Com­mis­sion back in busi­ness

Hulsey makes ap­point­ments to sev­eral com­mit­tees and boards as meet­ings re­turn to their reg­u­lar sched­ule this week.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

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.

Jen­nifer Hulsey

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