Tire dumping continuing problem in county

Published 3:32 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tires being illegally dumped on county roads in Chilton County is a continuing problem county officials are hoping to address.

The topic was brought up during the regularly scheduled Chilton County Commission meeting on Monday.

“We have people literally littering our county with tires,” Commission Chairman Allen Caton said. “In some cases, people are bringing in tires and dumping them in our county.”

County litter agent Libby Ratliff reported roughly 200 tires illegally dumped about two weeks ago, but the issue has gotten worse with more tires being dumped on a daily basis.

“It is the thought that people are using our county as a dumping ground that is upsetting,” Caton said.

The largest amount of tires found in recent weeks was in a creek off County Road 455, with 155 tires found in the creek.

It is illegal to dump the tires, and those caught dumping the tires could face a fine and would have to clean up what they had dumped.

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon has suggested if the public sees someone dumping tires in Chilton County to call 911 and report the vehicle’s tag number and description of the car.

The sheriff’s department cannot investigate the incidents unless deputies witness the individuals dumping the tires.

“Libby just wanted the commissioners to know that she is working on this,” Caton said. “She isn’t just sitting back and trying to figure out what to do, she is working on this and trying to get this issue solved.”

If anyone has any information about illegal tire dumping, call 911 or (205) 755-4698.

In other news, the commission:

•Voted to accept two bids for pest control services for county buildings. Commissioners will look over the bids and decide at the Nov. 9 commission meeting how they will proceed.

•Approved a resolution to enter into agreement with ALDOT for the resurfacing of County Road 73.

•Approved a request from county engineer Tony Wearren to prepare specifications and get a bid for the county to continue purchasing stone and rip rap.

•Passed a resolution approving the carryover for the reappraisal budget, at the request of Chilton County Revenue Commissioner Tim Little.

•Approved a resolution to hire Tina McKenzie in the collections office.

•Approved a resolution for Little to hire from a pool of resumes for a clerk in the Motor Vehicle Department. The commission also approved permission for Little to hire a temporary clerk for the tag office while an employee is on sick leave.

•Approved a resolution granting a 3-percent salary increase across the board for all employees in the Motor Vehicle Department, the Mapping and Appraisal Department and the Assessment and Collections offices.

•Approved a resolution authorizing salary increases for Kim Gillespie and Angela Fulmer and for the salary increase to be effective Oct. 10.

•Approved a raise in salary request from Chilton County EMA Director Derrick Wright.

•Approved a request from Wright to purchase two locks for the Verbena storm shelter and the Enterprise Station No. 1 storm shelter for up to $200. Wright told commissioners the two shelters were having issues with individuals breaking in and staying in them.

•Tabled a request from Wright to keep a Dodge truck used for the EMA and purchase and equip a new vehicle off the state bid list within the $40,000 price range. Commissioners said they would like to know more information about what the leasing options are for the new truck, and a firm price on a new vehicle. Commissioners asked Wright to bring more detailed information to the Nov. 9 commission meeting.

•Approved a request from Shearon to hire Hunter Hurst for a full-time position at the Chilton County Jail.

•Approved a request to hire Brian Ashworth for a part-time position with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department.

•Approved a request to add supervisor pay for Kathy Garris and Nieves Salinas with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department, effective Oct. 10.

•Approved a request from Chilton County Parks and Recreation Manager Gerald Arrington to declare a Keystone camper trailer at Minooka Park as surplus.

•Approved a request from Chilton County Transit Director Jessica Carter to approve the promotion of James Collins as a full-time driver, effective Oct. 26.

•Approved a resolution to promote Steve Roberson to dispatcher for the Chilton County Transit Authority, effective Oct. 26.

•Approved a resolution to advertise to hire a part-time driver to fill a vacancy at the Chilton County Transit Authority.

•Approved a resolution for the MOU with Chilton County Juvenile Probation for the SPAN program and for Caton to sign.

•Approved a resolution relating to approval of bonds and for Caton to sign.

•Approved a resolution approving the waiver request to waive the penalties for late filing of sales tax returns from Dady’s Kitchen in Thorsby.

•Voted to change the scheduling of a few upcoming commission meetings. The meeting scheduled for Dec. 14 will be held at 8 a.m., and the meeting scheduled on Dec. 28 will be held at 6 p.m.

•County administrator Connie Powell told commissioners the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Trick or Treat Streets” on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Powell told commissioners they were invited to set up a booth and pass out candy and greet those in attendance.

•Powell also told commissioners approximately 300 children would be parading through the Chilton County Courthouse Oct. 29-30 and donations of candy or money from the commissioners to purchase the candy would be appreciated.