Pickens County Board of Commissioners Work Session February 2018

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Pickens County Board of Commissioners Work Session February 2018


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2/1/2018

Items of Discussion:

1. Audit Update
2. EMA - Generator Grant
3. Pickens County Water & Sewer Authority - Rate Increase
4. Board of Tax Assessors - Sam Brannen Agreement
5. General Discussions

(17:02) Citizen Kristal Beaver asked the Commissioners to consider researching the original bylaws and operating procedures of the Pickens County and City of Jasper Economic Development Council, created in 2008 and revised 2016, to see if it coincides with their most recent decision. (The Economic Development Council voted with majority to let Gerry Nechvatal, Economic Development Director go in late January 2018, based on performance.)

Initial research is questioning if the revised 2016 Bylaws were voted on by the Commissioners or Jasper City Council. Below are some of the comparisons in the two versions, as well as links to the entire documents as PDF files.

BYLAWS

2008 (PDF)
Notable changes in 2016 are noted in red below and on the PDF. Not all changes are listed, please refer to the PDF files.

Section 101. NAME. The name of the organization shall be The Pickens County and City of Jasper Economic Development Council, herein referred to as the "Economic Development Council" or the "EDC", a division of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.

Section 104. POWERS. The Economic Development Council shall have the following powers and duties: (1) all authority, powers, and duties to do what is necessary, proper and convenient to carry out its purpose as stated herein. (2) Provide guidance to the President of the Chamber and the Director for Community Economic Development to the implementation of all initiatives necessary to carry out the purpose of the Council as stated herein. (3) The President of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce provides direct supervision for the Director of Community Economic Development. (4) The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce provides office space for the Director for Community Economic Development and facilities for the Council Board meetings. (5) The Pickens County Government, City of Jasper, Pickens County Development Authority, and the Jasper Development Authority provide financial support for the Council and activities of the Director of Community Economic
Development.

Section 402. OPEN MEETINGS AND RECORDS. The meetings and records of the Economic Development Council shall be held and conducted in accordance with the requirements of any applicable open meetings or open records laws. The EDC shall endeavor to protect the confidentiality of proprietary and other information entrusted to it by business prospects and others. The EDC shall be entitled to rely in good faith upon the interpretations and opinions of legal counsel in the exercise of their responsibilities.


2016 Revised

Section 101. NAME. The name of the organization shall be The Pickens County and City of Jasper Economic Development Council, herein referred to as the "Economic Development Council" or the "EDC".

Section 104. POWERS. The Economic Development Council shall have the following powers and duties: (I) all authority, powers, and duties to do what is necessary, proper and convenient to carry out its purpose as stated herein. (2) Provide guidance to the Community Economic Development Director in the implementation of all initiatives necessary to carry out the purpose of the Council as stated herein. (3) The Chairman of the EDC provides the direct supervision for the Community Economic Development Director. (4) The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce provides office space for the Community Economic Development Director and facilities for the Council Board meetings. (5) The Pickens County Government, City of Jasper, Pickens County Development Authority, and the Jasper Development Authority provide financial support for the Council and activities of the Community Economic Development Director

Section 402. DELETED

Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Resolution 7/25/08

Council shall function as an autonomous body under the direction of a nine (9) member board that consist of five (5) permanent members (the Commissioner of Pickens County, the Mayor of the City of Jasper, one representative from the Development Authority of Pickens County, one representative from the City of Jasper Development Authority, the President of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce) and four ( 4) private sector representatives to be selected by the above first four named representatives, one representative is to be selected by each of the first four named permanent members (Commissioner of Pickens County, the Mayor of the City of Jasper, representative from the Development Authority of Pickens County, representative from the City of Jasper Development Authority).

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Mayor John Weaver
Ken Pint - Chairman
Mike Denson
Gary Copeland
Commissioner Chairman Rob Jones
Don Boggus
Todd Payne
Clayton Prebble
Gerry Nechvatal (Chamber President)

An update on the Economic Development Council is on the Jasper City Council Agenda for Monday, February 5, 2018. Commissioner Rob Jones said there would be discussion on the subject at the Commissioners Regular meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018.


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