Euharlee considers P&Z administrator contract renewal
by Jason Lowrey
Oct 17, 2012 | 833 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Euharlee Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss’ contract coming up for renewal in November, the Euharlee City Council discussed the need for any changes to his contract during their Tuesday night work session.

Council member Joseph Turner raised the question of changing Goss’ title, as he believed Goss did more than simply act as the head of the planning and zoning department. Turner clarified he was not “talking down” Goss, but he would like to see a revised title and heading to the contract that would accurately describe Goss’ position and responsibilities.

However, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Worthington questioned the fiscal reasoning behind contracting out the administrative position. Worthington compared Goss to Bobby Gay, a former city employee who served as head of zoning and code enforcement, who worked in a similar capacity. Gay had many of Goss’ responsibilities, Worthington said, but he also performed erosion control inspections for the state’s Environmental Protection Division.

In addition to his contract as planning and zoning administrator, Goss has a second contract with Euharlee to serve as project manager. Once those two contracts were added together with a separate, outside contract for erosion control inspection, Worthington said he did not see where the city was saving any money.

City Manager Trish Sullivan said such inspections were outside of Goss’ responsibilities and were best performed by an outside service.

“He’s not doing the physical monitoring, but if you’re not going to be that on an everyday basis — it’s a very scientific process and, if you’re not going to do it on an everyday basis, then when there is construction going on you get out of practice for lack of a better term. Other than parks, right now we don’t have any need for EPD monitoring,” she said.

Even still, Worthington questioned if the contract with Goss was fulfilling its original intention of saving the city money.

“We’ve hired him to save the city a bunch of money, but in turn paying this outside contractor, we are actually spending more than when we had a full-time employee taking care of it — and money’s tight,” he said. “So I’m not saying yay, nay or whatever. We’ve got what we’ve got right now and we need to make the best of it and go with it.”

Goss’ planning and zoning contract is currently set at $15,000 per year and it is renewed on an annual basis.

The council also discussed the upcoming plans for a Bartow County Metropolitan Planning Organization. None of the council members present saw a reason to oppose the measure.

Other council business included: 

• Hearing an update from Samantha Berry on the Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival.

• Discussing the need to repair the city’s basketball courts.

• Discussing the removal of a tree near the covered bridge.

• Discussing the need to keep the Euharlee Historical Society informed of changes to city buildings.

• Discussing possible repairs to the commissary’s roof.

The Euharlee City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at city hall.