ADEL -- The Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved minor amendments to the county's Solid Waste Management Plan and Short Term Work Program at its Monday meeting.

The routine amendments are required for the Commission to retain its Qualified Local Government status with the state's Department of Community Affairs. The amendments were created by the South Georgia Regional Development Center, which undertook similar efforts for communities in each of its nine-member counties.

Cook County Administrator Faye Hughes said that the two main amendments were for the county to annually monitor the effectiveness of its collection systems, while also monitoring landfill closure requirements and preparing engineering plans for the county's 225-acre current landfill site.

The two landfill items will cost the county $230,000 in the next fiscal year. Proceeds from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax will provide funding. The engineering costs are a one-time expenditure, while postclosure monitoring is an ongoing cost mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

In other business, the Board:

Unanimously approved a tax refund for Family Dollar Stores in the amount of $133.66, and

Unanimously approved a sole-source bid from Cook County Ford in the amount of $20,000 for the purchase of a new patrol car for the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Hughes told the Board that $9,000 of the purchase price would be reimbursed through the Association of County Commissions of Georgia's insurance program.



To contact reporter Bill Roberts, please call 244-3400, ext. 245.

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