County Work Session 22 October 2019
started at 9 AM by Chairman Riley.
on the agenda was County Engineer Foshee:
Mr. Foshee seeks permission to look at trading
out dump trucks. This will just be a
quick look see to check if it’s feasible to sell our old ones and purchase new
Mr. Foshee advised that a grant has been
applied for. No feedback on it yet but
there is another grant available in the amount of $250,000.00. We are also eligible for this grant and he
request permission to apply for it too.
Mr. Foshee advised we are in receipt of an
invoice for the tires we needed to put on dump truck sold last June. Total $8,500.00.
He has a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to
pay for damage to a guard rail on County Road 6. Request permission to proceed with repair.
Mr. Foshee advised that the old tin removed
from the animal shelter when the roof was repaired is being stored by the
engineering department. He request it be
declared as surplus and he be allowed to sell to the highest bidder.
Administrator, Stephanie Brown:
Sales tax due Shrimp Basket and Piggley Wiggle
is in; $10,947.50.
Request permission to pay for the security
system at DHR. Total cost $650.00
comments and announcements: None
closed at 9:20 AM.
meeting to start at 10:00 AM.
Meeting 22 October 2019
to order at 10 AM by Chairman Riley.
commission members present.
agenda (with one amendment) and the previous minutes were approved by unanimous
The only thing to report is 2 separations,
one from the sheriff’s department and the other is a correctional officer.
Claims: None over the limit. All outstanding claims were approved by
Parham, Transportation Director for Schools
Ms. Parham came before the commission body
to talk about road conditions, especially in District 2. Her chief complaints were Dallas Road and the
Old Federal Road.
She stated that some relief must be
found. Her school buses are sliding into
the ditch and getting stuck and the expense of having them pulled out is
putting a hardship on her budget.
The Old Federal Road is the line marker
for the end of Conecuh County and the beginning of Monroe County. It is supposed to be a joint effort of both
counties to keep this road in good condition.
Commissioner Riley noted that all the
houses on the road section she is complaining about are on the Monroe County
side of the line but he also said that did not stop him from doing everything
he could to keep the road in as good a condition as he could. He noted he works that road hard and tries to
keep it passable for the school buses but when circumstances hit as they have
lately it’s just not possible to get ahead of the rain. He also noted that log trucks us that road
extensively and everyone knows what shape wet dirt roads get in after log
trucks have driven on them.
Commissioner Riley assured Ms. Parham he
would do everything he could to keep these roads in as good a shape as possible
but again noted, Monroe County is also responsible for upkeep.
Mr. Winston Foshee reminded the
commissioners that he wanted permission to look at and investigate the
feasibility of purchasing new dump trucks.
He also requested permission to apply for
a $250,000.00 grant. Permission granted.
The invoice of $8,500.00 for tires for the
dump trucks sold last year was discussed.
Ms. Brown and Mr. Foshee were tasked with figuring out where the money
will be drawn from to pay this.
Asked for and received permission to proceed
with the repair to the damaged guard rail on C. R. 6. Has $5,000.00 check in hand for repairs.
Approximately 20 pieces of tin left from
Animal Shelter roof repair are to be declared as surplus material and sold
based on sealed bids. Mr. Foshee for
Ms. Brown reminded the commissioners the
sales tax rebate in the amount of $10,947.50 to the Shrimp Basket and Piggly
Wiggly was approved for payment.
The $650.00 security system upgrade for
DHR was approved by unanimous vote.
It was noted that the county has received
no fees for housing Federal inmates at this time. Ms. Brown tasked with setting up an auto pay
whereby the money (when it comes) will be a direct deposit.
Mr. Bishop noted that he is happy with the
latest contract lease agreement with Mediacom.
Everything was good until Commissioner Millender asked him how much
money was the county getting and where was it.
Mr. Bishop will check into this and report back.
Comments and Announcements:
Commissioner Andrews pointed out and
introduced Mr. Sam Shotz with Alabama Power.
Andrews also stated he felt as if the
county is losing money dealing with RDS.
It was noted that Courtroom B would be
available on 30 October for Senator Doug Jones visit. As I understand it, it’s an open meeting
where those interested can come and see their current senator.
It was noted there are problems on C. R.
59 dealing with big trucks using that road as a cut through road between Hwy 84
and U. S. 31. C. R. 59 is nothing more
than a farm to market road and the trucks are tearing it to pieces. Engineer tasked with getting with law enforcement
and stopping this traffic.
It was noted the folks from Auburn would
be here today at 3 PM to discuss the county handbook.
I asked what the commissioner’s intent was
toward taking action on illegal use of county equipment and resources. It seems a road was built on private
property. By best guess, it took between
25 and 35 loads of dirt to accommodate this project.
It took place in District 5, Mr. Millender’s
District. When I directly asked Mr.
Millender he admitted the work had been done but was not his men or equipment. He stated his men had seen what was going on
and told him about it.
Here’s the scoop folks, our county
equipment and resources are being used to build a new road where none existed
before and, there are rumors the person responsible for doing this received a
monetary payout from the person receiving the service. Do we sit still and allow our resources to be
wasted like this? Do we simply turn our
backs and allow it to happen? I’m asking
the county residents to join with me in condemning this action and demand someone
be held accountable.
Just 3 meetings ago 2 county employees
came before the commission and asked for a pay raise. How can they expect a raise when they are
costing the county money by doing illegal things such as this.
I told the Commission body that I was
simply making them aware of what was going on and, if they took no action I
would be forced too. It’s wait and see
Session: Approved by unanimous vote. Start 10:40 AM End 11:10.
made to accept pay raise recommendations for sheriffs department cook and
dispatcher. Passed unanimously.
to adjourn: 11:11