The Elmore County Commission unanimously approved awarding a bid in the amount of $1.23 million to Construction One Inc. for a new sheriff’s operation building.

“These bids are currently in our budget,” county chief engineer and operations officer Richie Beyer said. “This is the construction to replace the building destroyed by the tornado.”

Beyer said the contracts with Construction One are in the process of being finalized. He anticipates construction will begin in November.

The building will be located at the Elmore County Judicial Complex.

The commission also accepted a grant in the amount of $12,000 from the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils to cover the costs of a mobile app for the county EMA department.

The company, OCV LLC, is based in Auburn and has created apps for EMA organizations, public health agencies and law enforcement for more than nine years.

“This EMA app is just another way for us to reach citizens with timely information,” Elmore County Commission chair Troy Stubbs said.

Becky Saunders with Liberty Learning Foundation gave the commission an overview of the organization and the program.

“We had a big program kickoff back in September,” Saunders said. “It’s just a really exciting time for students to come together and learn why they live in the greatest country on the planet.”

Wetumpka Elementary School second-grade students participated in the program last year. The remaining 1,200 second grade students in the county are currently participating in the program.

“I did have the opportunity to participate at Wetumpka Elementary,” Stubbs said. “I was pleasantly surprised with the engagement of the young people.”

Saunders informed the council the cost for program in Elmore County is $43,000. The program is funded through grants and individual donations. 

Commissioner Bart Mercer informed the commission he is attending a regional state leadership event with other commissioners from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. 

The event is hosted by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington D.C. 

“This is a good opportunity for county commissioners to have direct access to the secretary of agriculture and secretary of education,” he said. 

Additional business discussed by the commission included:

• Approval of a lounge retail liquor license for Redland Package Store located at 6513 Redland Rd. in Wetumpka

• Set a public hearing 5 p.m. Oct. 28 to transfer an off-premises retail beer and table wine application from Jaymanav Marketing to PSP Marketing for Purple Cow store 307 located at 1200 Hwy. 143 in Elmore

• Set a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 to discuss proposed right of way by adjoining landowners of undeveloped right of way located off Lake Region Circle in Holtville

• Approved the transfer, resignation and hiring of several employees

• Approved warrants from Sept. 17 through Oct. 7