May 8, 2013
will be a called BOC meeting on Monday, May 13 at 5:00PM
Community Service Program to Pick up Trash, Budget Discussion, New Motorgraders, Public Works Raises
Observations of the BOC Meeting May
6th –Part II
Pope--Community Service Program—Sheriff Pope will make a lot of
people happy implementing this program.
He said there would be a risk of liability, but he would have
precautions in place. All people having
to do community service would now have a $1 fee per hour of service added to
their fines and those agreeing would be picking up trash in various places in
county on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. There would be a Sheriff’s deputy with each
discussion—There were many items discussed during this session, but
the bottom line was there was still $311,000 to cut. Only
one department responded to the request for cuts—the Extension Service. All departments and offices were asked to
respond with 3-5% cuts. EMS
responded they could raise fees to increase revenue rather than cut the
budget. Any new EMS rates would have to
be approved by BOC. See
Comments --There were questions concerning the procedure and specs
for the equipment bids that were to be approved. Two citizens spoke about wanting to bid but
never got specs.
video here and here.
Bids were opened on 4/25/13 for a Bushcutter
and a Tractor w/ a single batwing mower.
There were questions among the BOC after hearing from two citizens
questioning the specs of the bids. It
seems there were no hard line specs to speak of. The commissioners also wanted to know about
warranties on the equipment. One bidder
didn't include a warranty, while another did.
All bidders will be asked to give warranty information.
The BOC approved the bid of $78,550 for the Bushcutter from Hays Tractor but
will discuss the other equipment at the meeting called for May 13 at
No bids were solicited for the Motorgraders
the BOC is planning on buying. Cat
offers contract pricing. There were 3
options with option #2--3 new MG obtained and trade in 3 current MG-- being the
option suggested. Ms. Smith was concerned
that the county did not have staff to operate 4 MG. Comm. Henry wants to look at what goes on at
PW and see what we have. Comm. Trammell said they were not running
1000 hours a year now on each MG and commented that “we need to get these
things on the road and working.” Comm.
Salmon brought up training again, but it is time the BOC asked, “How much
training is necessary before you realize someone can't do the job?” This item was put off until the BOC can
schedule a work session at PW to see what they have and what is being done.
video of the discussion here.
has a new Director and some are given raises
The HR report shows the following raises for some in the PW Dept. Some employees seem to be getting more
frequent raises than other county employees.
Pay Rate Changes:
Preston Campbell ‐ $3.99 increase
Eric Gude ‐ $2.00
Karl Jefferson ‐ $1.00
Willie Pennamon ‐ $1.00
Gregory Robinson ‐ $1.50 increase
Kerry Sands ‐ $1.00
Arckel Stewart ‐ $1.00
BOC has a policy that any raise over $2.00 per hour must be approved by the
BOC. This was not done as there is
nothing in the minutes. Upon
questioning the raise for Mr. Preston Campbell, it was revealed that the BOC
had made him Director of Public Works. This
was never discussed or voted on in public meeting.
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