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President’sMessage Get on Board with Wellness Association County Commissioners of Georgia President Lamar Paris Union County Sole Commissioner First Vice President Second Vice President MELVIN DAVIS CLINTON PERRY Oconee County Taylor County Third Vice President Immediate Past President MIKE BERG TOM McMICHAEL Dawson County Houston County Executive Director ROSS KING By Lamar Paris President s president of Association County Commissioners of Georgia, I feel a tremendous obligation to make some accomplishments that will transcend my short tenure, and be of benefit to ACCG, Georgia’s county commissioners, our constituents — the taxpayers, and the state as a whole. One excellent way to start is by advocating that your county get on board with a wellness program. ACCG’s Insurance Programs, among the finest available to counties anywhere, recently returned a record dividend to members of $1.75 million, the largest in the programs’ 23-year history. Outstanding management of these programs leads to their success and cost-effectiveness for counties. A Improving your own, your employees’ and your constituents’ health constitutes a win-win situation for everyone. Promoting employee health and wellness programs has also been embraced by ACCG Insurance Programs, with counties receiving grants to put these programs into place, with guidance from Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS) Wellness Coordinator Sherea Robinson. So far, ACCG has awarded 38 counties and authorities with wellness grants totaling $90,000. These grants can be used for almost any wellness program purpose — health fairs, lunch and learns, smoking cessation programs, flu shots, weight loss programs, exercise classes and so on. Any county or authority with health insurance through the ACCG Health Benefits Plan is eligible to receive wellness assistance from LGRMS. Some call LGRMS for advice only, while others are very active. Many counties have independently developed their own such programs. However, all are logging progress and mark a trend toward counties doing what they can to promote employee productivity, reduce preventable illness and help control health care costs. In April, ACCG joined the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) and other counties and county associations nationally in celebration of National County Government Month, with a theme of “Healthy Counties.” County health departments and recreation facilities play a huge PRESIDENT continued on page 8 Board of Managers 1st District MIKE COWAN, Whitfield County 2nd District JONESY HAYGOOD, Stephens County 3rd District KATHIE GANNON, DeKalb County 4th District EDDIE FREEMAN, Spalding County 5th District KEVIN LITTLE, Walton County 6th District JANIE REID, Putnam County 7th District RON CROSS, Columbia County 8th District TERRELL HUDSON, Dooly County 9th District JOE C. WEBB, Treutlen County 10th District LAMAR HUDGINS, Dougherty County 11th District JOYCE EVANS, Lowndes County 12th District JOHN McIVER, Liberty County Consolidated Government Representative HEIDI DAVISON, Athens-Clarke County At-Large Representatives BROOKS BAILEY, Pulaski County SAMUEL F. HART, Bibb County CARLOS NELSON, Ware County HELEN STONE, Chatham County Active Past Presidents CLARENCE BROWN, Bartow County JAMES HAM, Monroe County* BENJAMIN HAYWARD, Mitchell County O. D. NETTER, Ben Hill County* *also a NACo Board Members (ex-officio) Section Presidents (ex-officio) County Attorneys: DANIEL HAYGOOD, Oconee County County Managers/Administrators: RANDY DOWLING, Gordon County Clerks: CHRISTI DOCKERY, Lee County Service Program Representatives (ex-officio) GSIWCF Board of Trustees: W.L. “BUD” SANDERS, Greene County IRMA Board of Trustees: CHARLES NEWTON, McDuffie County Pension Board of Trustees: H. JAY WALKER, Houston County GHBP Board of Directors: EARL BRICE, Coffee County Officers serving through April 2011 AUGUST 2010 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - August 2010

Georgia County Government - August 2010
President’s Message
Focus on Southwest Georgia
Lee County: Continuing to Prosper and Grow
Southwest Georgia Counties Pursue Real Innovations to Improve the Future
Leading Edge Waste-to-Energy Methane Gas Facilities Depend on County Landfi lls
ACCG Honors 10 Georgia Lawmakers For Outstanding Service During 2010 Session
ACCG Welcomes New Staff
Federal Health Reform: Implications for Counties
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2010