CCC approves ALDOT project funding agreement

The Coffee County Commission approved entering into a project funding agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation at its regular meeting on Aug. 12.

The agreement provides the county with $732,500 of corporation industrial access funds for building auxiliary lanes on US-84 as well as the resurfacing and widening of Coffee County Road 516.

The project is related to the Ben E. Keith distribution center.

“It’s vital to the new distribution center to improve the access for the volume of trucks that’s anticipated,” Coffee County Engineer Marty Lentz said after the meeting.

Lentz said that the work on US-84 will be covered by a local access grant, but that the county will responsible for work in regards to resurfacing and widening County Road 516.

In other business, Lentz said the department had received a petition from adjoining landowners asking for the vacation of land on Coffee County Road 100 from about a quarter mile north of Coffee County Road 111 to Wolf Creek.

He requested that the commission set a public hearing date for the vacation for Sept. 9 as well as allow the department to send out notices about the vacation.

The motion was made and passed unanimously.

County Administrator Rod Morgan asked the commission to nominate Commission Chairman Dean Smith to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Legislative Committee.

Morgan said Smith had served on the committee for the past several years.

The commission approved the nomination unanimously.

After approving all business, the commission recessed before discussing the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the county’s highway department, engineering department, 3-R account and maintenance department.

The meeting was adjourned after the discussion.

The next Coffee County Commission meeting will be Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. at the government complex in New Brockton. The meeting is open to the public.

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