Agreement between County Recycling, Clean Team recommended for approval

With no discussion, a committee of the Jefferson County Quorum Court recommended approval Tuesday of a proposed agreement to use members of the sheriff’s office Clean Team as labor at the county recycling center.

The proposed agreement, which is expected to be approved when the full Quorum Court meets Monday, would pay the sheriff’s office $2,000 per month, with additional compensation of 15 percent of the net revenue generated from the sale of the recycled material handled by the Clean Team.

The proposed agreement provides that the sheriff’s office would provide workers up to five days per week to sort material, clean facilities and perform other reasonable duties as assigned. It would be for 12 months, with either the Recycling Department or the sheriff’s office able to cancel with a 30-day notice.

Also Tuesday, a proposed appropriation ordinance that would transfer $2,670 from the Assessor’s Amendment 79 fund to county general then to the assessor’s salary budget was recommended for approval.

Assessor Yvonne Humphrey said in a memorandum to County Judge Dutch King that the workload to process homestead credits has increased and rather than hire additional staff, she wants to increase the duties of one person and pay that employee for the additional work.

Resolutions reappointing George A. Markis Jr. and Scott McGeorge to the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corp. of Jefferson County for five-year terms were also recommended for approval. The board administers the proceeds from the three-eights-cent sales tax approved by county voters for economic development. If approved, the new terms for Makris and McGeorge would end May 8, 2015.

An appropriation ordinance transferring $4,444.20 from the County Buildings Department to the County Judge’s Office to cover additional duties taken on by personnel in that office was also recommended for approval.

King said he has decided to eliminate the position of Office Manager of the County Buildings Department and divide the duties among the existing staff. That move would save the county $24,484.16 per year in salary and benefits.

Also Monday, members of the county’s legislative body heard a presentation from representatives of Fidlar Technologies about a computer program for the Circuit Clerk’s Office to record and store records.

The initial cost of the program would be $120,000 to install the program, then an estimated $11,600 annually for maintenance and support.

Jefferson County currently spends about $40,000 per year to purchase books to record county transactions, including mortgages and deeds.

The company will submit a formal proposal later for the justices of the peace to consider.