BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
FEBRUARY 3, 2003
Chairman J. R. Dowdy, Jr. called the meeting to order. Commissioners James D. Harris, A. James Nance, Joyce C. Pheil, Ferrell Henry, County Administrator John S. Pate, Jr. and secretary Linda Finch in attendance. Also present were Sheriff Donnie Haralson, Captain John Wiggins; Bill Dorough, Director of State Farmers Market; Ginger Young, Manager, Lynn Hayslip, Agriculture Representative/Employee Marketing Representative and Inez Herrera, Bi-language Outreach Specialist from the Department of Labor; Howardus Connel, Employment and Training Consultant, Gene Chestnut, District Director, Sherry Wilson, Supervisor of Agricultural Services, and Carlene Vagus, State Monitor Advocate for farm workers.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO BE HOUSED AT FARMERS MARKET DURING THE SUMMER
Chairman Dowdy welcomed all present and reported that last year we had some problems at the Farmers Market with trying to enforce some of the laws we had governing the people that were working out there, and Bill Dorough, Market Director, is trying to get a head start on some things they might implement to make things better at the Market. Mr. Dorough reported that, Bobby Harris and Tommy Irvin from the Commissioners Office of the Department of Agriculture wanted him to thank the Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Department for the help they give to them. He advised that this year they will have numbered orange caps and badges to be able to identify the workers, and also they have met with the Department of Labor about them helping with the workers, and they have come up with some procedures that they will go by this year to make it run smoother. Mrs. Young advised that they are thrilled about this as they use to work the market years ago. Mrs. Hayslip read the procedures that they will have at the market: upon arrival the job seeker will complete a DOL for registration purposes, after completion of the registration the customer will be issued a pictured ID badge and cap, and a sign-in sheet will be included to make sure first-come first-serve basis procedure is followed. She advised that they will have an office at the market and someone will be there during their regular working hours and on an as needed basis. Mr. Dorough advised that they are going to have one shed that the out of town customers will go to plus he has talked to the inspectors about scrutinizing out of town produce a little closer than they have been doing in the last few years. He stated that when the farmers bring their own workers, there is not a whole lot they can do about them, the individuals they will be dealing with will be the ones coming to the market on a daily basis. Sheriff Haralson thought this will be a good idea, it is certainly worth trying, and his department will be out there to help keep peace. Commissioners thanked all involved with working toward correcting some of the problems at the market and hope that this year will be successful.
METHANE MONITORING AT LANDFILL APPROVED
Mr. Pate reported that he has received a letter from Hal Newberry, engineer for the landfill, stating that we are having trouble getting a closure certificate on the old part of the landfill because grass will not grow in certain areas and it is pretty obvious that we are getting some leakage. Mr. Newberry says that it is vital that we install three methane vents, he has received five bids with the low bid being $19,025.00 from Vance Environmental Management.
Motion by Mr. Henry, seconded by Mrs. Pheil and motion carried, accepting Mr. Newberry’s recommendation and install three methane vents at the landfill for $19,025.00.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.