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My Take on Macon County Commission Meetings

NOTE: The The Macon County Commission will meet next on the regular 2nd Monday of each month, 13August. The work session, most informative and my favorite for the volume and open discussion, begins at 5:00 pm. The general session, with less discussion and is where voting takes place, begins at 6:00 pm. Both meetings will take place in the Macon County Annex, across the street from the court house parking lot.

Countdown to the next count government meeting


Macon County citizens are informed of what is going on in our county government from this page. Unfortunately, the county is unwilling to post on-line meeting minutes, reports (compliance, engineer, and finance), calendar of meetings and events, and important documents, many of which can be located here. The county is not willing to further invest into their web site - closed down sometime in 2013 - because of lack of someone to manage the site and fees, which can be minimal if probably planned and shopped for desired services. On the other hand many governmental agencies are posting information for their citizens on Facebook - not here in Macon County.

County work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 5:00 P.M. in the Annex immediately followed by the County Commission general session at 6:00 p.m.

When the county commission takes their meeting to the citizens, the work session for that month is suspended and the general meeting is gaveled at 6:00 p.m. such as the July 2014 meeting in the District 4 Recreation Center.


County Commissioners and other county elected officials at County Meetings:

Chairman Louis Maxwell 334-724-2555, "King," loumaxlou@yahoo.com

District 1 Commissioner Miles Robinson, "Open Records Squad Leader," miles@mytu.tuskegee.edu

District 2 Commissioner Ed (Coach) Huffman

District 3 Commissioner Andrew (Drew) Thompson, "clean-up" drewandskye@bellsouth.net

District 4 Commissioner Robert (Mike) Berry, berry3014@centurylink.net

Iverson Gandy, Jr - Revenue Commissioner

Alfonza Menefee - Probate Judge

Andre Brunson - Sheriff

County employees frequently at county meetings:

Ms. Gertrude Benjamin - Personnel Clerk

Ms. Susan Thomas - County Administrator

Mr. J.D. Smith - County Engineer, 334-724-2619, j.d.smith@me.com

Mr. Brian Ware - Compliance Officer, 334-724-2554

Ms. Bridgett Gray - County attorney

Mr. Frank Lee - Director, Emergency Management Agency

Ms. Erika Collins - Chairman's administrative assistant

Ms. Harris - RSVP Director

Definitions of terms and agencies:

Table - issue is dead until revived by the same commissioner who tabled it.

RDS - Revenue Discovery Service, state office is in Birmingham

The county is posting the agenda, minutes, and reports of the county meetings on OUR website at www.MaconAlabama.com - finally. I will continue to pay for the monthly financial reports which are in greater detail than provided on OUR county's website.



 

 

Monday, 9Jul2018 General Session, Annex, 6 p.m. Chair and all commissioners, County Engineer, County Attorney, County Administrator, Personnel Clerk, Chairman's Administrative Assistant, Compliance Officer, and Emergency Management Director.

Monday, 9Jul2018 Work Session, Annex, 5 p.m. Chair and all commissioners, County Engineer, County Attorney, County Administrator, Personnel Clerk, Chairman's Administrative Assistant, Compliance Officer, and Emergency Management Director.

Monday, 11Jun2018 Chisholm Community Center 6 p.m. No work session. Chair and all commissioners, JD Smith, Bridgett, Compliance Officer, EMA Director, Mrs. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Mr. Davis present.

Public Comment - Frank Dillman asked again (following my requests to Maxwell on court house steps and email) for county's garbage policy. Commissioner Berry asked why I needed it, as compared to he not already knowing, to which I replied I want to help citizens as I meet them campaigning. His reply was I should do as he, give the phone number to Compliance office and have the citizen call, whereas I stated I have been helping citizens in this county for years. I then turned to chair asking is there not county policy of no back and forth during public comment and asked if he had anything of me and sat down. Maxwell stated again he will get the policy to me. As of 24June2018 - no surprise, nothing. Feel the heat in the District 4 commission race!

New Business - A) Maxwell - Excess property not ready yet, he will get with attorney. B) Mr. Sullen of the county 4H program introduced himself and provided an overview of the program. C) Jason Lawler employee of the month. D) Minutes, bills paid, and overtime approved. E) July is Parks and Recreation Month F) Ambulance - county, sheriff, and county leadership will discuss the retention and expansion of the service. G) Robinson appointed to ACCA legislative committe for 2018-2019 H) Mrs. Benjamin as the commissioners to speak louder! I) Cooper Lane and Tysonville CSX crossings - previous CSX resolution was solely for Cooper Lane, now need one for Tysonville Road.

Reports - A) Engineer 1) will seek bids for Washington Avenue, 2) CR 22 bridge now open 3) CR 24 and 32 resurfacing begin by next week - weather permitting. 4) CR 40 resurfacing $233K 5) Asphalt is bought by the county either delivered or pickup 6) new batwing bush hog and new tractors via USDA grants. B) Chairman - 1) CR 7 is terrible, cant go to church without receiving road complaints 2) 3rd Saturday furniture, appliance, and large pieces of stuff to county drop off points. C) Community Corrections - Marcus Johnson - 20 potential clients need assessing and county got the second half $28K of state start up money.

Adjourn - 7:19 p.m.

Monday, 14May2018 general session Annex. Chair and all commissioners, Erika, Bridgett, J.D. Smith, Susan Thomas, Mr. Gandy, Frank Lee, Mr. Ware.

Public Comment - Mr. Gandy said the tax sale went well with only 20 properties going to the state, or 5% less than 2017.

Presentation - A) by a TU socio/government professor and his students as to identifying specific areas of the county eligible for different levels of economic development A good and informative presentation. Too bad attending citizens were not afforded the handouts. The commission, namely Robinson and Maxwell, were disappointed in just hearing and not being able to contribute to this project. Robinson said "we need to continue dialog and move to another level." Dr. Hill said "we must do a lot better." B) Sandra Jackson, field representative for Doug Jones introduced herself and offered to assist the county as she can.

