E911 Board Tables Architect and Consulting DecisionsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 15 2014 11:07 AM
HOUSTON COUNTY: The Dothan – Houston County Communications District Board met this morning prior to the Dothan City Commission Meeting.
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz was not present for he is in France for industrial recruitment and the Airshow. Dothan Commissioner Taylor Barbaree was not present for he is on his honeymoon. Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver is in New Orleans.
The board voted to renew the Independent Labor contract of Steve Collins as E-911 Coordinator. Collins has a two year contract. Collins received an increase of $ 5,400.00 for the contract bringing his compensation to $ 50,400.00 a year.
The board tabled the agreement with PH & J Architects to assist with the architectural design phase, bidding and construction services for a Joint Emergency Operations Center.
This issue was approved by the Advisory Committee on September 10, 2013. It has never been brought from the Advisory Committee to the Board until today.
At the time of approval of PB & J of Montgomery, the Advisory Committee stated “some of the firms had experience with building this type of structure and some did not”.
This issue brought a group of “local” architects to the Advisory Committee on September 25, 2013. Speaking at privileges of the floor on that date was Andy Gosselin with Gosselin Design. He was there representing 5 or 6 local architectural firms. Gosselin was quoted as saying “ we are shocked to hear the announcement to Dothan that over $ 250,000 in fees are leaving Dothan and going to a Montgomery firm and we all think that it is really bad for Dothan”. Gosselin told the board the “leaders are blazing the way to go local”. The Advisory Board made no comments following Gosselin’s comments and adjourned the meeting.
On January 14, 2014 Mr. Jerry Corbin informed the Advisory Committee that “he is still in negotiations with the architects over the contract at this time. They presented what they called a percentage of construction contract. Corbin advised that he has never encountered this type of contract before and was uncomfortable with it”.
The issue is tabled until the next meeting of the board.
The board was also asked to approve a contract with 911Consult, Inc. to assist with the architectural design phase for the Joint Emergency Operations Center. The consulting contract was for $ 1,500.00 per month and was for three months with an option to extend for three months.
The board approved a contract with 911Consult on August 14, 2013 for six months or a total of $ 9,000.00
Board Member Hamp Baxley informed the E911 Coordinator that he was not a “rubber stamp”. That the Dothan – Houston County Communications District needed changing. That he needed more information in order to make decisions. Baxley said he wanted to explore options to change the board and the decision making process.
With that the board adjourned.
The Dothan – Houston County Communications District Board has an Advisory Board and then the actual decision making board.
The Advisory Board consists of Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton, Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams, Dothan Public Works Director Jerry Corbin, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes, Houston County Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Posey, Dothan – Houston County Emergency Management Director Steve Carlisle, Joey Pilcher of Pilcher’s Ambulance Service and Rickey Stokes representing the Houston County EMS.
The Advisory Committee reviews and discusses issues and items and them makes recommendations to the actual board.
The actual board consists of Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz, all sitting Dothan Commissioners, Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver and Houston County Commissioner Jackie Battles.
The Dothan – Houston County Communications District is separate from both Houston County and the City of Dothan.
But it gets more confusing from there. I will not bore you any more at this time.