By Michelle Key

During Monday night’s regularly scheduled Lee County Commission meeting the commission continued to hear from concerned residents, activists and the owner of the Windover Mobile Home Park. During the course of the conversation, Harry Painter, owner of the park, addressed both the commission and the audience and stated that the rumors that he has sold the property are false.
“I have not sold my property. I have to close my property because it has lost money the last three years,” Painter said.
“Therefore it is bad business (to stay open.) It is strictly a business decision.”
In other business, the commission:
• voted to approve the minutes of the Nov. 12 commission meeting
• voted to ratify and approve claims
• held a second reading of one opening on the Lee County Recreation Board and voted to approved Houston Black for this position
• voted to approve Commissioner Robert Ham to assist in establishinga five-person committee to review applications and present qualified applicants to the commission for the EMA director position
• approved a request by Ham use of the meeting center for Kiwanis Club annual Christmas toy giveaway event
• approved the low Bid from Mobile Communications in Columbus, Georgia for the purchase of 60 or more Durabook computers for patrol vehicles – the cost of the equipment will be $2,977.08 per computer
• approved a proposed 2020 holiday schedule with necessary changes to regular commission dates as presented by Wendy Swann
• Commissioner Ham requested that the commission consider drafting and approving a resolution in honor and memory of the late Sheriff John Williams, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 23
• received a fiscal year 2020 budget update from County Administrator Roger Rendleman
The next meeting will be held on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Meetings are held in the commission chamber in the courthouse annex. Because of construction, attendees should enter the annex using the 10th Street entrance.