Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Winston Co. Supervisors Deal With Teeters Repair and 911

The Winston County Supervisors met in a regularly scheduled
meeting on Monday and dealt with a number of issues including the following:

  • Met with officials of Pryor and Morrow Architects relating to repair (specifically roof repair at the Teeters Facility (old Spartus Building) The discussion included design issues and the need for further breakdown of costs including asbestos removal and mold remediation. Current reimbursement from FEMA is estimated at $7,194,452. Architects indicated that once approved to advertise for bids, the roof repair work should take approximately 270 days and work could begin as early as May of this year.
  • Received an update from Paul Black, WMC administrator, concerning property acquisition and status of plans for the construction of a new facility. Black also indicated that the transitional facility construction was still on schedule in spite of weather issues and reminded the Supervisors of the planned “Open House” on March 29th.
  • The Board was introduced to Trent Kelly, a candidate for the open House of Representatives seat vacated by the death of Alan Nunnelee.
  • Approved a new contract with Memphis Communications for postage meters. Memphis Communications will buy out existing contracts with Pitney Bowes. The move should save the County approximately $6000 over the next 4 years.
  • Briefed by WCCRCF Warden Neal Higgason about the need to advertise for bids for a telephone system for inmates. The existing vendor was involved in the MDOC investigation and is no longer in business.
  • Approved the part time hire of Gerald Hayes as a deputy by the Winston County Sheriff.
  • Discussed the issue of trash and garbage dumping on county roads. Supervisor Turnipseed (Dist 4) noted that lack of personnel and road maintenance issues were limiting the ability to remove trash from the roadways.
  • The Board went into executive session to discuss several personnel and legal issues.

As the Commissioners of E911 in the County, the Board members
also presided over a public E911 meeting. The meeting with county, city and emergency personnel raised the issues of budgeting and personnel.

E911 is a shared function of the County and the City of Louisville. Personnel are city employees, funding is provided by 911 phone charges and by the city and county jointly and the county is directly responsible for the operation.

Board members asked that a separate 911 account be established by the city to better track expenditures and that a budget be provided to the board by August 1st of each year.