It was a relatively brief meeting of the Cherokee County Commission on Monday – during the Planning Session held prior to the regular meeting Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver addressed the Commission to request a copy of a recent salary study which he said he will use to help him better prepare his budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Cherokee County Fire & Arson Investigator Shawn Rogers also addressed the Commission regarding some renovations which needs to be done in the 911 Center.
Rogers said that in the next couple of weeks approximately $250,000 to $500,000 worth of new equipment will being going into the facility and that the equipment generates a substantial amount of heat – Rogers proposed that they remodel a restroom in the lobby of the 911 Center which is not used on a daily basis and turn it into an equipment room to house the equipment.
Rogers went on to say that inmate labor would be able to handle a good majority of the work; however they would need to employee a plumber and purchase a small quantity of materials. County Administrator Tim Burgess said that the project could be funded from the Capital Improvement Fund.
Investigator Josh Summerford, who is the Commander of the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit, announced that the unit has received a two part grant in the form of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant – one is in the amount of $8,078 and the other in the amount of $9,689.
Summerford said that the funds will be used to purchase Crime Scene Bags for each member of the unit, cameras, tablets, in addition to training.
In other business – Chairman Kirk Day announced that appointments to the Cherokee County Healthcare Authority to fill the unexpired term ending December 31, 2016 will be at the May 11 regular meeting – submittal of letters will be accepted through Wednesday May, 6th.
It was also announced the Gadsden State Community College would be having their Graduation Ceremonies at the Cherokee County campus this year to take place on Thursday May 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Centre.
County Engineer Corey Chambers announced that ATRIP Projects will be getting underway very soon and wanted inform the public to use caution and follow all posted signs.