Commission back in business
Hulsey makes appointments to several committees and boards as meetings return to their regular schedule this week.
Committee appointments for the Polk County Commission have been announced, along with the first schedule of meetings this coming week for four out of the several that have been formed over the past years.
The start of the week will see two longstanding committees come back to work on Tuesday, Jan. 30 as Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey and Vice Chair Hal Floyd take up public safety issues, followed by Commissioner Chuck Thaxton and Hulsey taking up Public Works issues.
The committee meetings will start at 4 p.m. with Public Safety, followed by a 5 p.m. start for Public Works. On Thursday, the Finance and Personnel committees will be gathering as well.
Hulsey selected herself and commissioners Scotty Tillery and Jose Iglesias to serve on the personnel committee. Finance committee members include Tillery, Iglesias and Floyd.
Thursday meetings start with the finance committee at 3 p.m., followed by the personnel committee at 4 p.m.
Additional appointments were made by Hulsey for several other boards, regional commissions and committees. Hulsey as chair has the authority to decide who will serve on what committee as the board’s chair for this year, and also to ask Commissioners to form new committees when necessary.
She decided one that will see Chuck Thaxton and Iglesias serve in the coming months is the Technology committee, which is being formed in order to provide the commission better guidance in their decision-making on technology-related issue.
That committee’s first meeting was held Monday after press time at the County Administrative offices, with the goal in mind of first getting a solid footing of what the committee’s purpose will be.
Hulsey said her goal was for the committee to tackle many issues related to technology and how it involves the county government. The idea is that members will tackle an agenda that ranges from looking at what kinds of technology employees are using in their jobs today and what is becoming available in the future that will both streamline and improve their work, to what kind of contracts and agreements are being undertaken with software and hardware vendors, as examples of what it will tackle.
“The most important thing is to make our technology accessible and affordable for the citizens of Polk County, and our greatest hope as a commission is that it can provide the improvements we all want and make the leap into the 21st century locally,” Hulsey said.
Board members will also be serving on the bid committee, which has been reinstated to examine the cost of purchases, agreements and building contracts made in the future by the county.
It was a committee that previously met, but much of the bid work had in past years gone directly through the commission during work sessions, or in the Public Safety and Public Works committees before coming to the board for a vote. Marshelle Thaxton and Tillery will both sit on the committee and not only examine bids being sent in by contractors and companies, but also look to make the bidding process more competitive.
Previously, commissioners in past years have raised concerns about the number of bids being received for everything from small maintenance projects on buildings to public works trucks and in between. Many bids have come in competitively with several companies seeking the county’s business. However with many areas only having one bidder involved, it doesn’t give the county much wiggle room on pricing.
The committee thus will also be tasked with seeing what can be done to get more bidders involved in the process, Hulsey said.
Additional committee and board appointments included Marshelle Thaxton and County Manager Matt Denton to serve on the Sara Hightower Regional Library board, the Polk County Board of Heatrth to see Denton and Tillery serve, and Polk County Water Authority will have Chuck Thaxton serve as a non-voting member.
Hulsey additionally will serve on the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, and Floyd will serve as a non-voting member of the Chamber of Commerce board, while Iglesias will serve as the Development Authority’s non-voting member.
The environmental committee will additionally see Floyd and Hulsey serve as members, and Marshelle Thaxton and Hulsey will also serve on the intergovernmental committee together. Thaxton and Tillery will also serve together on the Airport Maintenance Committee. Per ordinance, they meet at least twice a year.
Animal Control and Ordinance Review will both see Iglesias and Chuck Thaxton Serve as well.