The Madison County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously at their regular bi-monthly meeting Wednesday to enter into an interlocal agreement with Baker County to fund an economic development consultant. The county will pay $45,000 for salary and expenditures, with Baker County providing equal funding.
About two years ago, the county partnered with Lafayette County to hire Crawford Powell as an economic development consultant. However, Lafayette County recently opted out of the agreement and Baker County expressed interest in entering into a partnership with the county.
The contract will be effective Oct. 1, 2014, and will extend over a three-year period, subject to yearly approval based on the entity’s budget constraints.
According to the agreement, if the two funding bodies (Madison and Baker County) wanted to withdraw from the contract, either party would have to provide a written intent to withdraw six months prior to exiting the interlocal agreement.
“Six months is a little much,” Commissioner Rick Davis noted.
“That (length of time) can be changed at your discretion,” County Attorney Tommy Reeves said. “That’s just there to protect you should the other party decide to back out, you have six months to consider another plan.”
Powell will provide the board with quarterly updates. The county will also pay Powell on a quarterly basis.