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Drew Allen Road is the first LMIG and GITB project completed. Commissioners approved the GTIB grant/loan at the Aug. 9 meeting as well as the SPLOST bond resolution which will mean more road improvements.

County approves SPLOST bond resolution

Commissioners approved the county’s General Obligation Bond Resolution for SPLOST projects during the Wednesday, Aug. 9 meeting.

“The county can accomplish more and faster by borrowing and paying for projects before the costs go up. Pike has seen around a 14% growth in SPLOST collections but over the past seven months, that has leveled out some. The county is a public entity and can borrow on tax exempt status. The county held a referendum and it was passed in May 2022 so you already have cash in the bank that has accumulated since then,” said Bill Camp with Raymond James who noted the county will have a fixed interest rate. “When voters approved the resolution, they authorized the county to borrow up to $14 million. In the future, if we see additional growth in the sales tax, the county would have the ability to borrow another $1.8 million if it makes sense to do so.”

Commissioner Tim Daniel made a motion to approve the bond resolution, noting that it was done successfully by the county seven years ago.

“This will fund the county’s SPLOST projects and these are some very large projects that are going to take a good bit of time,” noted county manager Brandon Rogers. “These may be some of the biggest projects the county has undertaken, including paving some dirt roads.”

Commissioners also discussed and then postponed an intergovernmental agreement with the Development Authority relating to funding for an Economic Development project.

“This is a longstanding project we’ve been working on and we sent the IDA an intergovernmental agreement in relation to property off County Farm Road and Highway 18,” said county manager Brandon Rogers.

County attorney Rob Morton noted that the agreement sent to the IDA on May 10 was ‘fundamentally different’ than the agreement that was returned for approval by commissioners.

“There are some significant differences that need to be discussed in detail,” said Morton. “The board might consider requesting a meeting with their board and attorney and the county manager to be able to address the fundamental differences in the agreement.”

Commissioner Jason Proctor recommended that the meeting be held as soon as possible for both boards to work it out.

The county also:

  • Approved the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) grant/loan and authorized signatories so the county can move forward with LMIG projects.

    • Approved use of the courthouse grounds for the National POW/MIA Recognition Memorial Display on Friday, Sept. 15 by Pike County American Legion Post 197.
  • Approved use of the courthouse grounds for the Pike County Veterans Day Observance on Saturday, Nov. 11.
  • Approved the Public Defender’s Office contract for Fiscal Year 2023-24.

    • Approved a hardship waiver for Jeffrey Kempson contingent upon submission of a financial affidavit.
    Approved the Public Defender’s Office contract for Fiscal Year 2023-24.

    • Approved a hardship waiver for Jeffrey Kempson contingent upon submission of a financial affidavit.
  • Heard from Becky Watts who asked that commissioners discuss the county manager evaluation and to “give praise and constructive criticism as if he was working for you personally.”

    • Held a closed, executive meeting to discuss potential litigation and county employees but reconvened only to adjourn the public meeting.

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