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Giles County Regional Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – March 7, 2023 (Approved)

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7 MARCH 2023


The Chair Connie Howell opened the meeting asking Tommy Pope to offer a prayer and lead the pledge.  The Minutes of 7 February 2023 were approved after changes were noted by the Chair and with a motion from Bill Myers and seconded by Terry Jones.  Those changes on the 7 February 2023 minutes are on the listed attendees, by correcting  the names of “Grady and Christa-Dahl McMullen” to Greg and Christa-Dahl McMillan.


The Chair discussed the past work done on the subdivision regulations commenting that Tamieka Russell and Kristen Pfeiffer had reviewed independently and provided their comments as well as the Chair incorporating previous meeting comments.  Additionally, per request the latest version was sent to the County Attorney Chris Williams for his review.  The County Executive (CE) Graham Stowe, in discussion by email only with the attorney, said Mr. Williams thought the regulations were fine in principle but the wording, given so many changes, read like a committee put them together so may not be understood by the organizations operating under those regulations.  The CE suggested two options, i.e., have Mr. Williams attend a planning meeting with all, or meet with the Chair and the CE to refine the verbage.  The CE gave an example from Mr. Williams referencing a definition in Section 4.  The Chair said they had used previously approved language in that Section but appreciated that the attorney had looked at the complete document.  Tamieka Russell spoke to Section 8, in particular the language on bonds, and agreeing read like too many hands.  The County Attorney had questioned some of the road completions and relating percentages, and Tamieka said we should pull the Highway Superintendent into that discussion.  A motion by Scott Stewart and seconded by Tamieka Russell to ask that the CE, the Chair and Chris Williams put together a more “refined” version of wording and bring back to the committee.  Motion approved.


Next Agenda Item – ByLaws.  The Chair said she had a complete set with her and if needed by any, she would get them a copy.  However, she had sent to them Page 5 and Page 6 for insertion.  A comment by Kristen Pfeiffer was made to change the number of copies from 5 to 7 copies on page 5 of Article 9.


The Chair asked for any Old Business/New Business and there being none a motion by Terry Jones and seconded by John Haislip was made to adjourn.  Motion approved.




ATTENDEES:  Members of the Commission – Chair Connie Howell, Malcolm Moore,  Kristen Pfeiffer, Tommy Pope, Bill Myers, Scott Stewart, Tamieka Russell, John Haislip   Commissioner Members – Terry Jones, Erin Curry (absent), Annelle Guthrie


Others:  County Executive Graham Stowe