Approves HR manager job offer and District 1 paving schedule; renews trash pickup contract


The Blount County Commission voted Monday to offer the job of county human resources manager to the best-qualified individual following a series of interviews with qualified applicants. About 40 applications were received for the position. The name is being withheld pending the signing of the employment contract.

The position is responsible for overseeing personnel and payroll functions for county employees, as well as administering the salary plan, serving as county safety coordinator, and ensuring compliance with increasingly complex federal, insurance, and other requirements and regulations.

The commission also approved a one-year extension to the Republic Services trash pickup contract. The contract provides for a price increase tied to the Consumer Price Index of 1.5 percent, to $15. 31 per month. It covers customers in Districts 2, 3, and 4. Trash pickup in District 1 is handled by another company, Santek Waste Services.

District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong submitted his 2017 paving schedule, which was approved by the commission. Roads included are Overcreek Road, Sagefield Road, Wysteria Lane, Westbrook Drive, High Pointe Drive, Lester Doss Road, Bradford Lane, and Elbert Gallimore Road. Total cost of materials for the eight roads, totaling 4.27 miles, is $91,080. Also included under a $25,000 special appropriation are four roads in Smoke Rise: Ridge Trail, Ridge Circle, Crosshill Trail, and Crosshill Circle.

Other road matters

The commission approved:

• a budget amendment for District 1 for $120,000 via special appropriation from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for a box culvert project on Double Pond Trail.

• a budget amendment for District 2 for $65,000 via special appropriation from ALDOT for materials to repair Wallace Road Bridge. (Cullman County handled labor).

• a special $25,000 appropriation to District 1 to resurface Ridge Trail, Ridge Circle, Crosshill Trail, and Crosshill Circle.

• a special $25,000 appropriation to District 2 to resurface Souls Chapel Road.

• a resolution authorizing the chairman to execute an ALDOT resolution to patch, level, resurface, and stripe U. S. 31 from the Jefferson County line to Ala 160, a distance of about two miles.

• a resolution designating Deans Ferry Bridge replacement in District 1 as a federal project.

• a resolution designating Larue Circle Bridge replacement in District 2 as a federal project.

In other actions, the commission:

• approved the routine annual report of errors, insolvents, and litigations for real property taxes: errors (taxpayer errors), $5,135; insolvents (uncollectible due to business closings), $10,173; and litigations, $336.18.

• approved Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce one-year board appointments for three districts: District 1, John Reed; District 3, Kelley Stone (by proxy); District 4, Charity Washburn. District 2 nomination will be made next month.

• authorized the commission staff and engineering staff to prepare and mail annual bids, to be awarded in August.

• approved adjusting purchase price of tandem dump for District 2 from $110,000 to $123,741, and further authorized a loan from commission fund 200 for $63,741.

• authorized moving $9,312 from the Palisades Park account to the Fire Tower Project following approval by the Palisades Park Board on May 15, 2017.

• approved contracting with Goodwin, Mills, and Cawood for design engineering for Deans Ferry Road bridge replacement project, for 10 percent of total project cost.

• voted to go into executive session at the request of county attorney Jeff Sherrer to discuss good name and character of an individual; no action taken upon their return. MCBF/County road projects report

Moving Blount County Forward projects: County Roads 29 and 13 resurfacing is complete, with only striping remaining; patching began this week on the Airport Road project (County Road 28, a portion of County Road 20, and Tates Gap Loop) in preparation for the start of paving as soon as patching is complete; patching on County Road 4 (Rickwood Caverns Road) begins late this week or early next, with paving to follow.

Other county projects: resurfacing on County Roads 39, 26, and 8 is complete and they have been accepted for county maintenance. Quorum and future meetings

A quorum of three commissioners was present at Monday’s business meeting, with District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert absent. The next scheduled work session is set for Thursday, July 6. The next business meeting will be Monday, July 10. Both will be at 9 a.m. in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta.

The bid opening for the U. S. 231/County Road 26 intersection will be June 22 at 9 a.m. The bid opening for the Huffstutler Road project is June 29 at 9 a.m. – both in the commission boardroom at the courthouse.

The Blount County Animal Adoption Center is sponsoring an animal training clinic June 26, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Old Depot in Oneonta. Guest presenter is Mindy Gilbert, American Humane Society representative for Alabama.

District 2 Commissioner Mike Painter announced that he will hold community meetings later in the month in Snead and Blountsville.