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Commission to discuss sheriff's computer crisis

By By Sherry Digmon
The computer system at the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center is one of the agenda items for Monday's Escambia County (Ala.) Commission meeting
Sheriff Tim Hawsey has described the system as "dead in the water." The computer crashed when it was tested to make sure it was Y2K compliant.
"It's the total operation," Hawsey said. "Everything's down.
The sheriff said his department and the county commission may test the waters and let bids on a system in order to get an idea of replacement costs for software and hardware.
Other agenda items include:
* a recess for a public hearing concerning the vacation of High Street outside of Brewton. The hearing was set at the last meeting.
* a report from Dan Britton with South Alabama Trust Co. The commission has a $1 million oil and gas severance trust fund certificate of deposit that is maturing.
Another CD matured prior to the commission's last meeting.
Britton reported then that two banks had tied for the amount of interest offered on the CD. With the commission's authorization, Britton has since split that CD between United Bank and Colonial Bank.
* a report from Jeff Ross on a drainage problem on Ross Road north of Atmore.
* a resolution in support of Big Escambia Creek Ecosystem Restoration.
* a request to vacate Pine Street just outside the city limits of Brewton. According to County Clerk Tony Sanks, neither High or Pine street was ever established.
* a consideration of Animal Control Task Force appointments. Vacancies exist in Districts 3, 4 and 5, commissioners Larry White, Weldon Vickrey and Wiley Tait, respectively.
* a consideration of an E911 Board appointment. A vacancy exists in district 5, Tait's district.
* a consideration for an appointment to the Canoe Water and Fire Protection Agency. A vacancy exists in District 4, Vickrey's district.
* a consideration authorizing Chairman White to submit fiscal year 2000 certifications and assurances for Federal Transit Administration Assistance. According to Sanks, this is a formality for the county's transit system, ECATS.
n a consideration for a lease for the use of New Order Baptist Church as a polling place in District 5. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Highway 21, was used as a polling place in the last general election but has declined to continue as a polling place. New Order Baptist Church is located on County Road 12, Woods Road.
n a consideration for renewal of the lease with Escambia Allied Community Health Service (EACHS).
The commission will meet Monday at 9 a.m., in the Brewton courthouse.