Conecuh County News & Views LLC - Commission Mtg. 20 July 2017
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Conecuh County Commission Meeting 20 July 2017
     Call to order at 9 AM by Chairman Millender. Prayer offered by Commissioner Riley followed by the pledge of Allegiance.
     All members were present for roll call except District 3 Commissioner andrews.
     The agenda and previous minutes were approved as read.
Payroll/personnel report:
     There were no separations or new hires during this time frame.  There were 8 hours of overtime to be approved.
     Ms. Leigh pointed out there is a problem with the merit board.  Mr. Fronz Killebrew, who was elected to the board during the last meeting, contacted Ms. Leigh and informed her he did not want a position on the merit board.
     For the umpthteenth time in the last 8 months another problem with getting a 5 person merit board seated.
     Discussion as to the best route to follow to finish this conundrum ensued.  It was finally determined that Mr. Jerome Boykin would be put on the merit board.  He was the next runner-up from the last vote taken.
Claims approval:
     There were no claims over the fixed limits that required approval.
Conecuh Safe Room:
     No report available.
Mr. Jerome Gray—NAACP letter
     Mr. Gray addressed the commission body and stated he had prepared and sent a copy of a letter to each commissioner.  He noted that the vote dealing with the merit board composition today offset a great portion of a complaint outlined in his correspondence. 
     Mr. Gray explained why the county operates under the merit board system.  He also explained how the NAACP was originally organized and its primary purpose.  Mr. Gray had the full opportunity and time to explain the NAACP’s position. 
     Mr. Gray also addressed the issuance of ABC licenses and how the county needed to establish a policy dealing with either the issuance or denial of a permit.
Revenue Commissioner:
     Mr. Jimmy Bell came before the commission body asking the chairman be allowed to sign a renewal contract with Intergraph Government Solution Renewal.  This is an annual requirement and, when questioned, it was determined the contract followed the same cost lines as the previous year.  A motion to allow the chair to sign the contract was approved by unanimous vote.
County Engineer:
     Mr. Winston Foshee reported the bush hogging is nearing completion.  He also noted the inmate program is still working well.
     Chairman Millender informed Mr. Foshee he had been approached by the B. O. E. asking for help with building parking spaces for Hillcrest football area.  There has already been dirt hauled into Jaguar Drive to build up an additional parking area along the road however, there is a need for more dirt and some work to prevent the drive from washing away.  Mr. Foshee seemed to think he could handle this with no problem.
     There was also a request to blade off and pave an area around the southside school.  Again Mr. Foshee thought this would not be a problem.
County Administrator:
     Ms. Brown notified the commission she was in receipt of a request from Sparta Academy requesting the commission to purchase an advertisement in their book.  The cost is $250.00.  Chairman Millender noted that each year both Sparta and Hillcrest ask for these advertisements.  It was suggested and moved that the commission body take action and vote for both schools to receive payment for this.  Motion passed by unanimous vote.
     Ms. Brown informed the commission she had a letter requesting that Mr. Preston Fluker be re-appointed to the Hamden Ridge rural water authority board.  Motion to approve resulted in a unanimous positive vote.
County Attorney:
     Nothing to report.
     When questioned about the hospital/county loan situation Mr. Bishop noted the hospital needed to re-do paperwork.
Commissioners Comments and announcements:
     Commissioner Millender suggested the commission body accept a policy dealing with the agri-complex discussed at a previous meeting.  The major problem now is financing.  A look at trying to get grant money is in the works.  Motion to approve passed by unanimous vote.
News Media Comments:
     There were no media comments
Executive Session:
     A call for executive session was made and received unanimous approval. 

     Executive session started at 9:52.  It was assured there would be no action taken on termination of executive session.  I departed the area.

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