Meeting 23 July 2018
Call to order by Chairman Andrews at 9 A.
M. Invocation by Commissioner Andrews
followed by the pledge.
Roll call showed all members present with
the exception of Commissioner Byrd.
The agenda and previous minutes were
approved by unanimous vote.
There was one separation from the jail
during this period. There were no new
1.5 hours of overtime from the Probate
Office was approved.
Leigh noted that participation in the wellness program is only running at
40%. She encouraged the commissioners to
have county people attend and take the exam at the end of the class. This will be an overall help to the county by
lowering the insurance rates.
Ms. Leigh had some questions about the
call out list and pay associated with others not on the list being called
out. Commissioner Millender stated that
anyone being called out and working deserved to be paid.
There were no over the limit charges in
either the gasoline or general fund.
County Safe Room:
No one on hand for any report.
Commissioner Millender pointed out that
the safe room had been designed to accommodate other venues. He suggested the commission body hold a
meeting and establish procedures to be followed when the safe room is
rented/leased out. This issue will be
discussed at the next meeting on 6 August.
Lett, concerned citizen:
Mr. Lett stated his concerns had already
been met and he did not need to speak to the commission body.
Wallace, property purchase proposal:
Ms. Wallace spoke to the commission about
a portion of land located in Repton. She
stated that approximately 1.5 acres with road frontage was located in
Repton. She also noted the property was
in a state of being ignored with overgrowth and washouts in it. She also noted her sister was interested in
opening a bakery at the site and she was approaching the commission about
The consensus was to take the proposal
under advisement and render a response at a later date.
Lewis, Bond Update:
Mr. Lewis noted he was just visiting the
area and thought the commission body might want an update on how things were
going with the counties bond issues. Mr.
Lewis pointed out that interest rates are the key to refinancing and his
company is keeping a close eye these. He
noted that should there be a drop in interest rates his company will work out a
program that is best for the county and then talk about rerfinancing.
Bell, Revenue Commissioner:
Mr. Bell presented his required annual
report on the errors and omissions report.
This is a required annual report with little to no change from last
Brock, EMA Director:
At the last meeting Mr. Brock conducted a
bid opening dealing with courthouse camera installation. After opening the one bid received Mr. Brock
asked for a delay until this meeting to review all the paperwork.
Mr. Brock noted the only bid received was
from Miller Alarm Company in the amount of $17,760.20. His review of the paperwork showed all
requirements were met and he recommended the commission body accept the Miller
Alarm bid. This bid, by the way, is well
under the amount of the grant given to do this work. The work must be completed by the end of
August and Mr. Brock has been assured that deadline can be met.
Brown, County Administrator:
Ms. Brown pointed out that the
chairmanship at ALATOM was due rotation.
This chairmanship is typically held by the commission chair. Motion to appoint Chairman Andrews to the
ALATOM board was approved by unanimous vote.
Bishop, County Attorney:
Mr. Bishop reminded the commission body
that there was to be a 10:30 appointment with two people dealing with economic
advisers for the county. He also
encouraged the commission body to consider going into executive session for
most of the discussion.
Comments and Announcements:
It was determined to withhold any
discussion on the arena until the full board of commissioners could be on hand.
Commissioner Millender gave a report on
the animal shelter. He noted that he had
negotiated an agreement with a contractor that included the county purchasing
the material and paying for labor. This negotiation
did not include the repair of the vent system.
A go to work motion was made and passed unanimously.
It was brought up that a lot of equipment was
being kept at the engineering department and not being used. Some of this equipment included talk about a
generator and some other items. A
proposal to place these items on the surplus list and get rid of them was
suggested. EMA Director Johnny Brock
pointed out that a great deal of the unused items were put in place by the
state and cannot be gotten rid of.
Commissioner Millender noted the polling
places were not being cleaned up at the end of the day. He suggested sending the Probate Judge a
request asking him to direct the poll workers to clean up when they
finish. Also, pick the voting machines
up in a timely manner after the vote.
ready now, it’s gonna get kinky and hard to keep up with. Toss out any Robert’s Rules of Order and
anything else that seems to make sense.
I’m going to try my best to report this as it happened.
The commissioners comments and
announcements were completed at approximately 10 AM. It was noted that the perspective economic
developers were due in at 10:30.
Chairman Andrews asked for a motion to recess which was made and passed.
It was then noticed that there was no spot
on the agenda for a meeting with the people.
The motion to recess was reversed by the person making the motion withdrawing
A motion to amend the agenda was made and
approved. Then another motion to recess
was made and approved.
Recess started at 10:02 AM
Return to regular meeting 10:34
At 10:35 a call for an executive session
was called for (not on the agenda either).
Motion for executive session passed by unanimous vote.
10:58 return to regular session.
10:59 a call to recess again.
During this recess two representatives of
our Senator, Doug Jones gave a presentation.
Mr. Al Stokes and Mr. Donald Dees were on
hand to talk with the commissioners about what their needs and concerns were
and see if there were any issues Senator Jones might be able to help with.
These two gentlemen work out of the Mobile
office and cover 13 counties in southwest Alabama.
This session lasted for approximately 20
minutes and was just a meet and greet session.
Return to regular session at 11:51 AM
Mr. Andy Gladwell was on hand representing
the Monthly View. He had a question
aimed at Commissioner Riley dealing with repairs to C. R. 32. It dealt with C. R. 32 not being as wide now
as before the repairs began and there is no yellow land separation line on it.
Commissioner Riley noted these questions
would be better asked of Winston Foshee, County Engineer. He noted that the work is not performed by
the county but by a contractor who followed the guidelines of the contractor. He also told Mr. Gladwell that Wiregrass
Construction was the contractor.