Etowah district officials severed a ribbon during their working session on Tuesday to help kick off the month of childhood cancer awareness. The month, traditionally celebrated in September, helps educate and sensitize children with cancer and encourage increased funding for research and treatment.
“We will always support local families and local parents who are struggling,” said Commissioner Jamie Grant. “That’s a big part of us and we will always support such things. It means a lot to us that they call us and ask us to do something like this. These are our people. ”
The commissioners were joined by the Rozzy Foundation, a local charity founded by Ben and Lauren Green in honor of their late daughter Rozlyn, who died of acute myeloid leukemia in 2019 at the age of 9.
“Most people don’t know when it is. We didn’t even know when it was so we’re trying to bring it out, ”said Ben. “We want to help the children in the hospitals and their parents to fight it.”
To learn more about the Rozzy Foundation, visit their website at TheRozzy.com.
Commissioners also heard reports asking for new equipment for the Department of Transportation, stating that their equipment was more than seven years old and required more expensive repairs that have quickly become one of the department’s larger expenses. New equipment would come with warranties so repairs would not be as costly.
The current equipment is slated to sell through auction in March and the department has asked for a letter of intent next month so it can fix prices by the end of the year. However, she hopes to have the new equipment up and running by February before the older parts are sold.
The department is also considering downsizing its equipment from four each, which includes things like excavators and motor graders, to three each. This is because the department has fewer employees, which makes it possible to save money on the new equipment.
Sheriff Jonathon Horton reported positive news. Thanks to the commissioners’ votes for a raise for MPs within the county, his office has managed to hire 12 new employees and lose only two.
The commissioners also discussed matters to attend to their next meeting on Sept. 7, such as the reappointment of the Etowah County Health Department and a request from the finance commissioner to enter into a contract with Delta Computer Systems to “ limited paper link scanning “monitor solution,” which will total $ 29,325 with a monthly support and maintenance fee of $ 340.
They will also address an intergovernmental agreement between the Gadsden City Department of Transportation, Etowah County Transportation Services and EMA Gadsden-Etowah on the use of equipment and personnel that extends the current agreement on transportation assistance in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.
During the public commentary, Commissioner Joey Statum said the county continues to push for water and sewage to be brought to the Little Canoe Creek megasite. He said officials are also looking into any reallocations that may need to be made within the county based on the 2020 census results, hoping to do so “as soon as possible” before the November deadline.
“I know this process and what it takes is a simple process with the technology they have now,” he said, “but we have to see if this is necessary as there are elections next year.”