Elmore County Commission approves appointments to water boards

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The Elmore County Commission recognized Stanhope Elmore student Chloe Wegner, who was named Miss Alabama High School 2019, at Monday night’s commission meeting. From left, Kenny Holt, Mack Daugherty, Wegner, Troy Stubbs, Bart Mercer and Earl Reeves.

Openings on a pair of local water boards were filled during the Elmore County Commission at Monday night’s meeting.

The commission approved William “Bill” Newton to fill a vacant seat on the Central Elmore Water and Sewer Authority board, and approved the reappointment of Charles “Ronnie” Bazzell to continue his service on the Elmore Water and Sewer Authority board. During the time the commission left an application window open to all interested parties, all of the commissioners had nothing but positive things to say about both men.

Following a public hearing during Monday night’s work session, the commission approved a petition to vacate a public road off Hummingbird Lane near Lake Jordan. According to a homeowner wanting to build a new home on the property the road runs through, the road was once used for logging and platted by the county but there have been no efforts to develop along the road.

The commission passed a resolution recognizing Stanhope Elmore student Chloe Wegner for her recent crowning as Miss Alabama High School 2019. Wegner briefly spoke to the commission, detailing how she used the platform of the competition to speak about anti-bullying efforts and would be spreading this message to schools throughout the state in the coming weeks. She also said she was preparing for the national competition in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“It’s always an honor to have our young people here with us,” commission chair Troy Stubbs said. “We look forward to your success.”

In other action at the meeting:

• The memorandum of warrants between Feb. 2 and 20, totaling $1,221,873, was approved.

• The commission scheduled a public hearing March 11 regarding a retail beer and retail table wine liquor application for Lake Jordan Bait and Tackle on Lightwood Road in Deatsville.

• The commission heard from Guy Sanders of Alabama Pro Packaging, a company which once supplied items such as paper products and cleaning supplies to the county. Sanders asked about trying to get back into an agreement with the county but Stubbs said the county obtains supplies through a company on the state bid list since the county consolidated its purchasing of such items. Stubbs encouraged Sanders to apply to be placed on the state bid list with enough time for it to prepare budgets for fiscal year 2020.

• A memorandum of understanding with the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative was approved relating to the cooperative’s broadband efforts. The cooperative currently operates along the county right of way and is interested in expanding broadband service in the county, although it wanted to receive the thumbs-up from the commission.

“Lack of broadband has been a top issue for us,” commissioner Bart Mercer said, although he added the county has chosen not to move too quickly on the matter, as moving too fast can turn into a disaster.

• The commission approved a memorandum of understanding, as well as a pair of resolutions on a Community Development Block Grant and a grant through the Appalachian Regional Council to help fund construction for the planned Elmore County Primary Care Center.

• The commission approved a resolution for Courtney Clements to fill the position of county safety coordinator to stay in line with its insurance policies.

• The regular consent docket was approved.

The next meeting of the Elmore County Commission will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the courtroom of the Elmore County Courthouse.