County Commission

Fayette County Commission holds brief meeting

Pictured is the Fayette County Commission as they met on March 11.

The Fayette County Commission held a brief regular meeting on Monday, March 11. All commissioners were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, only one item of business was on the agenda. The item of business was discussion about the aging program director and at the beginning of the meeting, the commissioners agreed to remove that item of business from the agenda.


County Commission holds special meeting to approve gas tax resolution

Shown at the commission’s special meeting are, from left: County Engineer Chris Howell, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant and Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 to consider adopting a resolution in support of the “Rebuild Alabama Act” that is being considered by state legislators. All commissioners were present with the exception of Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner John Underwood.


Fayette County Commission tours new jail facility prior to meeting

Shown is the exterior of the new Fayette County Jail that is under constructiion. The commissioners toured the jail prior to its Feb. 25 meeting.

The Fayette County Commission toured the new jail facility that is under construction prior to its Feb. 25 meeting. All commissioners were present for the tour and the subsequent meeting.
Work on the site preparation for the new jail began on April 2, 2018 and has proceeded at a fairly rapid pace despite a lot of rainy weather. The new jail is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.


Fayette County Commission makes board appointments

Shown at the Feb. 11 commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight and Shane Hughes.

The Fayette County Commission made additional board appointments during its Feb. 11 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Edwin “Punk” Turner, who died on Feb. 10. Fayette County EMA Director Russ Taylor told the commissioners that FEMA has given its final approval for the Fayette County storm shelters, and has also closed the grant application for the shelters. Paperwork concerning the shelters has to be kept on file for an additional three years.


Commission approves hiring of part-time aging director

Shown clockwise from left at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Fayette County Commission are: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Fayette EMA Director Russ Taylor.

The Fayette County Commission voted on Jan. 28 to “move forward” with plans to hire a part-time aging director for Fayette County. Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner Billy Rodgers and Commissioner Barry Corkren had been on a committee to explore options concerning the direction that the aging program needs to take following the retirement of former director Faye Meharg in Oct. 2018.

Commission continues discussion on aging program

Shown at the Dec. 10 Fayette County Commission meeting are, from left: County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Commissioner Barry Corkren and Probate Judge-elect Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission continued its discussion concerning the aging program at its Dec. 10 meeting. Commission Chairman Joe Acker said that there appeared to be a general consensus after the commission’s last meeting to discontinue the Medicaid Waiver program that the aging program has been particpating in. He said that Pam McDaniel of the regional aging program stated that the county is already in violation of the guidelines because follow-up inspections were not being completed.


Acker assumes chairmanship of commission

Commissioner Joe Acker (seated) assumed the chairmanship of the commission at the Nov. 14 meeting. Shown standing, from left are commissioners John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes and Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County commission held its annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14. All commissioners were present for the meeting and commissioner Joe Acker assumed the chairmanship of the commission until January 2019, when newly-elected probate Judge, Mike Freeman, will serve as chairman. Commissioner Acker asked Freeman to sit with the commissioners at the meeting table since he would soon be chairman of the commission.


County Commission hires engineer, road supervisor

County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren are shown at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Fayette County Commission.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new engineer and shop supervisor during its regularly scheduled Aug. 13 meeting. Current County Engineer Luke Porter resigned his position at the last commission meeting, with his resignation becoming effective on Aug. 31. At the time of his resignation, Porter told the commissioners that Mike Tomlin had also expressed an interest in returning to the shop and resigning his position as road supervisor. The commissioners accepted the resignations and posted each position during the same meeting. After a brief executive session during the most recent Aug.

Porter resigns as Fayette County Engineer

Faye Meharg (standing), Fayette County Aging Program Director, is shown speaking to the Fayette County Commissioners concerning a proposal for cleaning services. Also pictured from left are Fayette County attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

In a move that appeared to take most of the commissioners by surprise, Luke Porter resigned his position as Fayette County Engineer during the continuation of the commission’s July 23 meeting. Near the close of the regular meeting on Monday, July 23, Porter asked the commission to allow him an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Following the executive session, the commission recessed the meeting until 2:30 p.m. on the following day.