ECC thanks governor, DOT for funding

Published 3:02pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program has been good to Elmore County, delivering more than $13 million in county road funding the last two years.
Monday night, the county commission said thank you to Bentley for hatching the idea in his first State of the State Address, and to Department of Transportation Director John Cooper for leading ATRIP’s implementation.
Cooper thanked Chairman Joe Faulk, the other commissioners and County Engineer Richie Beyer for taking the time to say thanks. He added that Bentley, who was unable to attend, would likely keep the framed resolution in a place of prominence.
“This program was a dream of Gov. Bentley’s, and something he worked hard to achieve,” Cooper said, noting Bentley was the “emotional leader” of the unprecedented road and bridge repair program.
“It has been extremely good for the state to have our local leaders empowered.”
But, he said, “you don’t need to thank us for doing our jobs,” a sentiment commissioners found refreshing.
“The impact of ATRIP has been tremendous,” Faulk said.
Bowen noted the program – especially phase 2, in which the county received nearly $12 million in state funds – will allow Elmore County to do around 24 years of work in a two year period, and “that’s amazing.”­
“The governor’s vision to provide a mechanism for county and city governments to apply and receive needed funding is applauded,” Faulk said. “The impact that ATRIP is having on local government is tremendous.”
In other business, the commission:
•Awarded the project to renovate and replace the heating and air conditioning system at the Elmore County Judicial Complex to Capital Refrigeration at a cost of $721,354, the lowest bid. Commissioner David Bowen noted most of the bids were well below the $1.2 million estimate. The company also agreed to two alternate tasks for the project: the installation of a new chilling tower and temporary cooling units for the courtrooms and offices while the project goes on in the summer months.
•Approved a proposal by CDG Engineers to update the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan at a cost of $12,200. The state Department of Environmental Management mandates the plan be updated every 10 years to account for new developments and industries. The process will take about five months, including work on the updates and the public input process.
•Announced a public hearing at 5 p.m. Monday, April 8 to solicit community opinions on projects to apply for community block grants or community enhancement grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
•Approved two bridge replacement projects funded by the Metropolitan Planning Organization, one on Mehearg Road over Calloway Creek and another on Coosada Parkway over Coosada Creek.

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