The Butler Snow law firm has been hired by Madison County supervisors to lobby on their behalf in Washington, D.C.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve a contract that will pay Butler Snow $150,000 in 2020, or roughly $12,500 a month to provide advice to the county, represent the county before appropriate legislative and executive bodies and provide related legislative monitoring services for possible grants related to infrastructure projects.

Attorney Don Clark, speaking on behalf of Butler Snow, said the proposed deal approved by the board was borne out of meeting he had with board president Gerald Steen last year.

“Gerald came to visit me and talk about getting more federal money for projects,” Clark said. “Including many (projects) discussed here tonight. I talked to my partners and submitted this contract for federal monitoring services.”

The contract, he said, will be headed up by another attorney, Tommie Cardin, who could not be present for Tuesday’s board meeting. Clark added that by contracting with Butler Snow, Madison County would improve its chances of attaining federal funds, especially for infrastructure.

“We can’t guarantee success,” Clark said. “But we will use all of our resources to adequately represent the county to obtain your fair share of funds to improve Madison County.”

Last year, the county’s application for a $17 million Build Grant to fund construction of the Reunion Interchange was not selected, and the county is in search of future funds to pay for longer-term projects.

“What you need is consistent, regular representation in DC,” Clark said. “You can’t hire people on a case-by-case basis, because those kinds of relationships are built over time. So whether it’s us or someone else, that would be my advice.”

District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin asked if the scope of Butler Snow’s focus would be limited to the Reunion Interchange project or 2020 Build Grant. Steen responded that it would allow the firm to represent the county on any number of issues.

That was good enough for Griffin, who voted with the majority. Supervisor Trey Baxter left the room during the discussion and did not return in time to vote.