County BoC will meet in Savannah to discuss possible stormwater utility, budget, taxes, zoning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Spalding County Board of Commissioners will be holding a workshop this weekend in Savannah during the annual Association County Commissioners of Georgia conference.

The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will be held in the Savannah Conference Center.

The agenda lists three subjects to be discussed – the possible establishment of a stormwater utility, the county’s budget and taxes and updates to zoning ordinances.

The GRIP emailed BoC members Clay Davis, Rita Johnson, James Dutton, Gwen Flowers-Taylor and Ryan Bowlden, as well as County Manager Steve Ledbetter and asked the following three questions:

Why is the BoC’s April 30 work session being held in Savannah rather than in Spalding County where residents and other stakeholders would have a realistic opportunity to attend or view the meeting remotely?

Will you be providing digital access to this work session?

By whom was this decision made?

Ledbetter responded and said, “The BoC is at the ACCG Conference in Savannah. We are using down time from the conference to discuss Spalding County business without taking any votes.”

The GRIP responded, “Yes, Steve, I’m aware the commissioners are at the ACCG conference, hence my email. Why is this workshop being held in Savannah rather than in Spalding County? By whom was this decision made? Will a digital link be provided so residents and other stakeholders may view this workshop?”

Ledbetter did not respond to that email.

Since receiving the agenda announcing the workshop on Wednesday afternoon, The GRIP has emailed these questions to all five county commissioners three times. None of the five have provided answers.

Although Ledbetter said no votes would be taken in Savannah, workshops are generally a time during which commissioners discuss issues in greater detail prior to taking votes during future meetings.

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