Com­mis­sion ap­proves tech, truck pur­chases

The Standard Journal - - LO­CAL - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

County com­mis­sion­ers gave their nod of ap­proval to sev­eral spend­ing ini­tia­tives dur­ing their fi­nal meet­ing of 2017, but most im­por­tant among those for em­ploy­ees was an an­nual salary en­hance­ment given at the hol­i­days.

The board voted unan­i­mously to spend an more than $120,000 over­all for county em­ploy­ees to get a spe­cial gift on their pay­checks, adding 40 hours worth of money onto ev­ery­one who has been with the county for at least a year as em­ployee.

De­spite a small amount of con­fu­sion on how to make the mo­tion to ap­prove dur­ing the county’s meet­ing last week, they cleared up is­sues and all gave their thumbs up. In­cluded in this year’s bonuses are all the con­sti­tu­tional of­fi­cers.

The com­mis­sion them­selves won’t get the bonuses, since their salaries are small any­how, and part time em­ploy­ees don’t count ei­ther.

The board also re­cently ap­proved the pur­chas­ing of a new pub­lic works truck and SSI soft­ware for the sher­iff deputy ve­hi­cles at the lat­est com­mis­sioner meet­ing, but de­tails and rea­son­ing be­hind the pur­chases were shared by the group dur­ing the work ses­sion that took place the day be­fore.

Pur­chas­ing the SSI soft­ware was im­por­tant for the com­mis­sion that has been con­tin­u­ously up­dat­ing the po­lice force’s tech­nol­ogy.

Re­cently, the com­mis­sion pur­chased the county’s of­fi­cers in-car lap­tops that give them ac­cess to a myr­iad of tools, and SSI is de­signed to func­tion ex­tremely ef­fi­ciently on the com­put­ers.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Sher­iff Johnny Moats said that with the in­for­ma­tion that can be pro­vided by the lap­tops for his deputies serv­ing war­rants or pick­ing up sus­pects, they’ll have ad­di­tional knowl­edge about po­ten­tially dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions ahead of time.

“It’s another re­port writ­ing sys­tem that gen­er­ates in­ci­dent re­ports and gives them GPS co­or­di­na­tion to where you can see where the cars are, and the county 911 can see where they are,” Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd added.

“Ini­tially, it was go­ing to be $39,000,” County Man­ager Matt Den­ton said. “The sher­iff’s of­fice was able to ne­go­ti­ate SSI down to 17 for this soft­ware, so its a rec­om­men­da­tion, funded by SPLOST, to pur­chase this soft­ware.”

The newly pur­chased pub­lic works ve­hi­cle, like the truck be­ing re­placed, is a stan­dard 4-door Crew Cab work truck with 4-wheel drive.

“Six or eight months ago, we had a pub­lic works truck that was to­taled in an ac­ci­dent,” Den­ton said dur­ing the Dec. 11 work ses­sion. “It wasn’t our fault. We re­ceived the other party’s in­sur­ance and re­ceived a set­tle­ment enough to pay for a new truck.”

With the in­sur­ance money re­ceived, the group is­sued bid re­quests to lo­cal deal­er­ships and sales­per­sons who of­fered truck prices. The com­mis­sion ul­ti­mately buys from the com­pany that bids the low­est- not the high­est. While search­ing for a truck, two deal­er­ships par­tic­i­pated in the county bid.

“Two re­sponded: Prater Ford, and Fam­ily Ford,” Den­ton said. “Prater Ford was the low bid­der by $100 or so at $29,134.84, and that would be our rec­om­men­da­tion to­mor­row evening.”

Here’s some items the county com­mis­sion also ap­proved of note in their fi­nal busi­ness meet­ing for the year:

Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously to al­low for a firmware up­grade to move for­ward for the county’s ra­dio sys­tem, and ad­di­tional ques­tions were brought up about surge pro­tec­tion for equip­ment for the county’s backup ra­dio in­stal­la­tion for 911 at the City of Rock­mart’s of­fice. Den­ton said it might have to do with a power lull, and not a power surge.

When a new Code En­force­ment of­fi­cer is hired in 2018, they’ll be in a new salary range. Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved mak­ing the needed change to al­low for a small in­crease in their pay to at­tract some­one new to the po­si­tion. They’ll also seek an of­fi­cer al­ready man­dated to help with County Po­lice man­power needs as well.

The County Coroner and the De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Polk County Pres­i­dent and CEO will now get group health in­sur­ance un­der the county govern­ment’s plan. Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously to al­low them to re­ceive ben­e­fits from the county, with the DAPC pay­ing for Missy Ken­drick’s share of cov­er­age costs, and the coroner be­ing added on.

Edi­tor Kevin Myrick con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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