A bridge replacement on Rock Springs Road marks the final use of millions of state dollars the Calhoun County Commission has applied to projects throughout its jurisdiction since 2012. The commission approved the bridge work in a meeting Thursday.
“This will draw to a conclusion, for the county, the remainder of the ATRIP funding,” said county engineer Brian Rosenbalm, referring to the Alabama Transportation and Rehabilitation Program.
ATRIP is funded through federal government bonds that allow the state to spend future federal dollars. Starting in 2012, the program provided hundreds of millions of dollars to hundreds of road and bridge projects. County and city governments pay a 20 percent match toward the ATRIP projects.
Calhoun County received about $11 million from the program, according to Rosenbalm. That paid for seven bridge replacements, three road-resurfacing projects and improvements to 10 intersections along Alabama 21.
“I'm really glad that we've been able to take advantage of that program and put it to good use,” Rosenbalm said.
Anniston received about $4 million from ATRIP to pay for the extension of Iron Mountain Road at McClellan, and Oxford used $5 million for improvements to Leon Smith Parkway.
The total cost of the Rock Springs Road bridge, about 2 miles southwest of the Silver Lakes Golf Course near Wellington, will be about $1.2 million, according to Rosenbalm.
In other business, the commission:
- Heard a public comment from Janet Odom considering a records request. Odom had asked for documents about the pay for each commissioner, their discretionary funds and phone records for Commissioner J.D. Hess. Commissioners told her that staff was working to fulfill the request. But because county attorney Gloria Floyd was out of the office, commissioners declined to offer a timeline for the request.
- Went into executive session before the meeting. Commissioners did not state a reason for the closed-door portion of the meeting, despite the fact that state law requires them to do so.
- Approved an agreement with Momentum Telecom Enterprise for new phone systems for the county. The monthly fee will be $3,545.
- Approved a $48,190 grant for the 7th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Crime Unit. The money comes from the federal government under the Violence Against Women Act.
- Approved a resolution accepting a $1,333 grant from the Coosa Valley Resource and Conservation Council. The grant will go to the Calhoun County 4-H Shooting Sports building.
- Approved an agreement with Ingenuity for software used for property tax administration as well as registration and licensing. The county will pay the company $305,716 for installation, data conversion, training, testing and travel. The county will also pay the company an annual fee of $55,200.
- Approved a task order for G-Squared for aerial photography for $96,900.
- Approved letters of intent to purchase 18 heavy equipment vehicles such as dump trucks, backhoes and excavators on a state joint bid programs. The overall cost would be $5 million.
- Heard from County Revenue Commissioner Karen Roper that the amount of taxes collected from prior-year insolvents was $33,513 and $1,486 from prior-year bankruptcies.
- Approved an agreement with the Jacksonville Industrial Board for storage of storm debris collected from Jacksonville and the county. The commission already had a verbal agreement with the board, but Thursday’s vote made it official.
- Awarded a contract for four solid tire-and-wheel assemblies to Setco Solid Tire for $24,929.
- Awarded contracts for the demolition and removal of nuisances. The commission approved Wendy Thornton for $4,100 in work on eight properties. Emtek was approved for $7,500 work on one property.
- Accepted less than one acre of property from WMW Land at 508 Iola Drive.
- Dismissed nuisance properties at 1014 W. 53rd St. near Anniston, 1001 Owosso Ave. near Weaver, 292 Clark Cutoff in Wellington and 3105 Truman Ave. near Anniston.
- Declared as a nuisance property 62 Reneau St. near Anniston.