By Faye Gaston
The Bullock County Commission met on June 14, 2021, with all commissioners present: Chairman Alonza Ellis, Jr., Don Larkins, Johnny Adams, John McGowan, and Solomon Marlow, Jr. Also present were Patrick D. Smith, County Administrator and Johnny Waters, County Attorney.
The commissioners unanimously approved the following requests:
(1) Revenue Commissioner Neara Reed asked to submit the Annual Errors & Omissions to the State of Alabama.
(2) Bullock County Sheriff Raymond Rodgers asked for permission to send out bids to purchase a fleet of deputy vehicles.
(3) Sheriff Rodgers asked for a bid opening date for the deputy vehicles. The commission decided to open the bids at the commission's next agenda setting on July 8, 2021.
(4) Commissioner Marlow, Jr. asked to establish a "public forum" at each regular meeting. This would allow the public/citizens to speak about any concerns/issues they deem important for the commissioners to address. They would use a sign-up sheet at the meetings.
(5) Commissioner Larkins asked to use Harris Park in Midway for a Back-To-School Summit on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Topics included would be ATV Safely, Money Management, and Health & Safety Relationships. There would be giveaways such as meals, school supplies, and book bags.
Reese Rainey from SAN BLAS Securities informed the commission that they could finance county projects in the future and can offer financing at the lowest interest rates. He stated that he has placed over $48 billion in debt to entities in the private and public sector over his career.
The commissioners approved five requests from the County Engineer Jason DeShazo.
The May 2021 expenditures, including payroll totaling $1,134,845.42 were approved.