During a recent commission meeting, County Administrator Tim Burgess announced that bids were opened for this project March 7 of this year. Of the four bids submitted, A.E. Sanders, with a net bid of $630,000, was the lowest.
I have a letter from the architect, said Burgess. They have reviewed the bid. Everything is in order and they are recommending that the construction contract be awarded to A.E. Sanders.
The expansion plans, as discussed in previous meetings, include converting a multi-purpose room into a dormitory for female prisoners and also adding another outdoor exercise area.
Acting on Burgess recommendation, the commission also voted to hire Matthew (Matt) Sims as a computer technician/administrative assistant at a salary of $47,500 The commission will pay one half of the salary and the other half will be paid out of reappraisal funds.
Burgess said he and Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner Johnny Roberts interviewed 14 individuals out of 24 applicants for this position.
Let me just say that these applications were remarkable, said Burgess. Weve got some talented people in this particular field. We learned a lot during our interview. But we do have some qualified people.
Sims, however, stood out among the other applicants, Burgess said.
He has extensive experience in AS 400, said Burgess. He has been with Etowah County 14 years and has 20 years of computer experience. He has knowledge, experience and education. He is going to work closely with the revenue department concerning our new GIS System. We are please to recommend him to you at a salary of $47,500.
"I can only confirm what Tim said, said Roberts. The Delta software we have is the same as what Etowah County has. So he has extensive experience in what is new to us right now. This GIS is new to everybody and it is going to take a very computer literate person to help maintain and operate that system.
We certainly appreciate you as well, Commissioner Roberts, for helping out the county with this matter, said Cherokee County Commission Chairman/Probate Judge Kirk Day. We appreciate your diligence. This will pay a lot of dividends for the county.
On another matter, Day alerted visitors to a new Internet scam that has made its way to this area.
This person sends out an email supposedly from the IRS that has all of the links and everything saying youve got a huge refund, Day said. But in order to process this refund, they need your bank account number and other information. If you give them this information, they are going to clean out your bank account. Just as a word to the public, the IRS will not be sending an email saying that you got a refund. They dont operate like that. People need to be aware thats out there. They need to ignore any emails from the IRS saying We have money and we need your personal information.
In other business, the commission:
-approved letting bids for a pre-disaster contract for removal and disposal of debris from Cherokee County Rights-of-Way including streets, roads, parks and utility ROWs with Cherokee County. This action lays the groundwork for having a plan in place if a major disaster occurs in Cherokee County.
-reappointed Martha Burkhalter to the Cherokee County Public Library Board as recommended by the Library Board of Trustees.
-approved Johnna Lindsey to fill a vacancy as local representative on the Cheaha Regional Library Board.
-accepted the resignation Eilun Perry from the Cherokee County Department of Human Resources Board of Directors and also announced a 30-day period (beginning immediately, March 13) in which the commission will accept resumes from local citizens who are interested in filling this position.
-adopted resolutions recognizing the accomplishments of the Cherokee County High School Boys, the Spring Garden High School Girls and the Sand Rock High School Girls Basketball teams for their performances in the recent Final Four state championship games. Commissioner Kay Chumbler noted that an integral player on the team was Commissioner Elbert St. Clairs granddaughter, Taylor Burt