Commission recognizes Animal Control Officer Jarrett, approves indigent burial process

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The Cullman County Commission on April 18, 2024, recognized Johnny Jarrett for his continuing education and National Animal Cruelty investigator certification. He is pictured with his family, including, left to right, Audrey Jarrett, Evelyn Jarrett, Isaiah Jarrett, Meghan Jarrett and Samuel Jarrett. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – At its meeting on April 18, the Cullman County Commission recognized Cullman County Animal Control Officer Johnny Jarrett for his advancement in education; Jarrett completed a Code 3 course from Colorado State University and is now a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator.

“Johnny, thank you so much for all you do, all of the animal control officers, for keeping things going,” said  Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons. “Thank you for completing that course.” 

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick attended the meeting to discuss requirements for an indigent burial. Currently, there is no assistance application or regulations for being declared indigent and qualifying for an indigent burial; Kilpatrick asked the commission to approve a new application process for family members.  

Kilpatrick said, “The family would request the assistance of the County for indigent (burial) – they will submit an application, submit it to me. We will then confer with the County administrator and County attorney and we will go over the application and see if the family qualifies for indigent (burial).” 

The commission unanimously approved the new process. Kilpatrick stated that many counties in Alabama use the application process. Cullman County Attorney Emily Niezer-Johnston added that the process Cullman County will use is closely modeled after Mobile County’s. 

In other business, the commission:

  • Recognized Gary Campbell’s retirement after 12 years of service with CARTS
  • Approved Resolution 2024-16: No thru trucks on County Road 730 from County Road 747 westerly to County Road 703
  • Approved Resolution 2024-17: Tax Abatement for AL Greenfield in the amount of $186,245
  • Approved Resolution 2024-18: Authorize Chairman to sign Maintenance Agreement for Railroad upgrades to marking, striping, and signage on County Road 715
  • Approved Resolution 2024-19: Change speed limit to 20 mph on County Road 1283
  • Approved Resolution 2024-21:Change Speed limit to 55 mph on County Road 222
  • Approval for Chairman to sign Memorandum of Understanding for improvements to the Cullman County Public Health Facility in the amount of $128,250
  • Approved a rate increase to rent the Cullman County Agricultural Center from $800 to $1000
  • Approval for Chairman to sign Memorandum of Understanding for improvements to the Cullman County Public Health Facility in the amount of $25,000
  • Approved update to County Organizational Chart to consolidate Buildings Maintenance and County Garage under Fleet and Facilities
  • Approved liability endorsement invoice form ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Program for
  • Approved the addition of vehicles in the amount of $30,888.36
  • Approved Spring Clean-Up for the month of May
  • Approved authorization for the Cullman Civitan Club to use the south parking lot at the Courthouse for a fundraiser May 6-May 11, from 10 a.m. – 4p.m.
  • Approved the authorization for Cullman County Parks to use the south parking lot at the Courthouse to host Food Trucks in April and May
  • Approved the surplus of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria from the Sheriff’s Office to be auctioned on GovDeals or by any means necessary
  • Approved the surplus of a 2010 Ford F150 4X4 from the Garage to be auctioned on GovDeals or by any means necessary
  • Approved the surplus of the abandoned items from the Parks to be auctioned on GovDeals or by any means necessary
  • 1989 Chevrolet Truck
  • Coleman Pop-up Camper 1978 Cavalier 24′ Nomad Camper
  • Approved the surplus of miscellaneous furniture to include 25 file cabinets, 39 chairs, 49 cases of filters, six desks and two storage cabinets to be auctioned on GovDeals or by any means necessary
  • Approved the surplus of a 1999 International 4700 from the Road Department to be auctioned on GovDeals or by any means necessary
  • Approved the surplus of seven 2013 Ford Cutaway Vans from CARTS to be auctioned on GovDeals or by any means necessary
  • Approved Bid # 1462: Bookmobile for the Library
  • Approved a proposed plat Kirkland Estates Subdivision. A minor subdivision containing 3 Lots. Subdivision is located .6 miles West of Hwy 231 on County Road 1763
  • Approved a proposed plat Simcoe Village Subdivision. A minor subdivision containing 8 Lots in Commission District 3. Subdivision is located 1 mile North of US Hwy 278 off County Road 747 at intersection of County Road 1629 and County Road 1630
  • Approved a proposed plat Alabama Pines Subdivision. A minor subdivision containing 3 Lots in Commission District 2. Subdivision is located at the end of County Road 31, one mile off County Road 30
  • Approved a resurvey of Hart’s Cove subdivision in Commission District 2. Subdivision is located 4.5 miles behind the Country Mall off County Road 201 on privately maintained
  • County Road 2027. This resurvey combines lots 6A, 7A and 9 into 2 lots. Lot 9 will be removed and combined into Lot 6A-2 and 7A-2
  • Approved Resolution 2024-20-Change speed limit to 30 mph on County Road 1502

At the end of the meeting, a request from Niezer-Johnston to move into executive session under Section 7 of Act No. 2005-40 was approved by the commission. The purpose was to discuss confidential potential litigation and trade and commerce issues.

The next commission work session will be Tuesday, May 21, at 4 p.m. in the commission meeting room, with the meeting at 6.

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