County governments reap savings from low gas prices

...one-time capital purchases, reduce existing debt and roll back property taxes as it has in the past, administrator Scott Johnson said.He said the county has spent $283,000 through Nov. 1 on fuel this fiscal year. He said the fuel budget...

No Parking zone planned for Lights of the South

...season. Columbia County sheriff's deputies also will likely be on site to help control traffic. County Administrator Scott Johnson said the park management has agreed to switch the front parking lot with the back overflow parking lot to make it the...

Columbia County's Community and Leisure Services director resigns

...said."He resigned ... effective immediately to pursue other opportunities," said Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson.Johnson said he didn't know what opportunities the former division director was pursuing, and he directed questions...

Columbia County approves new housing district, keeps moratorium

...moratorium the commission placed on rezoning applications for high-density housing on Feb. 17, but county administrator Scott Johnson said the measure will likely go until Aug. 4."The moratorium is still in effect," said Andrew Strickland, Columbia...

Columbia County task force wants all contractors checked with proper permits and licenses observed

...certificates better by requiring contractors to have a copy with them at all times on job sites," said County Administrator Scott Johnson. "It's our first line of defense. If we ask for it, they need to show it."Most contractors are required to...

Columbia County commissioners approve severance package for Barry Smith

...about it and decided it was the thing to do."Smith resigned July 27, after a meeting with County Administrator Scott Johnson. Johnson said he did not request the resignation and refused to discuss the reason for his meeting with Smith that...

Augusta government e-mail domains turn up in hacked cheating web site data

...had surfaced in the data, although city networks block access to the dating site.Columbia County Admin istrator Scott Johnson said he had not been notified of the issue but the county has "all kinds of policies" regarding e-mail and the...

Archery tournament to return to Columbia County

...event next spring. But Tyrell said he hopes the move back to Columbia County is a long one. County Administrator Scott Johnson said he's happy to see the event return. "We're glad to have them back," he said.

Augusta Commission's travel budget tapped out

...Columbia Coun ty Commission has a $60,000 travel and training budget, which it tends to underspend, Administrator Scott Johnson said.Augusta's travel records don't include anything like the more than $10,000 trip by two Columbia County...

Owners of Marshall Square retirement resort intend to rebuild

...but was built with a nearly all-wood frame and no sprinkler system in the attic.Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson said because the submitted plans called for an "active adult community," the building was permitted under the same...