County Com­mis­sion votes to sup­port three amend­ments on up­com­ing Nov. 8 bal­lot

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By Terry Dean

The Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion has adopted res­o­lu­tions in sup­port of Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ments 3 and 4, which will ap­pear on the Novem­ber 2016 Gen­eral Elec­tion Bal­lot.

The com­mis­sion also adopted a res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of pro­posed Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 14, which will ap­pear on the Novem­ber 2016 Elec­tion Bal­lot.

Amend­ment 3, Day ex­plained, will stream­line the way the Alabama Leg­is­la­ture deals with lo­cal amend­ments.

“Let’s say we want to do some­thing in Chero­kee County and if one leg­is­la­tor votes no, then it has to go to a statewide ref­er­en­dum and some­times lo­cal bills don’t do well statewide,” ex­plained Day dur­ing a re­cent work ses­sion of the com­mis­sion. “It could re­ally mess us up. Right now there are four is­sues on the bal­lot that af­fect one county. This ( amend­ment) would re­move that. It will just make it more dif­fi­cult for lo­cal is­sues to be de­cided by the state.”

“It will stip­u­late that is has to pass in the lo­cal area if it does go to a statewide vote,” said Day.

Amend­ment 4, Day said, would give lo­cal gov­ern­ments more author­ity as well in­clud­ing giv­ing each county more le­gal author­ity over when and when not to close the Chero­kee County Court­house and for such is­sues as the sher­iff want­ing to make a pre­sen­ta­tion of a gun and badge to a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer upon his/her re­tire­ment.

Day said Amend­ment 4 would cover pub­lic trans­porta­tion and county of­fice op­er­a­tions.

“”It doesn’t grant home rule or al­low us to levy any taxes that would in­fringe on cit­i­zens’ prop­erty rights,” said Day.

And Amend­ment 14, is the “big­gie” Day said. It started in Jef­fer­son County as a re­sult of a law­suit over lo­cal taxes.

“The Court found it was un­con­sti­tu­tional the way the leg­is­la­tor had it set up and it in­val­i­dated the tax,” said Day. “That is how it stands right now. In re­sponse to that the leg­is­la­ture ba­si­cally wants to go back and retroac­tively pass all the lo­cal acts af­fected by this.”

Lo­cal is­sues which could be af­fected if this amend­ment is not passed, day said, in­clude the lodg­ing tax, al­co­holic bev­er­age sales in some lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, pis­tol per­mits, re­duced fees for cit­i­zens 65 and older, the Chero­kee County Sher­iff’s book­ing fee and the pro­bate judges record­ing fees.

“All could be nul­li­fied if Amend­ment 14 doesn’t pass,” Day said. “The ACCA (As­so­ci­a­tion of County Com­mis­sions of Alabama) has asked that we pass these res­o­lu­tions in sup­port of these amend­ments.”

Dur­ing the Mon­day, Oct. 11 meet­ing of the com­mis­sion, Day an­nounced that John Usry has ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion from the Chero­kee County Li­brary Board. An ap­point­ment to fill the un­ex­pired term end­ing Jan­uary of 20201 will take place at the Wed­nes­day, Nov. 16, reg­u­lar meet­ing. Sub­mit­tal of re­sumes, letters, etc. will be ac­cepted at the Com­mis­sion Of­fice un­til the close of business Wed­nes­day, Nov. 9, 2016.

Chair­man Day an­nounced that the ap­point­ment/ reap­point­ment to fill three ex­pir­ing terms of the Chero­kee County Health­care Author­ity will be made at the Wed­nes­day, Nov. 16, reg­u­lar meet­ing. Sub­mit­tal of re­sumes, letters, etc. will be ac­cepted at the Com­mis­sion Of­fice un­til the close of business Wed­nes­day, Nov. 9, 2016.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved al­low­ing the Chero­kee County High­way Depart­ment to ad­ver­tise and re­quest bids for two 10’ Pull be­hind Ro­tary Cut­ters.

On another high­way depart­ment mat­ter, the com­mis­sion adopted a res­o­lu­tion for the plant­mix resur­fac­ing, traf­fic strip­ing and guardrail im­prove­ments on Chero­kee County Road 33 from Chero­kee County Road 308, north of 2.20 miles and autho­rized the chair­man to sign a let­ter of in­tent for this project ( CCP- 10- 57- 17).

The com­mis­sion adopted another res­o­lu­tion for the plant­mix resur­fac­ing, traf­fic strip­ing and guardrail im­prove­ments on Chero­kee County Road 20 from Chero­kee County Road 7, East a dis­tance of 2.40 miles to the in­ter­sec­tion of Chero­kee County Road 150 and autho­rized the chair­man to sign.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved ad­ver­tis­ing for a mo­tor ve­hi­cle clerk be­cause of the res­ig­na­tion of an em­ployee. In other business, the com­mis­sion: -Ap­proved declar­ing a washer and dryer be­long­ing to the Chero­kee County De­ten­tion Cen­ter as sur­plus prop­erty.

The next meet­ing of the Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion is Mon­day, Oct. 25, be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. in the Chero­kee County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing. The work ses­sion be­gins at 4 p. m.

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