The Gadsden County commission has been reviewing its code enforcement ordinances over the past several months.
As part of that process the board approved unanimously last week to hire former county judge Stewart Parson as a special magistrate judge.
The special magistrate judge position is intended to act as a hearing officer for the county in code enforcement issues.
It was explained that the county’s code enforcement officers will coordinate with the special magistrate to schedule hearings of unresolved code enforcement cases.
Those hearings will take place after the normal process of code enforcement has been exhausted.
The position pays $250 for the first four hours and $100 each additional hour.
County Administrator Robert Presnell stated that the cases will probably be heard one day a month.
In other business, Commissioner Sherrie Taylor made a motion near the end of the meeting under the comments section to place a bid out for attorney services.
County attorney Deborah Minnis’ contract will expire in March, 2014.
The debate centered around Taylor’s request to go ahead and put out the bid now, rather than later nearer the deadline.
Chairman Doug Croley stated that the issue had come up before and he understood everyone had agreed to wait until the appropriate time nearer the contract deadline to put out the bid.
Taylor said she wanted to do it now, prior to the budget time.
Commissioner Eric Hinson stated he would like to see what other counties do before making a decision.
Commissioner Gene Morgan asked if the same motion, which had failed at a previous meeting could be brought up again.
Minnis responded that she was not aware of any reason why it could not come up again.
The motion failed in a 3-2 vote with Taylor and Commissioner Holt voting for the measure.