No Action Taken for Bray Fire Department Truck

by Elizabeth Pitts-Hibbard

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Stephens County Commissioners could take no action on an agenda item to consider bids for a new tanker fire truck for the Bray Volunteer Fire Department.

The bid, #2021-3, sought to purchase one used 2003 or newer tanker/pumper fire truck for the department, but no eligible bids were received. One company entered “no bid” because they did not carry that type of equipment, and the other bid received lacked some of the required paperwork. The commissioners will repeat the bidding process to be on the agenda at a later date.

Elsewhere on the agenda, the Commissioners voted to make adjustments to an account to clarify the fund name and resolve allowable expenditures and departmental approval. Previously the County Donation Fund and the Sheriff Donation Fund had been in one account, but they have been split into separate funds. County Clerk Jenny Moore explained that the “Donations” fund – under the GBA Jail Maintenance and Operations – would remain under the Commissioner department control.

The Commissioners then voted to approve a transfer of funds between the two so that each would retain the fund balance held previously.

“This is just to move all of the money…the exact account with the money is moved into the appropriate fund,” Moore explained.

In addition to those agenda items, the board approved two Cooperative Agreements in District #3, one with Jeff Jones and one with Joey Hensley, both to remove trees and perform ditch work to diminish erosion in the right-of-way.

The Commissioners also approved a rental contract for Stephens County Fair and Expo Center with Marcella Thompson for a reunion event in Territory Hall, and another with Amy Green for a Thanksgiving Dinner event in the Harvest room, both on November 26.

Commissioner Russell Morgan was not present at the meeting so no report on the Stephens County Fairgrounds was given.

In new business, District 1 Commissioner Kreg Murphree said that he had not heard back on the offer the Commissioners had made to purchase a nearby building for County use, but that he had enlisted the assistance of District Attorney Jason Hicks in the matter.

The next meeting of the Stephens County Commissioners will be Monday, October 19 at 9:30am at the Stephens County Courthouse.