Commission votes for 3-way stop in North Chilton County

Published 8:00 pm Monday, November 28, 2011

The Chilton County Commission voted Monday to allow Engineer Tony Wearren to begin the process of installing a three-way stop at the intersection of county roads 152 and 157, near Smokey Hollow restaurant and Interstate 65 Exit 219.

Wearren said those driving north on 157 have a difficult time seeing oncoming traffic on 152.

The commission voted unanimously to install a three-way stop.

In other business, the commission:

•Heard from North Chilton Fire Department Chief Jason Scott about homes in Bibb County that his department has provided service to, because the homes are on roads that originate in Chilton County and dead end in Bibb, making North Chilton the department able to best respond to emergency situations.

But Scott voiced concern about providing service to the residents because they live in a different county and therefore do not contribute to Chilton’s funding for fire service.

Commission attorney John Hollis Jackson said he would ask for an opinion from the state attorney general on the matter, and Scott would continue providing service to the approximately 16 households in the meantime.

“I think it’s a serious issue, and it needs to be resolved,” Jackson said.

•Discussed a severe weather warning siren being down on County Road 28. The commission voted unanimously to proceed with putting the siren back up. It was taken down without their knowledge during the construction of a new East Chilton Fire Department building.

•Went into executive session to discuss the good name and character of a county employee but took no action afterward.

•Heard from a resident on County Road 455 about the need for the road to be paved.

•Heard from Ted Chapin, the new executive director of Chilton Medical Center. Chapin said he just wanted to introduce himself to the commissioners.