Commission makes quick work of short agenda

In an unusually brief session, the Blount County Commission completed its transaction of county business in only 15 minutes, then adjourned its June monthly business meeting.

The commission accepted the 2011 Report of Property Tax Errors, Insolvents and Litigations, provided by Revenue Commissioner Chris Green. The routine annual report summarizes the dollar amounts of tax owed in the county that were uncollectible for the tax year. This year, the total was $125,452.53, broken down as follows: errors – $63,692.51; insolvents – $15,193.60; litigations/bankruptcies – $46,566.42. Some part of those amounts may be collected in future years, Green said.

Nominations to two county boards were made. District 1 commissioner Allen Armstrong nominated Tim Frye to the Blount County Merit Board to fill the vacancy left by Johnny Hudson’s resignation. Waymon Pitts nominated Steve Pass to the Blount County 911 Board to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Susan White. Both nominees were approved unanimously.

The commission authorized the commission chairman to sign a quitclaim deed for release of property related to reverted railroad right-of-way possibly owned by the county. The release is being done to facilitate plans for a retail project in the Remlap area.

The commission also authorized the county administrator to sign an extension contract with RealtySouth until Dec. 2, 2012, in connection with Freedom Ranch property owned by the county. A lower asking price of $500,000 was authorized.

At the conclusion of regular agenda, District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts asked that the 911 Board be requested by commission letter to consider relocating the planned 911 center to property owned by the county on county road 1 in Cleveland. Pitts said its location near the geographic center of the county is a factor in its favor. He also said it’s desirable to have it and the county Emergency Management Agency office in separate locations so both would not likely be affected by a single disaster event.

Repairs and renovations to Easley Covered Bridge are complete. The contractor’s crew is now working to on repairs and renovations at Swann Covered Bridge before moving on to Horton’s Mill Covered Bridge when those are complete. Final inspection will be complete and all three bridges should reopen by the time of Covered Bridge Festival in October this year, perhaps sooner, depending on the progress of work yet remaining.

Budget amendments The commission approved the following budget amendments: •$837 to District 1 for scrap sales. •$232.33 to District 4 account 117 from the town of Rosa. •$216.89 to District 4 account 111 from the town of Rosa.

Landfill public hearing June 19

The Blount County Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in the commission boardroom at the county courthouse to consider B&B Tire Landfill’s request to add the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi to its tire pickup coverage area. The Blount County Solid Waste Authority recommended to the commission in a 3-2 vote on April 12 that the request be granted. The commission is required to hold a public hearing to provide for public comment on the matter before it votes to approve or disapprove the recommendation. Comments may be submitted to Ralph Mitchell, Blount County Administrator, at the Commission office at (205) 625-4160; written comments may be mailed to him at 220 Second Avenue East, Room 106, Oneonta, Ala. 35121.

All commissioners and the commission chairman were present at Monday’s business meeting.

The next scheduled commission work session will be July 5 at 9 a.m. The next business meeting will be July 9 at 9 a.m. Both meetings will be in the commission boardroom at the courthouse.