New Business - A) previous minutes, payment of bills and overtime was approved. B) Opiate Class Action participation approved unanimously. C) Rufus Felton resolution. D) more discussion on CSX with crossings in Tysonville, Shorter and Cooper Lane in Notasulga. Resolution to meet with CSX.

Old Business - A) Chair not ready for his Healthcare Authority appointments.

Reports - A) Chairman - May 25 Sheriff fish fry at 1000 in Chisholm Community Center 1) Macon County Awards Banquet 2) Public Audit report completed 3) refinance bond issues B) other reports - submitted with very little discussion other than the need of the commission of action.

Monday, 14May2018 work session Annex. Chair and all commissioners, Erika, Bridgett, J.D. Smith, Susan Thomas.

Business for General Session - A) Chair has spoken w Attorney about being a member of an Opiate Class Action Suit- no cost to the county. B) Engineer - update on Wire Road project being shut down. C) Resolution for CSX road crossing meeting and Rufus Felton D) Compliance Officer - excused by Chairman E) Sheriff Department hosting Senior Citizen fish fry in Chisholm Community Center on Friday, 25May at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. F) EMA suggests some "weight" on Washington Road project on FEMA with Senator Beasley and Representative Warren's involvement. G) Maxwell storms shelters are now safe houses H) House District 82 candidate Johnny Ford spoke for 6 mins without interruption about financial support for one of his causes, has visited with every county commission in Dist. 82, will be "advocate for towns and counties", economic development for Tallassee and Wire Road, and lighting along I85. I) a lot of dust on Tysonville Road, while a lot is taken from the town and little in return.

Adjourned 5:30 p.m.

Monday, 9Apr2018 general session, Attendance: Chair and all commissioners, Frank Lee, Mr. Ware, Erika, and Fred Gary Sr. in for Bridgett, Susan Thomas.

Monday, 9April work session Presentations - Kimberly Wray, Director, Commission for Community Action spoke of the need and necessary county financial assistance to continue the Rural Transportation Program in a "strong relationship". The program needs about $10K/month to afford 5,200 rides per year for about 100 (?) citizens.

Chair said the licensing for VictoryLand is $25/machine with a judicial ruling the fee must be equal to the highest fee in local area (Shorter) as compared to what the county was taxing at over $5K/machine.

Monday, 2Apr2018 recess session, 10:05 am All commissioners and chairman, Frank Lee, Mrs. Benjamin, and Erika in attendance.

Business - A) Liability Insurance -waiting on quotes, chairman authorized to continue forward B) Renewal of RDS contract signed yesterday by chairman, commissioners ratified his actions C) a paving contract of $220K awarded to East Alabama Paving.

Monday, March work and general session - misplaced my notes.

Monday, 12Feb2018 General Session 6 p.m. Annex.

Monday, 12Feb2018 work session 5 p.m. Annex. Attendees: unrecorded unsure other than Huffman, Chair, Berry, Robinson, B. Gray

Monday, 8Jan2018 general session 6 p.m. Annex. Agenda Minutes. Attendees: All Commissioners, Chairman, County Engineer, County Attorney, County Administrator, Administrative Assistant to Chairman, Personnel Director, EMA Director, Revenue Commissioner.

Monday, 8Jan2018 work session 5 p.m. Annex. Attendees: All Commissioners, Chairman, County Engineer, County Attorney, County Administrator, Administrative Assistant to Chairman, Personnel Director.

Monday, 11Dec2017 in District 4 Recreation Center therefore there was no work session. My regularly expected commentary and notes from the meeting will be uploaded soon (I hope.) For now, watch our chairman deny a member of the press the right to place the tiniest of tiny microphone.

Monday, 13Nov2017 general session. Agenda, Minutes. Attendees Attendees Vice Chair Berry, remaining 3 commissioners, Mses. Collins, Thomas, Benjamin and Engineer Smith and attorney Grey, Sr.

Monday, 13Nov2017 work session. Minutes Attendees Vice Chair Berry, remaining 3 commissioners, Mses. Collins, Thomas, Benjamin and Engineer Smith and attorney Grey, Sr. Audience, Sheriff

Tuesday, 10Oct2017 6 p.m. general session Agenda, Minutes Attendees Chair, all commissioners, Mses. Collins, Thomas and Benjamin, Attorney Grey and Engineer Smith.

Tuesday, 10Oct2017 5 p.m. work session minutes Attendees: Chair, all commissioners, Mses. Collins, Thomas and Benjamin, Attorney Grey and Engineer Smith

5:55 p.m. "Recess" ?

Thursday, 27Sep2017 continuation meeting. I refused to waste my time attending what could have and was the final 2018 budget hearing. Regrettably, the agenda is not tied to the parent meeting, in this case , which permitted anything to be added to the agenda without citizen eyes.

Monday, 25Sep2017 1 p.m. continuation meeting. Minutes Chair, all commissioners, Mses. Collins, Thomas, and Benjamin and Engineer Smith were in attendance. The next budget meeting, with 3 extra copies in front of the county administrator and again I was the only one in the audience, was called to order at 1:06 p.m.. Upon the agenda being approved about 1:15 p.m., I refused to sit there being ignored and as not receiving a reason to why I was not entitled to a copy of the proposed budget last meeting, I left.

Thursday, 21Sep2017 continuation meeting. Minutes Chair, all commissioners, Mses. Collins and Thomas, Attorney Grey, Engineer Smith present. On a mission to further control the curtain between citizens and their public officials.

Being the only person in the entire annex unable to follow along on what will eventually become my county's 2018 budget, I left the meeting.

