At the regular meeting of the Greene County Commission, various roads and what to do with them was the main topic of discussion.
At the beginning of the meeting, CFO Paula Bird advised the commissioners that as of the end of July, the county had $2,184,000 in various banks. Some of this money was restricted to specific projects.
The expenditures for July amounted to $955,432. Payroll for the month was $292,173, which included three payrolls.
The County received $69,741 from bingo distribution in July.
“We do have enough funding to end the year in the black,” said Bird.
In other business, the commission:
*Heard a report from County Engineer Arzo Abrams. He told them that Hwy. 20 will be fixed with ATRIP funding and that Hwys. 141 and 50 will be paved with federal matching funds;
*Approved repairing the air conditioning unit at the county jail;
*Approved a discount dental plan for employees;
*Approved for Commissioners, the County Engineer and Asst. Engineer to attend the ACCA Conference in Perdido Beach August 21-23.
*Approved an application for ATRIP funding for County Roads 208 and 72 and the bridge on County Road 120;
*Considered how to handle County Roads 86, 148, 138, 78 and 120. According to Abrams, they cannot completely abandon the roads, and will continue maintaining them to a certain status to retain their federal funding.
Commissioner Elzora Fluker said that CR 148 had not been worked on in 15 years and there are houses on the lower part of the road. “School buses have to use this road,” she said.
Abrams said that all of the roads he previously mentioned were what is called “minor collector roads” and that is an “argument point” with ATRIP.
Commissioner Nick Underwood said that the rural counties were outnumbered by one vote on the commission that votes on road funding.
However, Abrams said the roads in discussion were actually constructed using federal funds and that was a point in the county’s favor. It was finally decided that the commission would have a work session soon about the roads.
*County Road 20 from CR 131 to CR 117 will be resurfaced, but Abrams said the Department of Transportation (DOT) wanted it done in two parts.
*Budget amendments in the Gasoline Fund and the Nutrition Fund were approved.
*Rhonda French was hired as Accounts Payable Clerk.
In the public comment segment of the meeting, citizens brought up several concerns, including:
*One man asked why the tree limbing machine only cut one mile in two months. According to policy, the commissioners cannot answer any question brought out in the public comment section of a regular or called meeting. Chairman Underwood asked that this policy be abandoned in the next public meeting and treat it more like a town hall meeting where there can be interaction between the elected officials and the public.
County Attorney Hank Sanders said he knew of no reason this could not be done.
It was finally decided that this could be done after the regular meeting is adjourned.
*Shirley Winn asked why ATRIP funds could not be used to fix the roads in Branch Heights.
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