The Blount County Commission in its Monday business meeting acted on the following separate items affecting its relations with county governments in 2020:
• passed a memo of understanding regarding debris removal in the event of natural disasters for fiscal year 2020, required to allow municipalities to avail themselves of discounted removal rates, if needed
• passed a joint exercise of powers agreement with each municipality, covering road work to be performed by the county in fiscal year 2020, on roads lying within municipal jurisdictions
• either tabled (until an indefinite future time) or postponed (until a date certain) a memo of understanding with municipalities concerning Rebuild Alabama (gas tax increase) road funds, to clarify the intent of regulations related to deposit of municipalities’ Rebuild Alabama funds in a special county account created specifically to contain county Rebuild Alabama funds. Reconsidering the action in the October business meeting was mentioned.
In other actions, the commission:
• approved the lease and sublease for the new Department of Human Resources (DHR) building, as explained and recommended by county attorneys.
• called a special commission meeting for Sept. 26 to adopt the 2020 fiscal year budget; also to consider vacating an unnamed, unused road in District 3.
• approved a 2020 juvenile detention agreement, allocating $25,000 for a short-term juvenile detention bed provided for Blount County’s use by St. Clair County, and authorized the chairman to execute the agreement.
• authorized the chairman to execute an agreement with the Alabama Department of Youth Services to reserve a bed at no cost for long-term detention at the Coosa Valley Youth Services facility in Anniston.
• approved an agreement with Southern Health Partners for fiscal year 2020 for health care for inmates at the Blount County Correctional Facility.
• authorized the chairman to execute an agreement with DHR for the Adult Day Health program at the Oneonta Senior Center.
• authorized the letting of bids for the Family Services Center security door project, to be opened Oct. 1 and considered by the commission for approval on Oct. 7.
• authorized the county administrator to make any necessary budget amendments to close out fiscal year 2019.
• appointed Caleb Branch to fill Tim Kent’s unexpired term (place 3 on the 911 board).
• reappointed Peter Sartino (term expired 2018) and Chris Melvin (term expires 2019) for five-year terms on the Remlap Fire District board.
• approved repair of the road reclaiming machine in county-wide inventory, with repairs not expected to exceed $15,000.
• approved purchase of new tracks for track loader in county-wide inventory, with cost not expected to exceed $15,000.
• approved sale of District 2 1993 GMC C3500 truck to District 1, with a sealed bid of $2,500.
• authorized the chairman to issue a quit-claim deed to Larry Marshall for a small portion of the abandoned railroad bed adjacent to Ala 132 in the Tait’s Gap community.
Quorum and future meetings
All commissioners were present at the business meeting: Allen Armstrong, Mike Painter, Dean Calvert, and Nick Washburn. Commission chairman Chris Green was present, along with administrative, engineering and legal staff.
The next budget meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m.
A special meeting has been called for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m., to consider adopting the 2020 fiscal year budget and to consider vacating an unnamed road in District 3 associated with the estate of Randy Earl Copeland.
The next commission work session is Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m.
The next commission business meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m.
All meetings are in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta.