Elmore County Commission fills handful of board vacancies

Many discussed development grants, particularly for the airport, medical facility and damaged infrastructure at the recent public hearing.

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A number of vacancies on executive boards have been filled following actions taken by the Elmore County Commission at a Jan. 14 meeting.

“It’s obviously important to have a qualified board,” commission chairman Troy Stubbs said.

The commission appointed Eric Jones to the county EMS board, Deborah Holt to the Horseshoe Bend Regional Library Board and Desirae Lewis, Daniel Thompson and Earl Ryser to the Healthcare Authority Board.

The commissioners said all the candidates for the Healthcare Authority Board were highly qualified to serve.

“I am encouraged to see this list of candidates,” commissioner Bart Mercer said.

Commissioner Mack Daugherty added, “I feel good about this list.”

During the work session, the commission honored retiring highway department superintendent Lee Colley for his years of service to the county. County chief engineer and operations officer Richie Beyer said he hired Colley in 2003 to initially be part of bridge and project inspections for the county. However, Colley proved his worth and was promoted to department superintendent, a position he held for 15 years.

Beyer listed many of the accomplishments achieved during Colley’s tenure in the department, including overseeing $75 million in road projects and $60 million in maintenance work.

“He’s definitely someone you want in your corner,” Beyer said. “We would be lucky to have someone like him again.”

Following Beyer’s remarks, he presented Colley with a book documenting his service, as well as a flash drive full of photographs of him out on the job.

“This was one of the greatest challenges I ever had,” Colley said. “I couldn’t have asked for a greater group of people to work with.”

The commission approved the latest update to the personnel policies and procedures manual, a document Stubbs said needed updating. The commission thanked commissioner Earl Reeves for his diligence in getting the manual update prepared. Over the past 18 months, Stubbs said Reeves worked with multiple department heads on the matter.

“I remember this was one of (Reeves’) priorities,” Daugherty said. “I want to thank him and everyone involved.”

Reeves said, “I don’t want to take all of the credit for this.”

In other action at the meeting, the commission:

• Approved the minutes of the Dec. 10 meeting, as well as the memorandum of warrants for the period from Dec. 4 to Jan. 8, totaling $2,587,978.62.

• Made a motion to approve suspending the rules of the commission to more expediently fill a vacancy on the Central Elmore Water and Sewer Authority Board created by the passing of a board member.

• Approved a retail beer and a retail table wine liquor license transfer application, both off premises only, from Jones Shell to Kwik Sack 2 on Highway 231 in Wetumpka. A public hearing was held during the work session.

• Approved ratifying the Town of Elmore’s appointment of Christopher Sisson to the EMS Board.

• Approved the consent docket, including the surplus and sale/disposal of miscellaneous computers and electronics, a proposed plat for Coventry Plat 1 and a travel memo.

• Approved authorizing the chairman and/or chief executive operating officer to execute a planned service agreement with Johnson Controls for jail boilers. “This is similar to the HVAC contracts we have in our public buildings,” Beyer said.

• Scheduled a public hearing at the Feb. 25 commission meeting regarding a petition to vacate an unnamed road off Hummingbird Lane in District 1.

• Heard Beyer present a brief year in review sheet, allowing the commissioners to see what the county accomplished in 2018.

• Heard Mercer thank John Wilson for his service to the Elmore County Firefighters Association after choosing not to seek reelection as its president, and heard Daugherty offer his condolences to the family of Sgt. Wytashia Carter, the Birmingham police officer killed in the line of duty Sunday morning.

The next meeting of the Elmore County Commission will be Monday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in the courtroom of the Elmore County Courthouse.