Prior to Monday’s meeting of the Cherokee County Commission, Nancy Steed with CED Mental Health met with commissioners to discuss the upcoming Youth Prevention Conference that will take place in March.
The commission marked a line item in their budget to support the conference on an annual basis.
Sherry Poe representing the Book Mobile Service in the area also met with commissioners to talk their plans to purchase a new book mobile vehicle. The current vehicle is in need of being upgraded and the amount needed is $35,000 – they currently have over $20,000 raised through the assistance of other counties. Commission Chairman Tim Burgess stated that the commission would further discuss what assistance the county could offer.
Investigator Tony Monroy presented plans for an APOST Certified Gun Range that will constructed on property owned by county on Bristow Gap near the old landfill – the county does not currently have a certified APOST Qualifying Range. This would be a 20 lane range that would allow the sheriff’s office to be able to conduct their training exercise.
The county highway department will be doing the ground work for the project.
Labreeska Ponder who is the Owner of the Indian Mountain ATV Park located on County Road 8 in the Salem/Bluffton Community met with commissioners. Ponder was seeking guidance regarding incentive packages for new small businesses. Chairman Burgess directed that matter to the Cherokee County Industrial Development Authority, once the necessary applications are filled out it will then come back to the county commission for final approval.
Other issues discussed centered around patrons being able to cross County Road 8 to access the property without any legal issues and also access to gated properties during any emergency situations such as an accident, etc.
Chairman Burgess said that these issues would have to be discussed with the County Attorney regarding the legalities of the requests.
During the regular meeting, Burgess announced that there would be three appointments to the Cherokee County Public Library Board taking place during the Monday, February 24th meeting. These positions are four-year terms that will end in Feb 2024.
At the recommendation of District 2 Commissioner Dr. Roger Nichols – William Sears was appointed to fill a six year unexpired term on the Cherokee County Industrial Development Authority, that term will end in January 2025.
The commission also approved an amendment to the Jan. 13 meeting minutes to reflect the Library Director position as a Pay Grade7. An Addendum was also adopted to the current elevator service agreement dated September 12, 2005 between the County Commission and Thyssenkrupp Corporation adding the elevator at the Cherokee County Detention Center to the preventative maintenance schedule.
Finally, a memorandum of understanding was approved between the Cherokee County Commission and the Alabama Department of Labor in order to offer One-Stop Career Center services at the library to customers of Employment and Training Programs of the US Department of Labor in the Cherokee County area.
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Commission will be Monday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the County Administrative Building.