County finishes first Rebuild Alabama project

County Engineer Marty Lentz informed the Coffee County Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 13. that the county’s first Rebuild Alabama Act project.

“One down and two more to go for this fiscal year,” Lentz said. “We have County Road 200 on the plan—as you know—and County Road 723, which will be accomplished this summer.”

The project was the repaving of the Heritage Heights subdivision located off of Rucker Boulevard, which he said he was happy to have completed.

“It feels good (to complete the project),” Lentz said. “The Rebuild Alabama gasoline tax increase has opened some opportunities to perform some resurfacing projects and we are very happy to get the first project completed. We’re looking forward to more in the future as time moves forward.”

As part of the Rebuild Alabama Act, commonly referred to as the 10 cent gas tax bill, the county was required to submit a Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation Plan, which outlined how the county planned to use the revenue from the tax.

In other business, New Brockton High School Assistant Principal Bryan Peacock asked the commission to waive the fee for use of the Farm Center for the annual New Brockton Sports Banquet on Jan. 26. The request was granted unanimously.

County Administrator Rod Morgan addressed the council regarding bids for publications to print the county’s voter list for the upcoming election cycle. He recommended the bid be awarded to the Enterprise Ledger in the amount of $7,260.

During his comments, Commissioner Kim Ellis made a motion for the commission to put $3,300 toward the project cost of revitalizing the Jim Folsom Home in Elba. This is one-third of the project cost.

The motion passed 5-2 with commissioners Tom Grimsley and Jim Thompson voting against the motion.

EMA Director James Brown gave an update on the severe storms that hit the county on Jan. 11.

“(We) did have 11 roads in the county, two in Enterprise that got blocked by downed trees,” Brown said. “We had two structure fires—one on County Road 643 and one on County Road 708—that was due to lightning strikes. We got in touch with (the) Red Cross and got those people taken care of. We had a total of 462 power outages; all of those have been restored so we did pretty good.”

The next Coffee County Commission meeting will be Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. at the government complex in New Brockton. The meeting is open to the public.

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