Projects involving Brooksville, Huffstutler Road among other commission actions considered

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission approved the final plat for three lots at the intersection of Rocky Hollow Road and Ala 79 at Brooksville at its regular business meeting Monday. A spokesperson for the Broadway Group, a Huntsville commercial development and leasing company, said it is for a planned retail commercial project, adding that further details remain confidential.

The commission adopted a resolution authorizing the commission chairman to submit a Community Development Block Grant application for $215,000 to implement a road improvement project on Huffstutler Road. If approved, the county will provide matching funds of $58,360 for a total project cost of $273,360. The project when implemented will include realignment, re-basing and other preparation work, followed by resurfacing, striping, and other finishing details for the mile-long road. If approved for work beginning this year, initial prep work would take the remainder of the year, with resurfacing and other finishing aspects like striping and signage next year.

In other business, the commission approved purchasing a county-wide, time-keeping system for employee payroll management. The system will be installed by Gorrie-Reagan at an estimated cost of $14,430, with an annual software maintenance and training contract of $6,750. Reporting through the new system will begin later this summer.

Also approved was maintenance on three District 1 roads: Deer Crossing, Quail Hollow, and Railroad Drive, using $25,000 in supplemental funds as authorized by the commission last year. In other actions, the commission:

acknowledged receipt of the structural engineering report on the fire tower being reconditioned at Palisades Park; repairs recommended in the report will be made with commission staff assistance in requesting bids, if bids are deemed necessary by county attorneys to comply with the state bid law.

• reappointed Ken Campbell and Sheriff Loyd Arrington to the Blount County 911 Board, with terms expiring in June 2020.

• relieved the Housekeeping Department of the responsibility to do floor waxing and stripping to offset increasing work load, reassigning that duty to the Building Maintenance staff; delayed decision on expanding the housekeeping staff by an additional person until the 2017 budget cycle discussions which will begin in July or August.

• approved an amendment to the memorandum of understanding among commissioners for using the one-man, pothole-patching truck; the truck and its driver will rotate among districts after 40 hours of completed patching work per district, rather than on a weekly basis, as originally specified.

• approved 3-1, with District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self dissenting, a motion to share equally with the town of Snead the cost overrun of $1,847 apiece for repairs to Moore Road in District 2.

• approved a memo of understanding between the Blount County Commission and the city of Oneonta for providing mutual aid during disasters, and authorized the commission chairman to sign the agreement.

• authorized the commission staff to begin the process to request annual bids, including bids for fuel purchases for county departments.

• authorized the county administrator to negotiate and execute annual software support cost agreement with Delta Computers.

• declared surplus a 2000 GMC Safari van and approved its sale by the county administrator.

• declared surplus five broken shop doors at the District 2 shop, and authorized their sale at $200 each. Engineering items

At the recommendation of the county engineer, the commission

• accepted roads in the Woodbrook Farms subdivision in District 1 and refunded the bond held to guarantee their construction to county standards.

• authorized the county engineer to draft recommended bridge standards for commission consideration in order to facilitate future dealings with federal and state agencies that may require them in bridge repair/replacement award negotiations.

The commission was informed that a payment of $48,490 for repairs to Dalton Walker Bridge has been received. Status of assistance for repairs or replacement costs for Miller Road Bridge and Gaines Road Bridge has not been resolved. Executive session

At the request of county attorney Jeff Sherrer, the commission went into executive session to discuss the general reputation and character of an employee. The group returned in about 30 minutes and adjourned without further action. Quorum and future meetings

A quorum was present at the business meeting with Commission Chairman Chris Green and commissioners Armstrong, Self, Calvert, and Stricklin attending. The next scheduled work session will be July 7 and the next business meeting will be July 11. Both will be at 9 a.m. in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta.