Meeting 10 July 2017
to order by Chairman Millender at 9 AM.
offered by Commissioner Byrd followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, approval of
the agenda and approval of previous minutes.
One new hire at the jail department, part
There were 67.5 hours of overtime.
Merit board nominations from the
engineering department were announced as:
1. Jerome Boykin
2. Jeppie Dees
3. Fronz Killebrew
Chairman Millender called for a vote on
Jerome Boykin. There were 2 votes cast
for Mr. Boykin by Commissioners Millender and Byrd.
A call for vote on Jeppie Dees resulted in
one vote for Dees by andrews.
Mr. Killebrew received two votes from Riley
Chairman Millender asked the county attorney
how they should proceed from this point to which Mr. Bishop responded that Dees
be eliminated and a re-vote between Boykin and Killebrew take place.
The final result of the votes were two for
Boykin (Millender and Byrd) 3 for Killebrew (Riley, Campbell and andrews).
Chairman Millender started to move forward
from there but was interrupted by andrews who made the statement that the very
thing the merit board was in place for was incorrect. He went on to amplify that the racial makeup
of the board, something the board is in place to ensure does not happen, was
incorrect. The elected board consists of
1 Black member and 4 Caucasian members.
Chairman Millender responded to andrews that
this was exactly what he had attempted to make the commission aware of and the
votes had been cast.
(Anyone see the irony in the fact the swing
vote cast his vote then protested his vote)?
There were 3 claims above the $500.00
level in need of approval. There were no
claims over the $3,000.00 level in need of approval.
Hearing for Evergreen Medical Center Loan Situation:
hearing deals with the request that Conecuh County co-sign a loan for the
benefit of the EMC.
The EMC CEO gave a short opening remark.
The floor was opening for any interested
persons to make remarks. I took
advantage of this opportunity to ask what was the amount of the loan
I then noted this request had been
discussed in the past and information passed to the public was there was no
risk for the county, this loan was guaranteed by the hospital group EMC belongs
too. I asked if this was a true
statement and was assured by Mr. McClendon this was the case.
I then asked if they were in such a
position to make this guarantee why did they need the county to co-sign? I was informed that the hospital group had
such outstanding loans they could not qualify for another loan without a
County Attorney Bishop was then asked if
he was satisfied with the paperwork from the hospital. Mr. Bishop advised he had not received
certain paperwork items as of yet and he could not make a recommendation until
he had this paperwork reviewed.
Chairman Millender asked the board if they
would give a conditional recommendation of approval for the loan if, after
receiving the paperwork, Mr. Bishop found everything to be in order.
A motion to approve the chairman’s
recommendation was approved by unanimous vote.
County Safe Room:
It was requested the commission make a
final determination on the name to be placed on the exterior of the safe room
building. There was also a question as
to whose name was to appear on the plaque.
It was determined the names for the plaque would be the commissioners in
office when this project was approved.
Mr. Foshee advised he had nothing to come
before the commission.
Commissioner Riley ask how things were
going with the side cutters and was advised one side cutter was in operation
full time, the other was in use when a crew was available to run it. Also, bush hogging should be finished next
week and a full time crew should be available for the other side cutter.
Ms. Brown announced she was in receipt of
an invoice from Baldwin County jail facility for juvenile incarceration. The invoice was for May services and in the
amount of $4,450.00. A motion to pay was
approved by unanimous vote.
A resolution for a one-time bonus payment
to 38 retirees was tabled until the next meeting.
A discussion to reschedule the next
commission meeting due to Ms. Brown’s unavailability for the next meeting was
next. Final determination, the next
commission meeting will be held Thursday, 20 July, at 9 AM.
A budget hearing meeting date of 14 August
at 1 PM was adopted by unanimous vote.
A maintenance renewal agreement with no
changes was adopted by unanimous vote.
Chairman Millender ask who is responsible
for handling the impending election. No answer.
Nothing to report
An executive session to discuss good name
and character was called for and met with unanimous approval.
It was recommended and approved the new
payroll/personnel clerk’s probationary period end in November.
NEXT MEETING THURSDAY, 20 JULY AT 9 AM.