Monday Memo | April 6

  • Published: April 6, 2020

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    In the midst of all the virus confusion, we lost long-time Fayette County Administrator John Gordon to cancer last week. This devastating news serves as a strong reminder that life goes on, even if we are separated from one another and away from the courthouse. Please take a moment this morning to check on your employees, tend to their concerns and assure them we’ll get through this crisis together. That’s exactly how John would have approached this Monday. Without a doubt, I miss him already.


    This week’s need-to-know information from ACCA

    ACCA COVID-19 webinar to be conducted today at 3 p.m.

    Calling All County Commission Members, Administrators and Attorneys! The Association will conduct its next COVID-19 webinar today, April 6, at 3 p.m. — and as always, the webinar will feature the latest insight on a variety of topics related to counties’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. Current anticipated items of discussion include an analysis of the impact of the State Health Officer’s “stay at home” order; new details related to the Governor’s “dunks” inmate order and Department of Corrections issues; impending COVID-19 financial implications for counties; and a legal update on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. You may view a draft agenda for the webinar here. A recording of the webinar, along with the materials used and referenced during the webinar, will be circulated shortly after its conclusion. To join us for today’s 3 p.m. webinar, register here.

    ACCA priority bill creating Statewide Emergency Notification System becomes law

    ACCA priority bill SB140 received Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature last Tuesday. Effective immediately, Act 2020-85 (SB140) allows for the creation of a Statewide Emergency Notification System, available for use by every Alabama county and municipality for warning and updating citizens on disasters. The Notification System will be funded by state dollars through the Alabama Disaster Recovery Fund, overseen by the Alabama Disaster Recovery Program Committee, and its requirements and specifications established by the collaborative efforts of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Recovery Program Committee. Read this new law in its entirety here.

    Counties urged to evaluate cost of advertising local legislation

    With an extremely long legislative recess ahead, the Association recommends counties closely evaluate advertising local legislation for introduction during the 2020 Regular Session. A bill must have a minimum of five legislative days to become law, and, at this point, it is uncertain whether the Legislature will be able to gather together for that many session days. Counties that elect not to advertise a local bill for the 2020 Regular Session are encouraged to advertise the legislation with a heading indicating that the bill will be introduced during “the next Special or Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature.” Through this approach, the advertised bill will be able to be introduced should any special sessions be called in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ACCA staff to continue working from home; Association’s “virtual office” to be closed this Friday

    Due to the present circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, until further notice, the ACCA staff will continue to work from home and serve the membership through the Association’s current “virtual office” — made possible via staff electronic access to necessary work materials, as well as utilization of email and cell phones. This Friday, April 10, ACCA’s “virtual office,” as well the Association’s physical office, will be closed in observance of Good Friday. The ACCA staff will return to work in the Association’s “virtual office” at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 13.


    A resource for Tweet2Advocate competition sample tweets and standings

    Tweet2Advocate Competition Sample Tweet – Tweet this now!

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    Thank you, @GovernorKayIvey, for signing counties’ priority legislation (now Act 2020-85) creating a Statewide Emergency Notification System. And thank you to our Legislators for continuing to prioritize residents’ safety by supporting this new law. #ALpolitics #Your County #Your Affiliate Acronym


    A collection of news stories impacting and/or featuring the County Family

    A collection of news stories impacting and/or featuring the County Family

    Gov. Ivey orders residents to stay home; Attorney General Marshall says state will enforce

    Alabama lawmakers delay session until April 28

    ACCA’s Brasfield: COVID-19 freeze on convicted inmates not moving to state prisons from county jails ‘biggest issue’ for county governments

    Coronavirus: Amid state prison moratorium, county jails see populations grow

    Coronavirus: Order from Gov. Kay Ivey could ease inmate backlog in county jails

    Alabama is getting more than $4,000,000 to help public safety agencies respond to coronavirus crisis

    Coronavirus relief bill includes $6.5 million for Alabama elections

    Senate Majority Leader McConnell, House Speaker Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

    Alabama sharing addresses of coronavirus patients with 9-1-1 responders

    Colbert courthouse to remain closed indefinitely

    Lawrence County Commissioners reduce staffing in county offices to limit spread of COVID-19

    Lawrence County senior sites seek volunteers for homebound meal program

    Etowah County Commission to meet virtually

    Coronavirus crisis: Jefferson County buys 55 beds for possible ‘surge hospital’

    Probate Office branch in Talladega County closed; probate judge in self-quarantine

    Autauga County EMA delivers groceries for hospital workers

    Butler County curfew begins at 10 p.m.; State orders “stay at home”

    Baldwin County approves COVID-19 policy changes

    Baldwin County Commission, mayors share public message concerning COVID-19

    Gov. Ivey: Census participation still ‘vital’

    Houston County approves $6-million bond issue for paving program

    Gov. Ivey awards $9.5 million in broadband expansion grants

    Madison County, Baldwin County top charts for population growth in Alabama


    This week’s important ACCA-related events, trainings, deadlines, etc.

    Monday, April 6, 3 p.m.

    COVID-19 Webinar

    Friday, April 10

    ACCA virtual, physical offices closed in observance of Good Friday