Monday Memo | December 21

  • Published: December 21, 2020

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    The other night I had a dream – or maybe a nightmare – about the federal CARES Act funding.  Was my subconscious gearing me up for the next round of federal money or simply telling me to stay the course? Who knows?  It is clear to us, however, that those counties effectively navigating the CARES Act minefield have also been those investing the time and personnel to actively utilize the resources the Association has made available.  If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, maybe stepping up your “investing” game is a good one to consider?


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

    REMINDER: Tune in to “Listen Up” Sessions before January District Meetings

    A key component to being successful is preparing for what is on the horizon. Three sets of “Listen Up” sessions were delivered to the County Family during the month of December. Before we can effectively advocate for counties during the 2021 Legislative Session, we must know the issues. Take a few minutes to listen to any sessions you may have missed on the Association’s YouTube page. The 2021 ACCA Virtual District Meetings begin on January 5, so make your plans to attend your scheduled District Meeting.

    New format, new benefits coming to 2021 ACCA Directory

    The 2021 ACCA Membership Directory will have a different look from previous editions. This year’s Directory will be digital, meaning it will come with several added benefits. Some of the most notable updates will include expanded access and more efficient communication features and search options. With the digital 2021 Directory, everyone in the courthouse will be able to have a copy, email addresses and websites will be linked, and simple keystrokes will allow you to find the information you seek quicker than ever. Another bonus to the new digital directory will be the opportunity to receive updated versions throughout the year. Be on the lookout for the 2021 Membership Directory in your inbox this coming January!

    Thank you to outgoing ACCA Insurance Programs’ Trustees

    Listed below are three county leaders who have selflessly given their time over the past several years to ensure the success of the ACCA Self-Funded Insurance Programs for the benefit of all participating counties. These leaders have completed their terms and will be rotating off their respective boards Dec. 31. Please join us in thanking them for their dedicated service.

    ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund
    Ben Harrison, Limestone County
    Barry Moore, Franklin County
    Brooke Slatton, Fayette County

    Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) virtual training 

    The Alabama Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be offering virtual trainings in December and January for those interested in learning about federal procurement standards for the use of disaster funds. These trainings are designed to be beneficial to everyone in county government but with particular benefit to County Administrators and Attorneys. To learn more about the trainings, click here.

    ACCA Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday

    The ACCA offices will be closed this Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Association offices will reopen on Monday, December 28 at 8:30 a.m.

    COVID-19 Webinar to be held January 4 at 3 p.m.

    The next COVID-19 webinar will be held January 4 at 3p.m. The webinar will focus on the next step in counties’ path in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. An agenda with more details will be available in the coming days. To register, click here.


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

    Thursday, December 24
    ACCA Offices Closed

    Friday, December 25
    ACCA Offices Closed