Commission hears budget requests for next fiscal year

Published 11:00 pm Monday, August 26, 2013

A soundproof jury room, lighting for an EMA truck and an E911 joint mapping system are a few of the requests on the books for the upcoming budget year from Pike County offices.

Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Pike County Commission Monday night, department heads, including Probate Judge Wes Allen, Board of Registrars Chair Melissa Ingram and Sheriff Russell Thomas, presented thoughts on needs and ways to meet those needs in the next fiscal year.

No budget items were decided upon Monday night. Commissioners will use the time leading up to the next commission meeting on Sept. 9 when there will be a follow-up budget hearing.

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At the commission’s work session, commissioners presented a $25,000 check to the Troy Miracle League to be used for construction of a playground. Certificates were also given to the coaches and players on the local championship Dixie Softball Angels X-Play team, Dixie Youth Baseball Minor Rookies team and the Dixie Youth O-Zone Rookies team in recognition of their accomplishments this year.

During the regular meeting, commissioners voted to release funding to resurface three projects that were approved for ATRIP money; approved work to be done by a crane for a bridge on County Road 6638 at $2,350 per day not to exceed $7,050; and approved replacing a single span bridge on County Road 1121 with a pipe for $3,330. The last two projects will be paid for out of the Road and Bridge Fund.

Commissioners also approved a contract renewal with S&W, the company that services the hardware and software for the Probate Office and Revenue Commissioner’s Office; approved the designation of surplus items at the Probate Office to be disposed of or donated to area non-profits; and to approve participation in the implementation of a E911 Joint Mapping System at an initial cost of $6,500 with $2,200 per year maintenance. It is hoped the Joint Mapping System will be purchased and utilized by the City of Troy, City of Brundidge, E911 and Pike County. The commission’s decision is conditional on the approval from the other entities involved.

Commissioner Jimmy Barron proposed a variance on the county’s speed bump policy so that two to three speed bumps can be installed on County Road 6605 as requested by residents who live on that road. The commission approved Barron’s proposal.

Finally, the commission voted to continue with a cost benefit analysis by EMA Director Jeanna Barnes in an effort to decide whether or not the county should install a repeater in the Hamilton Crossroads area.

The next scheduled meeting for the commission is Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. A second budget hearing will follow the regular meeting.