Florida Association of Counties official visits BOCC as guest speaker

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

“I understand being the consultant of these department heads, but as our attorney you’d have to do all these jobs,” said Parish. “I can see the need of an administrator. We’re falling short on a county that depends on us for these services.”

Delegal advised that the county needed a “staff expert.”

“This is someone who is an expert of how staff regulations go,” she said. “Someone can be designated this position or this can be added to someone’s duties.”

Commissioner Monty Merchant told the board that they should consider asking the contractor of the recent bids for graders to extend their contracts.

The previous board was considering purchasing four to six new graders and put it out to bid shortly before the 2012 elections. The bid deadline came shortly after the election when three new commissioners came on board. The three new commissioners said they did not feel comfortable with voting on a bid so soon after being elected and so the bid was tossed out due to deadline.

“We’re paying $4,500 a month to lease a grader,” said Merchant. “We should do something. Maybe we can get then to extend the bids by another 30 to 60 days.”

Parish said that if they were able to get the contractors to consider extending the deadline for that long, which would allow for more time to research the matter, then he would be ready to make an informed decision.

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