The Calhoun Commission continued to review the financial status of the county, with the budget control report indicating the Sheriff's budget could need additional funding, and the Prosecuting Attorney's office could need more funds related to the prosecution of criminal cases. Some budget revisions for the Sheriff's department were approved.

The county is facing a major budget shortfall for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Danielle Stevens, executive secretary for the commission, indicated the county could need an additional $100,000 before years end, with the commission already paying only part of the regional jail bill.

The commission re-appointed Bob Weaver as president for 2011. Weaver gave a report on current issues related to the county.

See   Commission President's Report

At least two individuals involved in the flood plain buy-out requested extra time to stay in their dwelling related to complications. The commission approved an extension until January 31.

The commission set dates for the annual Board of Equalization to be held in February.

Those dates include: Feb. 1, 9 am; Feb. 4, 4 pm; Feb. 9, 4 pm; Feb. 14, 11 am; Feb. 17, 4 pm; Feb. 23 (oil and gas) 11 am; Feb. 25, 9 am.

The commission will review all board and authority appointments during the February meeting.

They approved the Sheriff's land sale.

OES/911 Director Kathy Wood reported on a new Emergency Alert System being installed that will quickly notify all county residents by phone when emergency situations happen, floods, hazardous spills, disasters. Woods said cell phone users will be able to be called, provided they make a request for the service.

Tim Meeks said there was no draw-down on the $5.2 million water project, which has been shutdown for the winter, saying the project is 28% complete.

The bids for a partial air conditioning grant for the courthouse will be opened on January 13 at 10 a.m.

Approval was given related to the flood mitigation project for asbestos removal on the purchased houses at $500 each to Jackson Dynamics.

The commission approved the employment of Arlan "Butch" Burch as courthouse custodian, a requested transfer.

In addition to the six special meetings scheduled for February. the regular February meeting is set for 9 a.m. on February 14.

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