Commissioners honor White County High School baseball team Monday

By | January 31, 2019 9:14 am

White County Commissioners honored the White County High School baseball team for their contribution to Hurricane Michael relief this past year. (Photo by RON MOSES)

By Ron Moses

What if life was changed through sudden, immediate, and catastrophic tragedy?

That is what the residents of certain areas in Florida faced last year when Hurricane Michael ravaged the area leaving behind destruction and despair in its watery wake.

On Jan. 28, the White County Board of Commissioners honored the White County High School baseball team, their coaches, and their families with a proclamation for their honor and hard work while helping many who faced such tragedy. The team made the trip to Florida to assist with the clean-up and recovery effort late last year. They traveled to the Mexico Beach area where they were responsible for helping 36 different victims by applying tarps to their homes and cleaning up debris from the inside and outside of homes while providing money and Christmas gifts to more than six families in the process.

The proclamation read in part, “… the members of this legislative body take great pleasure in recognizing those citizens who exemplify outstanding leadership and service in our community. The 2018/2019 White County High School Baseball team, is one such group of young men we would like to honor for their dedication to excellence demonstrated through selfless acts and community outreach.”

In other business, the commission approved resolutions from one of the steering committees to both approve the county road list and to remove a portion of Crouch Road from the White County road list following a request by property owners on Crouch Road. The portion of the road requested begins at the property line of Crouch Farms and stretches 620 feet.

Also approved was a resolution transferring ownership rights back to First Presbyterian Church on property formerly used as a help center by the county. The resolution authorized the White County executive to execute a quitclaim deed conveying whatever interest White County may have had in the property to the church.

Following a motion to approve by Cain Rogers, which was seconded by Lee Broyles, a resolution to apply for community block grant funds assisting the county in the purchase of emergency medical service equipment was unanimously approved by the commissioners present. If granted, the total amount would be $315,000, the maximum amount allowed, including a Three Star Community bonus. White County would pay the required 11 percent of the total project cost plus any additional funding required to complete the project beyond the $315,000.

Three resolutions to amend the fiscal year general fund for 2019 from the budget committee were also passed. One such amendment allows space in the budget to purchase the property located at 136 Walker St. for the expansion of the White County Health Department.

Also approved was the appropriation of $1,764 in funds for donor-funded positions at the White County Animal Shelter. Added to budget was $1,764 dollars through the sale of animals and livestock, while that same amount will now be put toward rabies and animal control.

An unassigned fund balance of $76,000 will be debited from the budget and used for medical and dental services for inmates following a contractual increase through June 30, 2019. But, the inmate funding was not unanimous with those present. Bobby McCulley dissented.

Also authorized was the release of collateral back to Jackson Kayak in the form of a rotational molding oven. According to documents provided, the remaining several pieces of Jackson Kayak’s equipment the county has as collateral are “more than sufficient to secure the outstanding loan balance of $96,340.63” owed to the county. The original loan amount was $200,000.

Twelve commissioners were present. Terry Alley and Andy Haston were absent.

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