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February 11, 2014

Elections board requests personnel change

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Commission will consider reorganizing the elections board personnel during today’s regular session.

During Monday’s commission work session, Deb Cox, the Lowndes County supervisor of elections, proposed a “personnel reorganization.”

The request states, “The Board of Elections (BOE) office would like to trade (5) part-time staff positions for (1) full-time position in order to increase efficiency and accuracy, while reducing the overtime of staff and salaried personnel.”

Cox explained the reasoning behind the request is due to the BOE office becoming increasingly technical and complex, and part-time employees are not able to perform many of the advanced duties; this requires the full-time staff to work additional hours.

Commissioner John Paige asked, “How will that affect your budget financially?” Cox replied, “Actually, 4.49 part-time personnel equals one full-time personnel position, so it will benefit the county by half a person.”

The commission will also vote to approve a contract with Condrey and Associates to conduct a position classification and compensation plan study.

A review of this plan has not been conducted since 2007.

“Compression is when newly hired employees are compensated at a rate that is equal to or similar to the wages being paid to existing experienced, skilled employees,” the request states. “Currently, new hires are being compensated at rates equal to employees that were hired in July 2009.”

Human Resources Director Kevin Beals said that every employee hired and paid by the county will be included in this study.

Three rezoning issues will be voted on by the County Commission.

• A proposed Dollar General at the corner of Madison Highway and Jumping Gully Road needs to be rezoned from Suburban Density Residential (R-10) to General Commercial (C-G).

Some commissioners expressed concerns about the appearance of the store, and requested the developer look into a complementing ascetic facade.

• A potential developer requests a property at the corner of Morven Road and Shiloh Road be rezoned from Estate Agricultural (E-A) to Low Density Residential (R-1).

The county’s planning department recommended the developer rezone the property to Residential Agricultural (R-A), the Board of Commissioners will be able to choose either R-1 or R-A zoning for the property.

• A property off Old Lake Park Road is requesting to be rezoned from E-A to R-A in hopes of acquiring more land for family-related development.

The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners adjourned its meeting Monday morning, and will vote on all of these agenda items during its 5:30 p.m. meeting today.

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