BONIFAY — The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved the recently revised garbage franchise agreement during their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
County Attorney Jeff Goodman explained that it was basically the same agreement before only this time it added the requirement for franchises to show proof of insurance and reinforced that if any franchise that did not comply with the agreement could have their contract with the county terminated.
The board agreed to allow Goodman to advertise for Ordinance 05-08.
“This is a small county surtax that was started 17 or 18 years ago,” said Goodman. “For financial reasons the county has chosen to renew and I need permission to advertise to schedule for September to get it going.”
The board approved renewing their membership with Opportunity Florida in the amount of $1,992.70.
Commissioner Bill Parish asked what benefits the county receives from being a member of Opportunity Florida and Chairman Monty Merchant replied a “solicitation of businesses.”
“Their goal is bringing in businesses to the area,” said Goodman. “I like the idea of being a part of them.”
Merchant reminded the board that there are a couple of members of the Holmes County Development Commission that have resigned.
“It’s nothing we need to do right now, it’s just something we need to consider and bring the names to the next meeting,” said Merchant. “Shirley Hawthorn’s term is up but she has volunteered to continue serving on the board.”
The board approved of reappointing Hawthorn and agreed to bring names for potential new members at the next scheduled meeting.
Malinda Pollock with CDG Engineers came before the Board to request a Landfill Permit Modification in efforts to save the county up to $7,000 a year.
“It is to change the gas testing from quarterly to annually,” said Pollock. “This will drastically reduce laboratory fees and should save you up to $7,000 per year.”
Board approved of the Landfill Permit Modification in the amount of $3,200.
Commissioner Bobby Sasnett asked how many years were left on the permit and Pollock replied that in 2010 there was 25 years left.
The board agreed with Parish’s request to hold a 30-minute workshop before every morning meeting of the Board of County Commissioners where they could discuss items with department heads.
“It’s just an organizational advantage we don’t usually have,” said Parish. “We’ll try it for a few months and if it doesn’t work out we’ll move it to once a quarter.”
The first workshop is set for 8 a.m. on Sept. 10 before the regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m.
The commissioners agreed to hold a budget workshop during the week to finalize the budget.
Merchant reminded the board that there is still an opportunity to acquire milled asphalt at no cost to the county; the only cost would be the county going and retrieving it.
Parish suggested they hire someone to go and retrieve the milled asphalt and Goodman suggested that since the county’s employees didn’t work on Fridays then they should use employees on a Friday to retrieve it.
“It just seems that paying our men overtime would be cheaper than hiring a company,” said Goodman.
Board agreed to look into how much was being offered and evaluate the cheapest means of retrieving it.
Goodman also said that the Holmes County District School Board Superintendent Eddie Dixon had sent over a letter for the Board members to sign.
“It’s a brief letter stating the Board’s support that he wants to take with him to Tallahassee,” said Goodman.
The next scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 27.