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Long Recreation head resigns
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Long County Recreation Department Director Shawn Mills turned in his letter of resignation this past Tuesday to Long County Commissioners. - photo by File photo / Coastal Courier
LUDOWICI - After less than a year on the jpb, Long County Recreation Department Director Shawn Mills turned in his resignation last week at the Long County Commissioner's January meeting.
According to his letter, he was resigning "due to differences of opinion regarding the work process and goals for the LCRD" and his belief "that you and I will not be able to resolve our differences."
Mills' letter also said as a result of this, "I feel that resigning is in the best option for me and for the LCRD."
When asked for comment, Mills said, "I just wish I would have had more support."
Commission Chairman Randy Wilson said, "The commissioners have given Shawn 100 percent support. However, the process of continuing to grow, and the building of a new complex takes time. I wish it could go faster.
"Every issue he brought to us, we have addressed. In spite of his feelings, we appreciate his hard work. He did a good job, and we wish him the best."
Mills' resignation will take effect upon the conclusion of the ongoing basketball program.  
Prior to Mills turning in his resignation, several items of business were approved regarding the recreation department.
Commissioners approved speeding up developing two additional baseball fields at the recreation complex and buying and installing safety nets on each of the existing and new baseball fields.
The consensus of commissioners was to do all that they could to have the work completed prior to the upcoming baseball season.
Code Enforcement Officer John Bradley reported that for 2007, 206 building permits had been sold and 22 condemned mobile homes had been removed from the county. He also reported that six new homes had been sold during the first part of January.
Bradley also reported that the Mill Pond subdivision had completed its infrastructure and that the Cutters Gap and Vickers Hill subdivisions had the base down and were ready to be paved.
In regards to roads, commissioners voted to abandon a portion of County Road 115 at the intersection of St. Morris Road. About a quarter mile is being abandoned, up to the point where the road runs into Fort Stewart.
The commissioners also approved a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to pave Wilkerson Road, and approved having "speed bumps" placed at the stop sign on Smith Barry Road.
Commissioners heard a request for help from Sean Tucker, who lives in the Persimmons Estates subdivision on Rye Patch Road, regarding drainage.
According to Tucker, drainage problems have been going on since 1998, and neither the developer nor the home builder had taken care of the problems.
County Attorney Jay Swindell recommended, on behalf of the commissioners, that he meet with area residents and find out if the problem could be repaired and, if so, how.
He also said that the best recourse for Tucker was to get with the Long County Environmental Health Office and see what assistance it could offer, and that as a group the homeowners may have to seek legal advice.
Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles thanked commissioners for the recent raises received by LCSD employees, and asked them to consider funding a part-time clerk position at his department.
Commissioners also approved all 2008 qualifying fees for elected officials and re-elected Wilson as the chairman.

The qualifying fees are as follows:
Clerk of superior court: $1229.03
Judge of probate court: $1229.03
Sheriff: $1407.53
Tax commissioner: $1229.03
County commissioner: $72
Coroner: $36
State court judge: $566

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