Commission secures funding for multiple emergency vehicles

The Appling County Commissioners met for a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 13. During the meeting the commissioners secured or will utilize grant funding and federal American Rescue Plan funds to purchase a number of patrol cars and ambulances.

At the beginning of the meeting, the commissioners heard from Karen Jameson from USDA’s Rural Development Office. After listening to Jameson’s information, the commissioners agreed to a grant from the USDA for funding to help purchase three new Dodge police cars. USDA will pay approximately $44,100.00 of the $126,000.00 cost of the new cars. The remaining amount of the cost of the new cars will come from American Rescue funding.

Next, EMA Director Jimmy Twiggs stepped to the podium to discus the possible purchase of two new ambulances for the county using the American Rescue funds. The commissioners approved the purchase of two new ambulances at an approximate cost of $392,000.00.

Other business

The commissioners submitted the required three names to fill one vacancy on the Baxley-Appling County Hospital Authority. The names submitted include Lee Lewis, Knicole Lee and Millie Alls. One person will be selected from the three to serve on the authority.

Board members voted unanimously to approve the Indigent Defense Service Agreement.

The commissioners voted to approve a bid from Engineered Outdoor Products for fencing for the new recreation fields currently under construction adjacent to the Ag Center located on Highway 15. The bid was for black vinyl fencing in the amount of $45,000.00. There was a lower bid submitted by TNT Fencing, but the company’s bid was only good for two days and therefore was invalid.

The commissioners approved a Work Detail Agreement with the Bacon County Probation Detention Center for three work details. The work details have not been available to the county for months due to COVID-19. The total cost of the details is $98,638.00. The city will reimburse the county for one of the details that will be mainly utilized inside the City of Baxley.

County Manager Hayden Rozier asked permission from the commissioners to advertise Request For Qualifications (RFQ)/bids for a concession stand building for the new recreation fields located adjacent to the AG Center on Highway 15. Board members unanimously approved the request.

After considerable discussion, the commissioners unanimously agreed to the 4.9 percent increase for the county’s health care insurance premium. The total cost of the increase is $132,849.00.

Following an executive session for personnel purposes, the commissioners approved a recommendation from Rozier to hire Alex Scott, Mendie Mincey and William Davis at the county’s road department.