Monday Memo | September 14

  • Published: September 14, 2020
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    In a normal year, the legislative leaders speaking on behalf of county employees across the state would begin coming together this month to prepare for the 2021 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. We will still conduct our affiliate legislative gatherings in the coming days — but this time, virtually. These “virtual” meetings should be a reminder that, despite the pandemic, the process of making public policy in Alabama continues to march forward. If the public policy being forged today is to be “good” for counties, I’m convinced it’ll take even sharper focus and more active engagement from all 67 counties.


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    ACCA to conduct CARES Act funding “deep dive” webinar today at 3 p.m.; Space on webinar limited

    Today at 3 p.m., the Association will conduct a special “deep dive” webinar for an in-depth discussion on county CARES Act reimbursement, with particular focus on the U.S. Treasury’s varying guidance resources. Space on the webinar will be limited, so we encourage only those individuals responsible for their county’s CARES Act compliance and funding to register to participate.

    2021 Rebuild Alabama implementation kicks off with counties’ continued commitment to transparency, accountability

    Year one of Rebuild Alabama implementation is officially (and successfully) behind us! And through dedicated work and effective communication on all fronts, counties have continued to keep their promise to prioritize transparency and accountability in the use of every Rebuild Alabama dollar. The 2021 Rebuild Alabama cycle is already underway, and we want to commend our county governments — and their engineers and commissioners — for once again this year allowing their annual road and bridge construction plans to be posted on the ACCA website for public inspection. County transportation plans for 2021 can be viewed here.

    Nine counties to receive award checks for superior work safety

    The ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. annually recognizes nine participating counties that have made outstanding efforts to improve safety measures and reduce liability exposures. Congratulations to this year’s top nine winning counties:

    • 1st Place
      Crenshaw, Barbour and Marshall
    • 2nd Place
      Henry, Pickens and St. Clair
    • 3rd Place
      Coosa, Conecuh and Lee

    Each first-place county will be provided with a check for $1,500 and an engraved crystal award, while second- and third-place counties will each receive a check for $1,000.

    Tell us about your county COVID-19 MVPs

    Is there a county official or employee in your county who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic? Tell us and help spread the word about your county’s COVID-19 MVP(s)! The Association will spotlight these special individuals and their positive contributions in the October issue of the County Commission Magazine. Anyone can be a COVID-19 MVP, and anyone can make an MVP recommendation. Simply email the name of your county’s COVID-19 MVP(s), along with a few sentences detailing their outstanding COVID-19 efforts, to Director of Communication and Engagement Abby Fitzpatrick at afitzpatrick@alabamacounties.org.

    LGHIB Position Two election begins today

    Position Two on the Alabama Local Government Health Insurance Board (LGHIB) is up for election, which opens today and will run through Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. The LGHIB is responsible for the control and supervision of the Local Government Health Insurance Plan (LGHIP), as well as designing benefits and setting premiums for 50,000 active and retired local government employees and their dependents. And this position — Position Two — exists to represent the employees of non-county and non-municipal government units and retirees participating in the LGHIP. The candidates seeking to be (re)elected to LGHIB’s Position Two seat, with links to their professional biographies, can be found below.

    Election ballots were mailed to the home address of LGHIP partipants last week. County Family members are urged to stay on the lookout for ther ballot, (and upon receiving it), read the instructions on how to vote and cast their ballot for this important election.


    KEY DATES

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

    Wednesday, September 16

    29th Annual County Golf Bash