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POSTED: July 25, 2014 3:06 p.m.

Long County Commissioners recently discussed the possibility of changing the locations of several voter precincts.  
Elections supervisor Kierra Hamilton said that consolidating Districts 3 and 7 is being looked into, as is having one precinct at city hall.
District 3 Commissioner Willie Thompson said he opposes this because he believes every district should have its own precinct to make it easier for its voters. He said that if any changes need to be made, it is that a precinct should be placed closer to Walthourville, because of the distance that these voters have to travel.
District 1 Commissioner Gerald Blocker said it may be necessary to look at moving all precincts, due to the length of the county and some districts’ sizes. Hamilton said she will look further into the matter.  
Hamilton also reported that Clifton DeLoach and Alice Woodard have qualified for the vacant District 4 seat, which will be voted on during the November election. Chairman Robert Long asked Hamilton why qualifying was so early for this race. She said the  state mandates that the qualifying be between June 23-27.  
Road-department supervisor Wilfred Morris reported that the front of the courthouse has been cleaned up and that all routine work, such as cutting grass and patching potholes, is going well.  
Long said that Arnold Drive will be resurfaced soon and that the work on Tibet Road is complete.
Commissioners also agreed to look into again spraying calcium chloride on the county’s dirt roads. In the past, the chemical was sprayed on dirt roads to assist in reducing “washboards,” keep dust down and to reduce holes. However, according to Long, the spraying was stopped due to budget restraints.
Recreation-department director Henry Strickland went before the commissioners to get clarification on what groups may use the recreation facilities. He said that questions recently came up, and he was concerned that some organizations using the facilities would make money from their functions.
After a brief discussion, it was decided that only local residents and nonprofit civic groups could use them and could not raise any funds when doing so.
Strickland also told the commissioners that the 10-and-under baseball team representing the county recently won the state baseball championship. Long said that the players and coaches will be recognized for their achievements at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the courthouse.
In other rec-department news, Strickland said football player and cheerleader registration runs Aug. 4-15. Applications are available at the recreation complex and through the schools.
Kelli Mock, representing the Senior Citizen Center, reported that during June, 607 meals were delivered to seniors and another 447 were served at the center. Also, Amicita Home Health spokesperson Lorie Goarcke spoke at the center June 26, and  a tornado and fire drill took place earlier in the month.  
Mock said 13 local families received food from the center’s food pantry.  She added there will be an open house Aug. 21 at the Homelife on Glynco. The event will show the seniors what the group offers in regards to personal care, memory aid and short-term stays. She said that a field trip either to Fort King George or Sapelo Island is in the works.
In earlier business, the commission reappointed James Howard to the tax assessor’s board, Betty Baxter and Art Carter to the library board, and William Miller to the Coastal Regional Commission board.

 

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