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Commission votes to centralize supply purchases



The Fayette County Commission approved a plan to centralize its purchasing of office supplies and materials in an effort to save money during its June 22 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman had previously addressed the commission concerning centralizing its office supply purchases, but the commission had taken no previous action.

Commission changes public comment policy


Shown at the Monday, Feb. 24 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner John Underwood.

During its Feb. 24 meeting, the Fayette County Commission established a new policy that will declare a 60-day moratorium on public comments prior to an election. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Joe Acker commented during the meeting that the commission appeared to get speakers just before an election cycle speaking against a candidate who is seeking re-election. He asked for a 60-day moratorium on public comments to be fair to the candidates who are seemingly being attacked.

Commission approves handicapped parking at courthouse


Shown at the annual organizational meeting of the Fayette County Commission is Chairman Mike Freeman (seated front) and from left, back: Commissioners Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, outgoing vice-chairman Joe Acker, John Underwood and incoming vice-chairman Barry Corkren.

The commission approved the addition of four handicapped parking spots on the south end of the courthouse during its Nov. 11 meeting. All commissioners were in attendance for the meeting. Newly hired county administrator, Brooke Slatton, who will be starting with the commission in early 2020, was also in attendance at the meeting.

 

Gordon announces retirement; commission hires Slatton as administrator


Shown at the Oct. 15 Fayette County Commission meeting, clockwise from left: Commissioners Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight and Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski and Commissioner Joe Acker. Not pictured, but also present were Commissioners Barry Corkren and John Underwood.

County Administrator John Gordon announced his plans to retire from his position during the Oct. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. In a letter to the commissioners, Gordon expressed his desire to retire, effective April 1, 2020, stating that he has “been blessed to work for the commission 22 years as of Dec. 1, 2019.

Commission approves bids, 2020 budget


Pictured at the Sept. 23 commission meeting, from left: Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner John Underwood and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commission approved its FY 2020 budget during the continuation of its Sept. 23 meeting. The Monday night meeting was recessed until Tuesday morning to take one last look at the budget before it was approved.

 

Commission stresses importance of 2020 Census


Pictured at the Aug. 26 Fayette County Commission meeting, clockwise from left: Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

The importance of the upcoming 2020 Census was stressed during the Aug. 26 meting of the Fayette County Commission. Commissioner John Underwood was absent, with the remaining commissioners being present. Also present was Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, who serves as the chairman of the commission. Commissioner Shane Hughes said that the 2019 annual convention of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama pointed out the importance of everyone in the county being counted during next year’s census.

 

County Commission votes to return meetings to annex building


Shown at the July 22 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted at its July 22 meeting to resume holding its meetings in the annex building instead of the Fayette County Courtroom. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers made the motion to move the meetings, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Joe Acker. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.

 

Fayette County Commission hears paving proposal


The Fayette County Commission met on Jan. 14 in the Fayette County Courthouse Courtroom for the first time under the leadership of Probate Judge Mike Freeman. Shown from left are: commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers and James Knight, Freeman, commissioners Shane Hughes and Barry Corkren.

County Engineer Chris Howell told the Fayette County Commission during its Jan. 11 meeting that the city has approached him about a mutually beneficial paving project between the city and the county. The city is proposing that the county use federal money that is at their disposal to pave a portion of County Road 21, County Road 38 West, a portion of 8th Avenue and 25th Street.

Commissioners donate to Joey Day


The Fayette County Commissioners donated $250 out of their personal funds to the Joey Day program in Fayette County. Shown from left are: Commissioner John Underwood, Commissioner James Knight, Joey Day Chairman Chuck Langley, Commission Chairman Joe Acker, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commissioners donated $250 out of their personal funds to the Joey Day program in Fayette to buy Christmas presents for children in Fayette County.

Fayette County Commission discusses aging program


Shown are Dennis Stripling, executive dirctor of the West Alabama Regional Commission, and Pam McDaniel, director of the Area Agency on Aging, as they spoke to the Fayette County Commission.

The Fayette County Commission discussed its plans for the future of the aging program in the county, following the retirement in November of its long-time program director, Fay Meharg. All commissioners were present for the Nov. 26 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren said that he is certainly not against having an aging program in the county, but added that now by be the appropriate time to evaluate the way the program is funded and staffed to ensure that the program runs more efficiently and economically.