Sen. Jimmy Holley and state Rep. Barry Moore presented a check to the Coffee County Commission on behalf of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority (CPYRWMA) during Dec. 9 meeting.
The $13,200 grant has helped fund a ditch flume project on County Road 642.
The existing flume has suffered erosion problems due to heavy rains.
The damage has resulted in sediment being deposited in Mill Creek, which has negative effects on the quality of water.
Marty Lentz, the county’s assistant engineer, said the existing flume was replaced with as was lined with riprap to prevent future erosion.
“Thirty years ago I was introduced to soil conservation,” Holley said. “It’s important to Coffee County and it’s important to the state of Alabama.”
In other news, Lentz gave an update on the 18 projects the county has undertaken through Governor Robert Bentley’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).
Coffee County received approximately $12.1 million dollars in federal funding through the ATRIP project, and the commission sponsored 17 resurfacing projects and a bridge replacement project using those funds.
Currently the county has completed only one resurfacing project, Coffee County Road 606.
However, Lentz said nine resurfacing projects are already under contract, and five of those projects lack only grass work and final striping.
Another project, on County Road 460, is waiting on a contract for the final wearing surface, and three projects are on hold due to seasonal limitations.
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) won’t allow roads to be chip-sealed during November-March.
Lentz said county roads 376, 249 and 306 will begin being resurfaced on April 1, 2014.
The only other projects are the ALDOT bridge replacement on County Road 637, which is set to begin in January, and three micro-surfacing projects set to begin in June.
The state’s $1 billion ATRIP program is projected to have all projects completed by December of 2014, and Lentz said the county is expected meet that deadline.
In other news, the commission announced new member Josh Carnley would serve as the body’s vice chairman beginning in January of 2014.
Carnley was elected in November of 2012, and also currently serves on the board of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority.
In other business, Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton thanked community members for the large amount of toy donations the department received during Operation Toy Drop.
Coffee County participated, along with several other counties, in delivering toys via helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Sutton said his department still has even more toys that wouldn’t fit on the helicopter, which it plans to deliver Dec. 11.
The Coffee County Commission will meet again at 9 a.m., Dec. 23, in the community room at the Coffee County Complex.