The Blount County Commission handled a full slate of business at last week’s meeting.
There was discussion about the budget for the Blount County Sheriff’s Department budget and other matters. The Blount Countian has invited Commissioner Dean Calvert and Sheriff Loyd Arrington to sit down together with us and both have accepted the invitation. We are working on scheduling that meeting around the holidays.
Following is a list of actions approved by the council at the December meeting:
• a resolution authorizing the county engineer to post speed limit signs on county roads according to state law, without the necessity to secure a specific authorization by vote of the commission.
• a resolution supporting the request of TLC Nursing Center to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to reconsider its decision preventing the nursing center from accessing its facility from Ala 75 in Oneonta through property it owns fronting that road.
• a resolution supporting ALDOT’s proposed intent to make efficient improvements to the I-65/Ala160 interchange to ease congestion and enhance citizen safety.
• appointments to three civic boards:
* Aimee Wilson to the CAWACO board.
* Carla Cleveland as an additional alternate to the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) board.
* Judy Phillips, Phyllis Polk, and Sheila Gilliland to 4-year terms on the Blount County Department of Human Resources (DHR) Board.
• proposed rental rate increases as approved by the Palisades Park board: indoor facilities, $35 per hour; outdoor facilities, $50 per day; security deposit on rentals, $100 (refundable if facilities not damaged).
• amending the motion to accept the video and sound system donated to record commission and other public meetings in the commission boardroom by Joe Dailey; stipulating that (1) the county maintenance department assists in its setup; (2) none of the equipment be permanently attached to the building; and (3) recording does not interfere with the commission meeting.
• the hiring of a new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) assistant director.
• removal of per diem rates used in travel status cost reimbursement and reversion to original policy of reimbursement based on submitted receipts for actual expenses, approved by the department head.
• an additional $10,000 to including sealing, restriping, and installation of bumper guards in the parking lot for the handicapped adjoining the courthouse.
• purchase of 38 energy-saving light fixtures for the Blount County Correctional Facility at a cost of $4,048.
• a budget amendment of $47,508.18 to correct an error in the compensation account of the Revenue Department budget.
• 2018 paving projects for District 3.
• adding an additional $15,000 to the 2018 fiscal year budget to offset a $15,000 appropriation for juvenile probation that was budgeted in 2015, but never requested and expended, resulting in an unpaid claim from the Alabama Office of Courts.
• setting aside three Agri-Business Center unpaid monthly bills totaling $20,148 from 2015; no payments have been missed since that time.
• donation by the Sheriff’s Department of a 2007 Ford truck to Blountsville.
• two-year renewal of a bid for hot mix asphalt and shoulder build-up work to Whitaker Contracting.
• two-year renewal of the 2017 Moving Blount County Forward bid for bituminous surface treatment to Charles Watts. Executive session
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the commission entered executive session.
The legal rationale supplied by county attorneys was to discuss legal ramifications and opinions concerning controversies “imminently likely to be litigated” if the commission pursues a proposed course of action involving commerce. Quorum and future meetings
Commissioners of all four districts and the commission chairman were present at the business meeting.
The next scheduled commission work session is set for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, with the next scheduled commission business meeting set for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
Both will be at 9 a.m. in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta.