The commissioners approved the low bid from Hibernia Enterprise for the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials located at the old Fairmont school buildings at Third and Jefferson streets. This is part of the planned demolition of a portion of the school and rehabilitation of the site for future use by the community.
County Manager William Wilson told the commissioners the expense was not budgeted and recommending funding come from the commissioners contingency funds. The two buildings being demolished at the old Fairmont school are 5020 and 5021.
The commissioners also voted to authorize Tax Commissioner Sylvia Hollums to receive payment of all taxes and license fees. County Attorney Jim Fortune said the county has not done this before but is supposed to authorize the tax commissioner to collect taxes each year, pursuant to state law O.C.G.A. 48-5-146.
It allows the tax commissioner to receive personal, company, certified, treasurer’s, or cashier’s checks, as well as bank, postal and express money orders, and electronic transactions, web payment e-checks and credit or debit card payments in payment of all taxes and license fees due the office.
The board also voted to provide workers’ compensation coverage for the non-employee volunteer members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, in case one gets hurt while performing duties of the dive team. This will increase the county’s premium by $2,000.
Commissioner Chipper Gardner noted the coverage is similar to that the county provided to volunteer firefighters. “If one gets hurt,” the former fire chief said, “it opens us up to liability.”
Capt. Tony Ranieri said there are 24 members of the team including 10 volunteers, and the all members are at the highest point of certification, as certified rescue divers. “Anything can happen,” Ranieri said, “fortunately nothing has.”
There’s only been one injury is his time on the team, Ranieri said: “There was a leech in one of the guy’s ears.”