Two ATRIP projects move closer to completion
by Shane Dunaway
Feb 25, 2014 | 959 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program projects moved one step closer to completion following a trio of actions taken by the Talladega County Commission during a meeting Monday night.

County Engineer Tim Markert first requested approval to sign an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to resurface Fay S. Perry Road in Childersburg from the intersection of U.S. 280 northeast to 4th Street.

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the agreement.

District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson stated the project was among a final list that was considered shortly after the final round of ATRIP funding was awarded.

“With Fay S. Perry, what we have there is Childersburg High School and Childersburg Middle School that ties in from 4th Avenue in the city limits of Childersburg,” Roberson said. “It starts out in front of the schools and goes down, turns at an intersection and ends at the college on 280. Those school buses, faculty members and parents are constantly traveling that road, and it’s been a top priority of mine for many years to resurface that road with asphalt. It’s going to be a tremendous project for the students and the people in that area.”

Markert also requested permission to sign an agreement with ALDOT for preliminary engineering and right-of-way acquisitions for a recently announced extension of Priebes Mill Road from Jenifer Road to Alabama 21, essentially providing a direct route from the town of Munford to Interstate 20 Exit 179 in Coldwater.

The combined requests, totaling approximately $480,000 from federal and state funding, were both unanimously approved by the Commission.

“We just felt like on that side of the county, nothing ties I-20 to 21,” Markert said.

District 1 Commissioner Jackie Swinford explained the project would help make things more convenient for the residents of Munford.

“A lot of people who live in Munford work at the Anniston Army Depot, in Bynum or in north Anniston,” Swinford said. “This will make it a lot easier for them to get to and from work without having to zig-zag through those small roads and keep them from dealing with the school buses. It’ll save them time by making their trip quicker and safer.”

In other business, the Commission:

O Amended the agenda to including opening bids for the Autumn Lass Industrial Access Project.

O Recognized 28 students throughout the county who serve as Youth Ambassadors for the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce and eight adult mentors who assist the children.

O Issued a proclamation declaring Feb. 25 “Jamario Howard Day” in honor of Lincoln High School Junior Jamario Howard, a two-sport athlete who most recently took home first place in Class 1A-4A, 126-pound Alabama High School Athletic Association state wrestling championship tournament held Feb. 13-15 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Howard also was named by 1A-4A wrestling coaches as Most Valuable Wrestler at the tournament.

O Voted 5-0 to approve the Feb. 10 meeting minutes.

O Unanimously approved Markert’s request to table two bids on the Autumn Lane Industrial Access Project so he could review to ensure they meet the specifications before making a decision.

O Voted 5-0 to approve Talladega County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ken Flowers’ request to table bids for inmate telephone services.

O Unanimously approved budget amendments presented by County Administrator Wayne Hall.

O Voted 5-0 to approve Talladega County Emergency Management Agency Director Deborah Gaither’s request for a two-year memorandum of understanding between Eureka Baptist Church and TCEMA. Eureka Baptist Church served as a warming station during recent winter weather events.

O Unanimously approved Gaither’s request for a two-year MOU between Bemiston Recreational Center and TCEMA. Bemiston Recreational Center serves as a shelter for approximately 50 citizens of Talladega County during inclement weather.

O Voted 5-0 to approve Gaither’s request to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Fire College for training purposes.

O Unanimously approved Markert’s request to surplus five vehicles to be sold.

O Voted 5-0 to approve Markert’s request to enter into an Independent Contractor Agreement with Bridge Inspection Services, LLC, to assist in inspecting bridges that require snooper trucks. The cost of the contract is $1,700 a day for two days.

O Unanimously approved a request presented by Hall on behalf of Talladega County Jail Dietitian regarding seeking food, milk and coffee bids for the jail.

O Voted 5-0 to approve Hall’s request to revise expense report forms.

O Unanimously approved a conference and training request to send Coroner Shaddix Murphy to the Alabama Coroner’s Association Annual Meeting April 8-11 in Orange Beach. The request was included in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

O Voted 5-0 to approve three personnel changes, announcing the new hire of Maintenance Department Custodian Adrian Chapman effective Feb. 25 and the completed probationary periods for Road Department Operators Robert Taylor and Jessie Shirey effective Feb. 11. All were included in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

O Unanimously approved expenditures.

O Announced District 2 Commissioner John Luker has scheduled a garbage clean-up day for March 8 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Stemley Volunteer Fire Department — Station 1, on Rock Church Road.

O Announced the next Commission meeting will be held March 10 at 6 p.m.

O Announced District 3 Commissioner Kelvin Cunningham has scheduled a garbage clean-up day for March 29 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Winterboro Volunteer Fire Department at the intersection of Bullocks Ferry Road and Alabama 21.

O Announced District 5 Commissioner Greg Atkinson has scheduled a garbage clean-up day for April 5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Walco area on Alabama Avenue in Sylacauga.

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