Commission Meeting 28 Apr. 2020
to order by Chairman Millender at 10 A. M.
Byrd gave the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
call showed all members present.
agenda and previous minutes were approved as read.
There were 3 new hires in the jail, all as
corrections officers. There were no
separations. A total of 68 hours overtime
was approved. Engineering Department had
the lions share. Both the jail and
District 1 logged overtime. Recent
weather conditions created problems with trees across roads.
There were 3 claims over the $500.00 level
needing approval; all others were within set limits. Motion met with approval by vote of 4 ayes, 1
Ms. Brown noted she had received a letter
from Castleberry requesting voting machines for the upcoming 21 August
Prior to voting on Castleberry’s request
Commissioner Andrews asked if Repton had made any request for voting
support. Nothing at this time on
record. He suggested including Repton in
the motion to approve. Compromise made
on waiting for the vote until Probate Judge could be advised and his input
returned. (Not sure of the Probate
Judges involvement in municipal elections).
An outrageous bid for roof repair has been
received. $8,000,000.00. Action delayed. Having alternative sources
contacted to seek other options.
Commissioner Riley asked if the parts for
the cooling towers had arrived. No.
Discussion on how to pay the bill for a
recently wrecked dump truck in District 4 was discussed. Total damage to the truck is $43,555.43. There is$2,000.00 insurance deductible. At question is, what fund does the $2,000.00
Commissioners Comments and Announcements:
The issue of staffing county offices was
addressed. Chairman Millender noted he
had received some phone calls questioning why residents attempting to call in
or conduct business were unable to make contact.
It seems some confusion existed about what
was set up and what actually happened with the offices. The commissioners, in hopes of clearing up
any confusion, made a motion that county offices are to be manned during normal
working hours. The motion stated that
offices shall be staffed as necessary to conduct business.
It was noted that Governor Ivey was having
a news conference at 11 A. M. dealing with Alabama and recovery from the
current Corona Virus “shelter at home” status.
Chairman Millender expressed that he feels
the county needs more testing before reopening.
There have only been a total of 92 persons tested. Current figures show 8 persons testing
positive and no related deaths. General consensus
among the commission is in line with Mr. Millender’s thoughts.
Commissioner Millender advised he had been
in contact with Franklin Medical and current plans are to test citizens for the
virus starting at 9:30 on Friday and continuing until 3:30. This test will be done at no cost to the residents;
it will include Monroe County people too.
Franklin has elected to conduct this test
but has asked the commission for consideration for possible assistance with
cost of some items, gowns, gloves, etc. from the county if needed. It was voted that should Franklin need this
assistance, the county would pick up the tab.
Franklin prefers and request that, if at
all possible, to make appointments to get this testing done.
I will publish a phone number to call
later today. This is an update to a previous report on testing.
Date of next meeting was discussed. It is currently set for 12 May but could have
a special call meeting earlier if needed.
Motion to adjourn by Commissioner Campbell at
10:26 A. M.
Phone number for appointment with Franklin Medical:
251 578 2507
Franklin Direct Line: 251 444 1122