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Monday, January 14, 2019

Scottsboro, Alabama January 14, 2019 - Government Reports, Jackson County Commission and Scottsboro City Council

Jackson County Courthouse, photo by J.Holt, Facebook - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary.

There is no meeting of the Jackson County Commission today, January 14, 2019

Scottsboro City Council
Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

Due to sickness I will not be attending the Scottsboro City Council Meeting this evening. Please note tonight's agenda below. 

Monday, January 14, 2019
6:00 P.M.

I. Call to Order   -Council President Patrick Stewart

  1. Invocation
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Approval of Previous Minutes
December 17, 2018
IV. Old Business:


V. New Business:

  1. Consider Remaining 10% of the 2018-2019 Budget

  1. Consider Resolution and Agreement for the Industrial Access Project

  1. Consider Tourism Grant Application from Jackson County Tourism

VI. Reports and Announcements
VII. Adjourn

Monday, January 7, 2019

Scottsboro, Alabama - Scottsboro City Council Work Session - Scottsboro Curbside Recycling Temporarily Suspended, Goose Pond Entertainment District Discussed

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

 Municipal Court Discretionary Fund Accounting practices discussed; Entertainment District for Goose Pond Colony discussed; Solid Waste/Street Department Director, Mr. Eddie Blizzard retired on December 31st after extended absence, department director responsibilities to be split into two separate departments prior to Mr. Blizzards tenure.

Scottsboro's curbside recycle program temporarily suspended, curb-side recycling materials contaminated with regular household garbage, unable to sell recyclable materials; cardboard recycling not affected.



Scottsboro, Alabama January 7, 2019 - Jackson County Commission Work Session - Social Media Policy Discussed

Jackson County Courthouse north entrance - photo by G. Morgan

Commissioners to consider Social Media Policy regarding employee comments on social media about county business or personnel. Chair of Commission stated in the past there has been a problem with county employees discussing false information regarding people, policy or official actions on social media. No specific instances or examples were provided. The commission chair referred the matter to the county attorney due to concerns regarding First Amendment Rights. 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Scottsboro, Alabama - December 17, 2018 - Scottsboro City Council Work Session and Regular Session

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

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Scottsboro, Alabama December 17, 2018 - Jackson County Commission Work Session and Regular Session - DHR Issue Discussed

Jackson County Courthouse, North Entrance, photo by G. Morgan

Department of Human Resources, DHR, lease agreement history, as described by the commission,  begins at 21:02 in the video below.
The commission should take note, if there are misunderstandings regarding information available regarding the DHR lease agreement, it is because the Jackson County Commission has not explained the lease terms sufficiently to the public or were not aware of the lease terms themselves. 

Utilizing the TVA in lieu of tax decreasing amounts as an excuse to increase the lease term costs should be a non-starter since the DHR building currently costs the county nothing. 

Jackson County Alabama Department of Human Resources
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It has been reported that DHR pays the Jackson County Commission $1.00 per square foot. The building is approximately 18,000 square feet, $18,000 paid annually in monthly installments of $1500.00 as reported.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018