• Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Commission approves three sets of minutes | News

By Faye Gaston

At its February 14, 2022 meeting, the Bullock County Commission approved minutes from three meetings in January. The January 10, 2022 meeting was the first of three January meetings. During this meeting,

Ms. Lula Wright, a representative of Tristatz, LLC, answered questions about HVAC systems at all county facilities. She explained the subsequent agreement with the City of Midway and all of the documentation required for verification by the State Examiner’s office. The motion was approved to use $10,000 of county ARPA funds to support PROJECT SHARE’s goal of helping underserved families and census tracts during the pandemic.

Approval was given to move forward with donations to the PROJECT SHARE program to help citizens with their utility bills. Each eligible applicant will receive up to $150. The motion was approved to use $50,000 in ARPA funds to support OCAP’s goal of helping underserved families and census tracts during the pandemic. Approval was given to move forward with donations to OCAP to further help citizens pay their utility bills. Each eligible applicant will receive up to $250. Bullock County Engineer Jason DeShazo has sought approval for a bid for County Road 89/Great Hope Road. The request was approved with an expected submission date of 2/26/22 and/or 3/16/22.

DeShazo’s application was approved for an offer for County Road 61, Sugar Harris Road and County Road 52 with an expected offer date of 01/16/22 and/or 03/16/22. Subject to the approval of County Attorney John Waters, approval has been given for the AVENUE Insights Tobacco Tax Collections contract. AVENUE Insights oversees the collection of county sales and lodging taxes. Approval was given to suspend this meeting.

A meeting would be held to continue the recess meeting to discuss the sheriff’s salary resolution, solid waste management contract, and county engineer hiring recommendations. The January 13, 2022 MEETING was an emergency meeting called by Board Chairperson Alonza Ellis, Jr. Only discussion of the solid waste contract could be discussed. The discussion included the explanation of a per-customer rate increase by AMWASTE, another county placing garbage service fees on its property tax/ad valorem bills, and a new offer of a contract by Bullock County .

AMWASTE wanted a decision by January 31, 2022, or would start picking up its trash. However, a new short-term solid waste contract for six months at a billing rate of $33.49 per customer per month was approved. This is the current bid rate.

The convened meeting of January 19, 2022 was to continue the suspended meeting of January 10.

Sheriff Raymond Rodgers has sought approval for a resolution to present to the legislation currently in session a $23,500 pay raise. The county administrator said after reviewing the county’s revenue streams, the county would support a $12,000 increase, which would be classified as an expense allowance if approved by law. The motion was approved for the $12,000 increase if approved by law until the next election, when it would be added to the sheriff’s base salary of $52,500.

County Engineer Jason DeShazo recommended hiring Clint Brown as a county mechanic at $19.50 an hour and Jesse Jones as a part-time laborer at $14.50 an hour .

The hiring of these two employees in the engineering department has been approved. Other issues were discussed at length, but no action was taken on them.