Gover nor, commission honor Lady Redskins; handle routine business

The Blount County Commission at its Monday business meeting approved a contract with St. Vincent’s Blount recognizing them as the official indigent care provider for the county. The designation was necessary in order for the hospital to qualify for federal assistance such as discounts on prescription drugs. In a related matter, it was discussed at Thursday’s work session that the hospital has also expressed interest in making a proposal to the county when the inmate care contract comes up for renewal. They have recently assumed a similar contract as an inmate care provider for St. Clair County.

The commission adopted a resolution authorizing the commission chairman to enter into third party transportation agreements with contracting agencies for 2014. Agencies to be included in the contract are the Blount County Aging program, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Jefferson County Association for Retarded Citizens.

The commission also authorized the chairman to execute agreements between the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), the Blount County Commission, and each municipality with a senior center for annual funding of the centers. Those are located in Oneonta, Snead, Blountsville, and Nectar.

The commission approved advertising and taking of applications for the job of animal shelter manager, which will become vacant on Nov. 1 with the retirement of current manager Tammie Adams. The hiring process should be complete by no later than mid-October to allow time for training the new manager.

The commission made two appointments to fill vacancies on the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center board. The board requested that District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert be appointed to fill the unexpired term of deceased member Bruce Tidwell. The commission did so. It also appointed Dewon Farmer to fill the unexpired term of Stoney Beavers, who resigned. In other matters, the commission:

•at the recommendation of Coroner John Mark Vaughn, appointed Lynn Sweatman as deputy coroner.

•approved in advance the re-bidding of portions of the annual bid should it be necessary, following the opening of annual bids at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.

•approved sale of a 1996 Ford F-150 truck from District 1 to Randy Jones with a sealed bid of $650.

•approved sale of a Mack truck from landfill to Mike Dunn with a sealed bid of $3,166.

•approved budget amendment for Palisades Park for assets sold at $1,025 via sealed bid.

•approved catastrophic leave for jail employee.

•discussed posting a weight limit on a large culvert that is weakening on county road 49 (connects Ala 79 at Antioch Baptist Church through Blue Springs on U.S. 231 to U.S. 278 near Rock Springs.) Initial recommendation to post limit of 20 tons was modified to post at a lesser weight, at the discretion of county engineer Winston Sitton and District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self. Executive session

At the request of county Attorney Jeff Sherrer, the commission voted to go into executive session for a discussion of pending litigation. At the conclusion of a brief session the commission returned and voted to authorize the attorney to move for a dismissal of a case filed in 2010 against Travis Creek Coal Company of Trafford for failure to post bond for use of county roads in the process of its coal mining operation. Mining operations have been suspended, according to Sherrer, so the case is moot, and the county will request that it be dismissed. Future meetings

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 Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. The next monthly business meeting will be Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Budget meetings to plan the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget will be held on each Thursday in September. The first will immediately follow the Sept. 5 work session. The remainder of the sessions – Sept. 12, 19, and 26 will begin at 9 a.m.

The work session and business meeting will be held in the commission boardroom at the courthouse. Budget meetings are traditionally held in the commission conference room in the commission office suite at the courthouse.