By Faye Gaston
The Bullock County Commission held its regular meeting on May 11, 2020, with all commissioners present and Chairman Alonza B. Ellis Jr. presiding.
Ten motions were approved as follows. (1) The April 2020 expenditures were approved, including the payroll totaling $1,042,937.79. (2) NCIC was approved as the jail/inmate vendor (phone contract) for the remainder of the fiscal year upon approval of the county attorney, John W. Waters. Sheriff Rodgers made the request.
(3) The full-time hire of Kervin Lewis to serve as a deputy for the Bullock County Sheriff's Department was approved. This went into effect as of May 11, 2020, at a pay rate of $16.50 per hour until the new fiscal year budget 2021. Sheriff Rodgers made the request.
(4) It was approved to advertise for the vacant "Aging Department Manager" position for Bullock County. The request made by County Administrator Patrick D. Smith. (5) A resolution was approved regarding the County Administrator's Certification as he completed his final class on January 30. 2020.
He manages the county commission office and the day-to-day operations of the county.
(6) The reopening of the Bullock County Courthouse to the public on May 18, 2020, was approved with the public wearing protective gear and keeping the social distancing with a maximum of ten citizens of the public at a time within the courthouse.
(7) It was approved to allow the County Engineer Jason DeShazo to place the solid waste garbage truck on govdeals.com. Administrator Smith made the request. (8) The Memorandum of Agreement between the State of Alabama (ALDOT) and the Bullock County Commission was approved. Bullock County and the State of Alabama agree to cooperate in the allocation of Rebuild Alabama Act Funds in the amount of $400,000 to Bullock County in exchange for the annual $533,000 federal allocation. Request by County Engineer DeShazo.
(9) It was approved to move forward with the Harris Park project with the estimated cost of $243,110 with a total construction budget of $260,000. Recommendation by County Engineer DeShazo. (10) The reappointment of DHR (Department of Human Resources) Board of Director Jose Gonzalez was approved. Administration Smith gave an update regarding the direct deposit process with AmeriFirst Bank.
The discussion regarding the resolution for Sunday alcohol sales in Bullock County was tabled. An article in the June 3, 2020, Herald newspaper described actions taken at the special called meeting on May 29, 2020.
Two items were on the agenda. The possible closing of the Courthouse was discussed, and the motion passed to extend the closure of the courthouse to the public until June 7, 2020. The second issue was the sterilizing/cleanup of the courthouse offices and jail.