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SB-23 changes police, fire jurisdictions Wednesday, 13 March 2019 21:09

The Alabama Senate will be hearing the pre-filed Senate Bill 23 this session.

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County Commissioners discuss funding Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:52

During the recent Jackson County Work Session a proposed resolution was mentioned and briefly discussed.

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Rescue Squad Bass Tourney set for Saturday Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:35

The 8th Annual Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue 10K Fishing tournament will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Goose Pond.

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Scottsboro Public Works Director Eddie Blizzard appeared at tonight’s Scottsboro City Council meeting to discuss the Scottsboro Landfill.

Blizzard has been on medical leave for several weeks. Following the meeting, during the reports portion, City Council member Keith Smith called for Blizzard to be allowed to return to work. Smith stated, We’ve talked about this landfill and we’ve listened to it, we have the best people as our engineers, we have the best people running it and we have the best employees. So, what I would like to ask is that the Director over our landfill, Eddie Blizzard, be returned to work by the Mayor and his doctor. Many don’t know, after some things happened here, he went to a conference and got sick. The doctor put him in the hospital and put him on sick leave from the City of Scottsboro. At this point, Eddie is better but his doctor will not release him to come back to work until he can guarantee that he is not coming back to work under a hostile work environment. So, I’m asking the mayor if he would to bring Eddie back, and to assure him and his doctor, that he not be subjected to hostile work conditions. Some things have happened, would you do that?”

Mayor Robin Shelton responded, “I’m not going to comment on personnel matters. I think his and any employee’s sick time is between them and the HR department and their doctor.”

Smith continued, “I would like to go ahead and finish. Several weeks ago, we were at a council meeting. During that afternoon it came to my attention that a [mowing] contract was coming up and that it had been changed. So, when I walked in Eddie was sitting there. I asked him and he said he understood a contract was about to be let. After the council meeting, I asked, Mr. Mayor, can you tell me about the contract where we mow part and where they mow part. The mayor said we are letting a bid next Friday. I stated that I understood that you may have changed some of the things and I wanted to know. You told me ‘We will have to wait and see what the bid says.’ So I let it go at that time. Eddie Blizzard stood back there and shook hands as he always does. You went out the back. You left and he left. As I came outside I saw a scuffle across the street. As it turns out, you thought Mr. Blizzard had told me about this contract. Mr. Blizzard didn’t have a thing in the world to do with this contract. Someone else did. It’s not a big deal anyway. So, some say you jumped the curb, some say you didn’t, and you cursed Mr. Blizzard three times. He did nothing. He did not one thing. It escalated and got kind of rough and it calmed down. Shortly thereafter, he got sick. Shortly thereafter is when he went on sick leave. But, before that (going on sick leave) you called him in, you had the police chief in your office, you had the HR director in your office and you called Mr. Blizzard in and you reprimanded him for conduct unbecoming of a department head or something to that degree. A verbal warning, yet it was written. The bottom line is, the man did nothing. You attacked him and now he’s the one having difficulties in life. I don’t know why you can’t bring him back to work to do the job he is getting paid to do and knows to do better than anybody in this world, and all those people you’re sending up there don’t know how to do. I don’t want to see this city go down the tubes. In a short time, we’re going to have to build a new cell up there [landfill]. We can’t afford to hire, Dick, Tom and Harry to come up here and do this work when we’ve got people who know how to do it. We don’t need this group of people sitting all the way across screwing it up.”

There was no further comment on the issue.

Read next week’s Clarion for full coverage of Scottsboro City Council.

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