Fire district petition filed; annual bids processed

The Blount County Commission acknowledged by resolution at its business meeting Friday receipt of a petition from a group of citizens representing the West Blount Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. The petition, containing some 16,000 signatures – more than the 20 percent of registered voters required – calls for a vote on the mandatory collection of fire dues for a fire district reflecting the 60-square-mile coverage area of the department.

The amount of annual dues sought would be $150 per year, which could be paid annually, quarterly or monthly. Proceeds would be used to cover operating expenses of the fire and rescue department, including supplies, equipment, and vehicle repair, among other expenses. If the petition is validated via signature check, the requested referendum would be added to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Continued from front

The commission processed the annual bids, accepting some and rejecting others because of inadequate bid responses, and in some cases, no bid at all. Rejected bids and no-bid materials were authorized for re-bid.

Accepted bids
Office suppliesPaperJanitorial suppliesEmulsified asphaltAnnual paving (asphalt)Annual paving (tar and gravel)Metal pipeConcrete pipe

Plastic pipeOil changeLawn care serviceConcrete box culvertsStripingCement

Rejected/no bids to be rebid
Plant mix (hot mix)
Plant mix (cold mix)
Washed stone for paving
General purpose stone

Blount Office Supplies
Blount Office Supplies
Whitaker Contracting
Charles E. Watts Inc.
Harvey Culvert
Harvey Culvert (up to 36”)
Hanson Pipe (more than 36”)
Harvey Culvert
Jeff’s Muffler
Evans Cemetery Services
Hanson Pipe
J. C. Cheek
Lehigh Cement

In other actions, the commission:

adopted a resolution to grant a one-time lump sum
payment to retirees at an estimated cost to the county of
$31,992, to be paid after Oct. 1; the amount will total $2 per
month of service for employees who retired before Oct. 1,
2013, with a minimum payment of $300.
• approved a subdivision regulations jurisdiction agreement requested by the town of Locust Fork; the agreement
provides for new subdivisions within the town, including its
police jurisdiction, be constructed with curb and gutter
streets with asphalt pavement; subdivision applications
received by the Locust Fork Planning Commission will be
reviewed and agreed upon by the county engineer.
• approved appointment of Janice Patterson to Alabama
Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, term to begin with
expiration of current term in September.
• approved purchase of tractor for District 4 from Snead
Ag for $55,625.
• approved budget amendment for District 1 for recovery
from insurance of $1,391 for guardrail damage.

Engineering matters

At the request of county engineer Winston Sitton, the
commission dealt with the following items:
• approved release of a letter of credit for Rock Springs
Cove subdivision in District 1, contingent of receiving formal request from town of Hayden, which has annexed the
• confirmed and re-approved the matching funds
requirement of $526,826 for the county road 1 resurfacing
project, scheduled to begin in four to six weeks.
• received update on ATRIP projects: county road 27, the
first ATRIP project, is essentially complete with only minor
shoulder work remaining; paving bids on county roads 8,
26, and 29 will be let by the end of the year.

Executive session

The commission went into executive session, at the request of county attorney Jeff Sherrer, to discuss pending and possible litigation. Upon its return, after about 45 minutes, the commission adjourned without taking further action.

Quorum and future meetings

All commissioners and the commission chairman were present for the business meeting, as were the county administrator, county engineer, and both attorneys. The next commission work session is Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m., followed immediately by a budget meeting. The next business meeting is Monday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m.

Budget work sessions are scheduled Thursday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m., immediately following a special meeting to open re-bids on road materials. The work session and business meeting will be in the commission boardroom at the courthouse. Budget sessions will be in the small conference room adjoining the commission boardroom.