Hot 5: Debris, ACAA, ACEA & more

  • Published: May 19, 2014
  • Debris removal update

    At latest count, 18 Alabama counties have received federal disaster declarations from FEMA for damage sustained in recent severe weather, which is a necessary step for public assistance. Three of those – Blount, Lee and Limestone – have activated debris removal and/or monitoring contracts through the ACCA Joint Bid Program. If your county has received its disaster declaration and you have questions about the joint bid contracts for debris services, please contact John Hamm in the ACCA office at 334-263-7594 or jhamm@alabamacounties.org.

     

    ACAA honors administrator of the year, taps new leaders

    Members of the Association of County Administrators of Alabama benefitted from a meaty agenda at last week’s ACAA conference, and they also honored Jacquelyn Thomas of Lowndes County as the 2014 County Administrator of the Year. Mark Tyner of Bibb County was elected president for 2014-15, and he is joined by a new line-up of ACAA board members. Many thanks to Pam Ball of Limestone County for her leadership as president during 2013-14!

     

    ACEA honors excellence among county engineers, road and bridge departments

    Amid professional development sessions on topics such as emergency road closures and personnel management at last week’s ACEA conference, county engineers from around the state recognized Benjie Sanders of Crenshaw County as 2014 County Engineer of the Year and honored Houston County with the John F. Courson Excellence in County Engineering Award. ACEA also awarded Richard R. Spraggins Scholarships to two engineering students.

     

    Flagger training offered around state 

    When county employees are on a work site, a big portion of their safety – and the safety of those traveling that roadway – rests with the flaggers. The Alabama Technology Transfer Center at Auburn University is offering one-day courses in flagger training for $150 per person. Space is still available for the following sessions: May 22 in Huntsville, May 23 in Pelham, May 27 in Mobile and May 28 in Montgomery.

     

    Corrections at a Crossroads

    It’s hard to do a good job running a county jail when counties are hitched to a struggling state corrections system. There’s a new movement afoot to reform the state system, and ACCA believes counties must be part of crafting a solution. That’s why the 2014 ACCA Convention is focused on this issue, and you can read up on the situation in this special section of AL.com.