Lee officials discuss Grand Island

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Lee County Commissioners reappointed themselves to positions on the county's Parks and Recreation Authority during a special called meeting of the authority at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building here Friday.

Following a unanimous vote to reappoint the authority -- minus ill commissioner Betty Johnson -- the authority also approved a call by Commissioner Rick Muggridge to have staff at the Grand Island Club, a county-owned golf/tennis facility, review policy for its employees and recommend necessary changes to the policy.

"There are parts of county policy that will not apply to employees at Grand Island," Muggridge said. "They can't adopt this policy whole cloth. Issues like employees who are terminated having the right to a hearing before the Board of Commissioners like our folks do does not apply in this case.

"I'd prefer someone with Grand Island review the policy and come back to us with policy recommendations."

The authority then went into a prolonged executive session to address personnel matters. Chairman Ed Duffy said after the meeting no votes or recommendations were taken or discussed during the executive session.

There had been speculation that authority members would address financial concerns after a meeting last month in which Grand Island General Manager Uel Kemp and County Finance Director Heather Kittrell disclosed that the recreational facility was facing financial uncertainty. Kemp said at that meeting that he expected the club's finances to improve dramatically with "our best months ahead of us."