Contract target on jail HVAC replacement is $90,000 range



Ricky Harcrow, president of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) and president of the DeKalb County Commission, made a guest appearance at Monday’s commission meeting. A bivocational minister, he pastored Zion Hill Primitive Baptist Church near Snead. He said he spent many years pastoring in Blount County, his wife is from Blount County, and he aims to be buried here.

Ricky Harcrow, president of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) and president of the DeKalb County Commission, made a guest appearance at Monday’s commission meeting. A bivocational minister, he pastored Zion Hill Primitive Baptist Church near Snead. He said he spent many years pastoring in Blount County, his wife is from Blount County, and he aims to be buried here.

The Blount County Commission voted Monday to award the contract for replacing the Blount County Correctional Facility’s air conditioning system to H&M Mechanical, Inc. of Birmingham, with a low bid of $114,000.

In discussion with representatives of Lathan and Associates Engineering, who bid the contract and will provide supervision on installation, members of the commission discussed ways of lowering the unexpectedly high bid to a more acceptable range. The motion was to award the contract to H&M with the provision that the ultimate amount not exceed $90,000 after several discussed adjustments are made.

Expected completion for the project is about three to four months after work begins. District 1 paving plan

The commission approved District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong’s proposed paving plan for the remainder of this fiscal year. It includes all or substantial parts of the following roads: Pleasant Valley Circle, Chesapeake Trail, Nicole Trail, Danielle Lane, Standholten Drive, Camden Way, Myrick Road, Mountain Oaks Lane, Mountain Oaks Valley Circle, White Oak Trail, Mountain Oaks Valley Road, Mountain Oak Ridge Road, Mountain Oaks Drive, Lakeshore Circle, Mountain Woods Lake Road, Abbey Road, Thomas Road (south of Ala 160), and various spot paving needed to repair surface cracking. Other business

The commission:

•adopted a resolution to apply for $350,000 in Competitive Community Development Block Grant Funds to implement water system improvements in two areas of the county: extending a water line to serve households on Frost Road and Frost Drive, and installing a larger distribution main to better serve households on Huffstutler Road and parts of King Road. Matching funds will be provided through the commission by the water companies serving each area – $15,000 from Oneonta Utilities Board for the Frost Road and Drive project, and $28,000 by the Town of Snead for the Huffstutler/King Roads project.

•adopted a resolution to apply for disaster recovery funds through the Tornadoes of 2011 Supplemental Disaster Recovery Program to repair damage to roads sustained during the April 2011 tornadoes. Though not yet finalized, the list of roads will probably include Lakeshore Circle, Mallard Point, and Broadwater Drive in District 1 and Maple Drive in District 2, as well as other areas that may qualify for grant assistance in both districts.

•voted to mail annual bids for products and services by the end of July, and authorized work on preparation of the bids to begin immediately.

•approved posting of the preliminary and final agendas for the monthly commission business meeting on the county website (www.co.blount.al.us); posting will enable citizens to see what business will be discussed at the meeting so they can decide if they wish to attend.

•approved Blount County Board of Education request to rewire phone cables in the annex building to provide for Internet-based phone service and additional electrical needs. Work to be done at BOE expense and coordinated through county buildings supervisor William Blythe.

•approved the Delta Computer Systems software support agreement of $3,230 per month for fiscal year 2014 ($60 increase over 2013) and authorized the chairman to sign. Actions affecting county employees

The commission:

•approved direct deposit for employee paychecks and authorized a one-time software training charge of $4,350 from Delta Computer Systems for staff software training on the program. Implementation is expected in December. “Nobody likes a change in their routine,” Armstrong said. “But I think a lot of those who don’t like it will learn to like it as time goes on.”

•adopted a formal return to work policy as requested by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) and recommended by the human resources manager. In summary, the policy provides that an employee on leave due to injury or illness may be released to return to work on modified or light duty subject to the conditions specified by the employee’s physician. The county commission will make reasonable efforts to provide a job meeting the physician’s requirements, for a reasonable recovery period. The employee offered a physician-approved, modified-duty job will be required to accept it. Refusal to do so will be considered job abandonment. Other details apply. Employees should read policy statement for exact wording.

•adopted a procedure for new employee orientation as requested by the ACCA and recommended by the human resources manager. The procedure involves informing new employees of job-related information according to an orientation outline. Included for discussion are the county safety policy and program, accident-reporting requirements, general overview of operations, procedures, methods, and hazards associated with the job analysis for each particular job, and personal work habits such as attendance, use of cell phones and Internet, holidays, and weather days. In other actions, the commission:

•adopted a resolution recognizing the Oneonta varsity girls basketball team for winning the 4A state championship.

•approved the Blount County Community

Corrections Plan.

•awarded the bid for a used padfoot roller for District 2 to Snead Ag Supply for $36,000.

•declared surplus a 1988 Mack truck used at the landfill and approved its sale by sealed bids or on govdeals.com.

•approved agreement with Living Water Services for lab testing for County Line Sewer.

•approved purchase of $250 for welcome signs for Hayden High School noting its 2013 softball championship, to be paid from contingency funds.

•approved Chamber of Commerce Blount County map contract for $1,200. Budget amendments

•quarterly amendments for District 1: $1,339 from Hayden; $780 from Oneonta.

•quarterly amendments for District 2: $1,049 from Oneonta Utilities Board; $5,795 from Snead; $1,486 from Susan Moore.

•quarterly amendments for District 3: fund 111 from Highland Lakes – $267, $280, and $298; fund 117 from Highland Lakes – $304, $321, and $338.

•quarterly amendments for District 4: $1,179 from Locust Fork; fund 11 from Rosa – $211, $205, $214; fund 117 from Rosa – $226, $220, $230; MCoal, $472.

•$113 to maintenance department from Angler Recycling for scrap.

•$919 to landfill from Progress Rail for scrap.

•$418 to Palisades Park for insurance payment for lightning damage.

•$87 to transportation department for insurance payment for vehicle damage. Engineering items

•approved final plat for Woodbrook Farms Subdivision sector 2.

•established maximum speed limit on Sawmill Road at 25 mph.

•established maximum speed limit on both Burns Road and Conquest Road of 10 mph.

All commissioners and the commission chairman were present at the business meeting: Allen Armstrong, District 1; Carthal Self, District 2; Dean Calvert, District 3; Gary Stricklin, District 4; and Commission Chairman Chris Green.

The next commission work session will be Thursday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. The next monthly business meeting will be Monday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. Both will be in the commission boardroom at the courthouse.