Monday, 18Sep2017 6 p.m.. Cotton Valley Community Center. Meeting rescheduled from 11Sep because of of bad weather. Agenda, Minutes In attendance chair, all commissioners, Mses. Gray, Thomas, Benjamin, Collins. Good size audience with EMA director, who was denied the routine percentage increase in his salary coming off probation, and Compliance Officer. Interesting that ole Wiley had to share with the commission and public during public comment looking for either their support or sympathy in that "Mr. Dillman on Facebook" wrote I wear "diapers" and Irene the donkey is an "ass." A new low for the county was experienced when the squad leader unleased a 2-3 minute cathartic rant speaking directly to me saying someone lies and spin the truth. We locked eyes for his entire rant, I hope he feels better; I not phased. Interrupted him at one point asking if he was calling me a "liar," which he was because he was directly looking at only me, but denied it.

Tuesday, 22Aug, through Thursday, 24Aug 2017 If you were wondering where your county commissioner was during this time frame. Here you go. I still question why spend tax dollars EVERY YEAR for tax-paid trip (boondoggle) to the COMMISSIONERS' association, Association of County Commissioners of Alabama, who cares more for its members than the general public - look to see which policies their association is opposed to; Open Records Act, Initiative and Referendum, Recall, Property Rights, Open Meetings Act. By the way all of the links on this 2014 previous version works. We hear too often, the county is broke, ya wonder why.

Friday, 18Aug2017 10:00 a.m. continuation meeting. Agenda, Minutes. All commissioners in attendance, Mses. Thomas, Collins, Benjamin, and Smith. Before the meeting was gaveled Commissioner Robinson, who appears to have a greater problem with video recordings of the meetings than the others, removed my small wireless mic (skinner and slightly taller than a pack of cigarettes) from the side of the dais. He physically removed it and placed it on the chair next to me. I replaced it and a heated exchange ensued. Commissioner Thompson without taking a breath told the chair "call security." I was then directed by the chair I needed permission to place it on the dais. During public comment, I asked for permission and was denied. I will write the chairman and ask by what ordinance, policy or law I was denied the right to place a small microphone on the dais before the meeting started. I will later share my letter and his reply here. If the commission had any concerns of having an informed electorate, they would turn on their mics and not speak softly, and advertise these continuation meetings for more than a construction or supplies bidder, a newspaper reporter, and me in the audience. Having brought their desire to avoid the public to the commission multiple times, it is obvious they care less.

Monday, 14Aug2017 5:00 p.m. work session Commissioners present, Mses. Gray, Collins, Thomas, Benjamin and Mr. Smith. Audience: Revenue Commissioner Gandy, EMA Director Frank Lee.

Tuesday, 25July2017 10:00 a.m. Continuation meeting. Agenda. Minutes. All commissioners present, less Thompson (arrived at 10:33 a.m.) Mses. Benjamin, Collins, Gray and Mr. Smith.

Monday, 10Jul2017 6:00 p.m.. East Alabama Now recording, Agenda, Minutes, Financial report

30Jun2017 11:00 a.m. Chisholm Community Center, Emergency meeting. Minutes.

Monday, 12Jun2017 6:00 p.m. Agenda Minutes All commissioners, Ms. Gray, Compliance Officer, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Collins, Mr. Smith. Noted in the audience was my grandson who stated on our way home from his first encounter with county government, he wants to return for more meetings.

Monday, 8May2017 6 p.m. General Session. Agenda Minutes All as below except addition of Fred Grey, Jr. filling in for his county attorney wife and the departure of Haygood.

Monday, 8 May2017 5 p.m. Work Session. All commissioners, Engineer, Administrative Assistant, County Administrator, Personnel Clerk, EMA Director. In the audience, Mayor Haygood.

Monday, 21Apr2017 9:00 a.m. Continuation meeting. Agenda Minutes

Monday, 10Apr2017 6:00 p.m. General Session Agenda Minutes Finance Attendees: full commission, Engineer, County Attorney, County Administrator, Personnel Director, Administrative Assistant. Denise Pilato and Sheriff in the audience.

Monday, 10Apr2017 5:00 p.m. Work session. Entire commission, Personnel Director, County Administrator, County Attorney, Engineer, Compliance Officer. Audience: Sheriff.

Monday, 13Mar2017 6:00 p.m. All commissioners, Ms. Gray, Mr. Hurley, Mr. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Erika Collins Agenda, Road and Bridge, Minutes.

Tuesday, 28Feb2017 9:00 a.m. Continuation Meeting, Annex. Minutes

Tuesday, 21Feb2017 10:00 a.m. Continuation Meeting, Annex. Minutes

Monday, 13Feb2017 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting, Annex. Agenda, Minutes. At 7:20 p.m. Commissioner Robinson moved to RECESS to Tuesday, 21Feb2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Annex.

Monday, 30Jan2017 10:00 a.m. Annex. - Minutes. Not sure of this meeting's classification; was it a continuation or a regular meeting? As far as I am concerned, neither. Inasmuch as the 9Jan2017 was adjourned (I have it on video), this meeting was not properly advertised and therefore did not meet the minimum requirements of advertisement. Worse yet, business outside the intent of this meeting (per the 9Jan meeting) took place. No agenda was provided for this meeting - Chairman stated he felt one was not needed because of only one item on the agenda. This meeting was intended to discuss the county's subdivision regulations. However, a motion was discussed and approved related to replacement windows for the burnt suit in last year's court house fire. Adjourned 12:18 p.m. My comment: In an Attorney General opinion to my inquiry of the commission's use of recessing, Chief Investigator, James E. Lambert wrote on November 19, 2015, "It appears that proper notice was given for the meetings that were continued to different dates. Notice of the new dates was given in an open public meeting, and the meeting was not adjourned." my emphasis applied.

