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County facing $1M budget shortage

Randolph County Chief Financial Officer Travis Heard told the county commissioners at their work shop meeting on Thursday, the county is facing a major budget crisis.

“According to requests versus revenue, you will need to cut $1,045,000 from the proposed budget,” he said.

Heard went on to say the county is back at pre-pandemic revenue levels so revenues are down.

“During the pandemic lake residents took refuge here instead of vacationing, and they spent money locally. Same thing with county residents, they did all their shopping locally,” he said. Heard went on to say the major increase in the proposed budget is insurance costs. The commission will have a budget workshop for this Thursday.

Trash savings

At Monday’s meeting of Randolph County Commission, commissioners approved a contract with 121 Disposal Company out of Auburn to provide garbage pickup in the county. In the approval, the company will be given the customer list and will use the current trash cans. The only other bid came from the county’s current provider, Amwaste. The bid from Amwaste was $100.42 per quarter. The cost per quarter will be $81.27 per quarter with the new company.

Honoring a former commissioner

After opening the meeting, Chairman Pam Johnson ask for a moment of silence in memory of 9/11 victims on the anniversary of the trade center tragedy and in memory of former commissioner Richard Fetner who passed away.

County roadwork

Chairman Pam Johnson stated the county had been approved for a grant and the County Road 30 and County Road 17 projects would begin this week. There will be other roads improved with money from the grant.

In other business, the commission:

Recognized HR Director Patricia Cantrell for obtaining her certification in county administration.

Approved a contract with Traliant Operating, LLC to provide employee education of safety, drug usage, sexual harassment and human resources best practices.

Approved renewal of the highway department’s CIMS software.

Approved an agreement to joint bid asphalt with Cleburne County.

Heard from Sheriff David Cofield there are 70 inmates in the county jail.

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