County renews contract with CCBOE School Resource Officers – The Andalusia Star-News


County renews contract with CCBOE School Resource Officers

Posted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Covington County Commission renewed a $175,000 annual contract with the Covington County School Board for School Resource Officers at a regular meeting on Tuesday, November 8.

“The school board supplements our budget with a credit for the cost of school resource officers. It’s a long-standing agreement that we have in place, and the rate is offered at the same level as it has been for several years. We’ve shared that cost for at least 15 years,” said Chairman Greg White.

Dist. 2 Commissioner Michael Smith deemed it appropriate to renew the contract.

“I think we should go ahead and make a motion to approve it. We’ve been doing this for years and everything seems to be working well for the schools in the system and the county commission,” he said.

The commission also approved a change in the method of disposing of previously declared surplus graders for sale to neighboring counties.

“We have two graders that Dale County has expressed interest in. They were on our auction surplus list, and we are asking that they be removed, so that we can sell them to another government agency. We would also like to change the remaining ones so that if another county were to contact us, we wouldn’t have to go to auction,” administrator Karen Sowell said. “I am happy to be able to do this after what we have been through at the auction. We get some of our money back,” Dist. 1 Commissioner Kenneth Northey added.

In other cases:

  • The commission approved the county’s participation in the severe weather preparedness tax holiday scheduled for February 24-26, 2023.
  • The commission approved the renewal of a lease agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture for their office space in the USDA building on the southern ring road in Andalucia.
  • The commission approved a one-time wage supplement of $500 for full-time county employees and $250 for part-time employees to be paid before Thanksgiving Nov. 24.
  • The commission approved a $1,000 Christmas sponsorship at Candyland, which will be paid from provident funds.
  • The commission approved a contract renewal for inmate housing with local municipalities at a 15 percent rate increase. The commission noted that the current rates had been in effect for several years.
  • The commission approved a one-year contract renewal for a Covington County Sheriff’s Deputy to be assigned to patrol the town of Sanford. Sanford covers personnel costs, and the sheriff and commission cover equipment, fuel, training, etc.
  • The commission passed a resolution updating the county’s cybersecurity policy.
  • The commission has approved a resolution to accept a donation from Forever Wild as compensation for lost tax revenue on the acreage Forever Wild owns in Covington County.

The commission announced that the second meeting in November would be canceled and only one would be held in December due to the holiday schedule.

The next meeting of the Covington County Commission will be Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m. at the Covington County Administration Building. The public is invited to attend.


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