Jasper County Board of Commissioners
March 12, 2018
Work Session Minutes
Comm. Pennamon called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Commissioners Present: Chairman, Carl Pennamon, Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon, Bruce Henry, Don Jernigan, and Doug Luke.
City of Monticello: Mayor, Bryan Standifer, Mayor Pro-Tem, Stone Workman, and David Wease.
City of Shady Dale: Mayor, Larry Champion, and Clerk, Lynn McLaurin.
Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, and County Attorney, David Ozburn.
Pledge of Allegiance:
District 1, Carl Pennamon
Comm. Pennamon noted this is a Work Session with the City of Monticello and City of Shady Dale to discuss the Service Delivery Strategy update.
Mayor Standifer noted the City of Monticello has also had meetings on SDS and they have provided a letter to the County and the City of Shady Dale noting the changes they propose. (A copy is attached and made a part of the official minutes).
Comm. Pennamon began review of the current SDS:
Animal Control –County only
Code Enforcement/Building Inspection – hold off as it will take a lot of discussion
Courts – Jasper County only; strike the word recorder
Economic Development Service – Jasper County
Elections – Needs updating to show contract with City of Monticello, City of Shady Dale.
Emergency Medical Services – Jasper County, City of Monticello provides utility for Station 3. More discussion needed.
Fire Protection – Jasper County more discussion needed.
Hospital – Update funding method
Indigent Defense – County only
Jail – County only; remove Monticello
Law Enforcement – County only; remove Monticello
Library – add LOST percentages;
Mapping/Addresses – County, Shady Dale – needs work
Parks and Recreation – Shady Dale needs to be added
Planning and Zoning – remain the same
Public Works – remain the same
Public Housing – Monticello, Housing Authority
Senior Citizens Services –County; no senior council
Solid Waste – County and Monticello
Social Services – County, Dept. of Public Health;
Tax Assessors – County
Sewerage Collection – remain same
Water Supply and Distribution – update JCWSA w user fees and Box 1
All parties reviewed the City of Monticello’s letter.
Comm. Luke noted Parks and Recreation explanation in the back on page 3 needs to be updated to add Shady Dale and remove Monticello.
Mr. Workman noted the city would like Code Enforcement and Water Distribution to be updated.
Comm. Salmon noted there are several things that the City of Monticello used to do that they no longer do, and they have been placed on the County. He noted that is why he feels we should look at a consolidation of services.
Mayor Standifer noted that the City residents pay county taxes; he wants to avoid double taxation.
Comm. Salmon emphasized that the consolidation of services for a community as small as ours would save the taxpayers money.
Comm. Pennamon noted we should also go back and look at LOST.
Atty. Ozburn noted LOST will be negotiated after the Census.
Mr. Benton explained the Special Tax District and the money that is paid to JCWSA.
Comm. Salmon left the meeting at 6:46 p.m.
Mayor Pro-Tem Workman noted the City of Monticello is asking that Court parking be added to the Service Delivery Strategy and would like the County to put in a parking deck to alleviate parking on the square on court days.
Mayor Pro-Tem Workman noted that the City will provide water from the property they recently acquired and will come back into town.
Atty. Ozburn noted he is not sure that is a Service Delivery Strategy, there is a provision of extra territorial water and sewer services by any jurisdiction shall be consistent with all applicable Land Use Plans and Ordinances; so we may need to update these plans as well.
Commissioners and City of Monticello officials had discussion on Code Enforcement in reference to what the cost would be for County to do Code Enforcement in the City, City adopting the County ordinances, as well as one issue being that Magistrate cannot hear the cases.
Atty. Ozburn noted the service could be done with an IGA between the City and County, but the City no longer has a court to do this.
Comm. Pennamon suggested we have the County and City Attorneys sit down and figure out the legal part of Code Enforcement.
All agreed the next joint meeting on Service Delivery Strategy will be at City Hall. Fire, EMS, and Parks and Recreation will be discussed.
Comm. Pennamon declared the Work Session closed at 7:20 p.m.
Carl Pennamon, Chairman
Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk