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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During its meeting July 12, the County Commission approved a revised Transportation Plan for the 2022 fiscal year.
The commission unanimously approved the revised plan, as presented by County Engineer Tad Eason. Commissioner Randall Dunham was not present for the meeting.
The revisions included changing County Road 74 to County Road 83 and County Road 2 to County Road 27.
For County Road 83, the plan indicates a project length of 3.17 miles and will include surface treatment from County Road 85 to County Road 86 at a total estimated cost of $205,000.
County Road 27 will have a project length of 1.35 miles and will include full depth reclamation from Mimosa Point Road to the boat ramp, with a total estimated cost of $234,539.98.
Other roads still included in the county’s Transportation Plan are County roads 44, 131, 71, and 55.
In other business, with a motion by Commissioner Ronnie Joiner, the commission unanimously approved the nomination of District 5 Commissioner Lamar Daugherty as vice chair of the commission. This makes the current leadership of the commission Bertha K. McElrath as chair and Daugherty as vice chair.
The commission also unanimously approved the purchase of eight data terminals for deputies’ vehicles to allow deputies the ability to connect to the Southern Software network at the jail. A total of $21,000 was allocated for that expenditure.
Related to that matter, the commission unanimously approved and adopted a resolution for the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds for government services.
That resolution included the following, “The county shall use up to $21,000 of its ARPA Revenue Replacement funds to purchase eight laptops that are capable of interfacing with the sheriff’s current computer software system… The county administrator is hereby authorized to expend Revenue Replacement funds for the purchases of this equipment.”
In other business, after having the matter tabled previously, the commission discussed the possibility of designating employee parking behind the Extension Office with signage and striping.
During discussion it was mentioned that it would take approximately 150 tons of mix for the parking lot at a cost estimate of $187 per ton. Overall, the cost estimates reflected $30,000 for the mix and an approximate project total of $40,000 for the parking lot and establishing it as being for employee parking.
Commissioner Joiner made a motion to approve the parking lot area behind the Extension Office per the engineer’s price. The commission unanimously approved.
In other business, the commission also unanimously approved hiring a temporary meal preparer for Rockford Senior Center during the absence of a part-time employee and establishing county levies for new ABC license types, with the county levy being $1 added to both licenses.
The commission also unanimously approved and adopted a resolution for ADECA, or Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, fiscal year 2022 Community Development Block Grant county fund assistance.
The resolution noted that the total estimated project cost is $149,381.16, with $135,801.06 requested from the CDBG County Fund and that Coosa County will provide $11,865.70 in an in-kind match and will hold in reserve $1,714.40 in a cash match to provide a total of $13,580.10 of the proposed project costs for the purpose of matching the CDBG assistance.
In other business, during discussion items it was mentioned that the county hopes to have an update on the ambulance delivery by its next meeting. That pertains to the county-wide ambulance service to be stationed in Rockford.
There was also discussion relating to subpar road projects done by Gary Ingram Grading and Paving, with it being noted that the roads need to be redone or otherwise repaired to meet quality standards.
The commission mentioned that Engineer Eason would need to negotiate on a total of seven roads. No action was taken on the matter as it was only for discussion, and it is expected to come up again at the next meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Coosa County Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 26.