He said he appreciates the work the shelter has done. Though the money designated for the shelter was removed as a line item in the county’s budget, the contract with Crossroads will be up for renewal at the end of June. At that time the county can negotiate the cost, Cleveland said.
Commissioner Darry Stacy said his first experience with the county budget process has been “extremely positive.”
“Cleveland County is headed in the right direction,” Stacy said. “I cannot be more proud of the other elected officials and how serious they take being stewards of the county’s money.”
The Budget Board met before and after the regular county commissioners meeting on Monday.
Renovations are under way on the south parking lot of the Cleveland County Courthouse. When the upgrade is completed, the parking lot will be secured to serve county employees, freeing up space in the north public parking lot, BOCC chair Cleveland said.
During construction, First Baptist Church is allowing county employees to use its overflow parking lot.
Commissioners said they are still cleaning up from last week’s torrential downpour. Stacy said many tinhorns in ditches are clogged and need to be cleaned out.
Nevertheless, Sullivan said he is grateful for the badly-needed rain.
Undersheriff Rhett Burnett reported 426 prisoners in the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center as of Monday. That new record high follows escalating high counts. Last week, 424 prisoners were in the jail. Of those prisoners, 117 are bound for thre Department of Corrections and 106 have already received judgment and sentencing, making them ready for transport.
In other county business, commissioners awarded bids for sod and for building materials and labor to construct two buildings for District 2. The sod bid was awarded to low bidder Allen Farms Inc. Also bidding were Canadian Valley Turf, Sioux Construction, Eason Sod Farms, Green Turf Sod and Bentley Turf Farms.