County ups pay for registrars

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Pike County Board of Registrars got a $20 a day increase in expense allowance, thanks to the commission on Monday.

Commissioners also approved the acceptance of grants for Emergency Management at the request of Pike County EMA Director Jeanna Barnes, who was away attending a Homeland Security Conference.

“The requests are for two law enforcement grants,” County Administrator Harry Sanders said. “One is for the Pike County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $3,906 for radio equipment. The other grant is for the Troy Police Department in the amount of $4,300 for trauma packs.”

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

There was also a matching EMD grant in the amount of $695.

County Engineer Russell Oliver presented two personnel items to the commission, neither for permanent employment. He requested the six-month extension of a part-time temporary employee and three part-time hires for the summer season. The commission approved Oliver’s request.

“Our goal, and it’s an aggressive one, is to have all disaster related work completed by the end of the calendar year,” Oliver said. “Then we can get back to shoulder maintenance and strip patching. We haven’t been able to get it all.”

In further personnel action, Sanders asked that the commission consider a part-time employee in the county administrator’s office due to the shortage resulting from the extended illness of an employee.

“This request is not beyond the budget,” Sanders said. “We are short handed and the longer we delay hiring the less efficient we can be. I always want to make sure that everything that needs to be is done.”

The commission voted in favor of the temporary hire. The position will be advertised for two weeks.

In other business, the commission received an application for a retail beer and wine license at The Smokin’ Skillet Café, on U.S. Highway 231 south of Brundidge. The commission carried over the request due to the required 30-day wait period.

The Pike County Commission’s next meeting will be June 27 at the Pike County Health Department community room. The meetings are open to the public.