Week of Oct. 29, 2012

  • Published: October 29, 2012
  • Moving forward on logging notice ordinances
    The logging notice ordinance has been adopted in ­­12 counties (with effective date where known): Autauga (effective 11/1/12), Barbour, Cleburne (effective 9/12), Crenshaw (effective 12/1/12), Cullman, Elmore, Macon (12/1/12), Madison, Marengo (effective 12/1/12), Russell (11/1/12), Sumter and Winston. At least one additional county is scheduled to consider it this week.

    Commissioner education
    The full schedule for the 2012-13 year from the Alabama Local Government Training Institute is now available online, and you’ll notice that Auburn University has added a new online registration system for your convenience.

    Who would be interested in a defensive driving simulator?
    The ACCA self-insurance funds are evaluating a new safety tool – a defensive driving simulator that is adaptable for different types of vehicles (patrol cars, dump trucks, etc.) Compared to the familiar skid car training, this training would be relevant for more drivers, and it would continue the funds’ efforts to prevent injury and save money for counties. If your county is a fund member and would be interested in simulator training, please email Henry van Arcken.

    New energy, building standards
    A new state energy code and a residential building code became effective in Alabama on Oct.1. The energy codes are mandatory on builders working anywhere in the state, but counties are not required to handle enforcement. The residential building code will impact counties that have their own building codes. County residential building codes adopted before March 2010 are allowed to stand, but if the local code is revised, these revisions must comply with the new state standards.  This letter from ADECA gives an overview of some resources, including upcoming training, that may be useful to you.

    Federal budget issues for counties
    NACo has prepared a presentation, “Federal Budget Sequestration 101,” to help county leaders understand how budget sequestration – a kind of across-the-board spending cut – could affect local government. Services important to counties, such as Community Development Block Grants and disaster recovery through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, stand to lose millions. NACo is advocating for a balanced approach to deficit reduction talks.