Commission delays replacing road equipment

Published 3:10 pm Monday, August 13, 2012

The Chilton County Commission decided at its meeting Monday not to sell old equipment from the county’s road department until the commission can find enough funding to purchase new equipment.

County Engineer Tony Wearren told commissioners that his department needs new motor graders and dump trucks more than anything else.

Wearren said the last equipment auction this year is in September. The longer the county waits to sell, the more the old equipment will depreciate, and the cost of new equipment will be higher.

“We’ve got to do something,” Commissioner Bobby Agee said.

Others agreed but were still hesitant to give Wearren permission to buy and sell before funding is found in the commission budget to cover the costly equipment.

“I know we need the stuff, but we’re already short for this year,” Commissioner Heedy Hayes said. “I don’t know where we’d be next year.”

In a 5-2 vote, the commission did not approve for Wearren to sell and buy road equipment yet.

Chairman Tim Mims and commissioners Hayes, Joe Headley, Greg Moore and Red Turnipseed were opposed, while commissioners Caton and Agee were in favor.

In other business, the commission:

•Approved county administrator Connie Powell’s recommendation of level funding as the commission goes through budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year.

•Approved the establishment of the Peters family cemetery in Jemison.

•Renewed its software support system, Sage Support, for another year.

•Appointed Dewayne Whatley and Jason Scott for the Board of Representatives to Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System (BREMSS).

•Approved ACH forms for the commission’s electronic payroll deposits.

•Approved an agreement with the state of Alabama related to a pass-through of federal funds for the Chilton County Transit System.

•Approved a Safety Incentive Verification form for the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) Self-Insurance Funds’ Safety Incentive Discount Program.

•Approved county safety coordinator Bill Collum’s report that his department met all nine federal safety mandates in six months, which was six months earlier than required.

•Established a municipality fund to pay for grants associated with the county’s portion of storm shelters.

•Approved a certificate of title and registration for a van the county sold.

•Approved the grand jury report.

•Accepted the resignation of Martha Thornburgh of the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) and decided to appoint someone for her position at a later time.

•Reviewed an email update from Matthew Hartzell, Extension coordinator for Bibb County, on funding awarded to the Bibb-Chilton County Recycling program.

•Requested an explanation of charges from Lee Helms Associates, LLC for grants covering the construction of storm shelters at the Cedar Grove and Isabella fire departments.

•Approved drug prescription cards as part of a drug program for county employees.