County increases salary for revenue commissioner

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Chilton County Commission voted on Monday to increase the salary of the revenue commissioner to $75,000.

In 2014, commissioners set a base salary of $65,000 for the position when candidates vying for the position were qualifying.

Commissioners later compared the salary to neighboring counties who employ revenue commissioners, and found the salary was lower than what some offer.

Voters decided in 2010 by a vote of 7,856 to 6,435 to combine the offices of tax collector and tax assessor into one office of Revenue Commissioner.

Current Tax Collector Tim Little was elected in November 2014 to be the revenue commissioner and will take office Oct. 1.

Commissioner Shannon Welch provided a clarification during the meeting regarding questions he was fielding about the groundbreaking/beam signing ceremony for the hospital being open to the public.

“I have received a lot of phone calls from people wanting to know if they invited to come,” Welch said. “Anyone and everyone that wants to come is welcome to do so.”

The ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at the site where the construction is ongoing for the county’s new hospital, which will be called St. Vincent’s Chilton.

St. Vincent’s will operate a 30-bed facility that should open in fall 2016 and include a 24/7 emergency department, surgical services, diagnostics, inpatient care, intensive care and other services.

Commissioners also voted to not close a portion of County Road 238.

At the Aug. 24 meeting, commissioner Joe Headley told commissioners he spoke with residents who lived on the road who were requesting a portion of the road be closed.

Headley told commissioners he got signatures of everyone who lives on the road and notarized it, saying the residents wanted the road closed.

Headley did not elaborate why the residents wanted the road closed, but commissioners voted in favor of allowing the road closure to be advertised.

A resident showed up at the Sept. 14 meeting saying he did not want the road to be closed.

It is a customary procedure for commissioners to hold a public hearing for road closures after the advertisement has run for four weeks. If any individual shows opposition to the road being closed, commissioners usually vote against closing it.

Headley said on Sept. 14 he wanted to table the discussion until the Sept. 28 meeting to find out more information about the situation.

On Monday, Welch made a motion to not close the section of 238.

Commissioners Heedy Hayes, Bobby Agee, Greg Moore, Allen Caton, Joseph Parnell and Welch voted in favor to not close the section of 238.

Headley abstained from the vote.

In other news, the commission:

•Heard from Tracy Johnson who addressed commissioners about alleged misconduct of a Chilton County Sheriff’s deputy. Johnson told commissioners she went to the Birmingham Internal Affairs Office and was instructed to come before the commission about the incident. Caton told Johnson the commission has no authority over the sheriff’s department other than funding, and suggested Johnson meet with Sheriff John Shearon about the incident.

•Approved permission for the Chilton County Road Department to enter into a three-year lease agreement with Coblentz for three Massey Ferguson 5612 ROW tractors. County engineer Tony Wearren told commissioners the tractors are on the state bid list.

•Approved final plat approval for Chapel Trace Subdivision phase two.

•Approved a request from Wearren to have a 2002 John Deere 6605 tractor declared as surplus. Wearren said the tractor would be sold at an auction and the money would be applied to the lease of new tractors.

•Approved permission for the Chilton County Road Department to enter into an agreement with the city of Jemison for inspection of their ATRIP resurfacing project on County Road 42.The cost of inspection will be $27.82 an hour for onsite and $33.25 an hour for office work. Wearren told commissioners the work would not interfere with county projects.

•Approved a request from Shearon for Caton to sign a website agreement for The company will be creating a new website for the sheriff’s department.

•Voted to allow the Chilton County Airport Authority to pay the county $9,000 in two one-year increments. Commissioners previously loaned the airport up to $25,000 to buy Jet A fuel. Caton told commissioners the airport has only spent $9,000 on the fuel and asked if they could pay the money back to the commission in two increments ($4,500 each time).

•Voted to hire Danielle Robbins as a full-time employee in the Chilton County Tag Office.

•Voted to re-appoint Sue McKinney to the Chilton County Library Board of Directors.