During the recent Jackson County Commission meeting, several items were approved.

A motion to accept a bid for mowing at Paint Rock Valley Park and five boat docks for Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department was approved. Prior to a vote, Commissioner Mike Sisk requested clarification. Sisk said that he felt there should be specifics regarding the locations of the boat docks. Commissioner Jason Venable explained the specifics were located in the bid packet.
Commissioner Tim Guffey stated, “I’d like to clarify. In this contract we do not provide the lawn mower, the gas or transportation. It’s been brought to our attention that in 2010 the Commission  purchased a truck, a lawn mower and a trailer for a private individual.”
After further investigation into Guffey’s comments, a Bill of Sale for a 1998 Ford F-150 was located. The Bill of Sale, dated 12-14-09, states that the F-150 was given by a prior commission chairman to a private citizen for the sum of “gift.” According to minutes from the December 14, 2009 meeting  a motion to approve and sign over a 1998 Ford F-150, deemed to be of no value by the prior county commission, to Marvin Holcomb was made. The motion received a second and all commissioners of that time voted “aye” in favor.  The Minutes further state, “The vehicle has no value to the county and in addition, Mr. Holcomb is performing a public service which increases the benefit to the county.” Minutes from July 27, 2009 reflect a one year contract being approved with Marvin Holcomb. According to the minutes, Holcomb was to maintain 13 boat ramps in Jackson County for $600 per month during non-mowing months and $700 per month during mowing months.
The Commission purchased a zero turn lawn mower on April, 20, 2010. An invoice requesting reimbursement  from the Jackson County Legislative Delegation to the Jackson County Commission dated April 28, 2010 in the amount of $7,070 with the description  “Lawn mower and trailer for Marvin Holcomb,” along with a receipt for payment of the invoice by the Legislative Delegation, was also in records.  
According to Guffey, Holcomb’s services were ceased in 2013. However, records indicate Holcomb was paid monthly through September, 2015.
The county’s property (lawn mower and trailer) remained in Holcomb’s possession until a couple of weeks ago when authorities received a tip that the trailer and the lawn mower, which were still listed in the county’s inventory, was located on a citizen’s private property. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has since recovered the trailer and lawn mower and returned them to the Jackson County Commission.
In other news:
Several items pertaining to the Google Data Center Project, as it relates to their property management proxy were approved including the approval of the Industrial Access Agreement with ALDOT, the Roadside Lighting Agreement with ALDOT and a Special Project Agreement with Wiesner Enterprises.

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