County Commission Meeting 26 February 2018
to order by Chairman Byrd at 9 AM.
Prayer by Commissioner Campbell was next followed by the Pledge of
call by the Administrator showed all members present.
agenda was approved as printed.
of the previous meeting were approved as read.
Ms. Leigh noted there were no new hires
during this time frame. There was one separation
from the Sheriff’s Department. There was
one (1) hour of overtime requiring approval.
Motion to approve the payroll/personnel report passed by unanimous vote.
Ms. Leigh pointed out the county handbook
has not been approved. Commissioner
Millender noted there were still some minor problems in the handbook. He also noted that the merit board has yet to
respond to the handbook and their input is absolutely necessary. Mr. Millender also noted that the current
merit board does not seem to be functioning very well. Mr. Jerome Boykin, merit board member, was in
the audience and asked to speak on the merit board. He noted that the merit board had established
a once per month meeting minimum, just in the event a county employee needed to
approach them. Mr. Boykin stated that
the meetings are sometimes cancelled simply because the chairman cannot be
there. He also noted that when the merit
board meets it’s normally only 3 people that show up. In his opinion the meetings should not be
cancelled and attendance must go up.
Again, it was pointed out that the
handbook has been available for a reasonable period of time yet several members
of the merit board have not bothered to pick them up.
Suggestions on how to improve the merit
board were offered with the most positive one being to set a rule in place that
anyone missing three (3) meetings in a row will be asked to resign from the
merit board. A motion was made to adopt
this rule. When the vote came down for
the recommendation there was a unanimous vote response to enacting the three
(3) missed meeting rule.
Ms. Leigh addressed the Deferred
Compensation Plan. She noted this is a
good thing for the employees and she wanted to be able to call a meeting of
representatives and workers to have the plan fully explained. After discussion it was determined the
routine to be followed would be to invite the representatives to the next
commission meeting and work from there to set up a meeting with the employees.
The county is in receipt of an invoice
from Baldwin County dealing with housing juveniles. Cost to the county $10,185.00.
No over-the-limit claims were presented.
Nothing to report at this time.
Mr. Johnny Brock presented two (2) grant
documents for chairman’s signature.
These are checks the county gets from the state and federal government
for Mr. Brock having achieved the milestones set. The check from the state will be $5,796.00. The federal check will be a much more juicy
Commissioner Millender asked Mr. Brock about
conducting some fire drills to ensure everyone knew what/where/when they were
supposed to report in the event of a fire.
Mr. Brock advised him he would take care of the drill procedure very
It was asked if grant money for camera’s
still existed. Mr. Brock said it was
still available but it they wanted to apply for a grant they must do so
ASAP. Mr. Millender encouraged Mr. Brock
to get on the project of getting cameras for the lower section of the court
Mr. Foshee advised the commission
everything was on track for getting the new motor graders and for selling the
old ones. He said we should have the new
machines on hand by 10 April.
Foshee noted he had a petition to close a portion of a dirt road in District
One (1). The dirt road runs through
property owned by Mr. & Ms. Joel
Pate. Motion to approve request passed
by unanimous vote.
A question dealing with the bridge repair
on Winston Bell road arose. The pipe is
in place and the work should be done soon.
Ms. Brown advised that the termite contact
needed to be renewed. Cost to the county
$500.00. Approved by unanimous vote.
One of the DHR Board Members term has
expired. They still express a desire to
serve on the board. Motion to reappoint approved
by unanimous vote.
Ms. Brown requested to attend and Admin
Conference to be held 9-10 May.
Permission granted by unanimous vote.
Mr. Bishop noted that the State of Alabama
and several other lesser entities such as counties, cities and towns have
elected to engage in a class action style lawsuit against the manufactures of opioid
distributors. The county can engage in
this lawsuit with no requirement for any funding. Should there be a settlement made in the suit
the class action attorneys will get a percentage of the proceeds and the
remainder will come to the county.
Unanimous vote to participate in the legal action.
It was noted that the local amendment on
the voting house has not yet passed.
Suggestion forwarded to contact our local house rep., Mr. Greg
Comments and Announcements:
Mr. Andrews, District 3, stated he had
been approached by the B. O. E. bus supervisor asking for help from the county
dealing with buses bogging down at their end of the day stops. They are sinking into the ground when sitting
still overnight. It was determined that
each commissioner follow their own mind keeping in mind this is to help our
children get to school.
I asked if there had been any further
determination dealing with the payment for the office of Probate Judge. I was advised more information needed to be
gathered before any suggestions were offered.
I also asked the Administrator and the
Commissioners if any of them had received a letter from the Blackbelt Heritage
group. They all responded they had not received
I noted that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD),
a disease that causes the massive deaths of deer, had been discovered in our
neighbor Mississippi. This disease can devastate
the deer population. Current regulations
state that no deer carcass from a state experiencing CWD can be transported
over state lines. There are also several
rules and regulations about how venison can be transported from an infected
With CWD knocking at our door and current
habit of many hunters to just dump deer carcasses along the roads, into the
waterways, etc.; it would be very easy for Alabama to have an outbreak of
I suggested to the commissioners that it
could be to all’s advantage if they could/would set up 2 or 3 areas within each
district whereby a hunter could take the remnants of dead deer to an that area
and dump them in an already dug hole and ever so often the commissioners could
have their equipment return and cover these remnants.
Mr. Andrews also noted that there is an
overabundance of dead deer along our highways that should be removed too.
Motion to adjourn: 9:45 AM