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Tiny House Moratorium extended 180 days

A resolution was passed extending the Land Use & Development/Tiny House Moratorium for another 180 days, which was approved at the June 3, 2024, meeting of the Tattnall County Commissioners in

Reidsville. County Attorney Tom Peterson pointed out that this refers in particular to a "tiny house," which "is typically defined as a single-family home, in general 400 square feet or less, excluding lofts."

Peterson commented that this extended moratorium allows the county officials additional time to research what other counties are legislating on these non-traditional structures. He acknowledged that an influx of transients may be forthcoming with the nearby Hyundai plant and related industries, especially as the soaring prices of stick-built homes are becoming unaffordable for many families.

A workshop on land use and development is tentatively planned for Tuesday, June 25, to meet with representatives of the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission. Members of the city councils, development authorities, and other organizations are invited to attend along with the commissioners.

A resolution was approved for the required advertising for the renewal of the one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sale Tax (SPLOST), which is to be placed on the ballot in the November 5, 2024, General Election. This one percent sales tax is projected to yield approximately $15 million over a six-year period and is a vital tax to the county and its cities for funding of capital outlay projects.

Another approval was for a Tattnall County Allowable Costs and Cost Principles Policy, which County Attorney Peterson explained, in essence, refers to a procurement policy to be followed when ARPA

(American Rescue Plan Act) funds are spent. This specifically refers to an ongoing Roland Hodges Road project, which involves a road that has not been able to be used in three years, and for the resolution that will specify the ways these funds will be spent.

Another agenda item referred to a request by Tattnall School Superintendent Dr. Kristen Waters for two additional resource officers who will be serving both elementary and middle schools. The Tattnall school system is being allotted $200,000 ($100,000 per officer) for the schools, which will help pay for salaries, benefits, and any necessary equipment and training. These funds are provided through an additional line item by the Governor in the educational funding formula to allow additional budgeting for safety and security of schools. Chief Deputy Jeff Rogers, representing Sheriff Kyle Sapp at the meeting, reported that the Sheriff's Office will be able to provide these two resource officers.

Chief Deputy Rogers was also granted his request from the Sheriff's Office to purchase three new vehicles from Brannen Motor Company of Unadilla, Georgia, which specializes in the equipping of police

and emergency vehicles.

These include two 2024 Chevrolet Silverados with 1500 Crew with equipment at a price of $85,053 each and one 2024 Chevrolet Tahoe Police vehicle with equipment at a cost of $75,631. The disbursement

of these funds will come from the general operating budget of the Sheriff's Office and will be five-year leases.

Several bids were also considered by the commissioners.

  • The low bid of Bravo  Fence of Marietta of $42,750 was accepted for the Magnolia Road fence replacement. The other two bids were $49,377 from Montgomery Site Construction of Tarrytown and $51,671 from Celebrity Fence Company of Atlanta.
  • The single bid for the painting of the Judicial Annex was left unopened, received after bid submission deadline, and this project will be re-bid.
  • Road Superintendent Lynn Cribbs made a request for an Extended Warranty Protection for the 2019 Caterpillar 12M3 Motor Grader for the next two years at a cost of $10,460, which was approved by the commissioners and includes parts and labor for Powertrain and hydraulics on the motor grader.

Cribbs was given approval to solicit bids for Work Zone 2 Backhoe Replacement, with the current 2015 Caterpillar 420F2 backhoe having approximately 8000 hours on it, and also to solicit bids for two Batwing mowers.

County Engineer Dennis Odom reviewed the 2024 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) LRA (Local Road Assistance) resurfacing list, which is an additional $1.2 million grant for resurfacing from the Georgia Dept. of Transportation, with no match required from the County. These seven roads approved are as follows: Henry Street in Manassas, 0.45 miles; Old Collins Manassas Road, 1.36 miles; Fid Mosley Road (Reidsville to D. Oliver), 1.60 miles; Pecan Road,1.29 miles; Stoney Hill Church Road, 2.48 miles; Jiggs Harden Road, .94 mile; and Stoney Brook Way, 1.02 miles, for a total of 9.14 miles at a cost estimate of $133,00 per mile, for $1,215,620.

Also, the Pondview Road Right of Way from Eli Collins was accepted.