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Liberty BOC shifts gears
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Liberty County Board of Commissioner Chairman Donald Lovette signs a proclamation making Feb.4 – Feb. 10 Paint the Town Purple Relay Week. - photo by Asha Gilbert

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners kicked off their mid-month meeting Thursday by signing a proclamation making Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 Paint the Town Purple Relay for Life Week in Liberty County. 

“We’re asking that everybody wear purple on February the 8th to show you’re in the fight against cancer,” said Relay for Life of Liberty County Event Host Karen Bell. 

Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to remember lost loved ones, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. 

In other county business, Liberty County Chief Finance Officer Kim McGlothlin went over the November and December financial reports which included how EMS has exhausted their funds halfway into the fiscal year. Trent Long from T.R. Long engineering gave a project status report on the Liberty Independent Troop Park Tract Repairs and updates on the Airport Road Community Park.

A budget amendment for the Liberty County Tax Assessors tabled at the last commissioner meeting was brought back before the commissioners by Chief Appraiser Glenda Roberts. Roberts requested moving funds from a communication budget line item to the salaries and wages budget line for employee raises.

“Whenever there are salary adjustments that are going to be impacted for the upcoming fiscal year, we have submitted those and have highlighted those employees that would be impacted,” Roberts said. “This has been no different from what we have done in that past.”

The commission voted to approve the motion for the budget amendment of $8,427.

Savannah Swim team coach Robert Jones gave an update to the commissioners with many of his swimmers and their families showing support by coming to the meeting. 

“I think it’s really important that you put some faces with some of the kids and the families I am talking about today.” Roberts said. “I think I first addressed you guys in 2017 when we discussed at that time bringing a swim team here to this community and the impact it could possibly have.”

Roberts presented the importance of kids knowing how to swim and also having 12 city champions on the team. 

The meeting closed with the commissioners approving a Hinesville Special Election Agreement for the upcoming special election for the seat on city council made vacant after Councilman Kenneth Shaw resigned. 

In his administrative report, County Administrator Joey Brown advised the commission Retired Eastern District Fire Chief Joe Martin was expected to sign the proposed lease approved at the last meeting on Friday.  The lease would permit the county to lease vehicles, equipment and buildings from EDFR stations.

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