County implementing mandatory garbage collection

At the regular meeting of the Greene County Commission on Monday, March 14, County Engineer Arzo Abrams reported that since the implementation of mandatory garbage collection, 17 new customers have signed up and three exemptions have been filed. Persons whose only income is social security or SSI checks are exempt from paying a garbage fee.
The policy was adopted when it became apparent that many of the customers of the Greene County Water Service either did not have garbage cans or were not paying for the service. This was costing the county a great deal of money. Even with the new policy, Abrams said that there was approximately $50,000 in outstanding payments,
The financial report revealed that the county had a total of $1,980,109 in cash and cash equivalencies and claims for the month totalled $279,286. Payment of these claims was approved..
In other business, the commission:
*Tabled the appointment of James Gaines to the PARA board and approved the appointment of Clinton Walton. Gaines’ appointment was tabled until the commission could get an opinion as to whether he was able to serve since he was an elected official in the town of Union. The Code of Alabama prohibits a county elected official from serving in this capacity but says nothing about any other elected official.
*Heard a presentation from Barrett Vaughn from Tuskegee University on the new programs available for Greene County residents. These programs included working with Alabama Waste Water Association on septic system licensing; a home energy education program and energy audits in the county.
*Approved travel to the NACO Annual Conference for both the County Engineer and Assistant Engineer.
*Approved travel to a CED workshop for Commissioner Tennyson Smith.
*Approved transferring money remaining in the Pandemic Flu account to the Emergency Management department. This transfer was acceptable under the terms of the grant.
*Approved August 5-7 as sales tax holidays. These are days that the county tax is not charged on school supplies.
*Approved allowing the manager of the Public Works Department to appoint a License Inspector. So far, only two persons have applied for this job.
*Discussed accepting the bid from Office Depot for county office supplies. Commissioner Nick Underwood questioned why the county did not utilize local businesses and was assured that they did. However, the motion to use Office Depot died for lack of a second.
*Discussed the lengths of terms of members of the PARA Board. It was agreed by consensus to use the same terms as the Alabama Code suggested.. It was agreed for appointments from District 1 be three and five years; District 3 be two and four years; District 4 be four years; and District 5 be six years. Commissioner Smith from District 2 asked that his decision be tabled until the next meeting.
*Approved assigning grant writing responsibilities to Terry Acuss of Community Consultants, Inc. and Marilyn Armstead of Writing, Marketing and Advertising Group. The county will not be obligated to pay either writer. Their salary will depend on their success in obtaining grants.

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