The county will also consider changes a smoking and tobacco use ban, guidelines for roadside solicitation, the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority issuing $7 million in bonds for Norcom, and negotiations with the city for splitting a third of the excess revenue from the new title ad velorem tax, which replaced the birthday tax and sales tax on the sale of motor vehicles.
The changes in the ethics ordinance came about as a result of the December hearing against County Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor, who proposed the changes as did members of the board. Flowers-Taylor was cleared of any ethics violations in the hearing, the only the county has held since adopting the ordinance. The commissioners are also scheduled to each make their three appointments for nominees to the Ethics Review Board, should the board need to be convened again.
The smoking and tobacco use prohibition will be the first reading of a change to the county ordinance, and once approved upon second reading prohibits any tobacco use in county owned or operated buildings except in designated areas, and bans it in all county operated parks and the Park at Sixth.
The other ordinance change is creating guidelines and requirements, including permits for solicitation or fund-raising at intersections in the county, as well as a requiring the posting of a sign to let drivers know the name of the organization and purpose for the solicitation.
The board will also consider a resolution approving the issuance of industrial development revenue bonds
by the Griffin-Spalding County Development Authority to Norcom, Inc in the amount of $7,000,000. The bonds will be used to purchase equipment the Development Authority will own and lease to Norcom for use in its manufacturing operations with the bonds paid back with the ad velorem taxes Norcom pays on the equipment.
The agreement has to be approved by the county and the city of Griffin, which have the taxing authority and whose tax proceeds from Norcom will be used pay of the bonds.