Commission of the Whole meeting minutes, January 3

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The Macon County Committee of the Whole County Commission met on Monday, February 3 at 6:00 PM.

Present were Chris Wix, Kenneth Witte, Jeff Hughes, Phillip Snow, Jerry Ray, Scott Gammons, Larry Tucker, Mchelle Phillips, Tony Boles, Ronnie McDuffee, Benton Bartley, Rosetta Driver, Ron Morey, Wendell Jones, Anthony Bullington Todd Doss, Cathy White and Helen Hesson. Absent were Bryan Carter and Dewayne Whittemore.

Note: All votes passed will be deferred to next meeting for a second vote.

The following meeting minutes were approved: 1/27/14 Legislative Body Meeting, Loss Control 1/21/14, Joint Economic & Community Development 1/14/14, Planning Committee Meeting 10/15/13 and Planning Committee Meeting 11/19/14.

Budget Amendments #1 (Other Charges), #2 (Landfill), #3 (Library), #4 (Health Department), #5 (Sheriff Department Sex Offender), #6, Sheriff Department, and #7 (Circuit Clerk) were approved by the Committee of the Whole (COW). Roll call vote on all but #3.

The COW voted to give Road Supervisor Audie Cook permission to salt the road leading to the Nestle Waters plant, if needed (Motion #9).

The COW voted to approve the Highway Department road list (Motion #10) The list now includes Blue Sky Circle, Caydra Way, Cloudy Lane, Leigh Anna Circle, and Taylor Lane, provided that they met roadway standards upon Hwy Dept. inspection.

The COW voted to appoint a Jerry Ray as a committee member to look into the tire issue at the county landfill (Motion #11). “A lot of tires being dumped on the side of the road,” commented Director of Solid Waste Debbie Richardson later. “The Sheriff Department work crews often have to bring those in; it’s an illegal dumping issue. Not sure if it’s public, or if it’s actually some used tire dealer even from out of the county.”

Richardson added that in general, recycling tires costs Solid Waste about the same amount that they charge the public for dropping them off. “We accept tires every day that we’re open. There is a charge. That averages to about $1 per tire. It’s not a huge expense unless you’ve accumulated hundreds. So it’s a break-even situation for us; just a service we offer to the county.”

North Central Security representative David Kempf, accompanied by Carolyn Smith and Tonya Butler, reported on the camera bid the company had presented to the county jail. The bid was for 16 dome cameras and a big screen monitor, with a one year warranty. The total bid was for $20,386.17 including installation. Gammons stated that with a recent influx of Putnam and Clay County inmates, he would be able to cover the cost of the cameras out of jail funds. Discussion ensued.

A motion to accept the bid and purchase the cameras was passed on roll call.

Gammons was then asked for information about how much money has been brought in from the sale of E-cigarettes to inmates. He said that he would have someone at the next commission meeting with the books on hand, to present this information.

Mayor Shelvy Linville updated the commission in regards to the Highway 10 Hill project. Letting of bids originally scheduled for December of 2013 has now been scheduled for May 23, 2014.

Linville also mentioned that he’d gotten an update from the Board of Education, and engineering bids for the football stadium are still not ready. He said that the bids would be brought in March.

The EMS Quarterly report was approved by the COW.

Randall Kirby announced to the commission that the Ambulance Committee meeting has been set for March 10 at 6:00 PM.

Meeting adjourned.

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