At their Dec. 2 meeting, the Long County Commissioners discussed the possibility of finding another location for the county’s Code Enforcement Office.
"Something will have to be done to give them more space. They’re simply out of room," said Chairman Randy Wilson.
The consensus of the commissioners was that the office, which is located in the Long County Courthouse in Ludowici, has become too small for its expanded role since opening three years ago.
Commissioner Cliff DeLoach said a possible new home for the office is the county’s Recreation Department Complex. Once renovations are completed, upstairs office space should be available.
DeLoach said that location for the office could help deter vandalism at the park.
Incoming Commissioner Wallace Shaw said that possibility could be explored but since the Code Enforcement Office is a public office, it would have to be handicap accessible. An upstairs office at the Recreation Department Complex does not meet those guidelines.
Wallace said another option may be to move the office across the parking lot, to where the Long County Extension Office is located.
"What would be good was if we could get the Board of Education to possibly help with locating a (spot) for the Extension Office, and then move the Code Office there," Shaw said.
According to Shaw, the Extension Office is substantially larger than the current Code Enforcement Office, and it would keep the latter near the other offices in the courthouse, where related work takes place.
The commissioners decided to research all the possibilities and discuss what they find at their February meeting.
In other news from the commission meeting, commissioners a heard a request from Christian Moore, who wants to open a bar and club on Mill Pond Road.
Wilson told Moore that it is illegal to sell liquor in the county, but that he could request a beer-and-wine license. Moore said he tried to get such a license but his request was rejected by Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles.
Commissioners said the LCSD can reject an application for a beer and wine license if it determines selling the two is not in the best interest of the community.