State program could help pave all county roads over next five years
by Will Heath
Nov 21, 2012 | 3471 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
St. Clair County probate judge Mike Bowling, far left, administered the oath of office to county commissioners, from left Ken Crowe, District 2; Jimmy Roberts, District 4; and Paul Manning, District 3, at a brief ceremony Wednesday, on the steps of the county’s Administrative Center, in Ashville. The three commissioners won their Republican party’s nominations in the spring primary elections, and were unopposed in the November general election. The commission held its organizational meeting and work session following Wednesday’s investiture.
St. Clair County probate judge Mike Bowling, far left, administered the oath of office to county commissioners, from left Ken Crowe, District 2; Jimmy Roberts, District 4; and Paul Manning, District 3, at a brief ceremony Wednesday, on the steps of the county’s Administrative Center, in Ashville. The three commissioners won their Republican party’s nominations in the spring primary elections, and were unopposed in the November general election. The commission held its organizational meeting and work session following Wednesday’s investiture.
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ASHVILLE — The St. Clair County Commission held its organizational meeting for the new term of office Nov. 14, and discussed a possibility for participation in a state program that might pave all county roads over the next five years.
 
The commission swore in three members Wednesday — Ken Crowe, Paul Manning and Jimmy Roberts — who won their reelection bids officially earlier this month (the three won the Republican nominations for the offices and were unopposed in the general election). 
 
After that, they discussed road paving with engineer Dan Dahlke, who said that the state’s ATRIP program — a $3.1 billion program to pave county roads — could net the county between $10 and $20 million over the next five years, with a relatively small requirement in local match.
 
“Hypothetically, we could (pave) every one of our roads in the next 4-5 years, with only a 20 percent match,” Chairman Stan Batemon said. “It’s the biggest project in county roads I believe I’ve ever been a part of.”
 
The county has already received approval for its first request from the state program: St. Clair 26, which runs from Ragland to Ashville. Dahlke named 11 other potential paving projects that would be covered under the plan.
 
“I think it’s an opportunity for us to do a five-year plan for roads,” Batemon said. “That way we can designate roads for this process as we go through it.”
 
Dahlke said that the county’s municipalities will also have an opportunity to participate, and Batemon said the county may hold a meeting with all the municipal engineers in the county.
 
“We can help guide them through this process,” he said.
 
In other business, the commission:
 
• Approved a resolution establishing meeting times, rules of procedure and bonds for the commission.
 
• Reappointed Weathington, Moore, Weiskopf and Hill as county attorney; and reappointed county administrator Kellie Long as county treasurer.
 
• Designated all banks within the county as county depositories.
 
• Approved the financial statement for Fiscal Year 2012, and authorized its publication.
 
• Approved $924.30 from the Juvenile Court Services fund as reimbursement for the Alabama Day Program’s wireless internet service.
 
• Accepted the resignations of Terry Rowe from the county DHR Board; Carolyn Stern from the St. Clair Historical Development Commission; and Charlie Browning from the St. Clair Airport Authority.
 
• Appointed Terry Capps to fill Browning’s seat on the Airport Authority and serve the rest of his term.
 
• Approved travel expenses for Dahlke, Clay Phillips and Blake Phillips, to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Legislative Conference, taking place in Montgomery on Dec. 5 and 6.
 
• Approved a purchase order for $435,245, for purchase of two backhoes from Thompson Tractor.
 
• Approved $100,700 to purchase a new roller from the ACCA’s joint bid list.
 
• Accepted a $1,000 grant from the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Authority for the Extension Office’s 4H Clover Classroom, retroactive to Oct. 24.
 
• Approved transfer of the retail beer and wine license (off premises only) for Whitney Corner Grocery, in Steele.
 
• Approved the minutes of the Oct. 23 regular meeting.
 
• Approved payment of monthly bills, in the amount of $506,036.38.

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