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  • Published: May 23, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    PLUS… HOT TIP: County Government – the Latest VIRAL Video Phenomenon
    PLUS… Key Dates This Week

    1. Overflow Hotel Accommodations for the ACCA Convention

    The Perdido Beach Resort is full for the duration of the convention in August. We have set up overflow accommodations at the Phoenix condos through Brett Robinson. The closest Phoenix tower to the resort is the Phoenix East, and you can ask for it specifically. The condo rate depends on the number of bedrooms you need. To make a reservation please call Brett Robinson at 888-633-7101 and use the group code 934263.

    If you have hotel rooms at the Perdido Beach Resort that you are not going to use, please call Donna Key (334-263-7594) and see if she needs them before you release them.


    2. AJTA Courses Update

    The Alabama Jail Training Academy was created to provide more affordable and more convenient safety training to counties that are members of the ACCA Liability Fund and/or the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Fund. Attendance at the AJTA is a requirement of the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP), and county correctional officers from member counties are given registration priority over non-fund members. Additionally, registration fees can be reimbursed for member counties that qualify. There are only three AJTA Classes remaining in 2016, so register ASAP.

    Corrections Law
    July 13-14, 2016
    Prattville, Alabama
    Topics include constitutional issues (esp. related to the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments),
    risoner access to courts, Prisoner Litigation Reform Act and prisoner access to religion

    Officer Responsibilities and Offender Supervision
    September 7-8, 2016
    Prattville, Alabama
    Topics include officer responsibilities (ethics, code of conduct, staff/offender relations, survival mindset)
    and offender supervision (games inmates play, understanding human behavior,
    abnormal behavior, decision-making and problem-solving, gender responsive issues)

    Inmate Management
    November 16-17, 2016
    Prattville, Alabama
    Topics include booking and intake, security checks, inmate telephone, visiting, key control and food services

    For more information about the AJTA Courses, contact Brandy Perry (334-263-7594, bperry@alabamacounties.org).
    For more information about SIDP training requirements, contact Marcia Collier (334-263-7594, mcollier@alabamacounties.org).

    3. Gas Card Confusion

    Many county officials and employees have been confused by conflicting information regarding the continued use of a state-bid gasoline purchasing card. The new state contract for these cards is effective June 1 and will not include local governments. The Association has met with state officials in the last week and is exploring other options which may exist for counties. Information regarding immediate options as well as a long-term plan will be provided to the Association’s full email list later this week. For more information, contact Chase Cobb (ccobb@alabamacounties.org).


    4. SIDP Regional Training Starts Wednesday

    Want to be sure your county is part of the next round of safety incentive checks? Members of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds will want to be represented at one of the three regional training opportunities this summer. These trainings are a required element of the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP).

    The half-day course for safety coordinators offers a comprehensive look at the SIDP requirements and guidelines, including topics such as accident/incident protocols and county-wide safety committees. There’s also a separate half-day course for public officials and administrative staff focused on management practices for creating a positive work environment and reducing liability.

    Identical classes are offer three times, and counties are free to choose a convenient date. The North Alabama classes are this week – on Wednesday, May 25 – in Cullman. A few seats remain for Wednesday’s classes in Cullman, but advanced registration is required. Contact Marcia Collier (334-263-7594 or mcollier@alabamacounties.org) if you are interested in participating this week.

    Many counties have registered for the remaining dates: June 29 (Autauga County) and July 27 (Conecuh County). If your county still needs to register for one of these, please use the registration form at the link below. Please contact Marcia Collier (334-263-7594 or mcollier@alabamacounties.org) with any questions.


    5. Transition to New Property Program Begins

    Counties that utilize Meadowbrook’s STAR insurance affiliate for property insurance will transition to the Association’s new property insurance coverage effective Oct. 1, 2016. The process begins in June when counties will receive detailed information on the transition, including:

    • how to complete an ACCA application
    •  the refund of premium paid to STAR
    • new coverage details tailored specifically for county governments.

    If your county has STAR property insurance coverage, watch your “inbox” for details. In the meantime, Henry van Arcken (hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org) can answer any questions.


    Notice: The ACCA office will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.



    Hot 5′s Hot Tip

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    County Government – the Latest Viral Video Phenomenon

    “Why are county roads in their current condition?”

    Have you gotten that question – or something similar – lately? Blount County officials had heard it plenty of times, and the county administrator put together a powerful way to answer it.

    The result is this 7-minute video explaining in detail how Blount County spends money on roads and bridges. The explanation is put in context with the county’s total road system, to help citizens understand why the dollars always run out long before the needs do.

    The video’s been shared 50 times on Facebook, and it’s been viewed more than 700 times on YouTube. This shows how effective video can be on social media, and this one started with a PowerPoint presentation. The camera in your smart phone captures great video too, which is a cost-effective option.

    If you would like additional information about using video in your county’s communication efforts, please contact Terri Reynolds (treynolds@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594).


    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016

    Last Day for Regular Registration, Ethics for Public Officials & Employees, June 8-9, 2016

    Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) Safety Coordinators Training, Cullman, Alabama

    Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) Public Officials & Administrative Staff Training, Cullman, Alabama