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Council names Daryl Eustace municipal judge Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:42

The compensation package for the Municipal Judge was the top topic during the recent Scottsboro Council meeting.

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County schools to offer virtual program for students Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:41

The Jackson County Board of Education announced that it will be having informational meetings throughout the county to discuss a new virtual program for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Commission appoints PRV School advisory board, approves DHR lease Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:37

The Jackson County Commission approved an Advisory Board in regards to Paint Rock Valley School.

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Jackson County Commissioners discussed the DHR lease agreement at the recent work session.

At a previous work session, Chairman Mike Ashburn stated that he and John Porter met with DHR representatives. Ashburn was told if they took on or paid for maintenance of the building is the only negotiable part. DHR is requesting they lease the building for $1 per square foot, with no maintenance being provided by the county. The county is requesting a lease for $5 per square foot. Ashburn stated that they will pay $1 per square foot on the building, however, they would consider an agreement if the county does all the maintenance on the building. The building was built in 1993 after the bond was paid off, the county received $1 per square foot on the building. Ashburn stated that the local DHR director has been instructed to go look at another building. Commissioners stated that they felt the building should be leased for more than $1 per square foot. Ashburn expressed his concern that it may be hard to find someone who needs an office of that size. Attorney John Porter suggested a Memorandum of Understanding be executing through January, so that negotiations can continue.
Budget amendments were discussed by Commissioners for the administration fee for the Circuit Clerk’s office. Venable stated the administrative fee should not have been removed from the budget and felt it needed to be placed back into the budget. The administrative fee is $18,000.
Commissioners also discussed the Courthouse Security Budget. Commissioner Tim Guffey stated that he felt a quarterly subcommittee security meeting should be held. Guffey stated there are some things that need to be looked at. He suggested that the budget should be amended back to where it was until a decision can be made.
Commissioner Mike Sisk stated he’d like to go over the figures because it’s the people’s money. He stated that they haven’t taken away security, they’ve just have talks. Sisk stated he’d rather see the faces that they’re used to instead of a hired contractor.
Guffey said that they were unaware that deputies serve warrants and other things that they do while they’re working security at the door. Guffey stated that he doesn’t want to make cuts financially at the expense of the citizens. Commissioner Jason Venable stated that the number doesn’t need to be moved up and then back down, again. Venable stated that they never had intentions of doing anything without having a meeting.
Guffey reiterated that there was never any intention of letting any deputy go.  
Judge Jenifer Holt stated that the security committee did meet and the security plan, that covers two deputies is what they request. Currently three deputies are being funded. County Administrator Bob Manning stated that three months with three deputies and nine months with contract services was passed, however, if they do the amendment contract services funding would be moved to regular payroll. Venable again reiterated it was never anyone’s intent to do anything without the committee or behind anyone’s back.     

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