Just to brush the public up on a few
things that happened this month so far as meetings go.
On Monday 2 July the County Commission
held a Special Call Meeting. The topic
of discussion was dealing with the paving of dirt roads within the county.
The people present for this meeting
consisted of 4 of the commissioners, Mr. Campbell of District 1 was not in
New chairman andrews called the meeting to
order at 9 AM and offered an invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.
Roll call showed all members were present
with the exception of Mr. Campbell as noted before.
After the meeting was called to order
andrews recognized grant writer Cara Stallman.
Ms. Stallman stated she thought this meeting was called to determine if,
when and who would be doing the paving.
She noted the grant has yet to be submitted because we need to determine
which roads will be recommended. She
also stated that the more residents and houses affected would enhance the
appearance of the request.
County Engineer Foshee was called on
next. Mr. Foshee had developed two plans
for the use of any funding we may have dealing with new paving of roads.
One plan dealt with giving each district a
percentage factor based on the amount of dirt roads within the district. This would make Districts 1 and 3 the big
winner due to the amount of dirt roads contained in these areas. District 2 is in the unique position that it
does not matter which method is used, their amount of repair will be
approximately the same regardless.
Districts 4 and 5 would have such a small amount it would be useless to
attempt to do any paving.
Commissioner Riley introduced a motion
that the method used be the program based on a percentage factor. This motion died due to a lack of a 2.
Commissioner Byrd talked about trying to
do the right thing for the citizens of all districts and allow the money to be
given to each district in an equally divided manner.
Riley seconded this motion and when a vote was called for both Byrd and Riley
voted in the affirmative for the motion.
Millender and andrews voted together to deny the motion. Motion failed due to a non-majority vote.
Chairman andrews stated that we would not
be doing any dirt road paving during this budget time and there would be no
grant request for road paving under his tenure as chairman.
Chairman andrews asked for a motion to
adjourn which was offered. Meeting was
adjourned at 9:20 AM.
My personal opinion, I feel the commission
should have continued in an attempt to solve this problem. Andrews could have always asked “what would
it take to get a motion passed with this group of people. As it stands now there will be no paving done
in the county unless some type of change is offered.
Lambert and the Animal Shelter meeting.
All members of the merit board showed up
for the scheduled meeting dealing with Mr. Lamberts request for job
Attorney Bishop showed up a few minutes
late and informed the merit board members there would be no hearing this
afternoon. About this time Mr. Bishop
received a phone call from Attorney McPhillips.
Mr. Phillips expressed regrets that the hearing could not go forward
this afternoon but his client, Mr. Lambert, was currently hospitalized at the
Tuskegee VA Hospital under psychiatric care.
Mr. McPhillips made a request for
a continuance which was agreed to by the board.
Situation to be revisited in the near