Commission looks at mics, speakers for meetings

By ED HOWELL
Posted 11/9/19

District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis suggested Monday  the commission get a microphone and speaker system for the commission meetings.

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Commission looks at mics, speakers for meetings

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District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis suggested Monday  the commission get a microphone and speaker system for the commission meetings.

Davis made the suggestion during the commissioner comment portion of the meeting. He noted that at one point in that day's discussion, Revenue Commissioner Jerry Guthrie said from the back of the room he couldn't hear what was being said when he was called on to react to a proposed revision on purchase order procedures.

Various attendees in the past have complained about not being able to hear in the room, and people watching the Daily Mountain Eagle online live streams of the meetings have complained sometimes they cannot hear what is said.

No current microphone system is in the meeting chambers. 

Davis said Tim Peek, who handles IT, hardware and software maintenance support for the commission, might be able to work with county officials to come up with a system. 

"I concur with District 1 that we need it, and we've had two or three (vendors) to come by, and they never gave us a quote," Chairman Jerry Bishop said. Peek said he has already done some research on wireless mics with speakers. 

"Let's revisit that in the future, because I know everybody in the audience needs to be able to hear," Davis said, adding it would also help with the Eagle live streams on Facebook as well as the audience. "Sometimes we project our voice and sometimes we lower our voices."

Bishop asked Guthrie to remind him on the matter, and officials would look for a system. 

In other action Monday, the commission: 

• Voted to potentially extend bid prices for another year on some products, as called for under bid contracts when both parties are in agreement, put into writing. These included office supplies for Viking Office Supply in Jasper, corrugated metal pipe and HDPE double wall plastic pipe from J&G Culvert in Fayette, cold mix patching material from Advanced Asphalt Products, LLC, in Jasper and traffic striping from Ozark Striping in Ozark.

County Engineer Mike Short noted in letters to the commission the extension could be made for up to two years. He told commissioners in the meeting he doubted there is any reduction in prices for the materials, as that is rare. He also noted the vendors have not agreed yet, adding that some vendors may have had price increases. "This is just the first step," he said. 

• Heard Bishop noted a grant received by the Sheriff's Office, thanking Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed for his assistance in the grant. He also thanked Reed again for helping with courthouse security grants he helped maintain. 

• Heard Bishop ask for prayer for a county maintenance official who was seriously ill.