Monday, 9Jan2017 General Session 6 p.m. Annex, Agenda, Minutes, Finance Report, Engineer Report In attendance, all commissioners and chairman, Hurley, Benjamin, Smith, Erica, Kinebrew, Revenue Commissioner Gandy.

Monday, 9Jan2017 work session 5 p.m. Annex. In attendance chairman, all commissioners, Hurley, Benjamin, Smith, Erica, Kinebrew

Monday, 19Dec2016 Continuation Meeting,10:00 a.m. Annex. Agenda, Minutes

Monday, 12Dec2016 general session, 6:00 p.m, District 4 Rec Center. Agenda, Minutes, In attendance, all commissioners and chairman, Erica (?) new hire for chairman's office, Benjamin, Smith, Grey, and EMA director; Thomas was sick. Attendance: Franklin Mayor and a councilwoman, Sheriff Brunson, and Revenue Commissioner Gandy and about 24 others. According to policy, no work session was held because of the meeting being in a district.

Tuesday, 29Nov2016 Continuation meeting 10:00 a.m. Agenda, Minutes, Road & Bridge understand yet another morning meeting - verbally announced to ONLY those at the previous meeting, which was unannounced as required by law. A vicious cycle - determined to keep citizens eyes and ears off our local county government!

Wednesday, 16Nov2016 Agenda, Minutes, Financial, Road & Bridge. This meeting was not advertised by law, which resulted in missing it. Seems friends and family knew of this meeting, but not the general public! And as a result of their desire to keep public from their meetings, I understand this meeting was recessed to the morning of Tuesday, 29Nov, again only those in attendance learned of the 29Nov 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 11oct2016 6:00 p.m. General Session. Agenda, Financial, Minutes

Tuesday, 11oct2016 5:00 p.m. Work Session, Agenda, Minutes, Financial, Road & Bridge

Thursday, 29Sep2016 Continuation meeting 10:00 a.m. Agenda, Minutes

Wednesday, 28Sep2016 Continuation meeting 10:08 a.m. All commissioners and Chairman,empty chamber for FY2017 county budget Smith, Thomas, Benjamin. Audience: Gandy, Brunson, Jackie Carisle of The Tuskegee News, Mr. Jimmy McGhar, and myself. Agenda. Minutes

Thursday, 22Sep2016 Continuation meeting 10:00 a.m. All commissioners, less Robinson, Maxwell, Smith, Thomas, Benjamin. Audience Gandy, Jr., Brunson, and Menefee - late.

Monday, 12Sep2016 6:30 p.m. Same commissioners and county employees as the work session. Audience: Jackie from The Tuskegee News, two others, and me. Minutes, Agenda

Monday, 12Sep2016 5:00 p.m. Work Session. All commissioners, less Chairman Maxwell. Commissioner Robinson was the acting Chairman for this and the general session. Also in attendance, Thomas, Benjamin, Smith, Gray, and Kinebrew. Audience: Revenue Commissioner Gandy, Rev Rick Williams, Vicki Watkins, and me.

Monday, 8Aug2016 6:00 p.m. Cotton Valley Community Center. No work session. - I know, need to get to this meeting. With my campaign through 8Nov, my time is exceptionally tight meeting voters but here is the Agenda and Minutes.

Monday, 11July2016 6:30 p.m. Annex. General Session. Same officials as work session. Chief Ellis and about a dozen citizens, less the Sheriff Department presence. No printed agenda, financial report, or previous meeting minutes due to the courthouse fire.

Monday, 11Jul2016 5:00 p.m. Annex. Work Session. All commissioners, Maxwell, Thomas, Grey, Smith, Golatte - filling in for vacationing Benjamin. Audience: Sheriff Brunson, his wife, and young man who seemed to be the departmental finance person, a man who by his answers I suspect was with the Travelers' Insurance Company, the firm with the court house policy, and a couple of others. A) The majority of the work session was centered on the early Saturday morning, 9Jul2016, courthouse fire, where three offices were heavily damaged. The firewalls and proactive measures such as fire doors put into place following the last fire contained the fire and limited damage throughout the building to primarily smoke related. Specific windows will replace the lower floor ones to prevent them again being broken out to set a fire within the building. Also looking toward Homeland Security for financial assistance in enhancing the current camera system with interior office cameras and better night vision exterior units. The question remains if the building code will require an interior sprinkler system, or if not, submitting a grant proposal. Maxwell stated discussion with the insurance adjuster and the contracted clean-up crew will determine if the second and third floors can be opened Wednesday, 13Jul. He expects full recovery to take about 12 weeks. Maxwell further feels that a good amount of documents and records will be recoverable. B) Sheriff Brunson presented two requests to the commission - one asking for new patrol cars and the other comparable salary for his employees. 1) He stated the department vehicles are repaired on a daily basis by his inmates and using parts from the local auto parts store. Furthermore, several do not have air conditioning and he has had to have some towed back to the headquarters after breaking down. 2) He stated he has lost three employees within the last month because of low salary, while comparing the departmental exceptionally low salaries of his dispatcher, deputies, and jailers with other local departments. On numerous occasions he said "please" in asking for better salaries for his department. Adjourned 6:10 p.m.


Monday, 27Jun2016 10:00 a.m. Annex. I was unable to attend this meeting. Not sure who attended.


Monday, 13Jun2016 6:00 p.m. District 1, Chisholm Community Center. General Session. Attendees: Maxwell, Robinson, Berry, Huffman, and Thompson; Benjamin, Smith, Gray, Kinebrew, Thomas, and Harris. Agenda and minutes.

