Monday Memo | September 27

  • Published: September 27, 2021
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    Last week’s ethics training class for county officials and employees was one of the most well-attended courses held by the County Government Education Institute in a very long time. Certainly, the topic of ethics is always one of the most challenging to tackle because the many accompanying conditions and provisions can cause anyone’s head to spin. In light of this, the sight of a crowded classroom reminded me of the County Family’s commitment to pressing “reset” and looking toward the future – and that made me smile.


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    Special legislative session on prisons begins today; Counties urged to watch for Goat Hill emails

    Members of the Alabama Legislature will gavel in later this afternoon for a special legislative session aimed at addressing the ongoing state prison crisis, as well as reforms to various inmate sentencing standards. With state lawmakers’ return to Montgomery, county leaders can expect to see the return of the Association’s “Goat Hill” emails, which will be distributed on an as-need basis to provide important updates and action alerts. Counties are encouraged to monitor their email inbox over the next few weeks to stay “in the know” and ready to take action on any proposed policies that could prove burdensome to county jails and county budgets.

    Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers Fund information due Oct. 1

    Attention, all participating counties in the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers Fund (WCSIF)! The premium-contribution and contacts page for your Workers’ Comp Fund membership renewal spanning the October 2021-2022 coverage period is due this Friday, October 1. To renew your county’s membership, simply review the renewal package and complete the necessary steps provided. For questions, contact Henry Van Arcken, ACCA Director of Insurance Services, or Marcia Collier, CRS Member Services Coordinator.

    County Engineers Legislative Committee to meet this week

    Members of the ACEA Legislative Committee will meet in person this week to prepare for the 2022 Legislative Session. Members will discuss engineering-specific legislative issues and solutions, as well as establish plans for members’ legislative engagement and action amid the session — which will be an essential component to successfully advocating for and defending county governments. A recap of the items discussed and the decisions made by all affiliate legislative committees will be shared in the days ahead.

    “First Mondays” virtual event scheduled for Oct. 4

    ACCA’s “First Mondays” — the monthly virtual event that features discussions on the federal, state and local issues and programs important to county government — will continue next Monday, October 4, at 3 p.m. The event will feature remarks from U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville and discussions on state-level redistricting and “best practices” for providing public access to local records and documents. To register for the event, click here.

    Counties encouraged to highlight importance of cyber security in October

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure every American has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. The goal of this years NCSAM is to encourage individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cyber security. Counties are encouraged to get involved in the nationwide initiative by urging county officials and staff to: “Do your part. Be cyber smart.” For ideas on how to get involved, click here.

    ACCA preparing for successful 2022 with renewed 67-county support

    The Association’s Board of Directors has approved membership dues for the coming year, and each county’s dues amount will appear slightly different from recent years. Membership dues for 2022 have been adjusted on a county-by-county basis to account for (1) a modest increase in total dues payments statewide; (2) new Census population numbers for each county; and (3) the most recent calculation of the value of property in each county. Of course, these three factors impact each county differently, so a memorandum explaining the recalculation of the dues formula will accompany each county’s dues invoice. Counties can expect to receive their respective invoice and dues details in the days ahead. For any questions regarding dues payments or the revised formula, please contact ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield. It is our hope that the Association will continue to receive the full support of all 67 counties as we work to protect and improve county government in Alabama.


    KEY DATES

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

    Monday, September 27
    Special Session of the Legislature begins

    Thursday, September 30
    ACEA Legislative Committee Meeting

    Thursday, September 30
    ACCA SIDP 2020-2021 Application & Documentation
    Deadline

    Friday, October 1
    ACCA WCSIF Premium-Contributions due