Routine business, packed house

Blount County Commission

John Bullard is now a certified county administrator. Presenting his certificate are (from left) Nick Washburn, Dean Calvert, Chris Green, Bullard, Allen Armstrong, and Mike Painter.

John Bullard is now a certified county administrator. Presenting his certificate are (from left) Nick Washburn, Dean Calvert, Chris Green, Bullard, Allen Armstrong, and Mike Painter.

The Blount County Commission met Monday for its scheduled monthly business meeting. The commission board room was at capacity mostly to hear from guest speakers Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon and Clarence Muhammad, a community activist from Birmingham, who addressed the commission regarding Dean Calvert’s conduct (see article on A1) and asked for his resignation.

Following the guest speakers, three commission employees were honored for recent certifications earned: John Bullard, Certified County Administrator; Whitney Gammon, Certificate in County Administration; and Karen Gossett, Certificate in County Engineering Administration.

In new business, the commission approved:

• Palisades Park board appointments with the exception of the District 2 appointment, which will be named in October.

• Lisa Baker’s appointment to Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Board.

• county administrator to perform any budget amendments to close out FY 2020.

• FY 2021 Southern Health Partners agreement for $280,987.20 contingent upon Sheriff Moon’s written approval.

• annual agreement with Diversified Computer Systems for CIMS program at $650 per month.

• chairman to execute Long Term Subsidy contract with Alabama Department of Youth Services for FY 2021.

• purchase of truck from ALDOT surplus for engineering department for $24,675.

• chairman to execute memorandum of understanding with municipalities for debris removal effective Nov. 1, 2020, to Oct. 31, 2021.

• HR manager’s recommendation to not defer payroll tax.

The commission also approved the following requests from the county engineer:

• ALDOT agreement for project STPAA-HSIP- 0075(583), resurfacing, planning, striping, leveling, patching, safety widening, and guardrail improvements on SR-75 from CR-39 to Kornegay Road.

• construction agreement with ALDOT for Project No. HRRR-0520(251), guardrail improvements on CR-51, CR-29, and CR-33.

• reimbursement of Rebuild Alabama Grant Project Funds in the amount of $197,579.15 to District 2 for work completed on Royal-Liberty Road, Williams Settlement Road, portion of Nolan Loop, CR-30, and CR-38.

• transfer $103,620.81 from CRAF fund to District 4 for Pine Mountain Road project.

Following the engineering report, county attorney Jeff Sherrer requested the commission go into executive session to discuss a personnel issue. Once the group reconvened, the commission voted to remove employee William Blythe from administrative leave placing him back to full-time status. Blythe was arrested July 10 on an outstanding felony warrant for sexual abuse first degree. He was released on bond and a preliminary hearing was continued to Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. The Blount Countian will follow up.

Budget meetings will be tomorrow, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept. 24, both at 9 a.m.