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County updating code book
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Liberty County commissioners have approved the modernization and organization of the county’s code of ordinances, a project that been under way for more than a year.

A team of county officials worked with Municode to eliminate outdated ordinances, resolve conflicting ordinances and generally streamline the code. County Administrator Joey Brown cited one example: public buildings are no longer required to include fallout shelters. Brown said he was confident that the new version was a significant improvement.

County Attorney Kelly Davis, several local officials and Municode attorneys worked on the project.
“We’ve been through it and through it and through it,” Brown said.

Also at their regular August meeting last week, commissioners contracted with the cities of Flemington and Midway to conduct their November municipal elections. Each city will pay the county for the cost incurred.

Brown said the Live Oak Regional Library, which serves Liberty, Chatham and Effingham counties, had turned around from recent confusion and difficulties when several library officials res gned or retired and the library’s financial status was unclear.

“Things are going good with the library,” he said.

Plans call for each county to have a memorandum of understanding with the regional library system and counties will have MOUs with local libraries. Local library boards will begin to help plan their budgets, Brown said.

Commissioner Justin Frasier asked if the board of education helped finance library operations; learning that the board had stopped funding libraries he said the schools should be invited to participate.

The commissioners scheduled their second meeting for August—usually referred as the midmonth meeting—for Aug. 31.

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