The big stories involve Commissioner Clemmons.
Item C on the agenda involved the elimination of the License Inspector position and the Solid Waste Enforcement Officer position. Both positions are to be consolidated into a Revenue Officer position. The position should be a "Compliance Officer" position much like Marshall County and other counties in the State of Alabama, reference: http://www.marshallco.org/personnel/jobdescriptions/970%20-%20COMPLIANCE%20OFFICER.htm
Clemmons claimed the consolidation of the two positions would save the county between $50,000 and $80,000. Also, the motion made by Clemmons included hiring of two Revenue Clerks. However, there were no questions from the other commissioners concerning benefits and retirement costs related to the 3 new positions. The motion received a second and was approved with one no vote from Commissioner Smith. Smith stated, "you are sitting up rules for a new commission. We should wait and allow the new commission to make the decision." The action will become effective on July 1, 2012.
Item G on the agenda involved the appointment of an Economic Development Authority board member. Unfortunately Commissioner Clemmons appointed himself. This was reminiscent of the Jackson County Park Board. Apparently something went afoul in the prior dealings concerning the appointment. Decisions and deliberations were being considered prior to the commission meeting but sometime between noon and 4:30 PM the situation changed.
Problems on the Jackson County Economic Development Authority Board? Sources involved in this matter state, "there are issues relating to accountability at the Economic Development Authority." Apparently the move to place Clemmons on the EDA was a move to gain some sort of accountability relative to the EDA Director, say sources involved in this issue. The appropriate question concerning the EDA and alleged accountability issues, "truth, fallacy or pay back?"
The EDA Director has the support of 4 members of the EDA Board; sources state, "regardless of the situation 4 members will support the director. The problem rests with failed accountability of the Director and some on the Board of Directors who will support the Director regardless." Maybe Mr. Clemmons would be a beneficial addition to the EDA. His business sense would certainly benefit the EDA.
In other Business: 1) The county Administrators Contract was renewed. 2) Marvin Barnes resignation from Public Works was approved. 3) Donation to the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama was approved for $1000. This action serves a public purpose and is contingent on a letter stating the number of meals served at the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County in Scottsboro. 4) HVAC bid was awarded to W.J. O'Neil & Co. 5) Jackson County Commission employee Ida McClendon's retirement was approved effective June 1, 2012. 6) Agenda addition - Federal Grant cost share was approved for county bridge project. Dollar amount stated by the County Engineer was $483,000; county's share being $93,000.
June 4th will be a State Holiday, the courthouse will be closed for Jefferson Davis's Birthday.