The Clay County Commission met on Monday, June 12 with all members present.
Expenditures were approved with little discussion and signing of the minutes before getting down to old business.
At a previous meeting, a county maintenance truck was declared surplus, because it was believed that the vehicle would not run. However, upon mechanical inspection, it was discovered that the truck just needed some minor engine work, therefore, in this session, the commission undeclared this vehicle surplus and it will be added to the maintenance fleet.
There was also discussion of purchasing a trailer for this vehicle to haul lawn equipment. Commissioners ended up approving to give Commissioner Benny Morrison the authority to purchase lawn equipment. Morrison abstained from this vote.
Per Morrison’s motion, Commissioners passed a resolution for each individual Commissioner to appoint a Representative from their District to the Water Board, as opposed to the three-man Board they have now and some of these terms have already expired. This was a unanimous vote and the appointments were made. These are staggered terms.
Water Board Appointments were as follows:
- District 1: Waylon Wheeles
- District 2: Nick Jordan
- District 4: Jason Watkins
In other business, Commissioner Morrison questioned why there was a petition supporting the Mellow Valley park on county letterhead at Costley’s Service Station in Mellow Valley without all of the Commissioners knowledge. Chairman Ray Milstead said this was not a petition, but a survey, that he had placed there per EARPDC Representative Dianne Glen request had said to put out there to see if there was anyone in that community who was interested in putting their time and money into the park restoration.
Morrison stated he felt this survey in question looked more like a petition to him and inquired of County Attorney Greg Varner as to whether it was legal or unethical to put something like this out to the public with Commissioners names listed in the letterhead, who had no knowledge of this document. “This was something that we, as a Commission Board, agreed not to support and pursue further action for this park and it looks like a severe handicap for someone to go beyond the action of our decision, as a whole”, said Morrison.
Milstead said he didn’t believe it to be unethical, but that he was acting on Mrs. Glen’s request.
Commissioner Burney said it was his opinion that this document should have been approved by the Commission Board before being placed in the public, since all Commissioners names were on the letterhead.
Varner said he didn’t know if it was illegal or unethical to have this document placed in this business, but that maybe it was more if the other Commissioners felt that Chairman Milstead may have acted overstepped his authority in this case.
Milstead went on to explain that the reason there was a red flag against the park through deficiencies and not being ADECA compliant. Varner said all red flags had been lifted at this time, although there was still deficiencies that needed to be satisfied.
In the January meeting, the Commission agreed not to proceed with submitting a pre-application for a 128,000 ADECA grant to upgrade for Mellow Valley park, due to inactivity, since the school was no longer open and it wasn’t used much anymore.
Morrison made the motion that requires any correspondence or document of another Commissioner or Chairman be approved by a majority vote of the Commission Body, as a whole. This was unanimously approved.
It was approved to accept the Insolvents, errors, and taxes in litigation list from Revenue Commissioner Ronald Robertson. This is a standard procedure that takes place every year.
It was also approved to partake in the Sales Tax Holiday weekend on July 21-23.
Further action taken included the following:
- Approval of the Replacement of all the pulleys, springs and cables in the seven doors of the Farmer’s Market facility, for a sum of $6154.00
- Approval of fire damper to go into new duct work of $450.00 to Alabama Air Comfort Control in the Commission building.
- Approval to drop the ceilings in hallway of Commission building, for the sum of $3900 from Simmons & Simmons.
On a final note, Varner stated he had been requested to have the courtroom made more electronically assisted for court people in the future, such as extra plugins for laptops, etc.
This concluded the meeting.