Commission Work Session 10 Mar 2020
started by Chairman Millender at 9 AM.
Anthony Thames, Conecuh Country Prevention
Mr. Thames introduced himself as a Drug Education
Council Prevention Specialist. He
described his job and responsibilities and asks for an office space that could
be made available for his use 2-3 times per week.
After discussion and questions from the
commission body Mr. Thames was advised help would be available to him but it
was requested he first check with Circuit Judge Weaver to see how his position
might interplay with the Judge’s desires on handling drug cases.
Ms. Felicia Parham:
Ms. Parham was not available. She represents the Board of Education
Transportation Division and her scheduled topic was to be roads.
Mr. Winston Foshee came before the
commissioners to remind them the old Federal Aid Funded money is no longer
available under the name, guise and regulations in place before. He did remind them a new program was in place
and the county should be getting approximately $400,000.00 to be used in a less
restrictive environment than the previous funds.
Ms. Brown talked to the commission
body about the ongoing problem and need
of a maintenance person. Everyone is still in agreement that a maintenance
person is needed. Ms. Brown wanted to know if there was a need
for the position.
The job description for a maintenance person
was also discussed. Commissioners
Millender and Andrews both spoke on the need of reviewing and upgrading the job
description from its current description.
It was noted that any changes would need to be presented to the Merit
Board for their approval.
It was also noted the Merit Board is
scheduled to meet on 11 March. General consensus
is, get this info to the Merit Board and seek their approval on job description
E911 bathroom repair was also discussed. Final cost for repairs after the fire are
Ms. Brown announced that the “Don’t Drop it
on Alabama” program is scheduled to encompass the month of April.
Ms. Brown is attempting to procure a sign for
the Louisiana-Pacific property on the Owassa Road. She had some options for the commissioners to
work with. Commissioner Millender noted
he has been in contact with Mr. Taylor, our former economic director and they
had also discussed how to best identify the property.
Ms. Brown noted that both she and Mr. Taylor
had been in contact with the owner of Southern Advertising and everyone seems
to be chasing the same rabbit toward the hole on the sign part.
Ms. Brown advised the commission body she had
been in contact with Auburn University as to how to incorporate the newly
approved GPS systems in the dump trucks.
She told the commissioners that Auburn recommended they establish a
policy that did not consist of targeting a select group of employees and that a
written policy did need to be in place.
Commissioner Comments and Announcements:
Commissioner Campbell was recognized. Mr. Campbell noted he had been in contact
with other counties who had also installed GPS on vehicles and noted they said
it helped correct a lot of things they found to be wrong. Mr. Campbell went on to tell Commissioner
Millender that he always told him to do what is right and now he wants to know
why, after a 3-2 vote to put GPS on dump trucks Mr. Millender has not had it
installed on his truck as of yet.
Millender admitted he did not have GPS on his
trucks and told Campbell that he had already had a discussion on the GPS. Millender noted it cost extra to have the GPS
installed and he had no problem with that provided a person caught breaking the
rules received punitive action. Mr.
Millender went on to say that the recent situation dealing with one of Mr.
Campbell’s workers making dirt deliveries to a private individual in another commissioner’s
Mr. Millender went on to indicate that Mr.
Campbell’s handling of that situation was not proper or in accordance with the
handbook and he refuses to pay the additional funds for the GPS tracking until
an agreement has been reached as to what actions will be taken when the rules
are being broken. In addition, Mr.
Millender indicated that he felt the GPS being put on the dump trucks might
very well fit the description of “targeting” that Auburn had cautioned them
He continued and added that the only reason
GPS was being put on the trucks was because there are Commissioners that cannot
control their men and are trying to create an alibi to cover them for the last
incident that happened.
Mr. Campbell responded that the GPS would
give an opportunity to check what and where the truck had been. He went on to state that he had no witnesses
come to him about the last incident.
Commissioner Andrews asked the county
attorney if a new policy dealing with the GPS aspect needed to be added to the handbook. The attorney stated that the handbook already
had comprehensive coverage for dealing with violations of the rules and
Commissioner Millender again questioned if
the picking of the 6 trucks could constitute targeting. Commissioner Campbell responded by saying
that it could help keep track of loads of dirt.
Mr. Andrews asked if the body wanted to
increase the targeting area by including the pickups and motor graders. It was noted motor graders already have GPS’s
on them but the contract for them is about to run out.
Mr. Campbell stated the installed stated he
could come back on Friday to install the GPS units.
Commissioner Millender asked if there were
any more comments.
The Chairman moved to the area of pickup
trucks and the $3.00 charge applied to using them. He noted that the agreement had been if the
vehicles were left at a designated yard there would be no charge however, some
of the people taking these vehicles home were not paying the required
charges. He proceeded to ask Mr. Andrews
where his yard was at, to which Andrews responded at his foreman’s home, where
it’s been since well before he became a commissioner. When Commissioner Riley was asked he
responded with his designated yard. The
same with Mr. Byrd. Commissioner
Campbell stated he had a bunch of them.
Mr. Millender noted that Mr. Campbell’s
response was exactly what was wrong with the system. Mr. Millender noted that his men paid the
$3.00 per day as did all the other employees in the other districts yet,
because Mr. Campbell has established all these yards, his people pay no extra
fee for driving a county vehicle home.
Mr. Millender went on to say that he had heard Mr. Campbell’s man had
said he was not going to pay the fee.
Mr. Campbell further identified his employee driving the truck as “Chris”
who has always driven a county vehicle home.
He went on to ask if he could park his vehicle down the road.
Millender immediately informed him that was
not the issue that had been voted on.
The issue was either park the vehicle at the designated yard or pay the
$3.00, something Mr. Campbell has tried to forestall by the establishment of
yards all over the county.
Mr. Millender then addressed another subject
dealing with emergency call out and pay.
Quite some time back a callout procedure was established with rotating
districts and the engineering department being on call to handle after hour
emergencies. Along with this callout
procedure it was established that any group called out regardless of how much
time was involved, they would receive at least 4 hours worth of pay. What should be a reasonably simple system has
morphed into an excuse to get overtime.
(Note the commission meeting report of District 1 getting 20 hours of
The procedure for call out is E911 will have
a listing of who is on call for that period of off duty time. It has come to light that sometime the crew
that is on callout does not respond therefore another crew is called out. Sometimes there are more than one crew called
Commissioner Millender questioned
Commissioner Campbell about the air conditioning work he had checked on. Mr. Campbell said he had been unable to
locate anyone to do the job.
The meeting closed out