Thursday, 2Jun2016 1:00 p.m. Public Hearing. Attendees: Traci DeLaney, Thompson, and about 40 mins into the publichearing2jun2016meeting Robinson. Interesting the newspaper announcement stated "The county needs as much local participation as possible in order to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole.." but the hour was at 1:00 p.m. Someone should notify the chairman that people work during the day and if "as much local participation" is desired maybe the hearing should have been at the regular meeting less than 2 weeks into the future. Handout. Some very good questions and concerns by two City of Tuskegee citizens and a citizen returning to Macon County. The questions were more of general knowledge rather than specifics I believe DeLaney may have been looking for for the 2016 grant proposal. Chairman appeared to be returning from a golf outing when I walked to the courthouse 45 minutes into the public hearing.

Monday, 9May2016 6:30 p.m. General Session. Attendees: Maxwell, Robinson, Berry, Huffman, and Thompson; Benjamin, Smith, Gray, Hurley, Kinebrew, and Thomas.cadets Audience: many connected to the recognition of the NROTC cadets and less regular attendees as compared to the most recent meetings. Agenda, financial, compliance, Engineer, and minutes.

Monday, 9May2016 5:00 p.m. Work Session. Attendees: Maxwell, Robinson, Berry, Huffman, and Thompson; Benjamin, Smith, Gray, Hurley, Kinebrew, and Thomas. Audience: two persons.

Thursday, 26Apr2016 Continuation Meeting 5:00 p.m. Attendees: Maxwell, Robinson, Berry, Thompson, and Huffman; Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, and Gray. Audience: Gandy, Mr. Jessie Kitt - VP of Macon County Amateur Athletic Association, and me. Agenda and Minutes

Monday, 11Apr2016 6:30 p.m. General Session. Attendees: Maxwell; Commissioners Robinson, Berry, Thompson, and Huffman; Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Gray, Harris. Agenda and Minutes

Monday, 11Apr2016 4:30 p.m. Work Session. Attendees: Maxwell; Commissioners Robinson, Thompson, and Huffman; Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Gray, Hurley, Golatte.

Monday, 14Mar2016 6:00 p.m. General session (work sessions are suspended with district commission meetings). County Commission meeting in District 3, Prairie Farm Community Center. Attendees Maxwell, Thompson, Huffman, Berry, Thomas, Benjamin, Gray, Smith, Hurley, Kinebrew, Harris, and Golatte. Elected officials: Gandy and Meneffe. Agenda, and Minutes

Monday, 22Feb2016, Continuation meeting 9:00 a.m. No printed agenda or reports. Attendees: Maxwell; Commissioners Robinson, Thompson, and Huffman; Benjamin, Thomas, Smith. Audience, Planning Commission Chairwoman Constance Torbert (Dist 2) and Cal Wilson (Dist 4), and me. Handouts: County Subdivision Regulations Law (11-24-1), Territorial Jurisdiction of Municipal Planning Commission (11-52-30), Vacation of Roads (23-4-1), County License Inspector (40-12-10). Minutes. "Lots of Empty Chairs" chamber photograph with only Thompson, Maxwell, Huffman, Smith, Benjamin, the requested Planning Commission members, and me until nearly 9:15 a.m. when Robinson arrived. Only one non-county representative in the chamber - ME! No wonder the chairman wants the meetings in the morning!

Monday, 8Feb2016 6:30 p.m. General Session. Attendees Maxwell and all commissioners, Thomas, Benjamin, Gray, Smith, Hurley, and Kinebrew. Elected officials: Gandy and Town of Franklin Mayor Sears. Agenda and Minutes

Monday, 8Feb2016 4:30 p.m. Work Session. Attendees Maxwell and all commissioners, Thomas, Benjamin, Gray, Smith, Hurley, and Kinebrew. Elected officials: Gandy and Town of Franklin Mayor Sears.

Monday, 11Jan2016 6:30 p.m. General Session. Agenda, Finance, Minutes

Monday, 11Jan2016 4:30 p.m. Work Session.

Monday, 14Dec2015 6:30 p.m. General Session. Attendees Maxwell and all commissioners, Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Gray, Hurley, and Kinebrew. About 18 in the audience. Agenda and Minutes

Monday, 14Dec2015 between 5:10 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the four commissioners and chairman discussing changing January's meeting to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate watching the collegiate football game. The Chairman and Commissioners Robinson, Thompson, and Huffman were in their seats while Berry was standing to the Chairman's right facing the dais. A quorum was present, discussing county business, and no public announcement of any type.

Monday, 14Dec2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session. Attendees Maxwell and all commissioners, Benjamin, Thomas, Smithy, Gray, Hurley, and Kinebrew. Audience: three and Revenue Commissioner, Mr. Gandy.

Tuesday, 9Nov2015 6:30 P.M. General Session. Attendees Maxwell and all commissioners, Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Gray. Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, 9Nov2015 4:32 P.M. Work Session. Attendees Maxwell and all commissioners, Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Gray. Audience 6 people.

Tuesday, 13Oct2015 6:30 P.M. General Session Agenda and Minutes Attendees, Maxwell and all commissioners, Gray, Smith, Thomas, Benjamin, Hurley. Attendance Fred Gray, Sr.

Tuesday, 13Oct2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session. Attendees, Maxwell and all commissioners, Gray, Smith, Thomas, Benjamin, Hurley

Tuesday, 29Sep2015 Continuation meeting 10:00 A.M. Agenda and Minutes. I was out of town. Budget 2015-2016, General Fund Revenue 2015-2016, and General Fund Appropriations 2015-2016

Tuesday, 22Sep2015 Continuation meeting 10:02 A.M. Attendees, Maxwell, all commissioners, Benjamin, Thomas, Smith. Audience, Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt and Probate Judge Menefee. Agenda and Minutes.

Monday, 14Sep2015 6:30 P.M. General Session. Attendees, Maxwell, all commissioners, Smith, Gray, Benjamin. Audience, Mr. Gandy, Revenue Commissioner elect and approximately 18 others. Agenda and Minutes

Monday, 14Sep2015 4:33 P.M. Work Session. Attendees, Maxwell, call commissioners, Smith, Gray, Benjamin. Contractor for work on jail was in the audience.

