DRIVE AL Webinar | Hot 5

  • Published: April 11, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    PLUS…  Social Media Toolkit for Severe Weather Safety
    PLUS… Key Dates This Week


    1. DRIVE Alabama Webinar THIS THURSDAY

    In lieu of the regular ACEA monthly webinar, the Association staff will hold a DRIVE Alabama webinar on this Thursday – April 14 – at 2 p.m. to update all county leaders on the status of the road and bridge revenue package – SB 180 and HB 394.

    The information in Thursday’s webinar will be especially timely as SB 180 is expected to be revisited in the House tomorrow at 1 p.m., and HB 394 will likely be taken up next week. Each county is urged to have at least one representative on the call to hear the critical next steps with this important legislation.

    Please click here to register for the DRIVE Alabama webinar.


    2. HIGH-FIVE for Better Roads

    When people hear the word “tax,” they automatically think about hundreds – even thousands – of dollars out of their pockets. But if HB 394 passes this session, it will only cost most Alabamians about FIVE dollars per month! It is critically important that we share the facts about the costs of SB 180/HB 394 over the course of the next 10 days.

    This afternoon, county leaders and employees will receive a toolkit that includes the following:

    • The HIGH-FIVE logo. County leaders are urged to make this their profile picture on Facebook and Twitter for the week.
    • A simple visual aid explaining the implications of SB 180 and HB 394.
    • A list of suggested social media posts for each day of the week.

    And if you haven’t done so, also be sure to do the following:

    ⇒ Click here to see what the opposition is saying about the proposed road and bridge revenue legislation. After you watch this video, be sure to give it a THUMBS DOWN to let these legislators know where you stand!

    ⇒ Reply YES to this email so we can add your name to the statement of support for SB 180/HB 394. You can also tweak these statements, and send them to your local newspaper as a “Letter to Editor.”

    If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Terri Reynolds by phone or email (334-263-7594 or


    3. Insurance Funds’ Renewal Packets Mailed

    Renewal packets for ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund and ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc. were mailed on Wednesday of last week. If you have any questions regarding your renewal packet, please contact Belinda Bush of Meadowbrook (1-800-536-7702 x7238 or or ACCA’s Director of Insurance Services Henry van Arcken (334-263-7594 or


    4. Commissioners: Still Time to Sign up for Solid Waste Course

    The commissioner-education course on solid waste is set for next week in Prattville, and there’s still a little time left to register. The course is an elective offered by the Alabama Local Government Training Institute, but the information may well be essential for you and your county.

    This course involves an extensive discussion of issues affecting how an Alabama county collects and disposes of its solid and hazardous waste (including storm debris). In particular, considerable attention will be given to financial, staffing, management, and intergovernmental concerns associated with landfills and transfer stations.

    Presenters include multiple Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) staff members, Alabama Rep. Alan Baker as well as expert staff members from Shelby, Autauga and Coffee counties.

    “Hazardous Materials, Landfills and Solid Waste Disposal”
    April 21-22, 2016
    Prattville, Alabama
    Alabama Local Government Training Institute
    Commissioner Education Program

    5. Board to Focus on Legislative Goals

    The ACCA Board of Directors will meet on April 27, focusing much of its discussion on the status of the 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature.  With the session nearing its conclusion, Board members will also have the opportunity to spend a portion of the day at the Alabama State House.



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    Social Media Toolkit: Severe Weather Safety

    FEMA has put out a great social media toolkit on severe weather preparedness – with suggested posts for Facebook and Twitter as well as graphics sized for social media. Many county EMAs could incorporate these into their social media outreach. In addition, the materials about “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” could be useful for road departments and others. FEMA Severe Weather Social Media Toolkit





    → Primary Runoff Elections (Please send results to ACCA as soon as possible Download Form)



    → DRIVE Alabama Webinar, 2 p.m. (Click here to register)



    → Regular Registration Deadline, Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) Conference

    → Regular Registration Deadline, Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) Conference



    → Alabama PALS Spring Clean Up Begins



    → National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15