Conecuh County Commission Meeting 30 Dec 2019
Call to order by Chairman
Riley at 10 AM. Mr. Tim Covin gave the
opening prayer followed by the pledge of allegiance.
Roll call showed all
members present. The agenda was amended
to allow Mr. Jerome Boykin an opportunity to address the commission and
approved as such. The previous minutes
were accepted as read.
There were no new hires however there was one separation
from the jail. There were 12 total hours
of overtime to be approved, 4 from the jail and 8 from the engineering
department. This report was approved by
A discussion on how, when and who to charge for
vehicle usage was next. The
commissioners, administrator, payroll/personnel clerk and county engineer were
all involved. Final outcome was to table
this discussion until the next work session.
There were no over the limit claims for either
fund. The current claims were approved,
by unanimous vote, for payment as submitted.
Mr. Jerome Boykin:
Mr. Boykin addressed the commission body about
what he perceives as unnecessary expenses, bad decisions and a lack of any
spoke of the bridge on County Road 63 and it being destroyed by a county worker
driving a vehicle that violated the load rating for the bridge. This escapade cost the county $450,000.00. Mr. Boykin pointed out that had that
$450,000.00 been available for paving dirt roads it would have been put too
much better use. He also noted no one
has yet been held accountable for this mess up.
Boykin talked of the decision to pave a road with only one occupied house on it
when another road in the same district with about 30 houses on it has begged
for more than 10 years to get paved.
Boykin made mention of the recent “dirt” situations, one with dirt being hauled
to an individual and a road built on their property with it and with the fact
that load accountability for dirt does not match. There is supposed to be a double
documentation on dirt loads so the county will know how much to pay the land
owner. A recent check of loads moved
show a discrepancy of 58 loads between the records.
Boykin emphasized the fact that as of yet, no one has been held accountable for
Mr. Jeff Taylor, Conecuh Economic Developer gave
a report on the recent purchase of the Louisiana Pacific property.
Taylor laid out an outline for doing a cleanup of the new property. He stated that certain equipment needed to be
rented to do this debris, jungle removing task.
He said after getting the property presentable a marketing plan for
usage would be established.
Millender noted that backhoes were part of the cleanup equipment needed. He suggested using the county backhoes to
cover this work with each district taking a turn helping. This was considered a good suggestion along
with looking hard at other services the county can perform.
Engineer Foshee was asked what his time estimate was on getting the area
cleaned up. Mr. Foshee stated he thought
everything could be accomplished within a month.
will be signs with a lot of show and tell information placed at the property, i.e.,
distance to the interstate, Hwy. 31, Hwy. 84, the airport, all this along with
contact numbers for interested clientele
Mr. Foshee had nothing to address.
Ms. Stephanie Brown questioned the
commissioners as to how to handle the invoices from Dr. Nobles, Evergreen Veterinary
Clinic, dealing with the continued training for Ms. Windham at the Animal
Shelter. The commission directed the bills
reminded the commissioners of Judge Brock’s upcoming retirement.
Ms. Brown also
reminded the commissioner of the upcoming District Meeting.
Mr. Bishop spoke of potential impending
changes with the DHR building lease. Due
to a change in insurance coverage the contract dealing with DHR building lease is
being considered for a change. Currently
the contract runs from the fiscal year dates of 1 Oct-30 Sep. A change has been proposed to move that date
to coincide with calendar dates, 1 Jan-31 Dec.
discussion the commission deemed the fiscal year dates to be better suited for
the county to deal with. Mr. Bishop will
present this to DHR.
advised he had looked into the Mediacom situation whereby Mediacom pays for
pole usage. Mr. Bishop noted the payment
for these pole rentals is less than a pittance and not really worth pursuing.
Mr. Bishop is in
receipt of the paperwork dealing with title transfer of the Louisiana Pacific
purchase. He will take action as
Mr. Bishop is
also in receipt of a document from Regions Bank dealing with loan arrangements
for the Lyeffion Water Authority. No
action is really needed on this.
Commissioners Comments and
1. District 2 Commissioner Riley requested permission to
advertise for a replacement worker for his district. Approved.
2. The request of Mr. Coving during the work session was
discussed. Commissioner Millender
suggested the chairman get with the city and discuss what they are doing to
help with building this stage and address it next meeting.
3. Revenue Commissioner Bell’s request for window
coverings was approved to put blinds in place.
Even though the blinds are a little more expensive it will keep a
uniformed look though out the courthouse.
I addressed the commission body on several
issues dealing with the County Handbook that we paid $26,000.00 to have done
and was approved October 2018 by unanimous vote of every commissioner currently
sitting on the board.
reminded the commissioners that I had asked about employee evaluation several
months back and was told the county had a system whereby to do these
evals. Since that time I’ve discovered
evals are not being done. That goes hand
in hand with what Mr. Boykin noted earlier, no accountability for employees or
asked who could make changes to the Handbook and was told it could be done only
by commissioners and no one commissioner could make any change, it had to be a
noted that there were two groups of offenses, group one and group two. Group two are the more serious offenses and
carry with them a recommendation of anyone found guilty of them be dismissed
unless there are mitigating circumstances.
Just like the evals, no one gets held accountable for any actions.
further asked at what time do violations of this handbook become a reason for
an ethics complaint.
asked the commissioners when it does it become their responsibility to stand up
and defend the residents of this county from fraud, waste and abuse. These very residents that elected them to
office. I admonished them that by taking
no action it means they are part of the problem, not a part of the solution.
also questioned Commissioner Campbell if any action had been taken on one of
his employees doing unauthorized hauling of dirt. Mr. Campbell advised me that action had been
A motion to go into executive session for a variety
of reasons was offered and passed by unanimous voice vote.
Return to regular session 11:14
Motion to adjourn approved