New marketing campaign could help promote county growth

Published 2:50 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“We are a community,” Crawford said. “This partnership recognizes that and starts working in that area of development. We aren’t sure what all steps we will be taking, but we have to work together to make those steps.”

Commissioners also voted to form a committee to look at different avenues of generating revenue for the county.

Commission Chairman Allen Caton suggested the idea for the committee, and commissioners decided to have Caton, Welch and Bobby Agee serve on the committee with Joseph Parnell serving as an alternate.

In other news, the commission:

•Voted to appoint Billy Singleton and Glen Pencoe to the Chilton County Airport Authority. Commissioners voted during the March 9 meeting to nominate both Singleton and Pencoe at the request of the Airport Authority to re-nominate both men for the positions. Pencoe and Singleton’s terms on the Airport Authority expire April 30, and commissioners must formally appoint them to the positions.

•Voted to approve a resolution regarding an owner/developer of Beautiful Vista Mobile Home Park for preliminary plat approval. The subdivision is located on Highway 155 and County Road 201.

•Approved a request from county engineer Tony Wearren to declare a copy machine at the road department surplus.

•Approved Mathew Foshee and Kevin Quinley as part-time deputies with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department, effective March 16.

•Approved a resolution for approval of a tax refund petition for Alabama Power for $3,816.30.

•Approved a resolution to participate in County Officials Day of Recognition 2015, recognizing National Service members and programs in Chilton County.

•Approved Connell’s Pest Control to provide services at the Chilton County Jail for $226 per month. Previously, Rodgers Pest Management provided pest control services at the jail for $225 per month. Commissioners decided to keep the service local and voted to approve Connell’s Pest Control.

•Approved a resolution authorizing Caton to sign a notice of termination for a contract to Arista Information Systems.

•Heard from Diane Knighten, owner of Lake Mitchell Marina, who spoke to commissioners regarding poor road conditions leading to her business. Knighten said there were questions as to who owns the road, and asked commissioners to look into maintaining the road. Caton told Knighten the portion of property she was referring to on County Road 469 is a non-county road and the county cannot legally work on the road. Knighten asked the commission how she was supposed to figure out who owned the portion of the road. Several of the commissioners suggested she contact the Chilton County Tax Assessor’s office for more information.

•Heard from Richard Bryant regarding issues with teenagers driving 4-wheelers on his property in Verbena. Bryant explained the issues were causing the dirt roads to be impassable causing him and his family concern for not being able to leave their property or have anyone come to them. Bryant lives near County Road 487 and County Road 480 where the issues are continuing to occur and told commissioners a sheriff’s deputy attempted to look into the issue but got his vehicle stuck and had to have it towed out of the mud. Sheriff John Shearon was at the meeting and told commissioners deputies are unable to arrest the individuals unless they catch them in the act. Shearon said if Bryant caught the individuals in the act of messing up the roads with 4-wheelers, Bryant could swear out a warrant for their arrest.

•Held a bid opening for a CRS2 Tank for the road department. There was only one bid of $55,840, which commissioners accepted. Wearren looked over the bid and reported to commissioners he thought the bid should be approved. Funds for the tank will come out of the road department’s budget.

•Heard from Larry Hayes who spoke about concerns with County Road 352 being closed.

Hayes told commissioners there was never a sign posted to let residents on the road know the road was going to be closed. Hayes said commissioner Joe Headley came out to see the problem.

Headley told commissioners that many residents who live on the road have to drive about 12 miles to get their mail now as a result of the road closure.

“I know we voted to close the road and I voted to do it, but I think we really messed up,” Headley said. “It has put a lot of people out.”

County attorney John Hollis Jackson suggested commissioners look back and see how everything was advertised for the road to be closed and what the petitioner of the road closure expected before proceeding forward.