Officials to mull renaming judicial center after Mills
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
December 16, 2012 12:00 AM | 1331 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote Tuesday to rename the Cherokee County Judicial Center in honor of Judge Frank C. Mills III, who will retire from the Superior Court bench at the end of the year.

Any friends and current or former co-workers of Mills are invited and encouraged to attend the county commission meeting at 6 p.m. at the county administration building in The Bluffs.

“Frank has never asked for anything for himself and has always just wanted to give to the community and the legal system,” Commissioner Harry Johnston said. “He has done that in a way that will live as an example to future attorneys and judges who will work in the legal system.”

Johnston said commissioners have talked with multiple people in the justice system regarding the renaming of the building.

“The response has been very positive. Of course, it’s not official until we vote, but there is a consensus on the board that we should proceed, given this input,” he said. “There’s been nothing but a positive response.”

Commissioners will also vote on a contract for constructing the first phase of Woodstock Trails, Noonday Creek and the Downtown Spur.

The proposed contract with Atlanta-based Georgia Development Partners comes in at just under $1 million. The trails will be paid for through park bond revenue, Johnston said.

“This is really a magnificent idea. At its completion, this project will have 50 miles or so of walking, biking and skating trails that would surround the city of Woodstock and trails into and out of the city,” he said.

The county has signed on to fund up to $5 million from park bonds for the completed project.

The commission will also consider:

* Approval to set a public hearing date for Jan. 22 to hear a request for modification of a zoning condition, specifically Condition 2, on Rezone Case No.00-12-030;

* Authorizing the Tax Commissioner’s offices to accept personal, company, certified, treasurers and cashier’s checks, as well as authorizing the office to accept bank, postal and express money orders as well as debit/credit cards in payment for tax and tag fees pursuant to state law;

* Approving an amendment to a professional services agreement with Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Inc;

* Approving a one-year extension of a professional services agreement with Key Risk Management Services;

* Approval of three local companies to be placed on a rotation list to provide board-up services to Cherokee County businesses and residents;

* Approving renewal of property auction agreement with Jeff Dobson & Associates for a period of three years;

* Approving renewal of contract between Cherokee County and Rindt-McDuff Associates Inc. for the Blalock Road Landfill closure at a cost not to exceed $148,000;

* Approving a resolution and agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, for reimbursement in the amount of $20,721.83 of eligible cost the county spent for Blalock Road Landfill;

* Approval of a public safety software contract with Tiburon in the amount of $350,000 plus an annual maintenance fee of $110,000.00 for seven years;

* Approval of an amendment to the Atlanta Regional Commission 2013 budget; and

* Approval to burn a Hickory Road structure for fire training.
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