LEESBURG, Ga. — Residents concerned that Tuesday’s Lee County Commission meeting might leave them scrambling to get home in time to see Phillip Phillips, the latest in a growing line of renowned favorite sons, on the “American Idol” finale need not have worried.
The meeting, which included official ratification of a proclamation honoring Phillips, lasted eight minutes as commissioners wrapped up pending business in what Commissioner Betty Johnson, who announced Friday she would not seek re-election, called record time.
Public Works director Mike Sistrunk recommended, and the commission approved, granting bids to both John Deere and Caterpillar for equipment leases that Sistrunk noted “were within $100 of each other.” Sistrunk said the two leases would be “$500 to $600 cheaper” than the ones that are expiring.
“We love being able to work with all the vendors who’ve worked with us to keep costs to the county as low as possible,” Sistrunk said after the meeting.
Commissioners also granted a variance sought by George Moreland III that will allow him to subdivide a 16.333-acre tract of land east of Maxwell Road and north of State Highway 32 that does not have 250 feet of road frontage. Also approved were maintenance agreements with Dan Hammack and WH&B Investments for development of two lots in the North Highland Crossing Commercial Park.
Planning and Engineering Director Bob Alexander said the lots had been “reviewed by the county attorney (Jimmy Skipper), who finds nothing wrong with the agreement.”
The commission renewed its contract with the Office of Circuit Public Defender through Dec. 31 and reworked the wording of its intergovernmental agreement with the city of Smithville to simplify the process of allocating Special-Purpose Local-Options Sales Tax IV and V funds due the community.