The Cleburne County Commission gave a pat on the back to its local law enforcement officers Monday night by donating $2,500 to the Law Enforcement Appreciation Foundation.
Councilman Jake Durham introduced the resolution in support of the foundation, a nonprofit group that supports law enforcement officers in all counties of Alabama’s 7th judicial circuit. Durham said this is the first year the Law Enforcement Appreciation Foundation has included Cleburne County in its activities. Durham said the organization hosts a ceremony at the law enforcement memorial in Anniston each year and it hopes to start supplying equipment to police officers in the future. The donation came from the county’s rainy-day fund.
After the meeting, Durham, an Oxford police officer himself, was glad his resolution passed.
“Feels great. I’m glad that we’ve got an association like that that wants to include Cleburne County law enforcement officers,” Durham said.
Heflin police Chief A. J. Benefield said in a written message to The Star he supported the resolution.
“It always feels great to feel appreciated. A simple ‘thank you’ and the individuals who bring food and snacks by the Department makes us feel good, but when people go above and beyond and donate money to help purchase much needed equipment and supplies, it really lets you know they support you. These type actions definitely help us get through those not so good days when we have to deal with tragedy and death,” Benefield said.
Durham said National Police Week will be observed May 13-19.
In other business, the commission unanimously passed its consent agenda, which included:
— $10,000 for a new roof for the engineer’s office.
— $6,250 for boiler repairs at the Cleburne County Jail.
— $5,676 for certified delinquent notices for the Cleburne County Revenue Commissioner’s office.
— $50,000 for a new 2018 Cat 140 motor grader for the road department. A motor grader is a piece of equipment that uses a long blade to create a flat surface on dirt and gravel roads.
— Proclaimed April as National Community College Month.
County engineer Lee Estes said that County Road 43 at County Road 48 would be closed for a couple of days because the road department is replacing a cross drain that runs underneath the road. Estes said recent rains have caused damage to the existing drain.
County attorney Jason Odom said documents that had been requested from all county departments and distributed by the previous county administrator, Steve Swafford, have been returned. Last month the commission passed a resolution requesting all working files and documents from the administrative office to be returned by March 30.
Odom has put together an inventory of all the documents that were returned and gave them to commission members. Odom also said he found Swafford’s active EMA identification card, which was left in a notebook. Odom said he’ll cut it in half and send it back to the State EMA.
Commissioner Laura Cobb said she and a representative from ADEM visited several illegal dump sites in the county last Friday.
“You can not illegally dump anymore. ADEM, they’re going to be on top of it, we want our county kept clean,” Cobb said.
Cobb urged her fellow commissioners to report any illegal dump sites to ADEM.