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Commission hopes to discuss recycling program for county

Published 5:05pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Several Chilton County commissioners will meet with a few Bibb County commissioners on Tuesday to discuss a countywide recycling program.

Commission chairman Allen Caton told commissioners during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday that a few Bibb County commissioners would be available to meet at Randolph Elementary at 6 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the program.

Some of the Chilton County commissioners indicated a hesitation about the scheduled meeting after an initial attempt to meet with the Bibb County commissioners on March 21 resulted in none of the Bibb County commissioners showing up to the meeting.

Although commissioners Heedy Hayes and Joe Headley said they would be unable to attend the Tuesday night meeting, they both told Caton to relay their desire to have everything equal between both counties.

“I want half of the recycling boxes like they originally presented to us,” Hayes said. “Everything should be equally split.”

The discussion surrounds a grant the Bibb County Commission applied for from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for recycling dumpster/containers.

In order for Bibb County to be approved for the grant, they needed more population numbers and decided to partner with Chilton County to receive the grant.

Under the initial agreement, the county would allow the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) to place recycling bins throughout the county and Bibb County would collect the material in both counties and transport it to DOC in Montgomery.

The recycling would then be sorted and processed and DOC would reap any revenue from the recycling materials.

Commissioners approved a resolution on Feb. 13, 2012 to partner with Bibb County, but have since gained reservations that Bibb County may not be following through with the initial agreement.

Caton told commissioners he would report back to the commissioners unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting what had been discussed regarding the agreement.

Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis presented a report to commissioners regarding security issues at the Chilton County Jail.

Although discussion about the issues was vague from both Davis and commissioners during the meeting, Davis did say a safety survey was conducted on the jail through the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama (ACCA).

Apparently, three recommendations were made about the jail although specifics about the recommendations were not publicly presented during the meeting.

Davis asked commissioners to give him permission to submit bids from different vendors for repairs that need to be made.

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