BONIFAY – Holmes County Board of County Commissioners agreed during their special called meeting on May 19, to consider Roger Dale Hagan, retired Washington County Emergency Management Services Director, as the Holmes County EMS Director Interim as they continue the application process to find a new director.
County Attorney Jeff Goodman informed the Board that Hagan had agreed to be full time EMS Director Interim until someone was hired, part time as the new director is being trained and full time during the hurricane season, on an “as needed basis.”
After much discussion the Board also agreed to create a committee to review all the applicants and to narrow down the applicants through a series of elimination so that the Board isn’t interviewing dozens of applicants with little knowledge of what attributes are best suited for an EMS Director.
Board agreed to bring the proposal to bring in Hagan for further discussion at their next meeting.
· Board approved of Preble-Rish Consulting Engineers as the awarded contract for the LAP Sidewalks Phase I CEI Services after Chair Monty Merchant informed them that the Department of Transportation had given them permission to continue forward with the bid approval process.
· Board denied the request of a resident to take over water maintenance for an community development area near Caryville after the owner and operator, due to heath issues, was no longer to physically maintain it and Goodman advised the resident to seek help through the neighboring town, Caryville, to see if through the town a small grant could be used to connect the development to the city’s water system.
· Board gave Whitney Nelson from Melvin Engineering permission to choose two roads selected from the set provided by the commissioners from each district to submit for Small County Rural Assistance Program based on the highest probability of being awarded.
· Board tabled the recently received bids to replace the air conditioner unit at the Holmes County Agricultural Center until the next meeting when they’ve had time to review all of the information provided by the bidders.
· After Commissioner Bobby Sasnett informed the Board that the requested temporary grader had yet to arrive the Board agreed that if the temporary grader wasn’t delivered by Thursday then they would terminated their agreement and go about the process again.
· Whitaker presented the Board with an idea to use all of the county’s graders equally, proposing a mapping arrangement that gave each area equal distance without straying too far from each district’s boarder in efforts of saving wear and tear and present graders.
· Board approved of a recycling center employee’s resignation as well as advertisement for the position.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27.