Hot 5: Burbage wins, returns & more

  • Published: July 28, 2014
  • County candidate wins LGHIB election

    Congratulations to Butch Burbage of Shelby County for winning a seat on the Local Government Health Insurance Board! Much appreciation is due to the many members of the county family who supported Butch and encouraged others to cast their ballots. Going into the election, Butch faced a sizable disadvantage because municipal employees outnumber county employees. But, when the votes were counted, he won out, 624-472. His work begins this week, when he will sit in on a meeting of the advisory committee for discussion of premiums for the upcoming year. 67 counties, ONE voice!

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    ACCA’s stand-alone website about the 2005 Alabama Limited Self-Governance Act has been completely updated. At, you can find resources for the two counties with the issue on November ballots as well as useful information for counties that are interested in pursuing these additional health and safety powers that are available through local referendum in the unincorporated areas. These powers are limited to abating specific types of nuisances: unsanitary sewage, noise, litter and rubbish, pollution, overgrown weeds, junkyards and animals. Self-Governance does not give counties taxing authority, planning and zoning authority, or home rule.


    Corrections experts to meet with County Policy Team on Prison Reform

    Experts from The Council of State Governments are guiding the work of the state-level task force on prison reform in Alabama, and they are making a special trip to the state next month to meet with the County Policy Team on Prison Reform on Aug. 28 at the ACCA office. This will be an outstanding opportunity for county leaders to convey county priorities before the task force recommendations come out. In the meantime, if you want to know more about Corrections at a Crossroads in Alabama – and how it affects your county – make sure you are signed up for the ACCA Annual Convention, beginning Aug. 19.


    ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund to provide Cyber Liability Coverage 

    In an era of hackers and identity theft, any organization with personal or financial data about employees, customers or even inmates is at risk for cyber crime. To assist its members, the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund will begin providing cyber liability insurance coverage on the new Coverage Document. ACCA will have to collect basic information regarding the network infrastructure of Fund members, so please watch for a brief questionnaire in the coming weeks. The questionnaire must be completed and returned in a timely manner. For more information, contact Henry van Arcken at 334-263-7594 or


    ALDOT recognizes county efforts against litter

    ACCA got a sneak peek at Transportation Director John Cooper’s message for an upcoming newsletter from PALS (People Against a Littered State), and it is noteworthy that he cites counties as important partner in the successful 2014 Spring Cleanup that removed 300 tons of litter from our beautiful state. Counties, in most cases working through the county engineer, facilitated distribution of garbage bags for the event to groups all over the state this year.


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