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Commission votes to give humane society more funds

Published 3:19pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Caton said work needed to be done to draw up the contract as soon as possible.

Humane society board president Jenny Millwee thanked commissioners for voting in support of the financial increase.

“We appreciate everything that y’all have done to help us get more funding,” Millwee said. “We are just trying to help the animals of Chilton County and we appreciate you all working with us.”

Caton said he thought the discussions during the work session had been productive from both sides of the issues and attributed it to everyone having a positive attitude toward working at a solution.

“We all worked together to come up with an agreement and get it done,” Caton said.

President of the Chilton County Fire Association Jason Scott addressed commissioners regarding a financial discrepancy with the fire stations.

Scott told commissioners after reviewing a chart showing funding by a special ad valorem tax for rescue services, the chart showed 18 fire stations were receiving funding and there are only 16 fire departments that operate.

Scott said after talking with county administrator Connie Powell, it was discovered that since 2004, two fire departments were receiving two checks on a monthly basis when they should have only been receiving one.

Scott said Enterprise Station No. 2 and West Chilton Station No. 2 were under the assumption that anyone with two stations received two checks, one for the primary station and one for the second station.

With the particular tax funds, the distribution of the money was not correct resulting in the 16 primary stations losing roughly $10,000.

Scott said a special meeting with the fire association was held and all departments agreed on a solution to make the funding equal for all departments.

Scott requested the commissioners develop a resolution stating that the ad valorem tax be distributed evenly among the 16 fire departments located within the county and correct the error.

Caton said he wanted county attorney John Hollis Jackson to review everything before the commission made a decision on what to do.

“At this point, the commission doesn’t know what to say or what to do,” Caton said. “We will know more once our legal advisement has taken a look at everything.”

Caton said after hearing what Jackson had to say regarding the matter, the commission should bring up the issue at the upcoming commission meeting on April 8.

In other business, the commission:

•Approved a bid to Aqua Marine Enterprises Inc. for storm shelter construction. Project manager Lee Helms reviewed two bids, one from Aqua Marine and the other from Survive-a-storm shelter. Helms told commissioners Aqua Marine was the low bidder and recommended the commission award the bid to them for storm shelter construction. Although an exact location is unknown for the construction, work on the shelters should start soon.

• Approved a request from Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin for a temporary employee that would work 21-28 hours for the probate office. Commissioners unanimously voted to allow a temporary employee after realizing the new employee would be replacing a former one and money was still in the budget to hire someone.

• Appointed Doris Jones to the Chilton County M4A Board.

• Approved the assistant county administrator to go along with county administrator Connie Powell to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama annual conference May 8-10 at Perdido Beach.

• Voted to get prices on getting a floor replaced at the tag office.

• Agee asked everyone to remember commissioner Mims who is in the hospital. Caton said Mims requested no visitors and no calls but Caton assured everyone that as soon as he found out something he would let everyone know.

“We do need to ask for prayer for him and remember him at this time,” Caton said.

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