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Idea of judicial complex discussed

A new Chilton County judicial complex is one of several projects that could be funded by federal stimulus money.

On Monday, the Chilton County Commission voted to allow Walter Lewis, a financial advisor with Gardnyr Michael Capital, Inc. to conduct a study to determine whether such a project would be feasible.

Nearly $2.5 million in recovery zone bond money could be used for capital improvements or infrastructure, Attorney Hollis Jackson said.

“He’s going to have to look at the county’s books and determine what, if anything, could be used out of it,” Jackson explained. “It’s not free money. It’s not like a grant or something where they get 100 percent of the money, no strings attached.”

The commission has also discussed using the money for road and bridge projects. But the county cannot receive the funds without reporting specifically which project or projects they would be used for.

Jackson said the commission would need to report the projects to the state by Friday, April 30.

Monday’s vote narrowly passed 4-3, with Heedy Hayes, Joe Headley and Red Turnipseed opposing.

In other business, the commission:

Approved the installation of a sewer system on RV camping pads at Higgins Ferry Park for $6,500.

Voted to purchase several new chairs to replace mismatched chairs on the bottom floor of the courthouse at $550.

Adopted new right-of-way specifications as presented by the engineer.

Granted Minooka Park the authority to increase adult admission from $15 to $20 on May 15 with half of the proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society during the park’s Ride for Breast Cancer.

Went into executive session briefly to discuss the good name and character of an individual.