According to Hall, the report published Friday rendered an unqualified opinion with no findings, recommendations or negative comments regarding the commission’s finances for the third year in a row.
“This accomplishment is due to the work of our accounting group led by our chief financial officer Cynthia Harkness,” Hall said. “They work every day, all day, with the goal of achieving a perfect audit. It’s a major event when it occurs and we shouldn’t think it’s automatic.”
District 3 Commissioner Kelvin Cunningham commended the efforts of the commission’s accounting staff.
“Their hard work is appreciated,” Cunningham said. “My hat’s off to (Harkness) and her staff.”
The commission also voted 4-0 approved an agreement for a $3.8 million tax abatement involving Midwest Express Inc. and Gulf Shores Assemblies LLC, both Honda affiliates.
Attorney Tom Brinkley presented the proposed abatement on behalf of the companies.
“Midwest Express is looking to make a $3.8 million investment in some new wheel and tire assembly equipment that will enable Gulf Shores Assemblies employees to increase the tire rim size they can work on to 18- and 20-inches and increase their capacity by 50 percent.”
Although there were two applications involved, only one company was making the investment according to Brinkley.
Cunningham said he appreciated the company’s investment into the county’s largest employer.
District 2 Commissioner John Luker did not attend due to a work-related function.
In other business, the commission:
- Allowed New Lincoln Road resident Joyce Hutchinson to air a grievance regarding alleged encroachment by the county onto her private property during the recent road repaving project. Cunningham requested County Engineer Tim Markert have county road crews remove gravel strewn along Hutchinson’s property line in a three-foot by 1,000-foot strip.
- Voted 3-0 to approve the Aug. 26 meeting minutes. District 1 Commissioner Jackie Swinford abstained from voting.
- Unanimously approved scheduling a public hearing for Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. regarding vacating a portion of Goins Road.
- Voted 4-0 to award bids of an undisclosed amount for food, bread, coffee and milk The respective companies awarded the bids include Osborn Brothers, Flowers Baking Company, Red Diamond and Barber’s Dairy.
- Unanimously approved a Debris Management Plan presented by county Emergency Management Agency director Deborah Gaither.
- Voted 4-0 to approve Gaither’s request to sign a proclamation recognizing September as National Preparedness Month.
- Unanimously approved decision by Markert to table bids for Highway Department materials.
- Voted 4-0 to approve updated subdivision regulations presented by Markert.
- Unanimously approved Hall’s request to seek bids for custodial supplies.
- Voted 4-0 to adopt a resolution to extend the county jail’s inmate medical service agreement.
- Unanimously approved conference and training requests for probate clerk Luwana Patterson, probate judge Billy Atkinson, Gaither and Melanie Allen, an employee in the Reappraisal Department.
- Voted 4-0 to approve a catastrophic leave request for custodian Laura Groce effective Sept. 3.
- Unanimously approved four new hires to the Road Department effective Sept. 8. The hires include highway supervisor Fred Curry, public service worker II Mark Gallahar, public service worker II Tonora Swain and operator I Clarence Bishop. All new hires were budgeted.
- Voted 4-0 to approve the budgeted hire of Christen Clifton to work in the Sheriff’s Department effective Sunday.
- Unanimously approved the removal of Road Department employees John Carter effective Sept. 3 and Charley Finley effective Aug. 30.
- Voted 4-0 to approve expenditures.
- Announced budget work sessions to be held Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and if required, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
- Announced the next commission meeting is scheduled for Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.
- Announced Cunningham is sponsoring a garbage clean-up day for Winterboro at the Volunteer Fire and Rescue on the corner of Alabama 21 and Bullock’s Ferry Road from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21.
- District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson is sponsoring a garbage clean-up day for the Oak Grove community located across from the Toyota dealership on U.S. 280 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28.
- Luker is sponsoring a garbage clean-up day for the Lincoln community located at 10250 Stemley Road behind Eureka Baptist Church from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30.
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