“It’s for the health and safety of those that enter into the facilities and for those who work in those facilities each and every day,” Pittman said. “You will see the signs out on all the county property. When we were doing our research on this, it shows that smoking and tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S...so anything that we can do to try and mitigate those risks we will do.”
Pittman also approved a first reading of an amendment to an ordinance that would allow certain coin-operated machines in convenience stores in the county.
“The State of Georgia has legalized some Georgia Lottery machines that also contribute to the college funds for students,” Pittman said. “At this time, this is just a first reading.” A second reading would be required and Pittman said county officials will be looking into exactly what the audits are for those machines and revenues and other information concerning regulations.
In other business, Pittman approved the reappointments of Bob Spear and Kirk Hemphill to the Murray County Recreation Board.
Vehicles were also approved for the Murray County Sheriff’s Office as vehicles are taken out of rotation once high mileage is reached.
Approval was given for the purchase of five 2013 Dodge Chargers from Carl Gregory Chrysler for $104,500 and the purchase of two 2014 Ford F150s from Chatsworth Ford for $47,625.76.
Funds for the purchases will come from the 2013 Special Purpose Local option (SPLOST) funds
Pittman approved the submitting of an application to renew the contract for Fiscal Year 2015 for Murray County Public Transit through a Public Transportation Operating Grant in the amount of $149,610.
A resolution was also approved by Pittman to establish and activate The Historical Review Board for the Veterans Memorial.
The Board would be responsible for ensure the accuracy of the bricks being placed at the Memorial. There has been some confusion and disagreement in recent years concerning awards and medals given to those who served and the Board would verify that records are correct and the correct information is placed at each memorial brick.
Tom Ramsey was appointed chair of the board and Neal Linder and David Willis will also be members of the board which will be made up of seven members.