September 10Sep2015 - Confusion about this meeting, which was re-scheduled (without notice?) and resulted in no quorum.

Friday, 14Aug2015 Continuation meeting 10:00 A.M. Annex. Agenda. Attendees, Maxwell, all commissioners less Huffman, Gray, Smith, Thomas, Kinebrew, Golatte. Audience, Patricia Clay - county registrar who among two other registrars demanded the county address the bat problem, Steve McDaniel and Johnny Merril with Alabama Public Health, USDA representatives Lee Stevens and Kenny ?, and owner and son of Jared & Jared Affordable Wildlife Eviction of Columbus, GA.

Monday, 10Aug2015 6:00 P.M. General Session, District 2 Recreation Center on Hwy 29 S. Attendees, Maxwell; all commissioners, less Thompson; Mss. Gray, Kinebrew, Golatte, Thomas; Messrs Hurley and Smith. In audience County Registrars Bob Pearson, Patricia Clay, and Carolyn Kilpatrick along with some 20 other citizens. Agenda (incorrect date on the agenda - should be Monday, August 10, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.), Finance Report, Official Minutes

Monday, 20Jul2015 Continuation meeting 10:00 A.M. Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Benjamin, Thomas, Gray, Golatte and Mr. Smith. Agenda. Official Minutes.

Monday, 13Jul2015 6:30 P.M. General Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Gray, Golatte, and Benjamin, Mr. Smith. Audience Revenue Commissioner, videographer Rashid Swanson, Wiley Kirk, Mr. Long and his mother, approximately a dozen others, and myself. Agenda. Official Minutes

Monday, 13Jul2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Gray, Golatte, and Benjamin, Mr. Smith. Audience Revenue Commissioner, videographer Rashid Swanson, Roland Vaughn, presenter from Iowa with composite manhole covers, and me.

 

Monday, 8June2015 6:35 P.M. General Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners less Miles Robinson, Mss. Gray, Kinebrew, Thomas, and Golatte, Messrs. Smith and Hurley. Audience, Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt and about a dozen, including Wiley Kirk. Agenda. Official Minutes.

Monday, 8Jun2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners less Miles Robinson, Mss. Gray, Kinebrew, Thomas, and Golatte, Messrs. Smith and Hurley. Audience, Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt and one or two others.

Monday, 11May2015 6:30 P.M. General Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners less Drew Thompson, Mss. Gray, Kinebrew, and Thomas, Messrs. Smith, Hurley, Sheriff Brunson, Captain Whitehead. Minutes

Monday, 11May2015 4:35 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners less Drew Thompson, Mss. Gray, Kinebrew, and Thomas, Messrs. Smith, Hurley. Agenda. Official Minutes.

Monday, 13Apr215 6:30 P.M. General Session, Annex. All attendees as the work session and Kinebrew. Agenda. Official minutes.

Monday, 13Apr2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Gray and Thomas, Mr. Smith, Mayor Miller, Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt, and Registrar Bob Pearson.

Tuesday, 17Mar2015 Continuation meeting 9:05 A.M. Annex. Attendees: Chairman, Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, Thompson, Berry, and Mss. Bray, Thomas, Benjamin

Tuesday, 17Mar2015 9:05 A.M. Special Session. With no one other than employees and commissioners in the chamber, new taxation was a game. Robinson set the stage and motioned to add three proposals for taxation to the agenda. [Another example of lack of county government transparency - the agenda should be set hours before the meeting rather adding to it seconds before the meeting is to start for the purpose of seeking through budgets, business license fees, and now attempts for new taxes before an empty chamber.] Berry came to bat and hit a home run wanting a tax imposed for Auto and General Rental "on all other personal property," second by Huffman. Robinson next up at bat wanted a 5 cent fuel tax per gallon, second by Huffman AND Thompson [can taste the money]. Next was yet another home run by Berry. This time wanting a "one cent occupational tax and any new entity subjected to county occupational tax regardless of location in Macon County," second by Huffman again. All in favor of making the poor poorer voted "yea," thereby unanimous votes on all three resolutions. The meeting was quickly adjourned and the commissioners immediately hauled ass! Official Minutes.

Monday, 9Mar2015 6:31 P.M. General Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners less Berry, Mss. Kinebrew, Harris, Gray, Thomas, and Benjamin, Mr. Smith, Ms. Love of Macon County Board of Education, Sheriff Brunson, Captains Sistrunk and Whitehead. Official Minutes.

Monday, 9Mar2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Gray, Thomas, Benjamin, Harris, Sheriff Brunson, and Messrs. Hurley and Smith.

Monday, 9Feb2015 6:00 P.M. General Session, Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Gray, Thomas, Kinebrew, and Benjamin, Mssrs. Hurley and Smith, Sheriff Brunson and Captains Whitehead and Sistrunk. Official Minutes.

Monday, 12Jan2015 6:30 P.M. General Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman Maxwell, all commissioners less Robinson, Hurley, Thomas, Smith, Gray, Benjamin. Audience: Mr. Clinkscales, Town of Franklin councilman. Official Minutes.

Monday, 12Jan2015 4:30 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Chairman Maxwell, all commissioners less Robinson, Hurley, Thomas, Smith, Gray, Benjamin.

Monday, 22Dec2014, Continuation meeting Official Minutes

Friday, 19Dec2014, Continuation meeting Official Minutes

Monday, 8Dec2014 4:30 P.M. Work Session, Annex. Attendees: Hurley, Thomas, Smith, Gray, all commissioners, and Maxwell. Audience: Sheriff Warren and me.

