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Hall commissioners seek to tie up loose ends
Tax board appointment, new attorney on agenda today
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners meets at 6 today for the first time since its explosive special called meeting Jan. 6.

The commissioners will continue some of the discussions started at that meeting, including the search for a new county attorney.

At the meeting earlier this month, the board voted not to renew the contract of long-time attorney Bill Blalock.

Atlanta law firm Holland and Knight was approved to replace him in the interim.

The commission will discuss the bidding process for the county attorney position and establish guidelines and requirements.

Earlier this month, commissioners said Blalock could apply for the position as long as he could prove he was not involved in any personal business with any commissioners.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about the tax assessors board.

In a Nov. 11 meeting, Jeff Benefield was reappointed to the tax assessors board before his term expired Dec. 31.

On Jan. 6, Commissioner Craig Lutz moved to appoint Paul Barnes to the position. Chairman Tom Oliver questioned the legality of a new appointment.

As a compromise, the board agreed to take the legal question to the attorney general's office and leave the seat vacant.

The commissioners will also be making appointments to the Hall County Planning Board.

Oliver said he hopes this meeting will be a little less divisive than the last.

"I think my goal is to move Hall County forward in a very positive fashion to make sure the employees are comfortable in the way things are happening but at the same time I don't know what kind of surprises might be out there," Oliver said. "I would hope that were moving back toward the center of normal."

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