By Michelle Key

Tara Barr, the Lee County Extension Coordinator introduced the new Veterans Agent Assistant, Jamie Popwell, was introduced to the Lee County Commissioners during the regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.
Barr thanked the commission for appropriating funds to go towards the veteran’s division.
“I am looking forward to making this position the best in the state and working with our veterans to make sure that they get what they need and I look forward to representing the county,” Popwell said.
In other business the commission:
• approved the minutes of the Nov. 26 commission meeting
• approved to ratify and approve claims and procurement card transactions from November 2018
• approved the second reading for the reappointmet of Vicki Hudson for her position on Lee County Department of Human Resources Board
• approved a warrant resolution for bond issue – closing is anticipated to occur on Dec. 13
• approved a special election for the renewal of six current school taxes
• approved a special election for renewal of current dependent children tax – these tax renewals are voted on every 30 years and the scheduled special election for these school taxes has been scheduled for Feb. 19, 2019
• approved an increase to the income threshold to $30,000 for spay and neuter program
• approved to cancel the last meeting of the year which would have fallen on Dec. 31
• approved a tax abatement / V2 Composites, Inc.
• approved an agreement between the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama State Department of Education School – According to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, Corporal Pamela Revels has been working around the state assisting other school systems with security measures with the latest technology regarding the implementation of ‘Securing Alabama’s Facilities of Education’ (SAFE) as part of her work with the Sheriff’s office. The Alabama State Department of Education has recognized the importance of the work that Revels is doing and as a part of this memorandum, will provide one-half of her salary for the county.
• approved the ABC license transfer application for Corner Shop – the license is being transferred to YUSA Inc. from the previous licensee Discount Mart
• approved a speed limit reduction for Rock Creek Subdivision (Lee Road 537)
• approved a compensation variance request for the hiring of prospective employee to fill the Chief Financial Officer position with the county
• approved a meeting center deposit fee waiver request made by the University of South Alabama – USA will be holding a “South in Your City” event which is an admissions overview presentation by the USA Regional Recruitment Counselor for the Auburn-Opelika area.
The Lee County Commission meets the 2nd and last Monday of the month and the meetings are held at the Lee County Courthouse which is located at 215 S. 9th St. in Opelika.
The next scheduled meeting will be held on Jan. 14.