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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

City County Government Report, July 21, 2014 - Scottsboro City Council & Jackson County Commission Work Sessions


There were no items listed on the city council agenda.

                                JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION

Report from the Clarion on TVA in lieu of Tax expenditures by the Jackson County Legislative Delegation and discretionary Fund.: "The Critical Needs Fund shows a deposit of TVA tax money in the amount of a little over $4.1 million. Disbursements totaled $4.4 million, including yearly budget items such as general government, public safety, health and welfare, culture and recreation and education. Other receipts out of the account totaled $862,652.01. These receipts included payments to Attorneys Baker Donelson in the amount of $63,420.56, a payment in the amount of $25,600 to Carlton and Company Roofing, a payment of $400 to John Fuller for towing service, a payment to NAPA auto parts in the amount of $16,046.08, reimbursement to Representative John Robinson in the amount of $409.86, reimbursement to Senator Shadrack McGill in the amount of $2,313.21; a payment of $75,000 to Attorney Terry Butts; a payment to Bill Elliott in the amount of $10,000; and a payment to Kash Puritan in the amount of $2,800 as well as several other organizations. "  TVA in lieu of tax, report by the Clarion 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

County and City Governments Report - July 7, 2014 - Jackson County Commission & Scottsboro City Council - "First Monday" in Photographs

First Monday circa 1915, the earliest known photograph.
First Monday circa-1935-1939

First Monday  circa 1980-1990

First Monday circa 2000

First Monday Trade days history around the Square in Scottsboro, Alabama - Jackson County Courthouse Square - The Tradition Lives, despite some citizens and political leadership's negative attempts to destroy the event.

 in 2 Parts

                             Jackson County Commission Agenda
Big Issue - Purchase of trucks for County Solid Waste Management and  Public Works: Purchases for Solid Waste - approximately $500,000 for 2 "garbage trucks." Purchases for Public Works - approximately $493,000 for 4 trucks.


Agenda-discussion issues

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Scottsboro City Council, June 23, 2014

City Council Election qualification begins on July 1, 2014 thru July 15, 2014. Election will take place on Tuesday August 26, 2014.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jackson County Commission Regular Session and Open Government Failure - Secret Decisions, Secret Settlements

Scottsboro, Alabama June 23, 2014 - Jackson County Commission Meeting - SECRETS - Secret financial settlement, secret decisions. Agenda states "litigation," but no court filing according to County Attorney John Porter. The County Attorney would not release any information as to parties involved or the terms of the settlement.

County Government secrets as a result of a weak Alabama Open Government Law. The Alabama Supreme Court gutted the Alabama Open Government Law and the Republican and Democrat Legislature enjoys their facilitation of secret government actions. Local governments such as this County Commission have historically abused the peoples right to know what their government is deliberating. 

                                            Meeting Agenda
1) Bridgeport sidewalk Project, $5000.00 from commission. 2) Commission web site videos, CGI Communications. 3) Personnel consulting agreement, personnel policy & handbook improvements. 4) County District Lines approval - resolution to accept current district lines. 5) Public Purpose, assistance to Boy Scouts for hauling gravel to Camp Jackson. 6) Water treatment contract for boiler and air cooler. 7) Jim Green reappointed to EDA Board. 8) Council on Aging budget. 9) Secret decision, secret settlement - stated pending litigation on agenda. However, County Attorney stated there was no action filed in public court. The County Attorney would not release any names involved in the settlement nor terms of the secret agreement. Commissioner Ledwell voted no concerning  the secret financial agreement. The Chairman of the Commission was approved to fulfill the terms of the secret decision/agreement/financial settlement. Did this secret settlement involve the past County Administrator? 
Regular Session Video