County Commission approves security cameras for covered bridges, new website development, $300,000 special road appropriation

Commission Chairman Chris Green honors Eldridge Bynum with a commission resolution thanking him for his years of service and many enhancements to Palisades Park while he served on the Palisades Park Board.

Commission Chairman Chris Green honors Eldridge Bynum with a commission resolution thanking him for his years of service and many enhancements to Palisades Park while he served on the Palisades Park Board.

The Blount County Commission voted to proceed on two major projects under discussion for several months, and acted swiftly on a major appropriation request in its monthly business meeting Monday.

The commission awarded the bid for security camera installation for the county’s three covered bridges to Stream South with a bid of $13,950 for the required equipment. It also authorized the chairman to enter agreements necessary to provide electric service, Internet service, and microwave transmission service linking the cameras to the 911 Center in Oneonta for monitoring. Total initial installation cost is $24,605, with recurring charges of about $3,700 annually. The system will be designed to provide protection to the bridges from vandalism, as well as to provide an evidentiary basis for legal proceedings against vandals. The system will be in place and functioning during the third quarter this year.

The commission awarded the project for developing, trouble-shooting, and site maintenance for a new county website with expanded content to Red Sage Communications with a total bid cost of $17,860 for five years.

The commission approved budget amendments to appropriate $25,000 for each district for the next three years from the capital outlay budget, for a total of $300,000 over the three-year period. Purpose of the appropriation was to carry out special paving projects for each district.

In other actions, the commission:

• awarded bid to Bob Smith Construction of Moss Bridge in District 4 for $227,186, including pouring of bridge deck. District 4 Commissioner Gary Stricklin said he expects the project to be complete by November this year, perhaps sooner, depending on weather.

• approved a special meeting on July 20 at 9 a.m. for two separate purposes:

(1) to award the bid for a Community Development Block Grant project to provide new community water service to residents of Huffstutler Road, and

(2) to assign operators for recently purchased equipment including a oneman potholer, chip spreader (tar and gravel paving machine), and pneumatic tire compactor – to be used by all four districts on a countywide basis.

• authorized chairman to execute documents to transfer ownership of the outparcel of the Family Services Center to the Blount County Economic Development Council (EDC), following a public hearing on the matter held just before the commission meeting. Green said the EDC is the proper entity to market the property in a manner most advantageous to the county. He said the EDC will retain proceeds from the sale to finance their efforts in other areas to further the development of the county.

• approved adding the Frank Green Building to the contract with Lathan and Associates for long range security and energy systems planning.

• approved mailing of annual bids on July 15, to be opened July 31.

• awarded bid for $44,210 to Alabama Tank for 8,000-gallon asphalt tank.

• approved fiscal year 2016 juvenile detention contract renewal with the St. Clair County Commission for $25,000 to reserve one bed for use as needed on a short-term basis.

• reappointed Steve Pass and Bob Sanford to 911 Board.

• appointed Randy Hale to replace Eldridge Bynum, who is retiring from the Palisades Park Board.

• nominated Greg Reid as candidate for Board of Equalization, for consideration by the Governor, who will make the appointment.

Quorum and future meetings

All commissioners, the commission chairman, the county administrator, the county engineer, and the two county attorneys were present at the business meeting. The next commission work session will be Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. The next business meeting will be Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. Both will be in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta.