Commission Meeting 27 November 2017
Call to order at 9 AM by Chairman Byrd,
followed by an opening invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call showed all members present.
The agenda was approved with one minor
modification. Item 7 was set as a
discussion on economic development between the City of Evergreen and the
Conecuh County Commission. County
Attorney Bishop asked this item be moved to item number 11 which is the County
The minutes of the previous regular
scheduled meeting and the special call meeting of 21 November were approved as
For the first time in my memory there was
nothing to come forward under this report.
There were no over the limit claims to
Recently retired and longtime county
worker Ms. Janice Myers was recognized for her 28 years of service to Conecuh
County. This resolution was presented by
County Engineer Winston Foshee, her supervisor during her final phase of
employment. Ms. Myers will be a missed
District Board Appointment:
A motion to nominate Ms. Janell Stott to
the position was made by District Five Commissioner Millender, seconded by
District Two Commissioner Riley.
Upon this nomination and second, District
Three Commissioner andrews burst out with an interjection that he could not
understand this board of commissioners.
He went on to say that they had a person ready and available in this
room now that had been to a variety of schools and programs based on this very
same thing and they, (the commissioners), were ignoring the facts before
them. He went on to reference a
statement made by Commissioner Millender in the recent past dealing with where
Millender stated he thought this board did not know what they were doing. His entire tirade was aimed at getting
himself put back on that board after he was not re-elected to it. (Perhaps the county is looking down the road
at andrews not being able to hold office from prison if he is found guilty on
the 6 counts of drug distribution he currently faces).
A call for the vote resulted in 4 ayes and
1 nay with andrews being the dissenting vote.
There was no one available to give a
report on the safe room.
Winston Foshee advised the commission that he had a person that was resigning
from his department. This person had
been hired in at an operator 1 position which meant they were not required to
get a CDL license meaning they could not drive much of the equipment assigned
to the engineering department. Foshee
asked to change the position from Op 1 to Op noting this would improve the performance
of his department. Motion made, seconded
and passed to change the position.
noted a practice of purchasing new bush hogs every three years had been in
practice and had worked well for the county.
He noted this was the third year on the current bush hogs and requested
permission to order new ones and, in the spring, put the current ones on the
Gov. Deal board. Permission granted.
request for overtime was made due to the impending agreement to help Reid State
rework and repair some of the area set up for CDL testing. Mr. Foshee noted that Reid State will pay all
the expenses incurred during this repair; he simply needed to make the
commission aware that overtime would be encountered during this process. Permission granted.
Foshee recommended that for the impending Christmas holiday season that each
district determine whether or not they were going to have their workers take
leave or continue to work. A motion to
allow this was passed by unanimous vote.
Mr. Foshee had no further business to come
before the commission. Mr. Millender
recommended there be a work session with the engineering department after the
next regularly scheduled meeting.
Ms. Stephanie Brown informed the
commission body that the IBM server contract was about to expire and requested
they approve a renewal of the same at an annual cost of $2,990.00. This recommendation was approved.
In hand with the above she also told the
commissioners the AVG protection software was expiring and requested to
continue the 30 licenses issued to county computers. Cost for this is $900.00 per year. Request approved.
Ms. Brown asked if the commission was
ready to set the holiday schedule for 2018.
She had prepared a proposal for next year’s holidays and it was approved
by unanimous vote.
Ms. Brown informed the commissioners that
the 2 December meeting needed to be rescheduled to stop a conflict
with Christmas Day. It was determined
the meeting would be rescheduled for Wednesday, 20 December 2017.
The annual Christmas Party is scheduled
for 15 December, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. The
commission offices will be closed during that period.
A problem with an A/C evaporator core
created a situation in the courthouse causing a fire alarm to go off. Ms. Brown noted that when the alarm went off
it lead to a touch of confusion and people not really knowing where to go or
how to respond. After discussion it was
determined to have EMA director Johnny Brock establish and promulgate
procedures to follow in the event something like this happened again.
Attorney Bishop noted that the cooperative
district board formation putting both the city and county working together
placed both himself and the cities attorney, Richard Hartley, working together
on a common goal. He requested from the
commission that he be authorized to move forward with Mr. Hartley on the goals
set and that an advisory board be established to advise the Cooperative
It was duly noted that time is not
becoming our friend and whatever needs to be done to get the program off the
ground needs to be done post haste.
Motion to allow Bishop to move forward
passed by unanimous vote.
Comments and Announcements:
Commissioner Riley encouraged the commission
to move as fast as possible toward getting everything in order to work toward
bringing businesses to our county/city.
Mr. Riley also noted that the recently
discussed arena has a strong support group behind it and he wanted the
commissioners to try and set a meeting date with this group to move forward on
establishing an arena.
andrews, not willing to give up on the
appointment to the Cooperative District Board again launched into how this
board did not know what they were doing.
He stated that the actions taken by the board by not re-appointing him
had already cost the county a business that had been ready to come there and
the actions of today (again by not re-appointing him) would likely cost another
client to pull out.
opinion, andrews, through his bullying, pushing and hardball tactics of the
previous term of commissioners has finally gotten the opportunity to see what
several of the other commissioners had to live with when andrews and his little
cowardly coalition would support him even when he was wrong. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he has
become as ineffective as last year’s news yet he can’t seem to give up the idea
that he’s still in charge. Amazing what
an election can do toward righting some wrongs.
Also, let’s not forget he could still be facing 60 years in prison when
his trial for distribution of drugs comes up.
Enjoy yourself johnny, I’m sure you’d tell me that if the shoe was on
the other foot.)
Commissioner Byrd stated he had been
approached about a lack of handicap parking and access facilities for the
voting public at the old health department.
Commissioner Millender noted repairs were already underway to correct
A motion to go into executive session to
discuss pending litigation and personnel was made. A voice vote by district was conducted. All commissioners voted yes with the
exception of andrews who voted no.
questioned if any action would be taken after the executive session and was
told none was expected. I left.