The annual Public Works bids were carried at the last Jackson County Commission regular meeting and work session held on September 16, 2019.

County Engineer Jonathan Campbell presented bid lists to the commissioners with explanations for selections. After going back three years and comparing pricing on purchases, the bid for plant mix was awarded to Reed Contracting Services. Aluminized piping was looked at, with a recommendation of an Alabama-based company. Herbicide was between five vendors, with the final decision split between the Co-Op and Nutrien Ag Solutions. For unleaded gasoline for the county, 87 octane and #2 diesel, and with the assumption of 100,000 gallons used for each type, the bid was awarded to JAT Oil. For liquid calcium chloride, Sicalco was awarded the bid for being the lowest bidder on 32% concentrations, which is what the county uses.
The motion to approve and sign a resolution creating a board and appointing members to said created board for Paint Rock Valley was carried. Appointed community members will now be able to operate as an official board, bestowed with the invested powers to negotiate a leasing contract with the Jackson County Board of Education to operate the former Paint Rock Valley High School campus as a community center.
As of late, Jackson County EMA employees have voiced a complaint regarding their entry in the basement and courthouse security policy. Currently, EMA employees park outside their EMA door, then have to walk around the courthouse to get to the North facing door, go to the elevator and down to the basement to stow their equipment at the end of the hall. They have requested to be able to use their door for entry and exit. To change this current security policy the issue would have to go through the committee process to change the security procedure policy before being decided upon by the Commission. The door serves as an exit only right now, and is only open to entrance during severe weather events to allow citizens to utilize the storm shelter more efficiently and safely. This was moved to the meeting scheduled for September 30th.
During reports, Campbell updated the Commission on roads and bridges in the county. Bridge inspections will be full-on starting on October 1st of this year. County Road 82’s closed bridge is now repaired and awaiting asphalt. The bridge on County Road 118 has been disassembled to allow footing and piling work.
Poll workers affected by polling station changes, and who have worked at both stations will have their names placed into a hat for a drawing of up to four names. This will allow for fairness among the workers who feel they should still be allowed to be involved even though their station was closed.
Jackson County Commission Chairman Tim Guffey closed the meeting by announcing that the Jackson County Commission is now accepting letters for the Jackson County Healthcare Authority Board (3) and the DeKalb-Jackson Water Authority Board (2). If anyone is interested in serving on either of those boards, they are encouraged to write their letter of interest and drop it off at the Commission office in the Jackson County Courthouse.

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