Meeting 28 August 2017
Call to order at 9 AM by Chairman
Millender. Invocation by Commissioner
Byrd followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call showed all members present.
The agenda as written was approved by
Approve the previous minutes:
The minutes from 14 August were approved
There were no personnel changes to
note. There were 39 hours of overtime as
follows; Probate Office 9 hours; Motor Vehicles Office 2 hours; Sheriff’s
Department 26 hours and District One 2 hours.
Chairman Millender noted that the Probate
Office had 9 hours of overtime requested.
He also pointed out that at the previous meeting a motion had been made
to only pay for the overtime involved with Election Day.
After discussion a motion was made to pay
all overtime charges except those from the Probate Office. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
There were no over the limit claims for
both gasoline and general funds.
Chairman Millender noted his time as
Chairman was to end before the next regularly scheduled commission meeting. It noted that at the first meeting of this
commission body it was determined by unanimous vote the rotation cycle would be
District 5 Commissioner as chair followed by District Four, Three, Two and
One. A motion for Commissioner Byrd to
assume the chairmanship was made and passed unanimously.
Mr. Jerome Gray addressed the commission
about what was perceived as a problem with how the commission body had dealt
with Ms. Shawnee Booker, E-911 Director, at the E-911 meeting on 14 August
Most of Mr. Gray’s points were based on a
letter Ms. Booker had written to the Commission Body and the NAACP. In this letter she also noted she had decided
to file an EEOC complaint.
Mr. Gray pointed out a variety of things
that were primarily prefaced with his beliefs and also asked several questions
about which direction the body planned on going. He also asked if Ms. Booker had been a
different sex and/or race would she have been treated the same.
Even though there is supposed to be a 5
minute time limit on presentations, Mr. Gray was allowed to go beyond this time
At the end of Mr. Gray’s presentation
Chairman Millender asked if any board members had anything they wished to respond
to or say. Attorney Bishop spoke up and
noted that anything said could possibly be construed to fall under the category
of “Good Name and Character” clause of executive session and recommended this
issue be taken up at an executive session at a future time.
Ms. Cara Stallman addressed the commission
body on the safe room progress and advised there was an $119,000.00 invoice
She also spoke of the impending CDBG. One of the requirements for the CDBG is to
have a written plan dealing with any language barriers so all persons will be
informed as to what is going on. This
requirement is a federal law that is now required for CDBG applications.
Mr. Foshee advised the commission he was
in receipt of a proposal from Woods (Inc.) dealing with the pre-purchase
(selling) of used dump trucks. After
discussion it was determined this pre-purchase plan could be beneficial to the
county. Mr. Foshee was directed to check
into getting other pieces of equipment into this same program.
Chairman Millender asked Mr. Foshee if he
was aware of or had any dealings with a state program dealing with “Keep
Alabama Beautiful”. Chairman Millender
noted that under this program the state would furnish or at least help in
getting trash bags, pickup sticks and safety gear for people involved in trash
cleanup. Mr. Foshee was tasked with
looking into this program and how it could/would help the county.
Mr. Foshee informed the commission body
that he had been approached about helping Reid State correct an erosion problem
on campus. He stated he had looked at
the situation and felt that it could easily be handled by the engineering
department. He went on to note that he
had proposed doing this job on a Friday with the college paying for the
equipment, products and personnel. The
commission body voted unanimously to allow Mr. Foshee to pursue this project.
Ms. Stephanie Brown informed the
commission of monies owed to the Co-operative district based on the tax exempt
aspect of an agreement with the cooperative district. The amount of money owed in sales tax is;
from the Shrimp Basket, $3,579.74 and Piggly Wiggly; $7,780.37. Motion to pay passed by unanimous vote.
Ms. Brown noted some problems with the
courthouse closing scheduled. This will
be addressed at a work session.
Ms. Brown is in receipt of a check for
$11,940.00 for the 2017 year. This was
awarded as a low loss refund based on the counties low number of accident
Mr. Bishop reported he is still conversing
with the bank and the hospital dealing with the cosigning of a loan.
Commissioner Riley announced he had been
in contact with Mr. Tim Covin and there was a pig show coming up on 16
Chairman Millender called for a work
session to be scheduled. After
discussion Tuesday, 5 September was the day settled upon. Items for discussion are budget hearings and
paying a onetime bonus to county retirees.
I asked if roadside cleanup by inmates had
resumed and was informed the cleanup was in progress again.
I asked if I could acquire a copy of the
letters referred to in Mr. Gray’s presentation.
Chairman Millender stated he would discuss it with the attorney.
An executive session was called for and by
unanimous voice vote; motion to go into executive session was approved. Began 10:09 AM.
Request to return to regular session
approved at 10:35 AM
to adjourn: 10:35 AM