TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The Talladega County Commission voted unanimously Monday night to approve an amended agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and Telmate LLC to provide tablet computers to the Talladega County Metro Jail.
According to Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, the tablets can be used for everything from remote video visitation to initial court appearances to voice over internet phone calls and other uses. Copies of the inmate handbook will also be distributed on the tablets rather than printed.
Telmate will collect a percentage of the fees charged to the inmates for use of the tablets. Inmates that damage or destroy their tablet will be responsible for the cost, although Kilgore said Monday this has not really been a problem in other counties with similar arrangements.
The contract allows the county to monitor inmates’ use of the tablets.
During the same meeting, the commission also heard a presentation from the members of the Hall of Heroes Committee.
The committee operates the Hall of Heroes in the Wood-Weaver building on the Square. The museum stands as a tribute to all Talladega County residents who served in the military. The commission pledged a line item expenditure for the Hall in the upcoming budget process, and Commissioner Tony Haynes pledged $500 from his own discretionary fund. The other four commissioners pledged $250 each.
Also Monday, the commission:
Heard concerns about driving conditions on Horns Valley Road, especially relating to log trucks. County engineer Shannon Robbins said he would look into the situation and report back;
Tabled an agreement with Motorola regarding tower rental;
Approved a resolution to let the county Highway Department work on Sulphur Springs Road in Talladega Springs;
Approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for mapping;
Announced that party runoff elections will be Tuesday, July 17; and
Announced the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday will be July 20 through July 22 this year.