County looking into proposal
that all county
elections be non-partisan
By Casey W. Gray
At Monday's Clinch County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Henry Moylan proposed that the county consider avenues to allow all local officials to run on non-partisan tickets in future elections.
"Voting is important," said Moylan. "I certainly don't want people having to make a choice (between voting for candidates in state races and voting for their candidates in local races)." Moylan inquired as to how to make that possible, and the county's attorney, Chad Corlee, informed the board that state law prohibits most county offices from holding non-partisan elections. In primary elections, voters have to choose between a Democratic or Republican ballot. In non-partisan primary elections, the non-partisan contests are on either ballot.
Moylan has asked Sheriff Winston Peterson and other county members to check with their associations as he
would like to lobby the state legislature to change the laws in order to make all local races non-partisan.
"I want to give the county a choice," concluded Moylan.
Homerville City Council elections are non-partisan.
In other action taken at the meeting, held at the Clinch County Commission office, the board:
• Approved the meeting minutes from June.
• Heard from Brian Hahn with Advanced Waste Disposal. Hahn informed the board that Advanced Waste Disposal would like to bid on Clinch County's waste disposal services. Advanced Waste Disposal services surroundng counties, including Atkinson, Echols, Lanier, and Lowndes. Commissioner Moylan asked how much the average rate would be for county residents, and Hahn estimated between $12 and $15. The board requested that more information be sent and further stated that their current contract expires in December, which will be when they will reconsider waste management services.
• Heard concerns from local citizen Cat Cooper.
Cooper first requested information on Travis Lane, a road going through a new subdivision built in Cutting. Cooper was informed that although the road is a private road, proceedings have begun for deeding the road to the county.
Cooper also questioned the board on why the current trash truck does not go through Travis Lane, requiring residents to haul their trash cans to the main road. Moylan agreed to check into her concern and request that the waste disposal company go down that road.
Finally, Cooper questioned the board on their loose dog policy and informed the board of a recent pit bull attack on a local citizen in the Sand Hill area. Cooper was assured that there is a dog ordinance in the county as well as in the city.
• Discussed scale rates at the county's convenience site. Commissioner Moylan asked the board to wait on the pricing to go by the pound until more research can be done.
"I think we need to know something before we jump head first," said Moylan. Moylan also said he was concerned that changing the rates without further research could result in major price hikes..
• Discussed potential adoption of a county dirt road rating form for paving county roadways.
"I like what we do now," said County Commission Chair Debra Thomas. "We've been doing pretty good without having something so concrete that we are blocked in."
The board did not vote on the matter.
• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Homerville to sell county equipment (a badger) to the city.
• Discussed need for a new prison detail van. The board instructed County Administrator Jaclyn James to look for bids after being given specifications from County Commissioner Roger Metts.