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Toombs Studying Board of Elections
Tuesday, 13 January 2009

January 13--  Toombs County's new commission chairman has named a five-member committee to consider drafting local legislation aimed at forming a Board of Elections to conduct elections. 

Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld, who currently also serves as Election Supervisor, told commissioners he would abide by whatever decision they think is best for the county. He estimated six elections in the county last year cost about $100,000.  

Chairman Buddy West, presiding at his first meeting as the newly elected chairman, thinks the county will be better served by a Board of Elections.  "We are trying to move into an area with a lot more expertise and professional handling and we'll be out from under outside contractor people.  That's a costly thing, and if we can bring it in-house and make some significant costs savings for the county, then so be it ," he said.

The study committee includes voting registrar Hazel Williams, William Cumby, Summy Pittman, Donnie Mann and Troy Reddick assisted by county commissioner Louie Powell and county manager Doug Eaves.

The commission elected Powell Vice-Chairman and agreed to hold a workshop meeting January 20th to study county policies on finance, roads, timber, animal control and personnel.

Commissioners voted to turn-in a Suburban which had been provided to the former commission chairman.  West said he doesn't need a county vehicle and commissioners approved a $6,000 lease buyout fee for the vehicle.

Commissioner Steve Brown reports the county's first trash and recycling convenience center on Hitchcock Road opened for business December 15th and that he's pleased with the progress.  Eighteen dumpsters have been removed from the area.  Meanwhile, Brown hopes four more convenience centers can be built this year and he's currently surveying potential locations.

The commission is also changing the time of its regular monthly meetings.  They will still be held on the second Tuesday of the month, but the time is changed from nine a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   West says that should make it more convenient for citizens to attend the meetings. 


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