Money for the adult jail, juvenile detention center and election costs are all on the agenda for the Jefferson County Quorum Court when it meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Six separate appropriation requests will be considered, including one that would transfer $100,581.10 from the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund to the Juvenile Justice Center Fund. According to the proposed appropriation, nearly $77,000 of that money will be used for salaries for full time employees and another 43,640 for salaries for part-time employees. The balance of the appropriation covers benefits such as social security matching, life insurance, health insurance matching and retirement matching.
A second appropriation of $155,631.78 that was transferred to the adult jail by court order in January 2019 but never appropriated will also be discussed. Almost $140,000 of the money will be spent on food, just over $7,300 for fuel and the remaining $8,451.78 to be applied to the loan payment to complete construction of the new sheriff’s office building. A third appropriation would transfer $62,797.30 from the machinery and equipment line item of the adult jail to a line item for jail medical while a fourth appropriation ordinance for $5,629.61 covers insurance reimbursements.
The county’s legislative body will also discuss a $5,000 request from the Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners to pay for conducting the Watson Chapel School District Election. Commission Chairman Michael Adam said in a letter to County Judge Gerald Robinson that there will be a contested school board race which will require opening polls on election day.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley is asking the court to move $3,600 that is in his budget in the office administrator slot to a part time/extra help slot to cover payroll for the rest of the year. He said that slot would have a balance of $1,736 as of Sept. 30 and the additional funds will cover payroll for the rest of the year.
The County Road Department is asking the Quorum Court to approve a $199,280.64 appropriation to cover overtime road department employees worked during the May flood and its cleanup as well as materials. Road Department Director Rickey Bullard and Office Manager Sandra Graves said in a letter to Robinson that the road department is applying to FEMA to be reimbursed but that process could take a year.