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Winston County Commission Meeting

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 8:04 AM

The Winston County Commission met Tuesday morning at the Court House in Double Springs, for their regular bi-monthly meeting, delayed one day because of a state holiday. The Commission voted to approve the purchase of a new phone system for the courthouse from Century Link at a cost of $41,695.70 with an additional maintenance agreement of $686.69 for the first year. This was a state bid contract with the phone company.

Other items approved included the authorization of Chairman Roger Hayes to apply for USDA funds for a new Sheriff Department vehicle. 

Larry Aderholt was transferred from the Sanitation Department to the Road Department, and as a result, the the position previously held by Aderholt will be posted for applications. 

Several trips were approved. Revenue Commissioner, Sandra Wright to attend the 2015 Association of Alabama Tax Administrators Summer Conference during June. Commissioner, Bobby Everett to attend the ACEA Conference during May in Orange Beach, and Administrator, Joanie Wright and Assistant Administrator, Judy Burnett to attend the ACAA conference during May in Orange Beach. 

A discussion with Sheriff Hobby Walker disclosed the county will soon be losing the 25-30 inmates currently being housed in the county jail under contract with the city of Jasper. Jasper has been housing their inmates in Winston County instead of the Walker County jail for some time. However, Jasper decided to reopen it's jail by the end of July. The inmates will continue to be held in the Winston County Jail until July 31. 

The Commission heard from Tim Waid concerning the public boat ramp on Smith Lake next to the bridge on Highway 278. Chairman Hayes stated the work to reopen the ramp was awaiting approval from Alabama Power. 

The last item on the agenda was the agenda. A proposal was submitted by Commissioner David Cummings to place a deadline of noon Friday preceding each bi-monthly commission meetings on the second and fourth Mondays for submission of any item to be considered by the Commission. The public is always invited to attend the meetings, he stated, but for any business to be considered, it must be on the agenda and it must be submitted in advance in order for the commissioners to have enough time to gather information about the subject. The commission adopted the new agenda policy. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Winston County Commission will be Monday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at the Winston County Courthouse. 

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