Commissioners disagree on meeting times

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thursday’s county commission meeting is expected to be all about giving back to the community; however, if Tuesday’s workshop is any indication, there could be a heated discussion when commissioners decide whether or not to change their current meeting times and practice.

Currently, the commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m., with a workshop set at the same time on the previous Tuesday; however, some commissioners want to do away with the workshop and meet at 9 on Thursday mornings.

“I like the way we do meetings now, and I like the workshops,” Commissioner Joe Barton said. Chairman Bill Godwin agreed.

Commissioners Kenneth Northey, Harold Elmore and Carl Turman each said they would like to see a morning meeting.

“The public doesn’t have an opportunity to talk about things at the regular meeting unless you’re on the agenda; whereas at the workshop, it’s open for discussion,” Godwin said. “And then, if I do have to vote, I’ll have had the time to think about it.”

Commissioners will discuss the proposed change again Thursday.

On Tuesday, Commissioners also discussed in-kind service projects and a resolution for future requests, as well as donating property to two area municipalities.

County Engineer Darren Capps said three requests were submitted to the office – one from the county school board, one from Pleasant Home School and another from South Central Alabama Mental Health Board.

Capps said the school board needed to do $228 of work at the school bus shop on Powell Road, while Pleasant Home School was requesting $1,500 in site prep work to construct a new fishery. SCAMHB is asking for a day’s worth of site prep work to construct a recreational area.

Commissioners said they would consider the projects, as well as a resolution to establish procedures and guidelines for future in-kind service projects.

The group will also vote Thursday on declaring a number of items surplus, including:

• the former district four shop property in Red Level. Commissioners are expected to donate the 2.5 lots back to the town; however, the county will still be able to park road department equipment on the property.

• a sheriff’s office car, a 2008 Crown Victoria, which it will donate to the Town of Lockhart.

Items for discussion also include requesting bids to provide uniforms at the county’s expense to road department employees.

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m