Patterson statue delay causes late delivery

At the Russell County Commission work session on Monday, Chair Peggy Martin said that a proclamation will be issued in memory of Caroline Smith Batcheldor who was born April 2, 1927 and passed away Aug. 20 at the age of 92.

Business Items

Commissioner Chance Corbett requested approval to solicit bids for the Crawford gazebo project installation. Bids will be due by 2:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 8 and will open at 3 p.m. the same day. The smoked butts fundraiser to raise funds for the project was a smoking success. All 200 of the butts were sold this past weekend. 

Revenue Commissioner Naomi Elliott and Heath Crowe from Mapping and Appraisal, requested approval for a contract with E-ring Software Solutions for a new camera security system. Crowe said it was not much more than what they are paying now and will be more efficient. 

There will be a $5,000 deposit required up front. The total system has an estimated cost of $99,000. The item will come up for a vote on Wednesday at the regular session, after Citizen deadline. 

Executive Session for Wednesday

There will also be an Executive Session on Wednesday led by county attorney Kenneth Funderburk regarding bonds, contracts, refunds, and Omnibus Pay. The Omnibus statute allows for elected officials to get the same raise as county employees, if the raises are across the board. Since the Sheriff’s department doesn’t give raises across the board, the question arose to whether the law applies. Funderburk said he would give his opinion on the matter during the executive session. 

Update on Patterson Statue

A delay at the foundry has pushed delivery of the Albert Patterson statue to what might be the first week in December, barring any more unforeseen problems. Corbett said right now they are just trying to beat the Bicentennial which is Dec. 14. 


Since the last Crawford Market Days got rained out this past weekend, it has been rescheduled for Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will be combined with the Community Yard Sale. The FOP annual pancake breakfast fund raiser will also be Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. until 11. 

The courthouse will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.