Hot 5: Elections, prison overcrowding & free training

  • Published: July 14, 2014
  • Just a few days left to vote for Burbage

    Friday is the deadline to cast votes in the election for the Local Government Health Insurance Board, the new governing board for the health insurance program that most counties offer to employees. Don’t you want as many county voices as possible on the board that will make big decisions about your healthcare coverage? Please encourage everyone in your department to vote. You must have your paper ballot to vote – even if you want to vote online. If anyone has not voted and cannot locate their paper ballot, they should call the State Employees’ Insurance

    Board for a replacement TODAY (334-263-8404). Questions? Contact Sallie Gowan in the ACCA office at 334-263-7594 or sgowan@alabamacounties.org.

     

    Alabama prisons most overcrowded in U.S.

    County jails already take a huge bite out of the budget every year, and that’s with a state corrections system that is the most overcrowded in the nation, according to AL.com. With state leaders looking to make big changes, counties officials must stand together to make sure the solution at the state level doesn’t create new problems at the county level. Have you registered for the ACCA Annual Convention next month? The Opening General Session is devoted to Corrections at a Crossroads.

     

    Register now for regional insurance fund training

    Counties that are working to complete the Safety Incentive Discount Program should be aware that free registration for the Safety Coordinator training and the Public Officials/Administrative Staff training is now open. Download the registration form (PDF). To qualify for the Safety Incentive Discount, the county safety coordinator of record must attend the Safety Coordinator Training.  Additionally, the county should send at least one representative who has the authority to hire, discipline and terminate employees to the Public Officials/Administrative Staff Training in October. Additional details about dates and locations are available online. For questions regarding registration, contact Marcia Collier at 334-263-7594 or mcollier@alabamacounties.org.

     

    County Chat with ACAA webinar this week

    Members of the Association of County Administrators of Alabama won’t want to miss the July webinar, scheduled for 10:30-11 a.m. on Wednesday. With the runoff elections tomorrow, that will mean a whole new round of election expense reimbursements, and ACCA staff members will have tips to make sure your county gets the maximum reimbursement as quickly as possible. Register here

     

    Environmental permits for “dirt pits”

    New permit requirements for small mining operations went into effect in early 2013, and these new requirements apply to county-operated “dirt pits” that are a necessary part of a road and bridge department. One of ADEM’s top regulators participated in a webinar with county engineers last week to review the permit and some common trouble spots, and his presentation offers some useful guidance.