County engineer Dan Dahlke informed the commission at its regular meeting Tuesday that the National Resource Conservation Service has approved the county for requested money to clean up both Shoal Creek and Kelly Creek. Both waterways are choked with storm debris from the tornadoes that ripped through the area on April 27.
“Everything that was submitted from the state was basically approved,” Dahlke said. “I think our submission was around $1 million.”
Dahlke said he and other members of his staff will attend a workshop in February to discuss how to secure the funding for the cleanup. Members of the commission said they will plan on attending the workshop, as well.
Commissioners also said they will need to revamp their plan for the cleanup, since much of the original plan was based on the necessity of access roads for the removal of timber.
“It’s going to change a lot,” commissioner Jeff Brown said. “A lot of that timber that we thought could be removed is no good now; we’re going to have to burn it.”
Commissioner Ken Crowe said the plan likely will not require as many access roads.
“If we’re not hauling timber, we won’t need as many access roads as we thought,” he said.
The commission also approved a $5,000 match for the Shoal Creek Valley Fire Department, for construction of two community safe rooms at fire stations 1 and 2. Along with that, local Emergency Management Agency director Ellen Haynes received approval to apply for assistance and reimbursement for roughly 80 individual safe rooms, for citizens living in unincorporated parts of the county.
In other business, the commission:
• Reappointed Kathy Carden to serve on the Northeast St. Clair Fire, Water and Sewer Authority.
• Approved a budget amendment for the Juvenile Court Services fund in the amount of $13,177.68, to pay the benefits of one clerk in the circuit clerk’s office.
• Approved reclassification of $19,600 in the Department of Transportation budget, from capital expenditures to personnel.
• Approved an $800 request from the St. Clair County Board of Education to help pay the expenses for the Ashville Archery Team.
• Approved a contract with the Town of Odenville for repair of Heath Lane and Sportsman’s Drive. The cost to the county is $3,487.50, or one-half the cost of labor and equipment.
• Approved purchase of three new dump trucks, as well as the surplus of the county’s current dump trucks, in order to sell them at auction.
• Approved release of the right-of-way on the former St. Clair 26, which is currently on a piece of property up for sale.
• Approved a contract with ATS Software in the amount of $25,000 for special needs database software. The money will come from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program fund.
• Approved a resolution levying general taxes and special taxes, as directed by state law.
• Approved the minutes of the regular meetings of Dec. 27 and Jan. 10.
• Approved payment of monthly bills.
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