Hall told the commission the dead oak tree on the Battle Street side of the courthouse must be removed due to falling limbs from the tree causing road hazards.
“We don’t like to cut trees that have been a part of our landscape for so many years, but you have a copy of a letter that was prepared by a representative of the (Alabama Cooperative Extension System) in 2012 that actually recommended at that time the tree be removed,” Hall said. “We talked with him and decided to try to save it, but it’s not going to work. The dead limbs fall in the street and we don’t need to delay it any longer.”
Removing the tree could cause some of the roads near the square to be blocked until the job is complete. Hall said he would coordinate with Talladega city manager Brian Muenger to ensure the task is accomplished seamlessly.
In other business, the commission:
• Adopted the meeting agenda.
• Allowed Joyce Hutchinson to voice her concerns about potential encroachment on her property and prescriptive easement issues on New Lincoln Road. She previously addressed the commission at the Sept. 9 meeting and asked Markert to remove excess gravel and blacktop from her property she believed was not supposed to be there. District 3 Commissioner Kelvin Cunningham said the commission would present the information received from Hutchinson regarding prescriptive easement to attorney Barry Vaughn for further discussion.
• Voted 4-0 to approve the Dec. 31 meeting minutes. Swinford abstained from voting.
• Unanimously approved tabling a request to vacate a portion of Goins Road.
• Voted 5-0 to hold a called meeting Jan. 21 at noon to discuss County Emergency Management Agency Alert Notification Manager Scott Murphree’s request to purchase a bucket truck.
• Unanimously approved tabling Murphree’s request to purchase a bucket truck.
• Voted 5-0 to accept an application to transfer an ABC license to Munford Valero.
• Allowed Hall to announce the mileage rate paid to persons traveling in privately owned vehicles on official business for the State decreased to 56 cents a mile effective Jan. 1.
• Unanimously approved the 2014 Association of County Commissions of Alabama annual calendar of events.
• Approved the precinct and district line maps for the upcoming year presented by Hall. Roberson announced anyone who would like a copy of the maps may contact the commission staff and someone will email them copies.
• Unanimously approved budget amendments to add $500 to the elections account to cover travel costs for anyone in Probate or Board of Registrars for voting-related conferences and/or meetings and $25,000 to the capital improvements account for the emergency purchase of three commercial grade scale removers for hard water at the Talladega County Jail.
• Voted 3-2 to approve sending Revenue Department employees Sally Flowers, Sandra McDowell and Tara LaClair to the Tax Sales and Redemption Certified Course and Exam in Montgomery Jan. 22-24.
• Unanimously approved the resignations of corrections officers Mickel Sutton effective Dec. 23 and Heath Rigdon effective Jan. 12, the voluntary demotion of Gene Sharp from investigator to patrol deputy effective Dec. 15 and the completed probationary period for correctional officers Timothy Smith and Tonya Trammell effective Dec. 26.
• Voted 5-0 to approve expenditures.
• Announced county offices will be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
• Announced the next regularly-scheduled commission meeting will be Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.
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