Highlights of October 21, 2013 Meeting
Jr. Vice Commander Pat Hansen, of American Legion Post 109, shared their history and mission in Hart County. He explained their and a primary function is to assist and advocate for veterans’ needs. They are active in our community, sponsoring an educational scholarship and a week-long event for high school girls and boys to learn leadership in government. They are active in U.S. flag promotion and proper disposal of unserviceable flags. They provide and erect memorials for fallen county veterans and conduct a Memorial Day service as well as other direct services for veterans.
Board Member Terry Chenoweth updated members on significant lake issues. He gave a brief synopsis of the Savannah River study formal signing event. He expressed encouragement by the large number of legislators from Georgia and South Carolina attending the signing promoting the health of the Savannah River district. He reminded members the Corps must adhere to the current plan for winter lake storage.
Our School Board Specialist, Mike Buckel, gave members an update on the passage by the Board of Education for Hart County schools to petition the State government to become a charter school system. He discussed SPLOST issues and consequences of Hart County taking on debt in a period of reduced revenue collection.
County commissioner Bill Myers clarified the point that the Board of Commissioners is the only legal Board to authorize a raise in taxes. President Garry Hamilton stated the HCPOA did not purchase or erect any of the “Vote NO on SPLOST” signs placed in the county. He repeated the HCPOA does not object to SPLOST projects but asks the Board of Education to be fiscally responsible in debt management vs. expenditures.