As part of its meeting on May 17th the Montgomery County Commission heard from representatives of two companies that are seeking to ensure minority involvement in various projects the county is planning.

Kimberly Griffin, CEO of DBE Consulting, and Girard Geeter, with Alabama Fresh, Inc., came before the commission in an attempt to increase minority involvement in the county's procurement process.

The two told the commission that their interest is surrounding minority-owned businesses being considered to purchase materials for building contractors who are constructing new fire stations and other construction projects that the county is planning. Specifically mentioned were projects undertaken with funds from the American Rescue Plan and the commission assured them that all companies submitting bids would be considered equally.

Daryl Parker, Director of Elections for the county, reported to the commission on a change being made to one of the counties polling places ahead of the May 24th primary elections. Covenant Ministries on Woodley Road suffered storm damage recently and will not be available, as a polling place. The county will be moving the polling place to an event center directly across the road and will have workers directing voters to the alternate polling place. In addition, elections officials have sent letters to all citizens in the precinct informing them of the change.

Finally, Michael Bridell, with the District Attorney’s office, informed the commission of changes required to the way in which the county collects child support payments due to new IRS privacy regulations and the city/county Emergency Management Agency informed the commission that Montgomery is once again considered “high” risk for COVID-19 transmission.

The next meeting of the Montgomery County Commission will be held on Tuesday June 7th at the Montgomery County Courthouse Annex 3.