Commission to administer grant for sheriff’s department

Published 4:27 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Chilton County Commission decided on several requests by Sheriff Kevin Davis at its meeting Monday.

The commission voted to administer a federal Department of Justice grant in the amount of $29,473 to the sheriff’s department. The grant presumably will be used to purchase a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle to be used to work special events.

Davis asked the commission if he could use the space vacated by the Chilton County Veterans Affairs office, but that motion was defeated, 4-3.

Commissioners Allen Caton, Joe Headley and Greg Moore voted “yes,” but Heedy Hayes, Tim Mims, Bobby Agee and “Red” Turnipseed voted “no,” wanting instead to explore more options for the office.

The commission also approved changes for five sheriff’s employees. One full-time employee was to be hired, one part-time employee was to be hired, two employees were to be converted from part-time to full-time and a fifth employee was to be reclassified.

Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of approving the changes, with Agee and Hayes abstaining. Mims voted against the measure, apparently because Davis wasn’t present to discuss the changes.

In other business, the commission:

•Awarded the project to narrowband the radios in the county’s weather alert sirens to Allcomm Wireless, for $27,900. Also, when the radios are narrowbanded, they will be moved off the county firefighter frequency and onto the county Emergency Management Agency frequency.

•Changed the name of the Veterans Club polling place to Douglas Glass American Legion Post 6, effective after the November election.

•Approved an amendment to the Minooka Park budget by a 6-1 vote, with Headley opposing. The amendment is to add an additional $56,345 that was carried over from last year’s budget.

•Gave permission to the commission chairman and vice-chairman to sign documents related to a loan from Peoples Southern Bank needed for the project to replace the roof at the Chilton-Clanton Public Library. The vote was 6-1, with Headley opposed. The commission also approved a proposal from Architectural Integrated Metals Inc. for some of the materials needed for the project.

•Approved a line-item transfer of $80,000 in the road department budget.

•Approved the purchase of three new printers, totaling $3,100, for the tag office.

•Gave permission to the commission chairman and county Administrator Vanessa Hendrick to sign documents related to opening a savings account at Peachtree Bank.

•Canceled the meeting scheduled for May 28 because of Memorial Day. No make-up date was set for the meeting. The next meeting will be June 11 at 9 a.m.

•Scheduled a work session for 5 p.m. on May 21 to discuss bonds, the Airport Authority’s plans for the future and the possibility of incorporating Chilton County transit as a county department.

•Gave the commission chairman permission to sign an annual renewal agreement with Hiwaay Internet Service for $280.

•Entered into a contract with Knox for pest control at Higgins Ferry Park, in the amount of $30 a month.

•Appointed Turnipseed to the Chilton County E-911 board. Turnipseed abstained from the vote.