New probate satellite office slated for Millbrook

Published 10:06am Thursday, February 27, 2014

Elmore County commissioners have bounced around the idea of having a true satellite probate office for more than a decade.

Last Friday the idea became more of a reality when an agreement was reached between the Elmore County Commission and the City of Millbrook.

The satellite office will be located on city property until a permanent satellite office is built in Millbrook.

“I appreciate Mayor Al Kelley in working with the county to give the citizens a proper facility. This is something which has been long overdue,” Elmore County Commission Chairman David Bowen said.

The satellite office will go in place of the old Millbrook Police Department building, which is directly across from the new department building.

“You can’t get any safer than that,” Bowen added.

The plan is to tear down the old police department building and build a new building to house the satellite office.

Bowen said the hope is to move into the new building by Oct. 1, 2015.

Until then, the satellite office will be moved into a temporary space for which the City of Millbrook has agreed to contribute up to $500 in rent.

Along with the satellite office, the commission also elected to endorse Probate Judge John Enslen’s local legislation calling for the $1 copy fee issued by the probate office to go toward the funding of the satellite office.

The item was passed on a 3-2 vote with commissioners Trey Taylor and Stephanie Daniels-Smoke voting against the measure.

While Daniels-Smoke was against Enslen’s legislation, she said she was “elated” to make a more permanent satellite probate office a reality for the Millbrook area.

In other business during the commission meeting, the commission unanimously denied a restaurant retail liquor license application by El Patron in Slap­out.

Dozens of Slapout residents and members of Cains Chapel United Methodist Church were on hand Monday during the public hearing to speak against the sale of alcohol in the restaurant, which would be located just across the street from the church.

It was later asked if the restaurant was denied the liquor license, would it open.

The representatives for El Patron said it would not open.

The commission later unanimously awarded the bid for courthouse computer server, switches and virus software to Warren Averette Group. The winning low bid was $79,120.54.

The commission also approved the advertising for a deputy administrator position.

Earlier in the meeting, Bowen announced there will be a public hearing regarding a county leash law at 5 p.m. March 24 in the old Elmore County Courthouse Courtroom. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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