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County receives good audit report, hears first reading of ordinances related to solar panels

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At the October 2 county commission meeting, commissioners honored Frank Veazey for his 68 years of service to the county volunteer fire department. Frank began his career when he was 15 years old. He recently retired due to health issues. Pictured from left: Johnny Wayne Jowers, County Fire Chief Steve Carver, Jimmy Kitchens, Mr. Veazey, Ted O'Steen, Oscar Paulk, and County Attorney Tony Rowell. Robert Preston Jr./DouglasNow.com At the October 2 county commission meeting, commissioners honored Frank Veazey for his 68 years of service to the county volunteer fire department. Frank began his career when he was 15 years old. He recently retired due to health issues. Pictured from left: Johnny Wayne Jowers, County Fire Chief Steve Carver, Jimmy Kitchens, Mr. Veazey, Ted O'Steen, Oscar Paulk, and County Attorney Tony Rowell.

Coffee County is on solid ground financially according to its annual audit.

 

 

At the October 2 county commission meeting, Parker Borland with Hurst and Hurst CPAs presented the county with its annual audit report. According to Borland, the county received a clean opinion on the audit. The county has $23 million in the general fund, $5.5 million of which it added this year. "But $4.5 million of that is ARPA money. We don't anticipate that increase to continue in perpetuity," said Borland. "You guys are in great shape."

 

 

The commission heard the first reading of ordinances related to solar farms in Coffee County. Commissioners did not go into great detail regarding the particulars of the ordinances though they did say that primary objectives of the ordinances were to protect adjoining property owners and to plan for the de-commissioning of the solar panels should that need arise years down the road. The commission did not take action on this at the meeting. They will hear the second reading of the ordinances at the next meeting then vote.

 

 

Commissioners also approved the following items at the meeting:

 

 

Alcohol license at 1993 Willacoochee Highway for beer. This is a renewal and not a new license.

The purchase of a motor grader from Yancey Caterpillar for $238,879.

The surplus of a fire truck, used tires, and a 2010 F-150 to govdeals.com.

And the filing of two resolutions -- one to Gov. Brian Kemp and the General Assembly asking the state to continue its efforts to reform and improve mental health services and another with the state and federal Departments of Transportation to continue the regional transportation system that serves low income residents of Coffee and 14 other counties.

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