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Montgomery County Commission Raises Jurors’ Fees

In its regular monthly meeting on March 13, the Montgomery County Commission handled a number of housekeeping items related to renewal of annual contracts, health care, and raising jurors’ fees.

New Business

The Commission adopted a resolution to approve the Grand Jury’s recommendation to increase jury fees from $15 to $25 per day. The measure was taken to make the fees paid in Montgomery County comparable to those paid by other area counties. The new jury fees will go into effect January 1, 2024.

Also, the Commission voted to renew the county’s health insurance benefit through DIYBS. There are 30 employees that are currently on the county’s health insurance plan. The total annual cost to the county is $146,160.

Commissioners approved a resolution to apply for a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to pave Hardeman Road and Bowtie Circle. The resolution authorizes the grant application.

Consent Agenda Items

The Commission approved an amendment to the local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Agreement with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. County Administrator Brandon Braddy explained that the grant agreement did not cover the entire cost of the disposal of the scrap tires from the December 2022 scrap tire round-up. The EPD will cover the entire cost in the amount of $16, 425. The original agreement was short by $282.

The Commission voted to enter into an agreement with AirMed-Care Network for group full membership to cover county employees for one year at a cost of $2,451.

Commissioners approved the renewal of an annual contract with the Community Service Board of Middle Georgia to provide behavioral health services for Montgomery County. Braddy explained that this contract was approved to supplement the Community Service Board’s budget to provide behavioral health services and alcohol services to Montgomery County residents. Services will be provided to those clients that are suitable for referral.

Also approved was renewal of annual CAD/ mapping maintenance contract with Ryzyliant, Inc. for the E911 Center at a cost of $5,707.80.

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