B&B Tire Landfill operator Bud Adams notified commission chairman Chris Green Friday that he wished to withdraw the company’s application for a site for a new landfill near Cleveland. The existing B&B site near Hayden is nearing capacity. The Blount County Commission was scheduled to vote to approve or deny the application at its business meeting Monday. Instead, it voted to accept Adams’s request to withdraw the application. It neither postponed (rescheduled to a date certain) nor tabled (delayed action indefinitely) the matter. No reason was given for Adams’s decision to withdraw the application.
If B&B should want to take up the matter again later, it would be required to repeat the process of submitting a new application, holding a public information meeting near the affected area, and submitting to both a public hearing by the county commission, and a formal vote of the commission to approve or deny the application.
Garbage pickup bid request
The commission approved requesting bids for residential and business garbage pickup as of Dec. 19, with bids to be opened on Feb. 4 and the winning bid awarded on Feb. 11, to go into effect in April. Contract modifications were discussed, including addition of an option to participate for county municipalities, and addition of pickup sites at the Hayden Courthouse Annex and the Sheriff’s Department in Oneonta.
City/county mutual aid agreement
The commission authorized the chairman to execute a mutual aid agreement with the City of Oneonta covering the project to construct a new DHR (Department of Human Resources) building on land owned by the city. In exchange for the city providing the site, the county essentially will agree to assist in property development by grading, subgrade work, and paving for the street accessing the site. Resolutions
The commission passed:
• a resolution exempting from county taxes purchases on certain severe weather preparedness items and supplies specified by state law, to begin at 12:01 a.m on Feb. 22, 2019, and end at midnight on Feb. 24, 2019.
• a resolution commending the Susan Moore High School Marching Band for winning the 2018-2019 Alabama High School Marching Band Competition 3A championship. Band director Skylar McHan, drum major Wyatt Koch, band members, and teachers were singled out for appreciation and recognition.
• a resolution authorizing entering an agreement between the Blount County Commission and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) relating to a bridge replacement project over Honey Branch on Larue Circle in District 2, by terms of which ALDOT will pay approximately 80 percent of replacement costs, given commission adherence to certain ALDOT standards. Replacement cost is estimated at $147,000.
In other actions, the commission:
• postponed until January business meeting the hiring of an HVAC certified technician, apprentice, and journeyman electrician.
• adopted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood map for the Locust Fork River watershed for official use by Blount County.
• reappointed Wendy J. Hudson for a five-year term on the Pine Mountain Volunteer and EMS District board.
• tabled (delayed indefinitely) consideration of purchasing metal detectors and other security-related items for county buildings following an executive session requested by county attorneys to focus on those and other security considerations.
Quorum and future meetings
A quorum was present with all commissioners in attendance: District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong, District 2 Commissioner Mike Painter, District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert, and District 4 Commissioner Nick Washburn. Commission chairman Chris Green chaired the meeting.
The next commission work session is Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at 9 a.m.
The next business meeting is Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at 9 a.m.
Both are in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta.