The Fayette County Commission honored a Berry youth at its May 24 meeting for his recent athletic accomplishment. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Nathan Jacobs, son of Commissioner Wesley and Cheli Jacobs of Berry, recently competed in a football game at Berry High School during which he scored five touchdowns. The game was held at the school’s stadium and was attended by his fellow students, faculty, friends and family.
The Fayette County Commission agreed at its May 10 meeting to adopt the “Investing in Alabama Counties (IAC)” plan offered through the Association of Alabama Commissions. The plan will help the county pursue reimbursable “American Relief Funds” that are still available through the CARES Act. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
An audit completed by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for fiscal year 2018 concludes that Fayette County Commission funds from other accounts were incorrectly allocated to a fund that was used to help construct the new Fayette County Jail. While the report indicates that funds may have been mishandled and used from other accounts in an inappropriate manner, the auditors did not find that any funds were used for personal gain.
The Fayette County Commission held a brief regular meeting on Feb. 22, followed by an executive session. Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner John Underwood were absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Fayette County EMA Director Russ Taylor told the commissioners that he had been asked to check on a new communication system for the county.
The Fayette County Commission agreed at its Feb. 8 meeting to partner with the City of Fayette to seek funds that would allow for the paving and/or resurfacing of McConnell Loop and 25th Street NE. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said that the City of Fayette had approached him with the idea of a partnership that would allow the paving of McConnell Loop and the resurfacing of 25th St. NE. He said that the combining of the projects could result in an overall savings of approximately $90,000 on the project.
The Fayette County Commission voted to hire a tag office clerk at its Jan. 11 meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said that the tag office has been working with one less employee for the past few months. He said that the number of transactions performed by the tag office each month is “huge,” and that the department needs to hire an additional employee to be fully staffed.
The Fayette County Commission recognized one of its employees at the beginning of its Dec. 14 meeting for excelling in scholastic achievement while attending Bevill State Community College. All commissioners were present at the meeting. Preston Jones, the county maintenance supervisor, received the 2020 New Century Workforce Scholar for the State of Alabama and received a $1,250 scholarship award. Jones also received the Carl A. Elliott, Sr. Student Achievement Award for the 2019-20 academic year.
The Fayette County Commission held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Fayette Civic Center. Prior to the start of the meeting, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman issued the oaths of office to the four commissioners who won seats during this year’s election. They are as follows: Commissioner Shane Hughes, re-elected from District 2, Commissioner John Underwood, re-elected from District 6, newly-elected Commissioner Wesley Jacobs from District 4, and newly-elected Commissioner Robert Townley from District 5.
The Fayette County Commission voted to hire two substitute workers for the Fayette County Aging Program during its Oct. 19 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to hire two workers for the program, and the motion was approved unanimously. The two substitute workers will be used to fill in at any of the Aging Programs within the county when needed.