“When we make a purchase, we do make sure they have a business license,” Hudson said. “As far as saying a business license and a physical location, that may eliminate some of your local bidders.”
Commissioner Henry Craig, District 4, urged the board to rectify this important buy local policy.
County attorney David McRee suggested adding the sentence “all bidders must have a valid state, city or county business license.”
The commissioners agreed on the adjustment. County legal council will review and make any changes to the overall purchasing handbook setting up a vote for adoption in the May 21 regular meeting.
• County becomes fiscal agent
Janie Reid, a Putnam County Commissioner and the Chairperson of the Middle Georgia Consortium, asked the county to become the fiscal agent for the Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board.
The consortium has provided job-training services for 10 Middle Georgia counties for the last 34 years. For continued service, Reid said recent Georgia legislation requires the consortium's fiscal agent to be a city or county government.
“We actually serve as the fiscal agent for other groups such as the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force and the Drug Court. Our involvement is to oversee all the laws are being followed as far as the grant funds being received,” Hudson said.
The board accepted the fiscal agent role.
• Solicitor General request granted
Solicitor general Maxine Blackwell requested the commission upgrade Office of Solicitor General secretary Julia Shropshire's status to full-time employee based on her increased workload and vital role in operations. The secretary has worked and been paid for about 40 hours a week over the last four years.
Blackwell said the Victim's Services fund would pay Shropshire's salary and benefits through the end of the year.
“There would be no cash outlay from the county for the rest of the year,” Blackwell said.