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The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners recognized the county’s fleet maintenance department for earning the ASE Blue Seal certification at the board’s most recent meeting. The Cherokee County fleet maintenance department was one of only six such departments in the entire state of Georgia to earn this recognition.

Preparing for the upcoming fiscal year, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has held one public hearing on proposed tax millage rates, with a second set for July 16.

County staff recommended to commissioners that a full rollback of property tax rates be enacted on both the millage for the general fund and for the park bond debt service to avoid larger tax bills for residents.

At the same time, it was recommended not to roll back the millage rates for the fire fund to keep Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services from having to use more of its reserves over the next fiscal year ($485,000 with no rollback vs. $1.63 million with a full rollback).

During the public hearing one speaker suggested the county dip into reserves to pay down debts.

The board of commissioners also took action on a handful of zoning cases that had made it through the planning commission. The board approved accepting a withdrawal on two cases, one for the rezoning of land on Ga. Highway 92 from residential to light industrial and the other from agricultural to residential along Trinity Church Road, as well as a 60-day postponement on a case to rezone a parcel of land on Cumming Highway from residential to general commercial.

The board also approved rezoning land along Bascomb Carmel Road and Delay Street from R-40 residential to R-20 residential, but the motion did not include either of the concurrent variances requested by the applicant. A motion to approve the rezoning of a piece of property along Ball Ground Highway from residential to neighborhood commercial to allow for the development of a therapeutic massage studio on the premises also passed.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners also handled the following items:

The consent agenda, which included authorizing commission chairman Harry Johnston to sign a pre-application worksheet for a federal grant for the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, approving an amendment to extend an agreement with the North Georgia Amateur Umpire ♦ Association, declaring several pieces of office furniture from various county departments as surplus and accepting a quit claim deed from the county school system for Othello Drive at Bells Ferry Road, was approved.

♦ The board approved the reappointment of Jane Shelnutt and Tom Hill to the county library board.

♦ Johnston reminded everyone that representatives from the Georgia Department of Insurance would be at the county administration building every second Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist residents who may have questions with insurance matters.

♦ The board recognized the county’s fleet management department for earning the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) Blue Seal certification. This award, of which only Cherokee County and five other departments in Georgia earned, was due in part to the department regularly having a majority of its mechanics go through detailed testing on various mechanics certifications.

♦ A motion to accept the annual aging sub-grant agreement for the new state fiscal year in the amount of $912,713.54 was approved.

♦ A motion to accept a pair of sub-grant agreements, $174,895 for the Treatment Accountability Court and $125,639 for the Veteran’s Treatment Court, was approved. A sub-grant agreement of $325,462 for the Blue Ridge Drug Accountability Court was also approved.

♦ The board approved the purchase of two Chevrolet Tahoe trucks for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and one Ford Explorer for the CSO uniform patrol. The cost for all three came to $154,479, which includes fully equipping the vehicles.

♦ A construction services agreement with Everlast Construction Group, for the amount of $62,059 and a county-controlled contingency of $6,000, to construct a new pavilion at Cherokee Veterans Park was approved.

♦ An amendment with Trinity Services Group to extend the current agreement for feeding inmates at the Adult Detention Center for an additional year was approved. The amendment included a price increase, as well as a $47,056 credit to the county for incorrect billing issues.

♦ The board approved exchanging 25 APX 8500 dual-band mobile radios for 25 APX 6500 single-band mobile radios as part of the implementation of the 800 MHz Public Safety Radio system to help the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad meet its needs, while also approving an upgrade to the system by adding a second true-redundancy path to Cobb County’s master system through a radio site in Bartow County.

♦ A five-year renewal on the lease agreement for Fire Station 17 in Lake Arrowhead was approved.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will be Tuesday, July 16, with a work session at 3 p.m., followed by the regular business meeting at 6.

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