Board of County Commissioners


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

4:30 p.m.


Present:               Brenda Holt, Chair, District 4

Dr. Anthony “Dr. V” Viegbesie, Vice Chair, District 2

                                Eric Hinson, District 1

                                Kimblin NeSmith, District 3

                                Ronterious “Ron” Green, District 5

                                Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator

                                Clayton Knowles, County Attorney

                                Hannah Pope, Deputy Clerk



  Nesmith called the workshop to order at 4:30 pm. 


  Green entered at 4:31 pm



Anyone wishing to speak on agenda items or non-agenda items should schedule or notify the County Administrator's Office before attending the meeting and will be asked to follow the Gadsden County Public Meetings Citizens Access Guidelines. Also, Public comment for Commission meetings can be submitted via email to until noon on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Comments submitted after the deadline, but prior to the meeting, will be added to the official record.  The County cannot guarantee that Commissioners and staff will have adequate time to review comments prior to the meeting.

   Knowles read the above statement.




Discussion of Ordinance 2002-004 (Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners (Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator)

   Nesmith introduced the above item.

  Knowles stated that he added the previously discussed issues from the last workshop. He stated that there is no language that could remove a commissioner from a meeting. Types of meeting are discussed. Distribution of meeting schedule. In the code it is stated that the board will not be meeting in July. Pulled information from Walton county. Workshops are only discussion and no formal decisions can be made. Special meetings are called by majority of commissioners. Time stamp on emails will be the effective date. Emergency meeting may be called by the chair. There is only one major item and other items relating to that item on an Emergency Meeting agenda. No items of fiscal impact above an unset amount could be voted in an emergency meeting unless it regards to that emergency. Knowles asked about what the members thought the amount should be set at for emergency issues.


  Green stated keep it as is until everyone has a chance to look over the proposed changes.

Knowles stated that they are not going to approve anything right now.


   Knowles stated that if there is an issue of an absence from the chamber that commissioners need to state the reason for leaving so it could be added to the record.


Chair holt entered at 4:46 pm


  Knowles went over what he had previously stated for chair.

  NeSmith asked if that was a previous practice for adding in the scheduled break from meetings.

Chair stated that it was done off of the FACT schedule.

Hinson entered 4:50pm

Knowles stated that there needs to be at least a 48-hour notice for special meetings since there is no emergency to them.

  Nesmith asked if they have statutory rules for meeting notices.

Knowles stated that they are only on the emergency meetings.


  Chair stated that some times voting beforehand may all the county to get FEMA money.

V entered the meeting at 4:56 pm.

  Knowles stated the rules of decorum and civility. This


Knowles stated that the board must have a persevered civility and decorum. They shall not use language.

  Green asked what happens to a commissioner who does not


  V stated that if a commissioner is recognized by a chair. The chair will recognize the one person at a time.

Knowles asked to do away with yielding. He will create a yielding section to be added

  Hinson stated that the chair has to say quiet on matters. Hinson stated that when he was chair. That a chairman should not keep speaking

Knowles stated that he will




  Holt stated that the chair can stated that I

That commissioners should not be able to threaten another commissioner.

  Green wanted clarity on the chair issue.

  V stated that whether the chair likes the comment or not make sure that they do not interrupt. The chair should give the commissioners be the commissioner.

  Hinson chair job is to make sure that the meeting is going smoothly. Not to make sure the items do not keep.

Knowles stated that

Hinson, do we have anything in place that allows the removal of chairperson.

Green exited the meeting 5:18pm

  V stated that it needs to be super majority.

  Nesmith asked

Green entered at 5:22 pm.

Knowles stated that he looked

  Holt stated that the board cannot control the commissioner’s speech. Commissioners that have issues with the overlapping speech. The chair person has to

Tighten up the code.

  Knowles stated that any person shall be removed by the sheriff’s officer if they are a danger to the individuals in the building.

Hinson don’t removal of chair

  V stated that those elements need to be added to the documents. He hopes to never have to through out a commissioner.

  Bishop Green asked if the public was not meant to speak at the workshops.

Knowles stated that the public just needs to raise their hands.            



Review and Discuss the June 1, 2021 Regular BOCC Meeting Agenda (Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator)


Holt exited at 543 pm

Holt entered at 5:46pm.


  Senator Ausley update for the submitted projects such as 400 thousand dollars and new fire trucks. That she wants to keep lines of communication open.

  V asked about the mobile heath and other projects are subject to be governmental veto.

  Ausley stated that this is all up to the Governor and his decisions.   


Meeting adjourned at 5:54 p.m.





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