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American Rescue plan, Census headline County Commission meeting

The American Rescue Plan and Census were among the biggest subjects at the Dallas County Commission meeting on Monday.

The entire Commission was present: Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn and commissioners Curtis Williams, Jan Justice, Vivian Rogers, Connell Towns.

William Scott spoke in the Public comment section and addressed questions concerning the American Rescue Plan, which Dallas County received $7.2 million on March 30 and delivered by U.S. Rep Terri Sewell, D-AL.

Scott said the American Rescue funds can be used for things like Broadband WIFI Acess and COVID-19 funding. He also urged the commission to make a plan on how to spend the money.

Nunn said when the Census comes out in August, it will like be realignment within the five Districts.

“Selma’s numbers are expected to drop around 17,000 and that means Dallas County numbers will also drop,” Nunn said.

The Commission also recognized the Dallas County 11-12-year-old All-Star baseball team for winning the first-ever state championship for Dallas County in that age group.

Nunn and the Commission praised the players, coaches and their parents.

Four new business items were presented and unanimously approved:

-David Smith was re-appointed to the North Dallas Water Authority board.

-An Express vote machine ballot for the handicap to use at Elections in the near future.

Attorney John Kelly later said that Election material should be done by ordinance and resolution, which Nunn quickly addressed in the meeting,

-A request for proposals of Program Administration was approved. The Commission has a July 28 deadline to get a plan in.

-Reimbursement of $24 from Contingency funds for the Yellow ribbons in the Juneteenth memorialize COVID victims.

In other Commission news:

-County Engineer Heath Sexton got approval for a Supplemental Agreement with the state of Alabama for the Preliminary Engineering Right of way Acquisition  and Construction for Project ATRP2-24-2020-024, known as the US 80 and SR 41 ATRIP 2 Intersection Improvement Project.

-Kelly discussed a resolution approving Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Plan in the National Opioid Litigation.

He said that Dallas County is a party plaintiff and represented by several national attorneys in the case.

Kelly also discussed the Dallas County Litter Ordinance. He said a publication of notice will be sent to the public to let them know.

-The Commission approved Human Resource Director Betty Russell changing job description for Environment Services Director and License Inspector.

-Williams also recognized Joe Evans, a former Keith High School basketball coach and R.B. Hudson High School graduate who died last month.