Work & Regular Meetings 12 Nov. 2019
to order at 9 AM by Commission Chairman Riley.
Ms. Yolanda Watkins-Bailey from AVENU Client
Ms. Yolanda represents the company that
collects taxes for the county. She noted
her company had been in business for 45 years and has worked with Conecuh for
several years now. She noted 45 counties
in Alabama rely on their service. Tax
revenue for 2018-2019 time frame was up by 17.89% over the previous year. She explained that the state handles the
returns to the counties and it is population based on the amount. She also noted the number one mainstay for
taxes are Gasoline oriented businesses.
Theresa Windham, Chief Impounding Officer:
Ms. Windham reported she had attended the school
for euthanization in Birmingham. She
noted she must work under the guidance of a local vet who will ultimately give
her euthanizing clearance when he is satisfied of her abilities.
Ms. Windham informed the commissioners that
it had been most strongly recommended she and any other shelter employees
receive a rabies shot as a safety measure to protect them from possible
harm. The commissioners directed her to
get with the personnel clerk to coordinate getting these shots.
She informed the commission body that the
ceiling in the cat room is still in need of repair. Commissioner Millender has this for action.
A discussion of installing cameras at the
building resulted in the commission making a decision to put game cameras in
place in an effort to stop illegal after hour’s drop-offs. In conjunction with the cameras, signs are to
be put in place also. Ms. Windham for
She asked for permission to put up a
Christmas tree at the shelter with envelopes on the tree. Anyone interested in helping the animals can
come by, draw an envelope and purchase whatever is inside. The gifts will be all animal related. Any gift given in the form of money will be
turned over to the county administrator to be added to the county general fund.
Ms. Windham is responsible by law to make a monthly
written report to go to the commissioners and to be kept on file in the event
the state held and inspection on the facility.
Ms. Windham has been submitting a very in-depth report and was asked to
cut back on the amount of information she was submitting.
Johnny Brock, EMA Director:
Mr. Brock advised he had conducted a fire
drill at the courthouse during this time frame.
The results were satisfactory but Mr. Brock said more practice would not
be a bad thing. Fire drills will be a
topic for discussion at the next work session.
Winston Foshee, County Engineer:
Mr. Foshee talked of the truck sale
again. He had some figures as to what we
would be guaranteed sell practices.
After discussion it was determined that the county would table any more
discussion on this issue and address it at the next meeting.
Mr. Foshee noted that grant money in the
amount of $250,000.00 could be applied for and he asked permission to be
allowed to do so. He talked about the
impending gasoline fund that should be coming to the county around Feb. He ensured everyone was on track to use some
of those funds to rework and pave.
Mr. Foshee noted that C. R. 63 Bridge still
needed some work. Guard rails, etc.
Ms. Brown noted that it was almost 10 AM,
time for the regular commission meeting.
She deemed to forgo any discussion in work session to put the next
meeting on schedule.
Put off due to time.
News media deferred as well.
Work session closed at 9:57 AM
Meeting 12 Nov 2019
to order by Chairman Riley at 10 AM.
led by Mr. Foshee followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
call showed all members present.
the Agenda. Unanimous vote to approve
previous minutes: Unanimous vote to
One new hire, one separation this pay
period. No overtime. Regular bills need approval for payment. Unanimous vote to approve.
Approve Claims: There were no claims over the set
Mr. Donald Lee, China Community:
Mr. Lee spoke of a community project in the
China area dealing with building a ball field.
He said they had a grant for this but needed help with matching
Commissioner Millender explained that ALATOM
was very much up on this type action and he would address it at their next
meeting. Motion to approve received
unanimous vote of approval.
Sheriff Brock advised the commission body that
Federal Prisoner monies have started to come in. A meeting is required to figure out the disbursement
of these funds. After they figure out
the disbursement, the sheriff and commission chair will need to sign paperwork. A motion to make this happen met with
unanimous vote of support.
County Engineer Foshee:
Mister Foshee presented the dump truck sale
plan again. After talk, it was
determined to put selling these trucks in a hold status to be discussed at the
Mr. Foshee also asked permission to apply for
a $250,000.00 grant for road repair.
Permission to apply approved.
He requested permission to let bids to
complete the bridge repair on C. R. 63.
He also has some surplus old tin and asked if
he could bid it off. Permission granted.
Ms. Brown informed the commissioners that an
upgrade to the internet feed system was needed.
It is a new switch at a cost of $1,265.00. Unanimous vote to purchase made.
Ms. Brown asked that any request for software
purchase must be processed through the admin office. Her request was approved by unanimous vote.
Ms. Brown advised the commissioner the new
software company recommended they purchase new computers. Cost for 4 $5,637.00.
Next for discussion was what holiday schedule
would be adopted for 2020. Ms. Brown
recommended adopting the state schedule.
Her recommendation was approved.
She advised the Christmas party was scheduled
for 18 December.
comments and announcements: No comments
I stood and addressed the commission body
as to why they have not taken any action on the illegal actions taken by a
worker who moved dirt from the county pit to a private resident in a district
assigned to another work crew. This is
the one I addressed at the meeting of 22 Oct. 2019 approved by this same group
in October of 2018. The handbook breaks
down transgressions by placing them in two categories. Category one is for lesser offenses and
outlines the procedures to be followed when taking corrective action for those
Category two is for serious offenses. In my interpretation the actions of the
employee easily fall within the standards of group two.
It plainly states that for a 1
offense dismissal is appropriate. It
does note that mitigating circumstances can be considered. I asked what mitigating circumstances can you
apply to an employee who has just stolen from you?
I told the commissioners that my eyes were
on them as were the eyes of the residents of the county. They are the governing body In charge of
protecting our assets and they were not doing their job.
I gave the commissioners a chance to
respond and the only one to speak was Commissioner Campbell, District One. He noted that he was working on some actions
to take. I told him that we were working
our way toward 6 weeks since this came to light and they needed to move a
little faster. At this time I relinquished
the floor and sat down. We’ll see what
happens from here.
to go into executive session approved:
Executive session starts 10:40 AM
Executive session ends 10:55 AM.
Motion to adjourn approved 10:57