Meeting 23 June 2020
to order at 10:04 AM by Chairman Millender.
offered by Commissioner Byrd followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
call showed all members present.
Millender asked for a change to the agenda prior to voting for approval. He asked that Representative Chris Sells be
placed on the agenda. A motion was made
and approved by unanimous vote for the change.
agenda was approved as amended.
minutes from previous meeting was approved.
was 1 new hire for the jail and 2 separations from the jail. There was 25.5 hours of overtime from the
jail department. The report was approved
by unanimous vote.
ongoing and continuous issue of jail overtime was addressed.
Brock stated that it was difficult to keep corrections officers (C.O.’s) due to
the low rate of pay. His department is
constantly short and the shifts must be covered hence the overtime problem.
current rate of pay for C. O.’s is $10.04 per hour. It was noted the sheriff now has federal
prisoners housed in the jail and an additional amount of funding comes in to
support these additional prisoners. An
increase of 5% in pay was discussed. It
was determined the sheriff should take a look at the jail money and see what
pay increase could be afforded for the C. O.’s.
It was suggested that a time to incorporate the new raise be set to
start. Commissioner Riley made a motion
that the pay raise, whatever the amount, be approved to begin with the next pay
period. In the meantime the sheriff is to
come back at the next meeting with the amount of the raise but it must be 5% or
better. Motion to start the raise next
pay period approved by unanimous vote.
ongoing payment for county vehicle usage by employees was addressed again.
commissioner has been asked to establish where they will have their districts
yard. There will be no chare accessed
for vehicles left at the designated yard, all vehicles being driven to the
employees residence will be accessed the charge. The payment for vehicle use is not a local
thing, it’s contained in IRS rules and regulations as well as State rules and
regulations plus, it’s also addressed in the county handbook.
is one of those “hard” decisions no one wants to make therefore it faces foot
dragging and put off on the part of those commissioners not wanting to obey the
rules and the law and in the meantime, the county citizens continue to pay for
things they should not have to bear the cost of.
were no claims over the $500.00 and $3,000.00 limits set. Unanimous vote to pay all other claims.
Winston Foshee noted he had a list of papers dealing with the CDBG grant that
needed the chairman’s signature.
Foshee has also received a report from the timber cruise the commission
requested. Mr. Millender stated he also
had an estimate in hand.
informed the commission body the sign for the LP property has been
installed. The chairman asked the
commissioners to show up for a picture opportunity after the meeting.
Chris Sells addressed the commissioners noting that he would be doing anything
he could to help the county, both in funds and in potential business
couplings. He ensured every commissioner
has his phone number and he also asked, at their convenience, to be invited
back to commission meetings.
issue of the tax abatement for Guyoung Tech discussed in the work session was
approved by unanimous vote.
Brown is in receipt of an invoice from Auburn dealing with changes and upgrades
to the county handbook. Invoice in the
amount of $13,419.14. Motion to pay
resulted in unanimous vote of approval.
noted a payment on the dump trucks was due.
Brown pointed out that the once enjoyed Oil payments have shrunken badly. Currently the oil payments have dropped to
$90,000.00 per month. That is going to
impact our upcoming budget badly.
Comments and Announcements:
Riley noted that he was aware of at least 2 potential oil well areas being
investigated for drilling. There is a
lot of paperwork involved in getting these drilling projects set up and the
current time limits provided to allow research of these sites Is inadequate to
getting this done. Mr. Riley put a
motion in place to allow 4 people access to the probate office records. He stated he had already talked to Probate
Judge Fleming and there were no foreseen problems. Motion was seconded and put to vote with the
following results: 3 ayes, 1 nay and 1
abstention. Motion carried.
Andrews provided each commissioner with an estimate sheet dealing with his
stated his backhoe was currently inoperative and in need of several
repairs. Total estimated bill from
Warrior Tractor Company for these repairs, $27, 665.00. Mr. Andrews noted he had over $18,000.00 left
in his repair budget but the repairs would take all of his funds leaving him in
a bind, most especially should something else happen before the new budget
comes into effect. He asked each
commissioner to make a statement as to what their stand was, pro and con, on
told them he could not serve the people of his district to the extent needed
without a backhoe.
Riley reluctantly agreed to get the equipment fixed.
Campbell agreed to allow the repairs be done.
Millender stated he would not vote to approve these repairs. He noted Mr. Andrews backhoe is most
expensive backhoe to keep operating. He
stated that many years ago the commission had voted to purchase an excavator for
loading trucks in the county pit. This
pit changes from time to time as the dirt requirements change and currently 4
of the districts followed the excavator with no problems. Mr. Andrews does not follow the excavator
instead he uses his backhoe to load his truck. Mr. Millender noted that backhoes are not
designed for the work that one is being used for. He stated that several attempts to get Mr.
Andrews to use the pit with the excavator had failed.
Byrd followed the same statements that Mr. Millender made also noting Mr.
Andrews had been encouraged on several occasions to move to the designated
indication to me is that Mr. Andrews will use his remaining funds to repair his
for motion to go into Executive Session for Good Name and Character met with
session: 11:00 AM