According to Fathke, the $2.4 million addition to Rainbow Omega, a faith-based community housing 79 adults with mental and physical disabilities, was made possible by the support of the commission, a $1,045,586.75 U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Grant and a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant.
Fathke opened the floor for public comments regarding the project, but none were made.
The new structure provides 23 new jobs to the community, Fathke said.
County Administrator Wayne Hall called the public hearing a standard formality to give citizens a chance to comment before the project officially closes out.
District 3 Commissioner Kelvin Cunningham explained a closeout means the project is complete.
“The project is done now and off the books,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham said he anticipates the center will have a positive impact on the community by making jobs available to low- and moderate-income households.
County Engineer Tim Markert provided an update on the sinkhole project that began on Alabama 21 Aug. 14 and is being completed by Newell Roadbuilders Inc. of Hope Hull.
“They’ve finished the southernmost hole as far as putting the rock and concrete in,” Markert said. “They started digging on the largest hole. It’s going to come over into the northbound lane of Alabama 21. They’ve found some more area that’s causing problems. I’d say it’s unlikely they’ll finish within 21 days.”
District 1 Commissioner Jackie Swinford was not in attendance for the meeting.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved the Aug. 12 meeting minutes.
• Tabled a decision on food, coffee and milk bids submitted for the Talladega County Jail per County Administrator Wayne Hall’s recommendation.
• Voted 4-0 to approve a request from Talladega County Emergency Management Agency Director Deborah Gaither for the commission to accept and approve the Emergency Management Performance Grant valued at $3,011.
• Unanimously approved budget amendments provided by Hall.
• Voted 4-0 to approve three budgeted conference training requests presented by Hall. Luwana Patterson of the probate office will attend the Alabama Probate Judges and Association’s Chief Clerks conference in Tuscaloosa Sept. 10-11. Jail employees Ethan Turney and Jeremy Denty will attend the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy in Jacksonville Sept. 3-Nov. 26.
• Unanimously approved two new hires. Dexter White, an EMA specialist, replaces Beverly Reynolds effective Aug. 27. Daniel Herrington, a corrections officer, was hired effective Aug. 25. Both hires were budgeted.
• Voted 4-0 to approve expenditures.
• District 5 Commissioner Greg Atkinson is sponsoring a garbage clean-up day for the Mill Village and Dairyland area from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Road and Mt. Vernon Street in Sylacauga.
• Announced county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.
• Announced the next commission meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
• Announced budget work sessions will be held Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
• Cunningham is sponsoring a garbage clean-up day for Winterboro from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Volunteer Fire and Rescue on the corner of Alabama 21 and Bullock’s Ferry Road.
• District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson is sponsoring a garbage clean-up day for the Oak Grove community from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 across from the Toyota dealership on U.S. 280.