video of the meeting below

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