A concerned resident expressed discontent regarding the maintenance of a county road during the Talladega County Commission meeting Monday night.
Greg Pettus of Autumn Lane questioned why the county was only repaving a portion of the road.
“Y’all are out there repaving it, but you’re only going to the M-Tek property,” Pettus said. “You’re not going on out to where we live. I’ve been trying to get this road paved for 20 years, and so far, I’ve not had no luck.”
County Engineer Tim Markert explained the first quarter-mile of Autumn Lane is being repaved and widened as part of the more than $344,000 Autumn Lane Industrial Access Project awarded to Chilton Contractors in March.
“It’s a state-aided project,” Markert said. “We get the money from them, and they can tell us how far we can go. To meet the criteria to get that money, you’ve got to have a minimum of 50 new employees. It’s a state thing, and I don’t have any control over it.”
District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson asked Markert whether Pettus owned property that borders a county-maintained road.
“He does, and it is paved,” Markert said. “It’s chip-sealed. I’m sure it’s got some potholes in it.”
Markert said the upgraded portion of Autumn Lane leading up to M-Tek, paid for by state funding, has curbs and gutters in order to be uniform with other roads in the industrial areas.
Pettus also voiced his frustration with the road closures and traffic detours.
“We’re being inconvenienced,” Pettus said. “We’re having to go another mile-around detour, and we’re not going to benefit nothing.”
Markert assured Pettus the construction would be completed by the end of the summer.
Roberson asked Pettus to be patient as the construction progresses through the next six weeks because the potential exists for having the rest of Autumn Lane paved.
“We’ve just talked about road materials, and we’re talking to the accounting staff about possibly, hopefully amending the budget for a one-time transfer to help residents such as you with county roads,” Roberson said. “The rain and the winter have just been terrible. The county’s not broke — we just don’t spend more than we take in. We want to be fair. If you can work with us to get this project completed, we’ll hopefully open that thing back up. I’m not promising you by any means that rest of that road will be asphalt, but hopefully we can do something to help improve all the way to the end of Autumn Lane.”
In other business, the commission:
• Unanimously approved — pending legal counsel approval — an application for a private cemetery submitted by Shaw Gaines.
• Voted 5-0 to reappoint Mae Helen McGhee as a board member to the Central Talladega County Water District for a four-year term ending in June 2018.
• Unanimously approved a request from Talladega County Emergency Management Agency Information Technology System Manager Dexter White to surplus unused computers, printers and one copier.
• Voted 5-0 to approve an Alcoholic Beverage Control license application for Back Porch Grill at 270 Marina Drive in Talladega.
• Unanimously approved a copier lease agreement for the Probate Office.
• Voted 5-0 to approve a copier lease agreement for the Commission Office.
•Unanimously approved a maintenance agreement for jail electronic systems through Montgomery Technology Systems.
• Voted 5-0 to approve a request for vehicle surplus presented by County Administrator Wayne Hall.
• Voted 5-0 to approve a conference and training request for Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Harkness to attend the Government Financial Officers Association of Alabama Summer Conference in Orange Beach Aug. 20-22. The request was included in the fiscal year 2014 budget.
• Unanimously approved the rehiring of Road Department Temporary Employee Gerald Hyde effective June 3, the new hire of Corrections Officer Eric Gray effective June 14 and the completion of probationary period for Corrections Officer Joe Morrow effective June 1. All personnel changes were included in the fiscal year 2014 budget.
• Unanimously approved the cancellation of the June 23 Commission meeting.
• Announced the next Commission meeting will be held July 7 at 6 p.m.
• Announced Roberson will host a garbage cleanup day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28 at the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department.
• Announced the courthouse will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
• Announced District 2 Commissioner John Luker will host a garbage cleanup day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26 at the Cotton Patch gas station in Renfroe.