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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Scottsboro City Council - First Monday Fee Issue

Monday was a work session and regular session of the Scottsboro City Council.
First Monday fees were discussed by Mayor Potter. The Mayor has proposed that there be no charge for the Monthly Trade Day event. Annual vendors with reserved spots will be able to renew their same spot with no charge. All others will be on a first come first serve basis for spots. City Attorney Steve Kennamer will draw up a new city ordinance concerning the event. If approved by the City Council, the new "no fee" schedule will begin on April 1, 2013.
In other news the Mayor reported 15 applicants had applied for the Scottsboro Human Resource Director position. The Administrative Committee will select the new HR Director from the available applicants.
Two Personnel Board members, one Port Authority, and one Historical Preservation Committee vacancies need filling. Interested parties must have applications for the positions turned into the City Clerk by Feb. 18, 2013, 4:30PM.

Jackson County Commission

(photo by G. Morgan)

The Jan 28 commission meeting was continued until 4 Feb., 2013 for the purpose of approving a Special Call Meeting at North Sand Mountain High School on Feb. 12, 2013. Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges stated the commission will be holding information sessions at various locations within the county. 
Reference agenda item #1, "Thrive 2055" http://www.thrive2055.com/

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Scottsboro City Council

Monday's City Council Agenda
Reports: Dedication of Hero Dr. (former Jefferson Dr.) will be held at Bynum Park on Friday,
Jan. 18, 2013 at 10AM.
VIDEO of City Council Meeting

Jackson County Commission

Jackson County Courthouse circa 1915
Monday's meeting, Jan. 14, 2013, was a regular session followed by a work session.
Regular meeting Agenda

Daily Sentinel article: "The Jackson County Commission will vote to approve two resolutions regarding two commissioners pay at the next regular meeting."  http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_d4aa0170-5ff3-11e2-9d1a-001a4bcf887a.html

Work Session Agenda

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jackson County Commission and ATRIP

Monday's Commission meeting consisted of a continuation of the Dec. 17, 2012 meeting and a work session. The continuation was held to decide on the ATRIP issue. What is ATRIP?  http://www.alabamacounties.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/03/ATRIP-FAQ.pdf 
Continuation AGENDA

Agenda for the Work Session
District Voting Resolution, this is a copy of the old resolution. Ms. O'Connor requested the commission to vote on the resolution at the next regular meeting and to present it to Senator McGill for inclusion in the next legislative session.
Video of the work session.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jackson County Commission Dec.17, 2012 - Video - Where's the COAL TAX and Jan. 5 2013 - COMMISSION CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES - $1.5 MILLION DEFICIT

(photo by G. Morgan)

The last county commission meeting of 2012 - Agenda Issues: Council on Aging  ( Ms. Williams retirement article in the Daily Sentinel: http://thedailysentinel.com/lifestyle/features/article_9e13b958-511b-11e2-bede-0019bb2963f4.html ) ; Coal Mining and Co. Rd.81 safety; coal tax; Stevenson Garbage collection vehicle; commission office reorganization. Clarion's report: http://www.theclarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5431:commission-grants-mining-company-easement-on-cr-81&catid=42:clarion-rotation-stories&Itemid=142  

Jackson County Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges held a press conference Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at the Jackson County Court House. Scottsboro's Daily Sentinel quotes Hodges as saying: "The budget has ran in the red for the past 3 years..." The Daily Sentinel report goes on to say Mr. Hodges told the "local media" at the press conference, "the county is facing a $1.5 million deficit in its current budget."  http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_986c8a00-58d9-11e2-834e-0019bb2963f4.html
Clarion article: http://www.theclarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5466:hodges-says-county-is--15-million-in-the-hole&catid=42:clarion-rotation-stories&Itemid=142

Friday, January 4, 2013

Scottsboro City Council Meeting - Swearing in of Mr. Gary Stewart as Council Member

Monday December 17, 2012 was the last scheduled council meeting for 2012. Mr. Gary Stewart was sworn in to fill the vacant seat of Mr. Matthew Hodges. Mr. Hodges was elected as the Jackson County Commission Chairperson.
AGENDA of the Regular Session
New Business 
1. Mowing Bids
2. Goosepond Colony Appropriation
3. Committee Appointments
4. Santation Dept., Surplus Equipment-sell on govdeals.com
5. Recreation Department Organizational Chart change
6. Street Dept. Surplus Equipment-sell on govdeals.com
All agenda items were approved.