BY BRUCE BRANUM
The Greenville Standard
The Butler County Commission met on Tuesday, Dec. 14, for a workshop and regular meeting.
With a quorum of four commissioners present including Darrell Sanders, Alan Whittle, Rebecca Butts, and Joey Peavy, the regular meeting was called to order and the agenda adopted.
The first item on the agenda was to approve a non-binding contract with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. to provide services related to municipal bonds for funding road projects.
Stifel spokesperson, Ken Funderburk, gave a short presentation to the commissioners and they then approved to enter into a service contract.
The commissioners next approved an “Off Premises Only” wine and beer license for Country Stop, which was formerly Neen’s Country Store.
Next, the commission discussed the lack of a qualified applicant for the position of building maintenance supervisor. They decided to re-advertise the position.
They then approved to purchase three new Ford F150 crew cab trucks from Stivers Ford for the maintenance department with the addition of spray-in bed liners at a cost of approximately $62,500.
The commission then approved a Cannon Solutions new copier lease for the Revenue Commissioner’s Office at a cost of $246 a month for a 36-month lease.
Next on the agenda was to approve to relocate the Garland voting precinct across the highway to the Garland Volunteer Fire Department and close Monterey’s voting house, which they approved.
The commission then approved the minutes of the Nov. 12 and 16 meetings.
Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond then gave a Correctional Facility report and indicated they were no big issues.
The commissioners next approved a resolution to appoint John Sims, the current EMA assistant, to full time EMA director and Safety Coordinator. Whittle was the only commissioner to vote nay. He noted that he believed the position should be advertised.
Next, Dennis McCall gave the Engineer’s report and requested approval to seek a 2022 Rebuild
Alabama Grant for the replacement of a bridge on Manningham Road in the amount of $250,000.
McCall stated the bridge to be replaced was 1000 feet east of the intersection of Manningham Loop and Manningham Road.
The commissioners then approved to pay the bills and adjourn.
After adjourning, the four commissioners spoke of their high regards for retiring Butler County Administrator Diane Kilpatrick’s 19 years of service in that position and gave her a surprise retirement party.