Monday Memo | May 3

  • Published: May 3, 2021
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    The Association staff is currently traveling throughout the state discussing the newest ACCA program, “Investing in Alabama Counties.” We are excited by the opportunity to present a customized, county-centered solution for maximizing the use of federal Rescue Plan funds — but equally as exciting is that these meetings also mark the first local gatherings of counties in more than a year. We are grateful to those who are participating and for the chance to FINALLY see everyone again!


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    “First Mondays” webinar today at 3 p.m.

    ACCA’s “First Mondays” initiative returns today to provide county leaders with details on the latest issues at the federal, state and local levels of government. Scheduled for 3 p.m., the virtual event will feature topics on nationwide infrastructure, fraudulent unemployment claims, EMS expansion and the County Family summer of events; you can find a complete agenda here. All members of the County Family are encouraged to register here for the webinar and to then tune in at 3 p.m.

    ACCA police jurisdictions priority bill signed into law

    ACCA priority bill SB107 by Sen. Chris Elliott and Rep. Reed Ingram received Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature last Tuesday. Effective July 27, Act 2021-297 will help alleviate the continual local-level conflict and confusion that stems from the municipal exercise of police jurisdictions. More specifically, the act freezes the current police jurisdiction parameters for municipalities statewide and sets up procedures for their seamless reduction. For a detailed overview of what this new law will do, click here. To read Act 2021-297 in its entirety, click here.

    Final ACCA “County Week” kicks off today; All counties urged to reach out to legislators in final days of session

    It’s ACCA “County Week” for leaders in Calhoun, Coffee, Colbert, Crenshaw, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell and Wilcox counties! But as we enter the final days of the 2021 Legislative Session, county leaders in all 67 counties are encouraged to utilize this time to reach out to their state lawmakers to discuss important final requests and to say ‘thank you’ for their support of county government during yet another policy-making season. To learn more about important final requests for lawmakers, be sure to monitor your inbox for today’s “Goat Hill Prep” email. And for a look at the legislative priorities you can thank legislators for passing this session, click here.

    Funding now available for counties to upgrade machines for handicapped voters

    If your county uses AutoMARK electronic ballot marking machines at its polling locations, the Association has exciting news for you! Through June 30, your county has the opportunity to purchase an upgraded marking machine at no cost to the county. The expense of a new machine will be covered by funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office; the county will only be responsible for covering annual maintenance expenses, and these costs will not kick in until the county’s second year of ownership. Interested counties are encouraged to learn more here and reminded to notify the Secretary of State’s Office of their decision by the June 30 deadline.

    CRS offering two jail personnel training classes this week

    County Risk Services (CRS) will continue its new training program for county jail personnel this week with a one-day course (May 4) in Evergreen and a two-day course (May 5-6) in Prattville. Both courses will focus on critical tasks and operations in the jail, as well as ways to reduce liability — but the one-day class will be catered to correctional officers and the two-day course catered to jail administrators and supervisors. To learn more about these courses and others to be offered throughout the year, click here.

    County Family members elected to NACE leadership positions

    Two Alabama County Engineers were recently sworn in to leadership positions for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) during its virtual 2021 annual conference. Henry County Engineer Chris Champion moved up the association’s officer ranks after being elected by county engineers nationwide to serve a one-year term as NACE President-Elect. Meanwhile, Chambers County Engineer Josh Harvill was re-elected by the organization’s Southeast Regional States to serve another one-year term as NACE’s Southeastern Regional Vice President. Both Chris and Josh will represent Alabama and NACE on its Executive Committee, which consists of five regional vice presidents, three officers, the Immediate Past President and a National Association of Counties Board representative.


    IN THE MEDIA

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

    Census shows Alabama will maintain 7 congressional seats

    Aid approved for 8 Alabama counties from March storms


    KEY DATES

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

    Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7
    ACCA Virtual County Week #7

    Monday, May 3, 3 p.m.
    ACCA “First Mondays” Webinar

    Tuesday, May 4
    CRS Jail Training: Critical Tasks in Jail Operations & Reducing Liability

    Wednesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 6
    CRS Jail Training: Critical Tasks in Jail Operations & Reducing Liability