At the regular meeting of the Greene County Commission, CFO Paula Bird told the commissioners that the county would have to take some money out of the Bond Warrant Funds to complete the year, but that she expected to get it back from other sources. She indicated that she saw no problems at this point in the year. The county had money in Citizens Bank, the Bank of New York and Merchants and Farmers Bank.
Sheriff Joe Benison had to put $101,000 into his account with the county out of his discretionary funds to cover the overage in salaries for his deputies.
The finance report was unanimously approved by the three commissioners present – Commissioner Allen Turner, Commissioner Elzora Fluker and Commissioner Marvin Childs.
In other business, the Commission:
*Tabled any discussion of an appointment to the City Fest Committee until the other two commissioners, William Underwood and Tennyson Smith, were present. City Fest was formerly known as Unity Day.
*Okayed approval of an ABC license for Colin McRae dba The True Vine Foundation.
*Okayed a resolution and agreement to participate in the County Joint Bid Program’s Regional Debris Removal and Monitoring Services Joint Bid Project.
*Approved travel for the commissioners to attend the NACO Conference in Pittsburg July 13-18.
*Discussed the cost of the medical care for prisoners in the Greene County Jail, which exceeded the budget, but reached no conclusion. Bird told them that the medication for one prisoner was more than what was allotted for the month for all prisoners.
*Discussed allowing citizens to buy dirt, gravel, stones and pipes from the County Engineer’s Office. Commissioner Allen Turner introduced the discussion by saying that the citizens wanted to do this and “they had the money for it.”
County Engineer Arzo Abrams said he hadn’t worked up all the prices and, if this was approved, it would have to be revisited on an annual basis. “It goes up each year as we bid. The cost of petroleum will drive the prices up.”
Paula Bird said she felt that the commission needed to get a legal opinion before selling anything to the public. “I know what the auditors would say,” she told the commission.
Commissioner Fluker said she knew that there is a need in the community, but since there is a question as to the legality of the process, she intended to ask County
Attorney Hank Sanders for an opinion.
Sanders, who was present at the meeting, said he needed to “thoroughly research the matter.”
With that in mind, the commission voted unanimously to table the matter.
Levi Morrow told the commission that he had read in the paper that the county had only one operator. “Maybe you should pay them more so that they will not leave.”
He also said that one of the county workers had asked him where to get good gravel. “We’re getting gravel here with too much sand,” he said. “We’ve got two good gravel pits here – one of them in West Greene and one in Boligee,” said Morrow.
There being no further business, the Commission adjourned.
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