Commission requests ATRIP funds to repave county roads 26 and 29

Chaired for the first time by new Commission Chairman Chris Green, the Blount County Commission passed resolutions in its business meeting last week to submit two county road projects for state approval under the Alabama Transportation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). The roads are county road 26 in District 2 and county road 29 in District 3.

At nearly 20 miles, county road 26 traverses much of the east/west width of the county in District 2, from Hendrix on Ala 75 on the east through Royal and Blountsville to the Cullman County line at Garden City on the west. The 2-mile-long county 29 project in District 3 would include the short but heavilytraveled segment between its intersection with U.S. 231 and county road 27.

It is expected that the projects selected by the state will be announced later this year. If selected, the two Blount County projects could be scheduled for construction sometime in 2014. Two major projects – county 27 and the second phase of county 1 – are already scheduled for repaving in 2013.

The commission also approved major annual contracts and handled other miscellaneous items. Annual bids were approved for the supplies and services shown below.

Product/service Bid awarded to
Correctional facility Auto Chlor/Johns Diversy
janitorial supplies
Office supplies Blount Office Supplies
Paper Blount Office Supplies
Oil changes Jeff’s Muffler & Quick Oil Change
Emulsified asphalt Ergon for CRS-2 and CRS-2P
and Blacklidge for AE-P
Concrete Kirkpatrick Concrete
Chip spreader Hicks Trucking
Metal pipe Harvey Culvert
Concrete pipe Hanson Culvert
Plant mix (hot) Good Hope (primary)
and Whitaker, Dunn (secondaries)
Stone, general purpose various combinations
and aggregate of primary and secondary
suppliers, depending on
district; suppliers awarded bids include Blount Springs,
Madison Materials, C.A. Langford, and Vulcan
Materials; check minutes for details.
Highway striping J.C. Cheek Contractors
Cement Lehigh Cement
Full depth reclamation Kimes & Stone Construction

Products and services to be re-bid: asphalt spreader, annual paving (both hot mix and gravel aggregate), double-walled plastic pipe, plant mix (cold), pre-cast concrete box, slag (general purpose and paving aggregate.) Bids for lubricants and lawn care were rejected without being re-bid.

The commission approved signing of annual agreements with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging to continue their funding of Blount County senior centers in Oneonta, Snead, Blountsville, and Nectar.

The commission renewed the long-term detention subsidy contract with the state Department of Youth Services for fiscal year 2013, extending from Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2013. The contract provides for one detention bed for the use of the Blount County juvenile court at the Coosa Valley Detention Center in Anniston. The bed is provided at no cost to the county, which has no facilities for juvenile detention within its boundaries. In other actions, the commission:

•approved minutes of four meetings: Aug. 13 (business meeting), Aug. 16 (recessed business meeting), Aug. 21 (special business meeting), and Aug. 30 (special business meeting), along with claims for August.

•approved budget work sessions for the 2013 fiscal year budget for Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. in the commission office conference room.

•approved the following one-year appointments to the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce:

District 1 John Reid

District 2 Jane Wright

District 3 Kelley Cochran

District 4 Becky McMillian

All appointments were unanimous.

•approved three appointments to the Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama. The three approved were Chris Green, representing government, Donny Ray, representing business, and Bud Jones, representing the indigent. Two of the appointments were unanimous. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong dissented from the appointment of Donny Ray.

•approved a motion by Armstrong to donate bicycles recovered in reasonable condition from the landfill to Hope House.

•approved moving the October commission business meeting from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15 due to the Columbus Day holiday on Oct. 8.

•approved mailing out bids for upgrading the courthouse computer system, which is approaching its data storage capacity.

•approved a community service grant of $750 from fund 130 to Hope House.

•approved use of an outside, fenced section at the Animal Adoption Center by Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, while their new facilities are under construction; period of use limited to two weeks. Budget amendments

Approved the following budget amendments:

•$2,000 to District 2 for gravel from Gene Williams, in connection with an agreement between former Commiss-ioner Robert Bullard and Williams.

•$770.50 to District 2 from Susan Moore for work done on Ratliff Road and Thomas Road in that municipality.

•$2,000 to District 2 for gravel for Shady Grove Church.

•$25,000 to District 3 for roadwork in Highland Lake.

•$94.57 to District 4 from MCoal Corporation.

•$537.08 to the sheriff’s department for services rendered to Hanceville during the April storm of 2011. Engineering items

The commission:

•authorized the engineer to proceed with a public hearing requested by resident William Frederick to close a portion of Acton Bend Road in District 1.

•authorized the engineer to return a portion of the payment for Allison Drive in District 4 to resident Hunter Doyle.

All members of the commission were present at the business meeting: District 1 Commissioner Armstrong, District 2 Commissioner Andy Neill, District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert, District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts, and Commission Chairman Chris Green.

The next commission work session is Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. The next business meeting is Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. Both are held in the commission boardroom at the county courthouse. The last budget work session for the 2013 fiscal year budget will be Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. in the commission office conference room