Lee Commission accepts volunteer group's offer

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Lee County commissioners accepted an offer of volunteer help from the Delta Society -- Human Animal Connection at their business meeting Tuesday night after hearing from group members Marty Harris and Michelle Bates.

The pair offered to print flyers telling about the operation of the county's First Friday Foundation Animal Shelter, to hold fundraisers in support of the shelter and to organize adopt-a-thons to help with what Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk called the "overwhelming" number of animals being brought to the shelter.

"We don't want to get involved with the day-to-day operation of the shelter," Harris told commissioners. "We want to help you make Lee County residents more aware of the excellent facility we now have.

"We won't let you down if you'll tell us what you want us to do."

Bates said she's already made initial inquiries about sites for adopt-a-thons.

"We're holding adopt-a-thons for the Dougherty County Humane Society and the Terrell County Humane Society in our county," she said. "I'd like to do the same thing for the animals brought to our facility."

Commissioner Dennis Roland questioned County Attorney Jimmy Skipper about liability issues concerning volunteers, but satisfied that those risks were minimal, the board voted to allow administration to work out an agreement with the volunteer group over its participation.

"I think this will be a great educational opportunity, especially in animal care," Commissioner Rick Muggridge said.

In other action at the meeting, commissioners OK'd an alcohol license for retail sale at the Dollar General establishment at 3005 N. Slappey Blvd., approved a $38,057.50 change order that will bring the Robert B. Lee Drive/U.S. Highway 19 intersection into compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements and accepted ownership of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria from the city of Leesburg.

The commission also made appointments to fill vacancies on the Albany Area Community Service Board (Heather Kittrell) and the Lee County Housing Authority Board (Valerie Rollins) and approved the $500 purchase of a 2002 Chevrolet Impala from the city of Leesburg.