The resolution – which passed unanimously – was accompanied by a moment of silence and prayer “for those still being affected,” according to commission chairman Stan Batemon.
“We know a lot of people are still suffering,” Batemon said. “It is an ongoing process.”
The storms that passed through St. Clair County on April 27 claimed 15 lives, and destroyed property in Moody, Pell City, Ragland, Riverside and Shoal Creek Valley. The county has taken an active role in rescue, recovery and cleanup since that day.
“It’s been a trying time for everybody,” Batemon said. “The loss touched all of our hearts. We’ve all been humbled by the experience.”
Work is ongoing in Shoal Creek Valley – at Tuesday’s meeting, county engineer Dan Dahlke received permission to hire five temporary workers for inspection of the creek cleanup project. The county received approval for $1.7 million from the National Resource Conservation Service to clean storm debris from Shoal Creek and Kelly Creek.
“This is a unique project,” Dahlke told the commission. “There’s not been one like this in recent history in the state.”
Batemon thanked Sheriff Terry Surles and other first responders who worked in rescue and recovery in the days following the storms, as well as the many volunteers and employees of surrounding municipalities who mobilized in the days following April 27.
“It was a war to fight,” Batemon said. “We appreciate all the soldiers who went to battle.”
In other business, the commission:
• Approved $30,000 to contract out elevation certificates.
• Approved the appointment of Pat Fouts to the St. Clair County Health Care Authority.
• Approved hiring Jamie Hannah to fill the vacant Road Worker II position.
• Approved sending out a rental bid for heavy equipment.
• Approved a $55 adjustment for the county’s portion of a High Risk Road Rail project, to install a guardrail on St. Clair 9. The county’s portion of the project is $4,570, or 10 percent of the total project.
• Approved a public hearing for May 8 to discuss the agreement for Nufab Rebar in Riverside.
• Approved a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for the expansion of a water line in Pinedale Shores. The resolution also pledges matching funds from the county, up to $25,000.
• Approved a resolution declaring the week of April 29 Soil Stewardship Week.
• Approved transfer of four trailers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, from the county’s inventory to the St. Clair Baptist Relief Team.
• Approved creation and posting the vacancy for a part-time laborer at a pay grade 6, to be assigned to maintenance.
• Approved creation and posting the vacancy for a part-time clerk at a pay grade 11, for the sheriff’s office.
• Approved the request of probate judge Mike Bowling to increase the change fund in the Pell City Probate office from $450 to $1,050.
• Approved agreements with municipalities to borrow the county’s Help America Vote Act voting machines for the 2012 municipal elections.
• Approved the request of District Judge Robert Minor for $2,500, for the St. Clair County Children’s Policy Council, to be paid from Juvenile Court Services.
• Approved a $1,000 appropriation for the annual “Take Your Kid Fishin’” event at Big Springs Park in Springville on May 26.
• Approved the request of District Judge Alan Furr for a $750 appropriation for the Doris L. Stanley Library’s Imagination Library program.
• Approved a correction to the Dec. 27 minutes, to correct the spelling of the part-time bus driver to Robert P. Dent Jr.
• Approved the minutes of the April 10 regular meeting.
• Approved payment of monthly bills, in the amount of $653,923.71.
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