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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Meeting Regular Session, FY 2017 Budget Approval, Organizational Meeting Announcement and Swearing-In Ceremony Announcement, October 24, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan.

Monday's City Council Meeting revealed the 2017 budget, posted below. November 7, 2016 Swearing in Ceremony at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 9AM; organizational meeting of City Council at City Hall at 12 Noon.

2017 Budget - 90% approved



Monday, October 24, 2016

Jackson County Commission Regular Session - Jackson County Community Corrections Audits October 24, 2016

South Side, Jackson County Courthouse, photo by G. Morgan


Reference item 1 on the agenda - Discussion regarding Letter of Support from the Jackson County Commission to Community Corrections. 
Several months previous this writer submitted a records request to the Jackson County Community Corrections and Court Referral, CC/CR, for audit and procedures documents. The court agency refused to produce the documents requested. However, presentations to the county commission resolved the issue. Below is the initial reply excerpt from their attorney regarding documents disclosures.
Multi-part articles articles from this blog related to a lack of disclosure and the shenanigans occuring at this governmental non-profit agency of the courts may be found at:  http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackson%20County%20Community%20Corrections%20and%20Court%20Referral
There is the appearance that  the program was set up to be non-accountable. This agency of the state and county government is required to have a letter of support from the county commission. There were no documents on file at the county commission. Minimum accountability has been acquired as evidenced in the below documents and previous disclosures. All of this was so unnecessary - you would think the folks at Community Corrections would readily disclose important documents, however that was not the case. There are still unanswered, bothersome questions.
AUDIT Documents Released upon Records Request from the Jackson County Commission.
Thank you county commission, commissioners, and Community Corrections for these disclosures.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Work Session, Scottsboro Public Library Director Presentation, October 17, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan.


Delegation Report - Scottsboro City Library Director Ms. Laura Pitts informs city council members on library visits, programs, number of checked out books and library maintenance status.

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Library visits info and programs presented to council by Ms. Laura Pitts, Library Director; Ms. Pitts presentation begins at 4 minutes 40 seconds in the below video.


The Scottsboro Budget meeting, held after the council session, will be a separate series of videos.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Jackson County Commission Work Session October 17, 2016

Jackson County Courthouse, South side, photo by G. Morgan.

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Item 2 on Agenda, proposed road resurfacing list beginning in FY 2017. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jackson County Commission Regular Session October 11, 2016

Jackson County Courthouse, south entrance, photo by G. Morgan.

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Park renovation project, over $151K to be spent on county park playground renovation.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Scottsboro City Council and Budget Hearings - October 10, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

If you will notice the Scottsboro City Hall is small in this weeks edition of the City Council Report. I didn't attend yesterdays festivities as nuclear issues and friends were more important. 

However, this significant event has been reported. Was there anything more important than what occurred yesterday? The wise men in the room decided that the ballfield will cost, once again, 1.7 million dollars of your tax money, from a start price of $1million. Previously it was decided that the cost could be lowered to approximately $1.2 million, now it has been decided, once again, that the cost will be the old $1.7 billion. A $500,000 cost overrun and the project has yet to begin.

Everything on the agenda was probably approved as is customary. 
Inside scoop, could it be that Tony Wallingsford will be placed into the vat for the next City Council President?

Current City Council President, Patrick Stewart

Council Member Tony Wallingsford