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Conecuh County Commission Work Session 10 Sep 2019
To be followed by Conecuh County Commission Meeting 10 Sep 2019
 
     Chairman Riley announced the work schedule was open at 9 AM.
 
1.     County Extension Service Quarterly Report:
     Ms. Cindy Knowlton gave an extensive report on the activities the extension service was still involved in.  One of the projects they’ve kept abreast of is the bee keeping classes they have sponsored.  Also, a dog trainer from the Lenox area has conducted some seminaries’ during this quarter.  There are several other things the extension service is looking into.  Stop by and see Cindy for a full update and let her know her efforts are appreciated.
     She also announced that Alabama has started a health program to combat obesity.  There is grant money available to get these programs started and keep them going.  Currently Conecuh is one of the unhealthiest counties in Alabama.  It is grouped with 13 other counties in contention for the $33,400.00 available in grant money to wage war against this obesity monster.
 
2.     EMA Director:
     Mr. Johnny Brock reported to the commission that the safe house rental contract has been rewritten and submitted for commission approval.  A suggestion was made that the thermostat for the A/C be housed in a secure box and not allow the general public access to it. 
     It was also discussed how the building would be cleaned up if more than one event was scheduled over the same weekend.  Ms. Brown has this for action.
     Mr. Brock acknowledged he had followed the recent hurricane and it’s progress and he had his eye on some other storms brewing now. 
     Folks, remember to pay heed to our local EMA guru and DO NOT ignore warning coming from his office.  He is our main step between calm weather and raging storms.  Be informed, don’t get caught with your pants down.
 
3.     County Engineer:
      Mr. Winston Foshee advised he has applied for the ATRIP 2 grant.  This grant is a highly coveted grant and will take every bit of political pull possible to get it.  Engineer Foshee, in conjunction with the application, submitted a letter to our local state elected officials and to Governor Ivey.  A copy of his letter will posted with this report.  I strongly suggest everyone read it and become aware of what Conecuh (who always ranks toward the bottom of everything) has done for the state of Alabama.  Keep in mind the figures you’ll see in this letter are for ALL 67 counties.  We’ve carried our share and now we feel it’s only fair the state gives back some of theirs so we can keep up those roads hauling that oil for their profit.
                Commissioner Millender recommended each and every commissioner should   
           contact our local house and state officers and ask them for help.  He will   
           personally contact Representative Jackson.  Also, don’t forget, Senator Greg
          Albritton also represents a portion of Conecuh in his office.
 
4.     County Administrator:
a.    Furnishing a credit card for the Economic Development office was discussed.
b.    The will be a meeting on 17 September at 11 AM to discuss a potential hepatitis outbreak.
c.     Ms. Stephanie Brown informed the commission body the company handling the smart vision software has offered training, including individualized training for up to 12 hours at a cost of $2,100.00.  If not used there is no payment due.
d.     Euthanization school has been scheduled in Birmingham for the Animal Shelter Chief Impounding Office.
e.     DHR has submitted an email discussing the age of and need for a new/updated security system.
f.      Ms. Brown advised that it’s time for the yearly determination for which juvenile facility Conecuh will use to hold its juvenile offenders.
 
Commissioners Comments and Remarks:
1.     A general discussion dealing with voting houses at different voting precincts ensued.  Superintendent of Education Byrd informed the commissioner the board of education only maintained the nutrition center for storage space.  Any improvements needed to upgrade it as a polling place would fall strictly on the county. 
Commissioner Millender suggested talking with the probate judge and brainstorm.
WONDER WHAT MR. BYRD’S RESPONSE WOULD HAVE BEEN IF THE COUNTY WITHELD THE MONTHLY MONEY THEY ARE PAYING TOWARD THE OLD, NO LONGER USED AS BOARD OF EDUCATION SPACES AT SOUTHSIDE AND USED IT TO FIX POLLING PLACES.(MY OPINION).
 
Meeting adjourned at 9:55 AM
to resume with Commission Meeting.  
 

         MR. FOSHEE’S LETTER TO GOVERNOR IVEY
Please note the amount of money Conecuh has paid into the state














































































































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