JASPER — The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners received a payment in lieu of taxes from the Suwannee River Water Management District at its July 2 meeting.
The check, which was for $36,885, was presented to the board by Katie Kelly, who is charge of government and legislative affairs for the SRWMD.
Prior to the check presentation Kelly provided the board an overview of the district as well as projects the SRWMD has in Hamilton County. Among those are the restoration of Pot Springs, which is currently underway, and the district is working with both the county and the City of Jasper on an aquifer recharge, Kelly said. She also explained the benefits of water supply planning that the district provides, adding they need to be proactive in case the water supply in the district decreases.
Also during the meeting, the council discussed the Old County Jail. An application was submitted in June to the Historic Preservation Society for the first phase of work on the jail, which would replace the roof. In all, the county hopes to fully restore the jail to its historic value through a multiple-phase process.
The board members also discussed the ongoing issue with migrant labor camps in Jennings and the zoning issues surrounding those camps. The board was advised that there currently are efforts being made to handle those issues.