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Solid waste dept. moved under control of sheriff


At Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Chambers County Commission a motion was approved to move the county’s solid waste department under the supervision of the sheriff. The commission also approved two ATRIP-funded projects in the county at the meeting and announced a special exhibit that will be displayed at the courthouse in December.

The move of the solid waste department had been previously discussed at a committee meeting, and needed only to be approved by the full commission before it would take effect. Commission Chair Debbie Wood said the move was being made to give the department more authority to enforce regulations, specifically to write citations. Commissioner David Eastridge said the original plan was for the sheriff’s department to oversee the solid waste department when it was formed, but it had not materialized until this point. The solid waste department had been under the highway department previously and was currently overseen by the commission office.

Commissioner Joe Blanks said that there was some concern as to the amount of space allotted by the sheriff’s department for use by the solid waste department, but County Manager John Dendy said the department could stay at their current location. The commission unanimously approved the move.

County Engineer Josh Harvill requested two ATRIP projects be approved. The first is the widening, resurfacing and striping of County Road 299 from County Road 83, 6.3 miles east to County Road 208. The project will cost an estimated $1.58 million, with the state providing $1.26 million through ATRIP and the county paying $315,050 as its local match.

The second project is a joint venture between the state, the county and the City of Lanett. It involves the widening, resurfacing and striping of Magnolia Road from 21st Ave SW, 1.47 miles east to near US Hwy 29. The project will cost $491,770, with ATRIP providing $393,416 and the county and City of Lanett each paying $49,177 of the local match.

Julie Ann Hyde of the County’s Department of Human Resources was on hand to request the commission allow a Heart Gallery of Alabama display in the courthouse. The beautiful photo display is used to promote the adoption of waiting children in Alabama’s foster care system. The gallery will be on display throughout the month of December and will be in the courthouse rotunda.

The commission approved two agreements involving the county’s inmates. They first entered into an agreement with the Lee County Youth Development Center to pay for three beds for juvenile offenders from Chambers County at a cost of $32,331.70. Commissioner Wood said the county needs more, but that was all they could afford at this time, and the county’s municipalities share in that cost. The county gets one bed at the facility at no cost.

The commission also approved a contract with Southern Health Partners to provide health care for inmates at the county jail. The annual cost is $183,276.12 based on an inmate population of 150 and a daily rate above that of $125 instead of the previous $131. There is an option to terminate the contract after one year or to renew with a potential increase for two more years.