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Commission OKs funds for troubled boys’ home

Published 3:08pm Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Morgan County Commission approved the transfer of $374,072.46, earmarked for the Morgan County System of Services Inc., to purchase a home for troubled boys.

The move was made at a regular meeting on Aug.12 at the request of MCSS director Sarah B. Hall.

Hall said the money would be used to provide a home for up to eight boys who have gotten off track and need a little extra help to get back on track.

“The money was earmarked originally for a detention/diversion program,” Halls said. “We have paid off the debt against HANDS, a home for troubled girls, and we’re excited about opening a similar home for boys.”

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch at Neel provided accommodations for troubled boys before it was closed several years ago.

Hall said the home would accept boys between the ages of 10 and 18, with referrals coming from the Juvenile Court, School systems, DHR, Mental Health Center and others. It will serve Morgan and the surrounding counties.

The commission acted on other matters as follows:

• Accepted a bid of $29,000 plus $20 title fee from Decatur Truck & Trailer Sales for a single axle dump truck for District 1.

• Advertise for bids for janitorial supplies for all Morgan County departments.

• Executed the agreement between MCATS and Pope John Paul II Catholic High School for transportation services during the 2014-2015 school year.

• Authorized the chairman to execute an agreement with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for an audit of federal assistance for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, cost not to exceed $14,076.

• Authorized Ricky Brooks, Environmental Services director, to fill two part-time driver positions, Grade 3 ($11.19-$14.56).

• Authorized Debra Garner, Commission on Aging director, to fill a part-time senior center manager’s position at $8.18 per hour with no benefits.

• Authorized the chairman to execute an agreement between the Morgan County Commission and the City of Decatur for the annual appropriation by the city to the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency, effective Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015.

• Adopted a resolution declaring the week of Sept. 22-27 as “Fall Clean-Up Week” in Morgan County with district shops to be closed on Fri., Sept. 26.

• Authorized the chairman to execute a service agreement between the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama and the Morgan County Juvenile Probation Office to continue providing a Juvenile Court Liaison for the Juvenile Probation Office, beginning Oct. 1, 2014.

• Approved an excess proceed claim arising from the Revenue Commissioner’ tax sale for William L. Davis in the amount of $40,916.32.

• Approved payments from the Tourism, Recreation and Convention Fund as follows: Decatur Kennel Club (Cotton Cluster Dog Show) $200; Distinguished Young Women of Morgan County (scholarship program) $250; and Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation (sponsorship) $400.

• Approved payment of bills totaling $5,256,027.83 for July.

• Approved certificates to subdivide and/or consolidate for the following: Nathan M. and Brenda Robbins and Millard and Mary Yoder, Reeder Road, District 3; Donald Ray Rolfe and James H., and Patty Childers, Upper River Road and Dewey Day Road and Sarah S. Whitaker Estate, Antioch Road, both in District 4.

• Approved the purchase of right-of-way for $3,500 for the Rescue Road bridge replacement project in District 4.

• Authorized the chairman to apply for a 2015 Alabama Historical Commission Capital Enhancement Grant of $10,000 for electronic equipment and media design for Morgan County Archives.

• Authorized the chairman to accept a letter of termination of a memorandum of understanding between LifeSource and the Morgan County Juvenile Probation Office for providing treatment services for parents who have children under their supervision.

• Executed an agreement between Health Connect America and the Morgan County Juvenile Probation Office to provide diagnostic assessments, outpatient services and other tasks agreed upon by both parties for clients referred by the Morgan County Juvenile Probation office.

• Paid $2,507.50 to TTL Inc. for professional services performed on the Morgan County Jail Annex project.

• Paid $8,598.01 to ALDOT as final settlement on the Upper River Road at Cotaco Creek project.

• Paid $16,111 to Volkert Inc. for program management services on the Morgan County Jail Annex project

• Paid $1,373 to the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments for annual membership dues for the Morgan County Commission.

• Approved a claim for damages of $55 from Macie Chatman Carter.

• Approved payment of $2,867.50 to Travelers Insurance as a deductible on a claim filed against the county by Tina Bagwell.

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