Commission to meet with Williams-Transco regarding County Road 352

Published 2:15 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Chilton County Commission unanimously voted Monday to set up a meeting with Williams-Transco Pipeline to discuss an issue regarding the closure of County Road 352.

Commissioners asked county attorney John Hollis Jackson to contact representatives with Williams-Transco Pipeline and ask them to come speak with the commission.

“I think we need to put this issue to bed,” commissioner Shannon Welch said.

Commissioners closed part of the road after advertising the move, but residents near the area said they didn’t know about the proposed closure because they don’t travel the road currently because a bridge is out.

But if the bridge were replaced, the residents said the road would take significant amounts of time out of their travel.

The road was vacated to Williams-Transco Pipeline, which owns adjoining property, more than six months ago, which would be past the amount of time when an appeal to the decision is allowed.

Larry Hayes, who has addressed commissioners at previous meetings on behalf of many residents who live near County Road 352 in an effort to resolve the issue, asked commissioners on Monday to consider passing a resolution to re-open the road.

Hayes also asked about an update regarding the bridge being replaced, and encouraged the commission to be more pro-active in moving things along.

Commissioners decided the best approach would be to sit down with representatives from Williams-Transco Pipeline and figure out the best way to resolve the issue.

“We need to let Mr. Jackson contact them, but we will invite them at their convenience,” commissioner Joseph Parnell said.

In other news, the commission:

•Heard from Charles Finley requesting permission to advertise for the possible closure of a portion of a dirt road near County Road 266 in the Isabella community. Finley told commissioners the section of road he would like closed is near his property and few residents use the road. Welch suggested Finley reach out to county engineer Tony Wearren to see about mapping the description of the road he is wanting closed and bringing it back to the commission. Commission Chairman Allen Caton also encouraged Finley to speak with residents who live on the road to see if they would have any objections to the road being closed. Finley said he would get with Wearren and work to have something drawn up for the commission to view and consider at an upcoming commission meeting.

•Tabled a vote regarding the final plat approval for Division 12 of the Rolling Oaks mini-farm subdivision off County Road 54.

•Granted a request by the road department to hire two drivers from a pool of truck drivers, when the advertising time has expired.

•Approved a request made by Chilton County Tax Collector Tim Little to advertise and hire to fill a vacancy in the Mapping Department.

•Approved a budget adjustment in the sheriff’s budget of $212,000 to cover payroll at the jail for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015.

•Heard from the county administrator that budget hearings were scheduled for Aug. 11 beginning at 3 p.m.

•Approved a resolution regarding the closing of the highway railroad crossing at County Road 233 and U.S. Highway 31, and gave Caton permission to sign the resolution. The resolution was needed to submit to the Alabama Department of Transportation. The commission was approached about the closure at the April 27 meeting after Stephen Curlee with CSX Transportation requested the crossing be closed. CSX is funding $7,500 toward the closure, and ALDOT will match $7,500.

•Nominated three individuals to serve on the County Board of Equalization. The new four- year term begins Oct. 1, and nominations were due by Aug. 14. Commissioners decided to each select three names out of a list of possible candidates and turned them into Powell who tallied them up during the meeting. The top three individuals commissioners nominated were Wade Connell, Gene Sorrell and Cebo Craig.