Houston County Commission Meeting July 23, 2012Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 23 2012 10:54 AM
HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSION Regular Session July 23, 2012
Call to Order, Establish that quorum is present, and Welcome – Chairman Mark S. Culver
Invocation – Pastor Mark Kocsis – Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church Pledge of Allegiance – Commissioner Jackie Battles
Approval of the Minutes of the last meeting
Announcements and Public Comments from Chairman and Commissioners
Chairman Culver said the American Flags are being flown at half mast on orders of Governor Bentley through Wednesday
In honor and respect of the persons in Colorado who lost their lives in the shooting.
Chairman Culver announced September 19 would be the third Economic Summit on jobs.
Chairman Culver said there is an on going Houston County Sanitation for tire pick up across the county. Old tires to include the pick up of old tractor tires and old tires. You can place the items at side of the road with garbage. Be aware it might take a couple of weeks to pick them up however Chairman Culver said they would be picked up. This project is to prevent mosquitos. There has been a delay on the pickup so far because when the storm came through that had to take priority.
Commissioner Battles asked to remember Memphis Baptist Church on several members leaving Sunday for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Commissioner Battles will be on this mission trip.
Commissioner Harvey said the tires do not need to remain they very long before pickup.
1. Request from the Houston-Love Memorial Library Board to assist with the construction of new library buildings.
Mr. Roy of Library said the ground breaking is expected to be in October. The project will take 12 to 15 months to complete.
The funding motion approved.
2. Request to adopt Resolution authorizing property swap with the Dothan Eagle and the Dothan Downtown Re-Development Association.
3. Request to adopt Resolution authorizing agreement with Five Star Federal Credit Union for placement of gate on County property and to provide access during construction of adjoining fence.
4. Request from the Town of Cowarts for assistance with traffic signal project at Glen Lawrence Road, Forrester Road, and Highway #84 East.
Mr. Gerald Crowley spoke to the commission and said he travels that road a lot. Mr. Crowley said while he does not have a lot of heart burn with the traffic lights, he does feel it will create a problem more than a solution. Mr. Crowley said the issue is east bound the speed limit is 65 MPH and therein lies the problem. Mr. Crowley said the intersection of Eddins Road and Highway 84, the crossings at Cowarts and at Efurds are problems.
Mayor Randy Rowland said multiple places had been submitted to the state for approval for traffic signals and this is the only intersection that has been approved that it meets the qualifications for traffic signals. Mayor Rowland said the questions will continue to be asked about other intersections.
Following the discussion, on a 3 to 1 vote, the Commission approved to give to Cowarts $ 35,000.00 for the traffic signal installation. Commissioner Battles voted in opposition.
5. Request from Community Corrections to approve grant in the amount of $1,000.00 to replace the primary PC at the Work Release Facility. (100% grant)
6. Request from Revenue Commissioner to approve budget amendment in the amount of $1,500.00.
7. Request from EMA to approve Mitigation Grant #HCMP DR (1971-197) (PN71-173) for six (6) Individual Safe Rooms and to authorize the EMA Director to sign. (100% grant)
8. Request to approve budget amendment for Road and Bridge Department.
9. Request to approve preliminary plat for Miller’s Crossing Subdivision – 1st Addition.
There was a conditional approval of Miller’s Crossings. The Town of Cowarts had submitted a letter of approval to supply water and sewer to this project. On July 18, 2012 the Town of Cowarts submitted a letter stating they would not guarantee supplying water and sewage to this project.
The Engineer said that has caught them by surprise. At Thursday’s Administrative Meeting all systems were go. Chairman Culver said that he was not aware of the letter until after the meeting this past Thursday.
While the Mayor of Cowarts was present at today’s meeting Chairman Culver said it was unfair to place him on the spot at today’s meeting on this issue.
The Attorney for the Town of Cowarts spoke to the Commission and stated based on some litigation recent received by the Town of Cowarts placed them in a situation where they could no longer commit to proving the water and sewer to the project. The attorney said the issue was not in their hands anymore.
10. Request to award bid for Hot Plant Mix.
NOTE: Houston County Commissioner Curtis Harvey wears a pinl tie each month. He does that to support the awareness of breast cancer. Commissioner Harvey has had family pass away from breast cancer and he makes a point to support the awareness of it.