Session 26 Nov 2019 and Commission Meeting 26 Nov 2019
work session was called to order by Chairman Riley at 9 AM.
Director Johnny Brock was first on the agenda.
He reported on a Courthouse evacuation plan he had been working on. Each Commissioner was given a written report
on what had transpired to date and asked if they had suggestions or input to
what Mr. Brock was working on.
Brock advised that at least 2 employees at the courthouse were members of a
fire/rescue group and asked what their status would be in the event of an
emergency at the building.
was determined that when at work their job took precedence over their
fire/rescue positions. They remain
responsible to the county due an emergency.
Several aspects of how people should be checking on others, most
especially members of the public, during an emergency. It was noted someone needed to be designated
to check the bathrooms and other unoccupied rooms during the emergency. It was recommended Department Heads check the
building and furnish Mr. Brock with clear list.
Brock also addressed some items at the safe room. He has checked on the pricing of having phone
and internet installed. Media Com will
service the building for TV at no charge because of its emergency housing
status. AT&T indicated it would
provide their services for a cost of $232.00 per month.
Engineer Foshee was not on hand for the meeting.
Ms. Brown advised the commission of 2
invoices in the amount of $6,000.00.
She pointed out that the second meeting in
December would fall on the 24 and asked them what their intentions
were. A suggestion to move the meeting
to 30 December was made into a motion and passed by unanimous vote.
It was determined the courthouse would be
closed for 1.5 hours on the day of the Christmas party.
It was noted that without some action the
gasoline fund was too short on funds to pay the bills due from it.
Comments and Announcements:
The bridge on County Road 63 that was busted
due to overweight county equipment being driven over it was discussed. The bridge is open but there are no guard
rails on it at this time. The engineer
is working to get them installed. Approximate
cost is $20,000.00. Commissioner
Campbell asked why this job needed to be bid out. He noted that the engineering department had
put guardrails in place on other bridges.
The primary answer was a lack of manpower.
Commissioner Riley announced he had been
contacted by Ms. Kirskey notifying the commissioners that the Castleberry
Christmas Parade would be held 7 December at 9:30 AM. She cordially invited all the commissioners
Commissioner Millender addressed wasting of
funds. He noted the engineering
department seemed to lead the group on spending more so than other departments.
Mr. Millender noted that the county needed to
start adhering to the handbook on the use of county vehicles. By the handbook should anyone use a county
vehicle to travel to and from work, they should have to pay $3.00 per day for
the use of this vehicle.
Motion to adjourn at 0951 approved by
Commission Meeting 26
to order at 10 AM by Chairman Riley. An
opening benediction and the Pledge of Allegiance followed.
call showed all members except District 3 representative Andrews to be present.
agenda and previous minutes were approved by unanimous vote.
Payroll/personnel There has been 1 separation from the jail
department, the nurse. There are 3 new
hires, 1 in the revenue department, and 2 for the jail.
There are 24 hours of overtime in District 4
and 2 hours in the engineering department.
to voting, discussion on the lack of a nurse at the jail was center court. Now that we have Federal Inmates it is a
requirement that a person with a medical background be on the jail staff. The nurse that was there and left (as noted
in the losses) has agreed to work with the department to ensure they stay
within compliance until a new person can be found.
Byrd made a motion to accept the payroll/personnel report as stands.
Byrd withdrew this motion after discussion.
Brock noted he has been to Franklin Medical Center and expects help from them
after the holidays.
to approve the payroll/personnel report with the exception of Nurse Shell,
passed by unanimous vote.
There are no over the limit claims. Motion to pay the bills passed by unanimous
Engineer: Not available.
Brown asked for and received permission to move $100,000.00 into the gasoline
fund. She was granted this and in
addition, she was authorized to take any further funding needed to keep the
she addressed the date change of the 24 December meeting it was approved by
Mr. Millender suggested the county follow the
handbook dealing with the use of county vehicles. No motion was needed considering this is
already in effect and should be followed.
Again I addressed the elephant in the room no
one seems to want to see. The situation
dealing with county dirt being transported by a county driver in a county truck
loaded by county equipment from the current county dirt pit.
I was advised that there should be an answer
to that question by next week.
to adjourn: 10:35
another conversation later in the day I was told the dirt that had been hauled
had not been paid for and the owner of the pit was considering options on how
to get his missing funds.
time I find it difficult to believe our county can sink any lower someone
manages to jump up and show me. Has
everyone in this county lost their moral compass? Is there no sense of right or wrong? What is it going to take to wake us up and
put us on the right track?
I’m kind of tired of being the laughing stock of the state. Every time I hear the name Conecuh or
Evergreen mentioned I cringe wondering what kind of stupid thing someone else has
done to put us in the forefront.
got a body of 5 people elected to run and see to the business of our county yet
I don’t think they pass a word expect it be in the commission chambers and then
it’s just to keep something ongoing.
please take note. If you’re happy with
the things are going you are in serious need of head help.