Prior to the regular meeting of the Cherokee County Commission Monday morning – during the planning session Commission Chairman Tim Burgess discussed looking at various ways of obtaining funding, possibly through grants, to either construct a new county courthouse or renovate the existing facility. He suggested putting together a plan of action, and moving forward with ideas regarding basic design and cost estimates for each plan – which is being done on a “spec” basis at no cost to the commission.
Prior to the start of the regular meeting Chairman Burgess welcomed the Youth Leadership Class from Cedar Bluff, who were on hand to observe as part of the learning experience.
Also during the Public Comment section, Mr. Johnnie Stone, speaking on behalf of several of the citizens who reside along County Road 707, had this to say:
Commission Chairman Burgess – along with Commissioner Teague and Engineer Chambers thanked Mr. Stone for his kind words.
During the regular meeting the Commission approved an amendment to their contract with Southern Health Partners, Inc. decreasing the average daily population from 140 inmates to 100 at the Cherokee County Detention Center which will result in a corresponding decrease in cost, saving the county more than $850 per month or more than $10,000 annually.
The Commission also approved the 2018 Emergency Management Performance Grant State Cooperative Agreement with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, authorizing the Chairman and EMA Director Shawn Rogers to sign.
The next meeting of the Cherokee County Commission is slated for Monday, February 26th, at 5:00pm in the County Administration Building on the Cedar Bluff Road in Centre.