The Bibb County Commission – absent only Commissioner Charles Caddell – began by approving the minutes of October 28, then moved quickly through other business. Skipping to the end …
Near the end of the meeting, County Attorney Anthony Johnson requested the Commission enter an Executive Session (closed to public and any unnecessary eyes and ears) to discuss “potential litigation regarding voting districts” within the county, which would effect upcoming elections for county offices. As Commissioner Rodney Stabler’s district was the district in question, he stepped out of the room as well. Probate Judge Stephanie Kemmer remained, at Johnson’s request.
After completing closed-door business, Johnson stated that resolution 2011-12, “district lines prepared and proposed by West Alabama Regional Commission, according to the 2010 census” were consistent with what was done in past censuses. Johnson asked for a resolution to confirm the 2011 resolution, in order remove any confusion concerning voting district lines within the county. Commissioners passed resolution 2020-2 in support of Johnson’s request, meaning voting district lines for County Commission seats will not change for the 2020 election.
The Commission approved a donation of $200 to an indigent burial fund for Mr. Jeffery Edwards, a homeless resident without any known family who passed recently.
An environmental study by a company out of Tuscaloosa to determine any issues with asbestos or other hazardous materials in the Courthouse Annex prior to the old building being demolished will cost $3,010. The new annex is scheduled for construction behind the current building during 2020, after which the old building will be removed to make a new, larger parking lot.
The Commission approved new board appointments of Susan McCollough to the county DHR, replacing Ms. James, and of Cheryl Dodson to the Indian Rivers board.
A unanimous vote approved the donation of a 2009 Ford Expedition to the Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle was purchased at government auction by Troy Moore, and is said to be in good shape with only a little over 100,000 miles. Being accepted as county property will allow it into the maintenance rotation for Department vehicles.
County Engineer Jeff McKinney reports that Coldwater Road resurfacing is all but complete, now requiring only a few things besides shoulder work, a guard rail, and new striping before being reopened.