Calhoun Co. commission takes steps to replace dryers, repair fire damage
by Brian Anderson
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The Calhoun County Commission on Thursday declared the fire damage of clothes dryers at the county jail this week an emergency, in order to replace the machines and repair damage without working through state bid laws.

A fire in the laundry room at the jail on Wednesday morning destroyed both dryers at the jail, but injured no one. The dollar value of the damage remained unclear on Thursday.

County Administrator Ken Joiner said the emergency declaration was mainly a precaution, as the cost to repair the damage is not expected to total more than $1,500, the amount at which provisions of Alabama bid law take effect.

Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said the fire started on a pipe attached to the back of a dryer around 7 a.m. Deputies were able to put out the fire with extinguishers and the flames didn’t spread to any other part of the building.

Wade said he expects it will cost more than $10,000 for the Sheriff’s Office to replace the dryers, but that the cost will be covered by insurance.

The commission on Thursday also voted to vacate ownership of parts of Philadelphia Church Road near Piedmont. Connie Whorton, who owns property where the portion of the road reaches, said she had already been maintaining the road and wanted ownership because she had trouble with intruders.

In other business, the commission:

— Extended a contract between the Sheriff’s Office and Stacey S. Johnson, the Calhoun County Jail’s nutritionist, for an additional year. The contract, which pays Johnson $650 per month, expires in November 2014.

— Approved a contract with Alexandria Youth Activities for $1,500 to buy equipment for maintenance of recreational facilities.

— Approved a contract with Knox Concert Series for $14,700 for advertising and putting on scheduled concerts.

— Approved a contract with Interfaith Ministries for $7,500 for services including transportation and dental care.

— Appointed Commissioner Tim Hodges and re-appointed Charles Parks to the Calhoun County Community Punishment and Corrections Board of Directors.

— Passed abatement resolutions for properties on 400 Stebbins St., 427 Russell Ave. and 11 North Ave. in Anniston.

— Dismissed abatement resolutions at 2033 Old Choccolocco Road, 4502 Bryan Ave. and 4511 Old Birmingham Highway, and 245 Smith St. in Oxford.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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