Commission approves pair of roof bids

Donald Campbell / The Herald

The Elmore County Commission recognized three members of the Wetumpka High School wrestling team during Monday night’s commission meeting for winning individual state championships.

With actions taken by the Elmore County Commission at its meeting Monday night, work can soon begin on replacing portions of the roof at the Elmore County Courthouse and repairing the roof at the Elmore County Jail.

Elmore County chief engineer Richie Beyer said the county initially bid both projects together as a package but it was higher than expected so the two projects were split and re-bid.

During Monday night’s meeting, the commission approved a bid of $77,620 from Tecta America Southeast to complete work on the courthouse roof and $193,900 from Alabama Roofing & Sheet Metal Company Inc. for the jail roof.

Beyer said the combined total is still projected to run approximately $20,000 over what the county had budgeted but he said items can be revised.

The commission also approved a motion authorizing the Elmore County Emergency Medical Services Board to begin contract negotiations with Haynes Ambulance to provide EMS services to the county. Haynes, the sole bidder in the process, currently holds the contract with the county.

In other action at the meeting:

• The memorandum of warrants of the period from Feb. 22 to March 5, totaling $1,090,588.44, was approved.

• The commission recognized the Edgewood Academy boys basketball team and members of the Wetumpka High School wrestling team for winning state championships. “Congratulations and I want to commend you for your hard work and dedication,” commission chair Troy Stubbs said.

• The commission authorized the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department to surplus some of its vehicles and sell them through JM Wood Auction in Montgomery. “This is routine,” Beyer said. “These vehicles have outlived their service life.”

• The commission heard from Elmore Community Hospital’s Amanda Hammon, who asked for assistance on renovating portions of the current hospital building. The commission believes it is important to have a successful local healthcare network but wants Hammon to provide additional information.

• After receiving an update on the Thames Building, the commission said it will continue looking at options for what to do with the building.

• The commission passed a pair of motions allowing the commission chair to execute a commercial lease keeping the Millbrook annex of the Elmore County Probate Office in its current location, as well as a contract with CMH Architects to begin the design process on a new facility for the Elmore County Drug Task Force.

• A public hearing on a retail beer and retail table wine liquor license application for Lake Jordan Bait and Tackle was rescheduled for the next commission meeting.

• Elmore County resident Judy Robertson asked the county to take action on various issues, including drainage on Pine Forest Drive and Jasmine Hill Road. She said she has heard conflicting information from the county. Stubbs said none of Robertson’s neighbors have contacted the county on this matter and Beyer said he believes some of what Robertson discussed is on private property and not the county right of way.

• The commission approved a motion to deny a petition for excess funds from a tax sale held in 2011. County officials said since the sale occurred under an old ordinance, the county was not compelled to grant this petition.

• The consent docket, including an emergency medical leave for a county employee, was approved.

The next meeting of the Elmore County Commission will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 25 at the Elmore County Courthouse.