Gail Harrell Sworn As Mayor ProTem

Article By The Monticello News ~ Kathy Mudd  •  Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The Monticello City Council Tuesday convened for the first time with Gail Harrell serving as Mayor Pro-tem. She was elected last November, and participated in a called meeting last week, but was actually sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting.

City Attorney Joe Reitman swore Mrs. Harrell in before a packed house in City Council chambers.

Mr. Reitman was re-appointed city attorney, while Timothy Young was re-named city manager, Karen Pennamon was re-named city clerk, and Robert Jordan was named city engineer.

The council heard from Chief Magistrate Tim Lam who said that if the city would re-create a city court, then an intergovernmental agreement can be reached with the county, and Magistrate Court could handle the cases. He mentioned zoning, but did not limit it to that. Mayor Bryan Standifer said the city had been talking about it, and would talk about it more, saying the council would have a work session later this month. Mr. Lam said Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior endorses the plan.

The city heard from 911 and EMA Director Betty Jump about the need for the city to sign a mutual aid agreement, as well as the need for new appointments to the 911 board. She said currently Councilman David Wease, Dwayne Miller and Clint Currie represent the city on that board.
She indicated Messrs. Miller and Currie have not made it to meetings recently, and asked if they could be gotten in touch with and either asked to attend meetings, or to step down for someone who can attend. The city took no action at Tuesday’s meeting.

The council agreed to “personnel pay adjustments” they had discussed at last Thursday’s called meeting.

The council approved the repair of playground equipment at West View Park at the cost of $4,785, and the repair of fire protection equipment at a cost of $4,515. The fire equipment cost will come out of Monte Roper’s budget, but the playground equipment repair comes out of contingency. They also agreed to spend $8,500 on a survey to see how much silt is in the city’s reservoir to see if it would be worth the money to have it dredged to increase capacity.

The council set the holiday and meeting schedule for the year, which includes 11 paid holidays for the employees. City Manager Tim Young also told council that the city had purchased a table at the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner next Tuesday, and for council to let him know who would attend.

Towards the end of the meeting, Mr. Young presented the employees who had reached certain work milestones. They said some were presented in November, and others were presented Tuesday.

During the meeting, Mr. Young said the city needs a new bank account for the Blockstream funds that are coming in. The city is selling its excess electricity, and thus far has received about $30,000 a month for last fall, and $42,000 for December. Mr. Young also said the city had received its Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) monies, and recommended paving Funderburg Drive from the bridge as far as the money would take it.

He also said the water and sewer bond through U.S. Bank was closed, and the city received some $120,000 from that closure.

Mayor Pro Tem Honored…

The City Council presented a plaque to Mayor Pro Tem Frank “Stone” Workman for his many years of service to the City of Monticello and its citizens. 

Hazard Mitigation Plan

City of Monticello’s Hazard Mitigation Plan – the plan is now currently being updated by Northeast Georgia RDC Please visit the City Information page on our website under Public Notices to view and participate in the public survey.

Municipal Election…

The following citizens have qualified for the City of Monticello Municipal Election on November 5, 2019…..

Mayor Pro Tem : Gail Elaine Harrell, Bobby Jacobs, Jr.,
District 1 Post 2 :Cynthia Miller and District 2 Post 2 :
Jenny Hughes Murphy

Notice of General Election – November 5, 2019

Notice is hereby given that a General Election for the City of Monticello will be held November 5, 2019 for the offices of Mayor Pro-Tem, and Councilmember District 1-Post 2. Qualifying for said election will be held beginning Monday, August 19, 2019 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm at Monticello City Hall, City Clerk’s Office, 123 West Washington Street, Monticello Ga 31064.

City Hall and the Clerk’s office are closed each weekday between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Qualifying will continue through 12:30pm Thursday, August 22, 2019

Qualifying fees for each office are as follows: Mayor ProTem $216.00, Council Members $162.00.

The last day to register and be eligible to vote in this election will be October 7, 2019. The polls will be open on election Day from 7am until 7pm. If there is a need for a runoff election, the date of this election will be December 3, 2019.

Public Notice…

Current 2019 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy
The City of Monticello governing authority does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the City of Monticello Council Chambers, 123 W Washington Street, on June 4, 2019 beginning at 6:00 pm and pursuant to the requirements of OCGA 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy along with the history of the tax digest for the past five years the 11th of June, 2019 beginning at 6pm. To view the Digest Click Here

R.U.R.A.L. Zone Designation Received…

The Monticello Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors announces that the city of Monticello has been designated as a Georgia Rural Opportunity Zone—R.U.R.A.L. (Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Area Legislation) which becomes effective January 1, 2019. 

The purpose of the rural zone designation is to assist in the revitalization of the community with incentives for new and existing businesses in the downtown commercial business district by creating new jobs, investing in commercial property, and restoring old buildings through incentives which can benefit downtown entrepreneurs. 

During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly tasked the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED) with implementing and overseeing a Rural Zone designation program, which provides tax credits to individuals creating jobs and making qualifying investments within historic downtown areas. 

This year, the state has designated the communities of Avondale Estates, Greensboro, Hartwell, Hogansville, Jesup, Locust Grove, Monticello, Sylvester, and Waycross as Rural Zones. Portions of each community designated as a Rural Zone— primarily historic downtown areas—now allow for tax credits to eligible businesses that create jobs and investors that purchase or rehabilitate buildings within the designated zone. The new Rural Zone designation lasts for five years.

Rural Zones focus on job creation and private investment in designated areas. The program includes three tax credit incentives: a Job Tax Credit, Investment Credit, and Rehabilitation Credit. The basic criteria required for communities seeking the designation include: having a population less than 15,000, having a core downtown area with structures older than 50 years, demonstrating blight or disinvestment in the downtown area, having implemented a strategic plan for the downtown area, and completing market analysis indicating gaps within the local business makeup. 

Job Tax Credit: Must create two full time jobs. $2,000 credit per new full time equivalent job. Not to exceed $40,000 credit per year. Eligible businesses include professional service and retail. Credit can be taken for five years as long as jobs are maintained.

Rehabilitation Tax Credit: Equivalent to 30 percent of qualified rehabilitation costs not to exceed $30,000. Credit should be prorated equally in three installments over three taxable years. Must create a minimum of two full time equivalent jobs.

Investment Tax Credit: This credit is for purchasing property downtown within the Rural Revitalization Zone. Equivalent to 25 percent of the purchase price not to exceed $125,000. To claim this tax credit the investment property must be within the designated Rural Revitalization Zone and create two full time equivalent jobs. Credit can be claimed over five years.

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