Concerns raised about paving Powell Road

Published 6:21 pm Monday, July 9, 2012

Jemison City Council members Faye King and Robert Morris approached the Chilton County Commission at its meeting Monday with questions about a road project in Jemison.

King said she and Morris wanted to clarify whether the county had permission from the city to repave Jim Powell Road, located behind St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Jemison.

In January 2011, with the city’s approval, the county patched the road’s potholes for $2,230.

About a month ago, the county returned to resurface the entire road – less than half of a mile long – for about $8,000.

County engineer Tony Wearren said he was under the impression that the city had approved for the road to be resurfaced, but Mayor Eddie Reed said the council had not approved it.

The council will discuss paying the resurfacing bill at its next meeting, July 16.

The commission also approved for timber to be cut and cleared from land near the Chilton County Airport for the Sheriff’s Department to use as a firing range.

“That’s something we know would make us a better agency,” Sheriff Kevin Davis told commissioners. “We’re wanting something to start and see what we can work with. I hope that, years from now, they’re building classrooms out there.”

The commission tabled a discussion about the county’s drug program for its next meeting, as well as upgrading the phone systems.

In other business Monday morning, the commission:

•Gave Probate Judge Bobby Martin permission to use handicap-accessible machines at each voting location in the county for municipal elections Aug. 28.

•Approved for Frazier Lanier Co. to proceed with refinancing the county, with bonds to be paid out in the same time frame as before.

•Set a speed limit of 35 mph on County Road 231.