County will not spray herbicides

Greg Flanders speaks to the Cleburne County Commission.

Bill Wilson

Cleburne County Engineer Lee Estes told the county commission Monday night during a work session that the county will not be spraying herbicides on the county’s rights of way anytime soon. The county has sprayed herbicides in the past to control weeds but not this time.

Estes said that he feels like the program is safe, reliable and a good option, but not going forward with the program will save the county money.

Cleburne County resident Greg Flanders addressed the commission with his concerns and was relieved that the spraying would not commence.

“I think it’s wonderful — I hope it’s permanent,” Flanders said.

Estes also reported that the construction of a bridge over County Road 49 is progressing nicely. The bridge is located south of County Road 35 which crosses Roberts Creek.

The commission also talked about drawing up a resolution in support of signs along Interstate I-20 to draw attention to the Pinhoti Trail. Cleburne County Commission Chairman Ryan Robertson said that Pleasant Grove Elementary School Principal Adam Dasinger got the support of legislators Gerald Dial and Richard Lindsey to authorize the signage. It did not pass last year on account of time constraints but it’s hoped that it will go through this year, according to Robertson.

Robertson read the proposed resolution to the commission and described the locations where the signs would be; each side of State Route 281 bridge where it crosses I-20 and a bridge over US 78 near Heflin. Robertson said that the Pinhoti is the longest footpath in Alabama.

The commission also talked about the stray dog and cat problem in the county. Commissioner Jake Durham brought up the issue and asked the commission if there were any funds available for a dog kennel or pound.

Commissioner Laura Cobb supported the idea of a facility to house stray dogs and cats.

“It is a big issue — it’s something we are going to have to look at in the future and we can not keep ignoring it,” Cobb said.

Cobb said the county does not currently have the money but hopes the county can arrange a joint venture with another county.

The commission also considered participating in the weather preparedness tax holiday, which is the last weekend of February. The deadline to notify the state of the county’s intention is January 23. Supplies related to storm preparation, such as flashlights, batteries and related items, are tax free during that weekend.