Commissioners approve grant funding for transit vehicles

Published 8:01 pm Monday, November 26, 2012

The Chilton County Commission voted Monday to approve grant funding from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the Chilton County transit department to replace three vehicles in the amount of $117,923. The county would match 20 percent of the grant for the buses that are replaced.

The commission also approved Chilton County Baptist to hold their prayer time at the courthouse on March 25.

The event will be non-denominational and is part of a movement to have prayer time held at all of the courthouses in the state.

Commission Chairman Allen Caton said he didn’t mind having the event at the courthouse but if court was in session the event would have to be held outside.

Angie Calloway requested a petition to run an advertisement to close County Road 458 due to landowners near the road seeing garbage being placed along the road.

County engineer Tony Wearren said County Road 458 is the road where Walnut Methodist church is located and was closed three years ago due to flooding and pipes being washed out.

“A landowner contacted us and said the road didn’t need to be replaced or fixed,” Wearren said. “A lot of people are dumping garbage and landowners wanted to see about getting it permanently closed. We have left it closed and had no complaints from anyone about it being closed.”

Caton told Calloway that once the advertisement is run a hearing will take place and if anyone objects to the closure of the road then the commission usually votes against it.

Commissioners also passed a resolution to change the signers for their legal accounts from commissioner Tim Mims and Caton to Caton and commissioner Joe Headley.

A scheduled grievance hearing started at 6:30 p.m. with lawyer Bill Speaks representing Carlee Ellison who requested the hearing.

Commissioners asked Speaks if his client would like to have the meeting opened or closed with Speaks informing commissioners Ellison wanted the meeting to be closed.

As of press time the grievance hearing was still in session.