County commission approves $178,360 for fuel tank bid

Working to meet the latest regulations set forth by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Elmore County Commission approved Monday a bid of $178,360 to complete work on the county’s diesel and unleaded fuel storage tanks. County officials said $125,000 had initially been budgeted for the project but all four bids the county received […]

Working to meet the latest regulations set forth by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Elmore County Commission approved Monday a bid of $178,360 to complete work on the county’s diesel and unleaded fuel storage tanks.

County officials said $125,000 had initially been budgeted for the project but all four bids the county received exceeded it. Commission chair Troy Stubbs said this was potentially due to a number of other counties trying to have the same work done on their tanks. With this in mind, the commission accepted the low bid of $178,360 from MECO Inc. of Montgomery to have the project completed.

“This is the last step in the process to being compliant,” Stubbs said.

In order to complete the project, the motion included necessary budget amendments to the county gasoline fund to cover the excess cost.

The county commission also approved declaring equipment from the county highway department surplus and approved the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department declaring as surplus a new vehicle to sell it to the Wetumpka Police Department, which lost five vehicles in the Jan. 19 tornado.

“This is a good example of the sheriff’s department working with the city police,” Stubbs said.

The ECSD has already taken delivery of the new patrol vehicle.

The surplus equipment from the highway department includes two Jeep Patriots, a Ford F-450, a Ford F-150 and a Terex 100G skid steer loader cab. A school bus the department acquired several years ago from the Elmore County Board of Education was initially included on the list. However, commissioner Bart Mercer requested it be taken off and approved in a separate surplus motion.

Since the bus was damaged by the tornado, Mercer suggested declaring it as surplus separate from the other vehicles and selling it to the Elmore Volunteer Fire Department for $1 to be used for training. The council approved amending the surplus request, then approved the pair of surplus motions.

The commission approved a resolution supporting efforts by the ACCA (Association of County Commissions of Alabama) to seek additional revenue for maintaining Elmore County’s 1,000 miles of roads and 123 bridges.

“This is about all 67 counties acting with one voice,” Stubbs said.

Mercer added, “The revenue stream for this has not been adjusted since 1992. We are looking to see about adjusting the revenue.”

The Elmore County Commission also:

• Approved a motion to move the voting location for precinct 261, traditionally located at the Fain Center, to the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center due to the destruction of the Fain Center. Stubbs said officials from the probate judge’s office have visited the MLK center and deemed it sufficient as a polling location.

• Approved a pair of resolutions regarding work on roads within the county. The first resolution will allow the county to widen, level, resurface and stripe Deatsville Highway from the Millbrook city limits north to Alabama Highway 143, a distance of 5.5 miles. The second will allow the same work to be done to Foxwood Road from the border with Autauga County to Deatsville Highway.

• Approved a motion from the Elmore County and Tallassee City school boards to set a special election for April 23. The referendum will ask voters to approve a renewal and continuation of the current school tax millage collected in the jurisdiction of both districts.

• Approved a memorandum of warrants between Jan. 24 and Feb. 1 totaling $701,000.

• Approved a motion advertising a change to local legislation concerning modernizing and updating some of the language describing the duties of the county engineer.

• Approved the consent docket, including a travel memo and a Family Medical Leave Act request.

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