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Grady County commissioners were asked Tuesday to adopt a resolution declaring Grady County as a second amendment sanctuary.
The request was made by Richard Jordan, a Grady County resident and frequent critic of the county commission, who is promoting the efforts of It’s Our Right – Georgia Chapter Inc., a second amendment nonprofit organization based in Brunswick and headed up by president Michael Morris.
Jordan told commissioners that an effort is underway for every county in the state to adopt the resolution.
Jordan told commissioners there is legislation being considered by the General Assembly, which if passed and signed into law, would impact semiautomatic weapons.
“It is very important that we send a message where we are on the Second Amendment, get proactive and get ahead of the curve. I would love to see Grady County on the list. We’ve got to send a message,” Jordan said.
Some of the commissioners have voiced concern that passage of such a resolution could possibly impact the county being eligible for state funds in the future.
Jordan said there are efforts underway across the country to infringe on citizens’ Second Amendment rights and he urged county leaders not to let such efforts succeed without a fight.
The commission took no action on the proposed resolution this week and Grady County Commission Chairman Keith Moye thanked Jordan for sharing it with the board.
In other business Tuesday, the board:
‰Approved payment of an invoice from CCR Environmental for mitigation monitoring as required by the federal 404 permit which permitted the construction of the Tired Creek Lake dam.
‰Heard comments from Commissioner June Knight, who complimented Road Superintendent Stanley Elkins and his crews for keeping dumpster sites in District 1 clean and tidy.
‰Learned from Grady County Recreation Department Director Becky Bracewell that the Grady County Board of Education had approved up to $40,000 to match county funds for the rehabilitation of the tennis courts at Barber Park. Two of the existing courts will be converted into Pickle Ball courts. Commissioner LaFaye Copeland asked for an update on the county recreation department’s basketball program. According to Bracewell, participation was down this year, 42 from 56. The recreation director blames the drop on the time of year and not the program or the location of basketball activities. “I hope one day we will have a facility where we can run the program more efficiently,” Bracewell said. Primarily, the county utilizes the gym at Eastside Elementary School for its basketball program.
‰Met behind closed doors with county attorney Gabe Ridley to discuss a personnel issue and potential litigation. Both Grady County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, and county clerk John White were absent Tuesday.