September 19, 2018
President Michael Courey opened meeting at 3 p.m..
Present: Michael Courey, Jan Kowalsky, Joan Crothers, Barbara Carew, LaJean & Noel Turner, Larry Dietsch.
Minutes: Motion to approve the Aug. 9th Board meeting minutes as sent by email was made by Barbara; seconded and passed.
Treasurer’s Report: Table report. The account was closed at State South and new account opened at United Community. LaJean made a motion to roll our CD into checking account when it comes due Nov. 1st; seconded and passed. She suggested we just reduce our donations as they are important. At the August Board meeting, the Board decided not to make any donations this fiscal year in an effort to gain a minimal financial buffer.
Membership: LaJean reported 10 new members since June; 44 still in arrears. We will call Jane Holland to get list of CVB and GMF memberships.
Business Cards: Barbara brought business cards for all; cost $19.99. Extras are at Joan’s.
Changes to By-Laws: To be placed on the web site.
City of Hiawassee: At the end of 3 public hearings, Sept. 4th &11th, Council voted 3-2 to decrease the millage rate from the same at 2.258 mills to 2.170; $4,569,699—assessed value of 52 new-found properties that had never paid taxes, also 82 properties have been billed, but not paid taxes this yr.($57k+). City is installing more hydrants; $19,826 grant to pave Tator Ridge Rd.; New auditor firm—Rushton in Gainesville—saving $1.5K over 3 yrs.; Budget hearing @work session 9/24.
City of Young Harris: Steve Clark sworn in, Jared Champion leaving for Atlanta job. 1st hearing on water/sewer rate, will benefit Y.H. Apts.; 2nd reading on Sign Ord., includes 45-day window to act on sign applications; Council adopted rollback millage rate of 2.89 mills. Budget heard on 9/18; zoning ord. 10/2.
Commissioner: He mentioned the passing of Marsha Elliot & his uncle Jack Bradshaw; Rec. floor @ old Rec. to be replaced; new Rec. has new fence at lower field; 2017 Audit was approved. Work still in progress on Sign Ord., County receives little to no money from billboards, they take away from natural beauty. State, not county, requiring higher 911 charges; landline fee the same @$1.50 & wireless goes up by $1.50.
TCW&S Auth.: Barbara reported some residents of Mining Gap Rd. concerned about replacement of water pipes and requested hydrants. Turnipseed Engineering will open bids on Sept. 6th on what will be done (they are not sure). Now: hydrants questionable and the use of tanker trucks for fires. Hiawassee Mayor was present to talk about water production costs for TCWA; possible raise from Auth.–$1.65 to $1.86 per 1000 gal. The Ridges has not paid their $15K sewer bill to City, but Auth. won’t help by shutting off water.
Chamber: Larry K. submitted a report: Chamber income to date is $9,300; last year to date was deficit of $7K. Turnaround attributed to Outdoor Expo, Made in GA, Bus, Showcase, Bassmasters. As of August 31, 428 members in Chamber. They listed advertising they’re doing and are coordinating with CVB to avoid duplications. Additional fishing tournaments planned: Nov.-F4R- Fishing for Real Outdoors, Hi School Fishing Tournament w/200+ teens. County needs to increase parking at docks.
CVB: Budget $75K to Commissioner; $60K for Bassmasters. Need to collect The Ridges tax payments. Formal application now required for Grant requests; ethics code for Board members, ie. paid all taxes. Hamilton Gardens $5K for next 5 mos.;CVB will publish an end of year report on financials. $30K increase in tax revenue over last year to date.