County Commission Meeting 20 July 2017
Call to order at 9 AM by Chairman
Millender. Prayer offered by Commissioner Riley followed by the pledge of
All members were present for roll call
except District 3 Commissioner andrews.
The agenda and previous minutes were
approved as read.
There were no separations or new hires
during this time frame. There were 8
hours of overtime to be approved.
Ms. Leigh pointed out there is a problem
with the merit board. Mr. Fronz
Killebrew, who was elected to the board during the last meeting, contacted Ms.
Leigh and informed her he did not want a position on the merit board.
For the umpthteenth time in the last 8
months another problem with getting a 5 person merit board seated.
Discussion as to the best route to follow
to finish this conundrum ensued. It was
finally determined that Mr. Jerome Boykin would be put on the merit board. He was the next runner-up from the last vote
There were no claims over the fixed limits
that required approval.
No report available.
Jerome Gray—NAACP letter
Mr. Gray addressed the commission body and
stated he had prepared and sent a copy of a letter to each commissioner. He noted that the vote dealing with the merit
board composition today offset a great portion of a complaint outlined in his
Mr. Gray explained why the county operates
under the merit board system. He also
explained how the NAACP was originally organized and its primary purpose. Mr. Gray had the full opportunity and time to
explain the NAACP’s position.
Mr. Gray also addressed the issuance of
ABC licenses and how the county needed to establish a policy dealing with
either the issuance or denial of a permit.
Mr. Jimmy Bell came before the commission
body asking the chairman be allowed to sign a renewal contract with Intergraph
Government Solution Renewal. This is an
annual requirement and, when questioned, it was determined the contract
followed the same cost lines as the previous year. A motion to allow the chair to sign the
contract was approved by unanimous vote.
Mr. Winston Foshee reported the bush
hogging is nearing completion. He also
noted the inmate program is still working well.
Chairman Millender informed Mr. Foshee he
had been approached by the B. O. E. asking for help with building parking
spaces for Hillcrest football area.
There has already been dirt hauled into Jaguar Drive to build up an
additional parking area along the road however, there is a need for more dirt
and some work to prevent the drive from washing away. Mr. Foshee seemed to think he could handle
this with no problem.
There was also a request to blade off and
pave an area around the southside school.
Again Mr. Foshee thought this would not be a problem.
Ms. Brown notified the commission she was
in receipt of a request from Sparta Academy requesting the commission to
purchase an advertisement in their book.
The cost is $250.00. Chairman
Millender noted that each year both Sparta and Hillcrest ask for these advertisements.
It was suggested and moved that the
commission body take action and vote for both schools to receive payment for
this. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
Ms. Brown informed the commission she had
a letter requesting that Mr. Preston Fluker be re-appointed to the Hamden Ridge
rural water authority board. Motion to
approve resulted in a unanimous positive vote.
Nothing to report.
When questioned about the hospital/county
loan situation Mr. Bishop noted the hospital needed to re-do paperwork.
Comments and announcements:
Commissioner Millender suggested the commission
body accept a policy dealing with the agri-complex discussed at a previous
meeting. The major problem now is
financing. A look at trying to get grant
money is in the works. Motion to approve
passed by unanimous vote.
There were no media comments
A call for executive session was made and
received unanimous approval.
Executive session started at 9:52. It was assured there would be no action taken
on termination of executive session. I
departed the area.