Board moves forward with training center
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
January 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 1507 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved several public safety-related grants and purchases at its meeting Tuesday.

Commissioners began their regular meeting with a public hearing regarding a buffer between a residential property in the Arbor Green subdivision and a neighboring residence.

The Arbor Green homeowners were asking commissioners to reduce their buffer requirements from 50 feet to 15 feet. Commissioners did not grant the request but did amend what is allowed within the buffer zone, Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens said.

The commission approved a memorandum of understanding with the state to be reimbursed for $700,000 of costs associated with the construction of a law enforcement training center in the county.

Ahrens said the county will lease part of the training center to the state, but both entities will use the entirety of the building.

“It made sense for everybody,” Ahrens said.

The total bid for the project, approved in June, is $2.8 million. Construction is being paid for through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Commissioner Jason Nelms said the state’s use of the training center should bring in some affiliated revenue through hotel stays and meals eaten in the county.

The 11,000-square-foot facility will be mainly classroom space. It will be adjacent to the county’s Adult Detention Center.

Commissioners also approved:

* Accepting a Georgia Office of Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $90,600 to purchase night-vision glasses, flashlights, armor and an all-terrain vehicle for the county’s SWAT team;

* Accepting a $7,600 contribution from the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission to provide pediatric transport kits;

* Acceptance of roadways, rights-of-way and drainage structures in the Three Branches subdivision;

* A budget amendment to provide for a secretary for a third State Court judge;

* The purchase of 12 new vehicles for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $403,200;

* A mold remediation settlement agreement; and

* Proceeding with the abandonment of a road in the Garland Mountain area.
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