Controversial Ordinance Amendments Tabled by Commission Until Future Meetings

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The Dade County Board of Commissioners had their scheduled August meeting on Thursday, August 5th; and those that attended to see the results of the highly controversial proposed amendments to the  Parades and Special Events Ordinances and Alcoholic Beverage Ordinances will have to wait until a future meeting. Both Ordinance amendments have been tabled until future meetings. The Board decided that the Parades and Special Events Ordinance amendment would need significant verbiage changes and have tabled the second reading until the September meeting. The Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance amendment will be voted on at either the August 12th Public Hearing for the new millage rate, the August 16th meeting to adopt said rate, or the August 19th meeting to present the Commission’s 5-year Joint Comprehensive Plan. The expedition of the amendment vote is in hopes to have the change in place so as to allow the Valley Vibes event in September to prepare for the changes to their plans, as they and the Alcohol and Beverage Board approached the Commission with the proposal in the first place.

In regards to those upcoming meetings, the Board of Commissioners announced the following:

-Special Called Meeting August 16th at 6:30pm to consider for approval to set Dade County’s 2021 millage rates and of the collection of tax revenue generated from the School District’s 2021 millage rate as set by the Dade County Board of Education.

-Public Hearing for the 5-year update to the Joint Comprehensive Plan on August 19th at 5:00pm.

Chairman Rumley was unable to attend the meeting, due to a personal issue. In response, the resolutions on the agenda were tabled.

Sarah Dyer of the UGA Extension announced that they were hiring a 4-H Youth Development Coordinator; more information is on their website: https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/dade/4-h-youth-development.html

During the Citizen’s Participation section, there were two proposals brought to the attention of the Board of Commissioners. First, a citizen proposed that the Citizen’s Participation be moved from the end of the regular meeting to the end of the workshop; this would give the Commission time to respond to what the citizens say. Don Townsend informed the Commissioners that this was proposed once, but was tabled and never picked back up. Next, Tim Easter (Chairman of the Dade County Board of Assessors) informed the Commission that, due to COVID restrictions pushing back the schedule of required classes, he is out of compliance and cannot vote until he gets his classes done. On top of this, District 4’s seat has been vacant since last December. The Commission appeared to be unaware of the vacancy. Don Townsend found that it was mentioned in the notes, but was lost in the cracks.

Next meeting of the Board of Commissions will be the Public Hearing on August 12th, open to the public.

Watch the worksession and regular meeting

by Orey Yates