BOE members appointed to serve on bond cooperative district

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Butler County Commission approved a resolution appointing four members of the Board of Education to a cooperative district that will over see the issuance of a $26 million bond for the construction and renovation of county schools.

The action was taken at Monday's regularly scheduled commission meeting.

An additional appointee will come from Georgiana, future home of a new $16 million K-12 school.

Other action taken by the commission:

n Approved a resolution honoring all Alabamians who have served or continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. The action was taken in conjunction with the Alabama Legislature, Alabama Sports Festival and the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness.

&#8220Anything we can do to recognize and support our service men we need to do,” said Daniel Robinson (District 4).

n Approved an amendment to the 2006-07 budget in the amount of $60,152.77 for reappraisals.

n Approved an amendment reducing a contract with Optima Geomatics.

n Approved the transfer of an off premise only beer license application for A&M Country Store.

n Approved a bill, now forwarded to the Legislature, to allow Sheriff Kenny Harden to operate a jail store for inmates. The store will supply necessities, such as toiletry items, for inmates.

n Approved a contract change with all municipalities housing prisoners in the Butler County Jail to indicate Kenny Harden as Sheriff of Butler County. Harden took office in January.

n Approved a resolution supporting the August Sales Tax Holiday in Alabama.

n County Engineer Dennis McCall reported that the county's roads had received an average grade of 81 from the Alabama Department of Transportation. Only three roads - New Searcy, Avant and County Rd. 5 - failed to meet proper guidelines, he said. McCall said the county had 19 roads that received an average grade of between 70 and 75 in 2005. 70 is considered failing, he said.

&#8220You (McCall) and your staff are to be commended for reducing that number,” said Commission Chairman Jesse McWilliams.

The county's roadways were also a subject of debate at the close of the meeting. During comments after, former Commissioner Gary Hanks asked officials why &#8220millions” were spent with outside contractors to perform upkeep on roads when the county could instead tar and gravel roads for a fraction of the cost.

McWilliams said while tarring roads would look good initially, &#8220in the long run it's not going to hold up.”

&#8220We're doing the best we can with what we have,” said McWilliams, noting that although gas prices had rise astronomically, the county was still only receiving .18 cents a gallon in tax to help maintain roads.