BONIFAY – Known for his lengthy employment as Emergency Management Services Director in Washington County, Roger Dale Hagan was approved for hiring by the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners as the Holmes County EMS Director Interim during the May 27 meeting.
Board approved of hiring him under the same arrangement of Wanda Stafford, who turned in her letter of resignation during the last regularly scheduled meeting on May 13.
Hagan has been hired to start work in full swing on Monday morning for a period of six months while the Board goes through the process of hiring a new director, part time during the training of the new director and on call during this year’s hurricane season.
“He has been through hurricanes, disasters and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “You couldn’t ask for a better interim.”
· Board approved of Goodman and Board member Kenneth Williams going into negotiations with the Holmes County District School Board for the Holmes County Fair Ground property so that the school board can build the new Bonifay Middle and Elementary school. Board agreed to consider it when the school board was approved for funding.
· Board approved to send out an interlocal agreement with all the local municipalities to extend the gas taxes for another seven years, with Goodman assuring it is the same agreement as the one signed in 2007. Goodman informed them that as soon as contact is made with all local municipalities with approval then the process of advertising for public hearing and if no agreement is met then the county will go to a statutory formula.
· Board approved of swapping Commissioners David Whitaker and Bill Parish’s positions on the Canvasing Board, taking Parish from his position as primary board member and swapping with Whitaker as alternate.
· Board approved of EMS accepting the only bid of $1,500 for a 2005 ambulance with over 162,000 miles and in need of repair.
· Board approved to sign the application for the county’s annual Homeland Security Grant.
· Board approved of the reappointment of Holmes County Development Commission members DiAnn Little, Chuck Dockery and Roger White.
· Board approved of the reappointment of Career Source Chipola Development Board member Debbie Kolmetz.
· Board approved of rejecting all bids for the new courthouse generator after receiving only one bid that would have left the board in need of $4,000 to complete from a company located in St. Augustine.
· Board approved of awarding the bid to repair the Holmes County Agricultural Center’s air-conditioning unit to P&P Heating and Cooling in the amount of $28,900, which Williams assured the Board that they agreed to have the air-conditioning fixed before June 6.
· Board approved of Consent Items: Minutes from the special session on May 7, regular session on May 13 and special session on May 19; Facilities Maintenance Request; JJS Real Property Lease Amended; Release of Lien – Sasnett; and Baker Law Office Request.
The next meeting will be a FEMA Workshop at 10 a.m. on June 5, with their regularly scheduled meeting being at 9 a.m. on June 10.