Commission Meeting 14 August 2017
Call to order at 9 AM by Chairman
Millender. Invocation given by
Commissioner Riley followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
All members present.
The agenda and previous minutes were
approved as read.
There was one new hire for the jail,
corrections officer, and one new hire for the engineering department, prisoner
guard. There were two separations.
A total of 46.5 hours of overtime was
listed as needing approval.
Ms. Lee is in receipt of 2 memo’s from
Probate Clerk Cathy Gardner advising that there will be overtime request
dealing with the election scheduled for 15 August. One memo dealt with O. T. for election
night. A motion to approve this overtime
was made and passed by unanimous vote.
Any other overtime will be evaluated when request is received.
A discussion of overtime pay ensued with
it being noted that non-merit employees are not covered under the current
county employee handbook.
There were 4 claims over the $500.00 limit
and 1 claim over the $3,000.00 limit requiring approval. These claims were approved by unanimous vote.
David Cook came before the commission to
give a report on the standing of debt and income dealing with the Cooperative
District. He noted permission to create
the cooperative district had been done by means of a legislative act.
Cook gave out several figures dealing with
income and outlay for the Cooperative District.
He spoke of the user fee of .0195 imposed by the city. What this amounts to is a tax increase on
whom ever is using the different facilities contained within the cooperative
district. Long story short, the
customers using these places are paying almost .02 more in tax than they would
if they were outside the district and includes the businesses located in and
around the cooperative district such as Burger King, Hardees, McDonalds, etc.
It was noted at its inception in 2013 an
initial $8,545,000.00 was borrowed to get the project underway. In a 2017 bond issue an additional
$4,000,000.00 bond was floated. In
conjunction with those debts the cooperative district owes the Bank of
Evergreen $700,000.00 and the City of Evergreen $150,000.00. Based on Cooks statement, these are
approximations of current debt.
Cook noted that Conecuh Sausage will have
a building under construction soon. It
will be located in the district near the big flag pole and will showcase
Conecuh Sausage products.
Grant Writer Cara Stallman brought the
commission up to date on payment issues with the safe room. She is attempting to streamline the return of
grant monies to the county so they don’t have to wait so long on getting a
portion of their money back. Ms. Stallman
also had two invoices she wished to combine into one and asked they be approved
for payment. Motion to pay these
invoices passed by unanimous vote.
Sheriff Brock advised that he had the
contract for the phone upgrade to the jail in hand and asked to get it signed
by the chairman. When asked, Sheriff
Brock told the commission body that the electrical upgrade for the jail
lighting was well on its way to becoming a reality.
Mr. Foshee discussed the oldest side
cutter with the commission. It had been
recommended that it be sold and a price of $50,000.00 be asked. There has been two offers, both from the same
company, for this piece of equipment but the highest bid has only reached
$32,000.00. Mr. Foshee did tell the
commission he had spoken to the interested party and they stated they would pay
as high as $35,000.00. It was determined
to hold this piece of equipment for a while longer and see what develops. It was determined that the engineering
department be the sole user of the side cutter.
Mr. Foshee noted he was following the 4
year plan on resurfacing that had been in effect for a while. He noted that C. R. 43 was on the list to be
resurfaced and he expects to get some additional funds from the state this
year. If this comes true, he proposes to
go forward with C. R. 43 from those additional funds.
Ms. Stephanie Brown had little to bring
before the commission this meeting. It
was noted that a resolution dealing with the closing of the courthouse was
confusing. It was suggested that all
commissioners read it and be prepared to correct and vote on it next meeting.
Attorney was missing.
Comments and Announcements: None
I asked if the trash pickup by prisoners
from Atmore was still in effect and was told it had been discontinued but a new
guard had just been hired and it would resume.
I noted to the engineer that his bush hog
crew was doing a great job taking down weeds and grass but unfortunately they
were also getting mailboxes and signs.
to adjourn approved: 10:10 AM