Monday, 8Dec2014 6:30 P.M. General Session, Annex. Attendees: Hurley, Thomas, Smith, Kinebrew, Gray, all commissioners, and Maxwell. Audience: Judge Menefee, Sheriff Warren, Mr. Hoststeller, me and some 12 others. Official Minutes.

Monday, 17Nov2014, Continuation meeting Official Minutes.

Monday, 10Nov2014 6:30 P.M. General Session. Attendees: Chairman, Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, and Berry, Chairman Maxwell, Mss. Gray, Thomas, Kinebrew, Benjamin and Mr. Smith. Audience: Ms. Yolanda Watkins, Mayor Tommy Miller - a late arrival, a couple of citizens, and Frank Dillman. Official Minutes.

Monday, 10Nov2014 4:39 P.M. Work Session. Attendees: Chairman, Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, and Berry, Chairman Maxwell, Mss. Gray, Thomas, Kinebrew, Benjamin and Mr. Smith. Audience: Sheriff David Warren and a room full of citizens.

Monday, 27Oct2014 Continuation meeting 9:13 A.M. Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners less commissioner Thompson, Mss. Thomas and Benjamin, and Mr. Smith. Audience: Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt and Frank Dillman. Official Minutes

Monday, 20Oct2014 Continuation meeting 9:00 A.M. Annex. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Thomas, Benjamin and Messrs. Smith and Hurley. Audience about eight sheriff employees. Official Minutes

Tuesday, 14Oct2014 6:00 P.M. District 1 Chisholm Rec Center. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Mss. Gray, Thomas, Benjamin and Messrs. Smith and Hurley. Audience: Sheriff David Warren, Willie Kirk, many citizens, and close to 2 dozen sheriff employees. Official minutes.

Monday, 22Sep2014 10:00 A.M. Annex. Official minutes and FY2014-2015 budget summary

Monday, 18Sep2014 10:00 A.M. Annex. Official minutes

Monday, 15Sep2014 10:00 A.M. Annex. Official minutes

Monday, 8Sep2014 6:30 P.M. Annex General Session. Attendees: Chairman, Commissioners Thompson, Huffman, and Berry, Mr. Smith, Mss. Benjamin, Thomas, Gray, and Kinebrew. Audience: eight people. Official minutes.

Monday, 8Sep2014 4:30 P.M. Annex Work Session. Attendees: Chairman, Commissioners Thompson, Huffman, and Berry, Mr. Smith, Mss. Benjamin, Thomas, and Gray. Audience, Willey Kirk and two others.

Monday, 11Aug2014 6:30 P.M. Annex General Session. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Ms. Kinebrew, Ms. Harris, Veronica, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Gray, J.D. Smith

Monday, 11Aug2014 4:30 P.M. Annex Work Session. Attendees: Chairman, all commissioners, Ms. Kinebrew, Ms. Harris, Veronica, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Gray, J.D. Smith Minutes.

Monday, 14Jul2014 6:00 P.M. District 4 Recreation Center on Hwy 27, General Session. Attendees include Chairman, commissioners Huffman and Berry, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Gray, Mr. Smith, Ms. Kinebrew's assistant, and Mr. Hurley. Pro temp of the Town of Franklin Council along with maybe 30 other citizens in the audience.

Tuesday, 8Jul2014, Annex, Emergency meeting to approve a resolution for a grant proposal for the Chisholm Recreation Center in district 1 - shared by Maxwell during the July general meeting. Further provided by Chairman, attendees included Chairman, commissioners Robinson, Huffman, and Berry who addressed the one issue and quickly adjourned. Minutes.

Monday, 23Jun2014 Minutes.

Monday, 9Jun2014 4:30 P.M. Annex, Work Session. In attendance Chairman, commissioners Huffman and Berry, Mr. Hurley, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kinebrew, Ms. Gray, and Mr. Smith. Audience: Ed Corbitt Revenue Commissioner, three persons concerning the naming of Macon County Court House, Mr. Roland Vaughn, and two others. Minutes.

Monday, 9Jun2014 6:30 P.M. Annex, Work Session. In attendance Chairman, all commissioners, Mr. Hurley, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kinebrew, Ms. Gray, and Mr. Smith. Audience: Ed Corbitt Revenue Commissioner, three persons concerning the naming of Macon County Court House, Mr. Roland Vaughn, and others totalling about a dozen.

Monday, 12May2014 4:30 P.M. Annex, Work Session. In attendance Chairman, all four commissioners, Mr. Hurley, Fred Gray Sr. Esq. filling in for county attorney, Mr. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Kinebrew. In audience Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt and two non-county employees.

Monday, 12May2014 6:30 P.M. Annex, General Session. Chairman, all four commissioners, Mr. Hurley, Fred Gray Sr. Esq. filling in for county attorney, Mr. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Kinebrew. In audience Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt and about ten non-county employees.

Monday, 28Apr2014 Continuation meeting 10:00 A.M. Annex. In attendance, Chairman, Commissioners Berry and Huffman, Ms. Gray, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hurley, Ms. Benjamin, and five citizens, of which three representing Convertible Structure Solutions Tuskegee LLC (CSST).

Monday, 14Apr2014 6:30 P.M. Annex, General Session. In attendance, Chairman, all four commissioners, Ms. Gray, Mr. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Kinebrew. In audience, Ed Corbitt, Revenue Commissioner; Curtis Rayburn, County Red Cross representative; and Chief Ellis, Town of Shorter Fire Chief.

Monday, 14Apr2014 4:30 P.M. Annex, Work Session. In attendance, Chairman, all four commissioners, Ms. Gray, Mr. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Kinebrew. In audience, Ed Corbitt, Revenue Commissioner; Curtis Rayburn, County Red Cross representative and four non-county employee citizens.

Thursday, 3Apr2014. An emergency meeting to receive quotes on emergency generators. I was not aware of the meeting until it's minutes were approved during the general meeting on Monday, April 14.

