The Jackson County Commissioners will start 2019 off with a bang at their first meeting January 8 with an earlier start and later finish than is the norm for them. The start time was moved from the normal 9:00 a.m. to an 8:00 a.m. start.
The earlier start will accommodate two agenda items. Changes are being considered for road and bridge as well as the upcoming contract for right-of-way mowing that the country contracts out for each year. The commissioners will be discussing proposed re-organization of the road and bridge department, including varied days. Five-day work weeks are being considered in hopes of alleviating overtime for emergency situations that result in help being called in on Fridays. The Road and Bridge Department currently works four 10-hour days Monday through Thursday.
The other item scheduled for the special meeting at 8:00 a.m. will address the contract for mowing the right-of-ways for Jackson County that are currently being contracted out. After terminating the contract with Goodwill Industries two years ago, the county is continuing to receive reports, calls and texts that certain areas were not being mowed on time.
Following the regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m., the Jackson County Commissioners, along with media outlets and representatives from Melvin Engineering will tour the Endeavor property. Endeavor is the name given to the old Dozier School for Boys property that Governor Scott recently bequeathed to Jackson County. There are commercial possibilities on the horizon for the development of this property. Melvin Engineering has been instrumental in obtaining funds from the state for cleanup of the grounds as well as to structures located on the property. All buildings will be inspected thoroughly following Hurricane Michael with the state acknowledging responsibility for Michael damage.