WEDOWEE - At Thursday's Randolph County Commission workshop meeting, Commission Chairman Doyle Allen told fellow commissioners there needs to be an assessment done of all employees in the county to determine if the job and compensation are competitive to other counties.

Allen said in some departments there is just way too much turnover. "I feel like we need to make some adjustments to hire quality employees and see if we can increase wages or maybe combine some jobs to save money."

After some discussion, the commission agreed to appoint a committee to do the assessment. At Monday's meeting, the commission approved the committee that will consist of: Commissioner Derek Farr as chairman, Travis Heard, Justin Rush, Donnie Grant, Donna Young and Deborah Lane. The committee will report back so the commission could make any changes in the jobs and rate of pay when they see what the 2019-2020 budget looks like.

Sheriff's report

Sheriff David Cofield reported to the commission that on Monday there were 88 inmates in the county jail.

Cofield thanked everyone, paid and volunteer, who responded to several major incidents over the weekend (drowning at Flat Rock, fire in Rock Mills and severe weather). "Everyone worked really good together, and I appreciate it very much."

The sheriff reported that deputies working overtime had written several tickets and warnings on County Road 444 and 439 (mud bogging roads).

In other business, the commission:

  • Presented a plaque for successful emergency management training to assistant director Jan Prescott.
  • Will set up a meeting with Wedowee Utilities Board to sign an agreement of shared cost at the sewer lift station. The county will provide the pumps and materials, and the utility board will provide the labor for the installation.
  • Approved a request from Altapointe Health to pass a resolution to amend its articles of incorporation to include services to the intellectually disabled community in Mobile County.
  • Approved an alcohol license for Dollar General located on Highway 48 in the Mad Indian area. Commissioner Allen, Lovvorn and Farr abstained from the vote.
  • Heard a letter of appreciation read from Kim Northington for the commission's cooperation while he prepared to move from a county-owned rental house on First Avenue Southeast.
  • Tabled nominations of three people to be considered by the state in the selection of a new member for the County Equalization Board.

Fiscal year 2020 budget hearings will be held July 30 and Aug. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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