Stephens Co. Commission To Meet This Morning

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to re-visit the issue of building permit fees at their meeting today.

County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

The Stephens County Commission first discussed the matter last month, specifically looking at commercial building permit fees.

Also on today’s meeting agenda, Stephens County Commissioners are expected to consider awarding bids for numerous emergency communications items, including a recorder, phone system, radio console, and infrastructure upgrade.

County commissioners tabled awarding these bids back in May after a controversy regarding the county and Gunby Communications of Toccoa, who has provided that equipment to Stephens County.

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers alleged that Gunby Communications’ John Smith listened to and recorded five different conversations on the administrative line of Stephens County E-911/EMA Director Denny Folsom and played the recording for a county commissioner in what Ayers called an effort for the county not to change the current contract that was in place with Gunby, but was canceled by the county in October.

Smith denied the allegations.

He said he denies ever having listened in on or recording any conversation on Folsom’s administrative line or other line in the center and denies using any recordings to alter the outcome of the recording contract or any other contract with the county.

The matter was turned over to the GBI for an investigation, but no results of that investigation have been released yet by the GBI.