During the planning session held prior to this week’s meeting of the Cherokee County Commission meeting, Chief Rich Lindsey of the McCords Fire Department along with several other members of the Cherokee County Firefighters Association were in attendance to give an update on the upgrades currently being done to the fire departments radio communications system.
The Firefighters Association was awarded a $962,632 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to install the new Project 25 System, that money however did not allow for infrastructure and therefore additional assistance is required in order to construct access roads to the proposed tower site on Mt. Weisner.
The association is asking that the county commission allow the county highway department to do the work in constructing the road, the total cost of the project comes in at around $50,000.
Commissioners agreed to split the cost four ways out of their highway funds.
In other business, Luanne Hayes who serves on the Cherokee County Regional Airport Authority was in attendance to give an update on some good news for the airport.
Commissioners also heard from members of the McCords Crossroads Homemakers Club who were in attendance to discuss an upcoming 5K Race being planned to benefit renovations that are being done to the community center, commissioner’s gave approval for the organization to place detours from County Road 16 to County Road 157 during the race.
Cherokee County Probate Judge Kirk Day also presented the proposed budget for his office for the Fiscal Year 2016.
During the regular meeting Chairman Day announced appointments/reappointments for two six year terms on the Cherokee County Department of Human Resources Board will take place at the September 14 regular meeting with resumes being accepted through September 9.
Excess land redemptions were approved to T. Mallory or Margaret Whorton in the amount of $187.83 and to James Bowen in the amount of $179.38.
The commission also approved Renee Wiseman to transfer from Housekeeper to Revenue Commission Clerk at present rate of pay.
A request to transfer $3,000 from District 3 residual Tobacco Tax funds to the Coroner’s Budget for vehicle upgrades was also approved.
There were also two budget amendments approved one from the Probate Judge Budget and the other from the Detention Center Budget.
The county also approved a contract for resurfacing and traffic striping on County Road 33 from the Calhoun County line to County Road 308 and from County Road 20 from County Road 15o to the Coosa River at Garrett’s Bridge to McCartney Construction with a county match of $114,546.58 and granted authorization for the chairman to sign the necessary paperwork.
County Engineer Corey Chambers addressed the commission concerning some issues that his department has had involving Beavers, Chambers said that for several years the highway department has had problems with Beavers blocking and backing up cross drains and side drains.
Chambers said that he was addressed by a private contractor that handles these types of situations by trapping the animals and them harmlessly relocating them, Chambers did say that the Contractor, Tracy Hare has done work other cities and counties including the City of Centre.
The commission approved a Whole Harmless Agreement for Beaver Dam removal with Mr. Hare on an as needed basis.
The commission did enter into a brief Executive Session in order to discuss the general reputation and character of an individual as allowed under state code, the commission reconvened and no action was taken.
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Commission is set for September 14 and will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the regularly scheduled formal meeting starting at 10:00 a.m.