Monday, 10Mar2014 6:00 P.M. District 2 Cotton Valley Recreation Center: all commissioners, Chairman, Ms. Gray, Mr. J.D. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kinebrew, Mr. Hurley were present. Notasulga Councilman Robin Collins was in the audience as well as several sheriff and judge candidates. (Before the start of the meeting Compliance Officer, Mr. David Hurley, told me he will be attending the Police Academy in Montgomery beginning in June through September. Upon graduation he will then be able to provide a greater service to our community with the ability to issue citations to litterers.)

Monday, 10Feb2014 6:30 P.M. Annex General Session. In attendance: all commissioners, Chairman, Ms. Gray, Mr. J.D. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kinebrew. Audience included Notasulga Mayor Tommy Miller, Notasulga Councilman and sheriff candidate Robin Collins, Representative Pebblin Warren, and Sheriff David Warren.


Monday, 10Feb2014 4:30 P.M. Annex Work Session. In attendance: all commissioners, Chairman, Ms. Gray, Mr. J.D. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kinebrew. Audience included Revenue Commissioner and two non-county employee citizens.


Monday, 13Jan2014 4:30 P.M. Annex. Work Session. In attendance: all commissioners, Chairman, Ms. Gray, Mr. J.D. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Mr. Hurley, Ms. Thomas.


Monday, 13Jan2014 6:30 P.M. Annex General Session. In attendance: all commissioners, Chairman, Ms. Bridgett Gray, Mr. J.D. Smith, Ms. Benjamin, Mr. David Hurley, Ms. Thomas.


Monday, 9Dec2013 - 6:00 P.M. Shorter. General Session. In attendance: Chairman; Commissioners Huffman, Berry, and Drew Thompson; Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, J.D. Smith, Ms. Bridgett Gray, David Hurley, Judy Kinebrew


Tuesday, 12Nov2013 4:30 P.M. Annex. Work Session. In attendance: Chairman; Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, and Berry; and Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, Fred Gray, Mr. Hurley, and Ms. Kinebrew

Tuesday, 12Nov2013 6:30 P.M. Annex. General Session. In attendance: Chairman; Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, and Berry; and Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Gray, Mr. Hurley, and Ms. Kinebrew

Tuesday, 15Oct2013 4:30 P.M. Annex. Work Session. In attendance: Chairman; Commissioners Thompson, Huffman, and Berry; Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Gray, Mr. Hurley, Ms. Kinebrew


Tuesday, 15Oct2013 6:30 P.M. Annex. General Session. In attendance: Chairman; Commissioners Robinson, Thompson, Huffman, and Berry; Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Gray, Mr. Hurley, Ms. Kinebrew

Continuation meeting. 2014 general budget approved.


Monday, 9Sep2013 6:30 p.m. General session. Annex. Still on vacation so notes are again sketchy.

Thursday, 5Sep2013 10 a.m. Work session. Annex. I was on vacation so notes are sketchy.

Friday, 16Aug2013 Continuation meeting 10 a.m. Annex. Chairman, Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, Thompson, and Berry, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Thomas, Mr. Smith in attendance along with three citizens in the audience.


Thursday, 15Aug2013 5:00 p.m. Annex. Special citizen input meeting concerning redistricting. In attendance Chairman, Commissioners Robinson, Huffman, Thompson, and Berry, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Gray. Four citizens in audience - disgraceful! Comments supporting doing a better job of ensuring all citizens comply with the 2020 US census to ensure properly county for county, state, and federal programs. Only one citizen had a question of which Chairman, Huffman, and the citizen discussed it over the wall hanging maps.


Monday, 12Aug2013 6:30 p.m. Annex - Commissioners Berry, Robinson, and Huffman, chairman, Ms. Gray, Mr. Smith, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Benjamin, and Kinebrew.

New business

Reports

Meeting recessed until Friday August 16 at 1000.


Thursday, 8Aug2013 10:00 a.m. Annex - Commissioners Berry, chair, and Thompson present with Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Hurley, and Gray. One non-county employee citizen in audience.


Tuesday, 25Jul2013 6:00 p.m. Public Meeting for redistricting the 4 county districts - cancelled and and rescheduled for 15Aug 5:00 p.m. Two non-county employee citizens in attendance.


Monday, 8Jul2013 6:30 p.m. Annex - All Commissioners present along with Benjamin, Thomas, Smith, Hurley, Gray, and Kinebrew


Thursday, 27Jun2013 Continuation meeting at 2:00 p.m. Annex. All commissioners present along with Hurley, Benjamin, Smith, Thomas, and Gray.


Monday, 10Jun2013 at 6:30 p.m. District 1 Shiloh AME Zion Church, Hwy 24 in Brownville. All commissioners present along with Hurley, Benjamin, Smith, Thomas, and Gray.


Thursday, 6Jun2013 at 10:00 a.m. All commissioners present, less Thompson. Also present was Benjamin, Gray, Thomas, Smith, and Hurley. Two non-county Macon residents in attendance.


Monday, 13May2013 at 6:30 p.m. All commissioners present. Also present representing the county: Benjamin, Gray, Kinebrew, Thomas.


Thursday, 9May2013 at 10:00 a.m. All commissioners present less Miles Robinson, district 1. County Engineer is at a conference. County employees in attendance: Benjamin, Gray, Kinebrew, Hurley, Miller (in capacity as 911 Chief), Revenue Commissioner Ed Corbitt. Three presentations took place:


Monday, 8Apr2013 All commissioners in attendance along with Benjamin, Thomas, Gray, Hurley, and Smith


22Aug2011. Continuation meeting. Commissioners Thompson, Albert Daniels, and Berry and Chairman Maxwell in attendance along with Benjamin, Thomas, and Gray. Minutes.