At the May 24 Coffee County Commission meeting the commission honored both the Elba High School golf team and the Enterprise 4-H Shotgun Club for their recent successes.
The Elba golf team won the Class 1A/2A State Golf Championship and the commission passed a resolution honoring the school for this accomplishment. State Representative Rhett Marques was also on hand to congratulate the Elba golf team.
“It’s a hard sport to play and the fact that y’all were able to win the state championship is a really big accomplishment,” Marques said. “I’m really proud of y’all.”
The Enterprise 4-H Shotgun Club also competed at the state meet recently and won first place in the junior skeet shooting division. The team also won third place in sporting clay shooting. Individually, team members Kade Waters won second place in individual skeet shooting and Grayson Thornton won third overall in individual competition.
County Revenue Commissioner Ronnie Burns also spoke to the commission and revealed that the county collected $19,057,910.25 in 2020, which is a 4.36 percent increase from the previous year, which saw the county collect $18,226,350.53.
Burns noted that new construction in the county is responsible for the growth and said he believed that will only continue in the coming years. County Administrator Rod Morgan added that Coffee County is currently rated as the 12th fastest growing county in Alabama.
The commission unanimously approved the financing of four new dump trucks with BankCorp South in the amount of $1,035,626 at 2.29 percent interest.
Also, the commission approved the purchase of daily alternative cover and hydroseeding paper mulch for the landfill. A bid from Landfill Service Corporation for the daily alternative cover was approved, which will see a cost of $17.40 per bag for 880 bags or $20.01 per bag for 440 bags. The hydroseeding mulch was awarding to Space Savers with the cost coming in at $15.35 per bag for 880 bags or $18.02 for 440 bags.
Coffee County Environmental Services Director Mike Thornton said that the garbage pickup schedule would not change next week due to Memorial Day.
Coffee County EMA Director James Brown discussed the upcoming hurricane season with the commission and said that it is believed that we will see an active year this year with between 13-20 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes.
“Be ready, have a plan and have a communications plan,” Brown said.
Brown also said that those that want to sign up for Coffee County Emergency Alerts can do so by texting “join 413917” to 30890.
Morgan also said that the county’s senior centers will begin opening again in June and that a specific open date will be announced soon.
Coffee County Extension Coordinator Gavin Mauldin said that a wild pig expo will be held at the Wiregrass Research Station in Headland on June 10 at 4 p.m. where local residents or farmers that are having issues with wild pigs on their property can go and learn about a cost sharing program that could help pay up to 70 percent of the cost for wild pig traps.
The next commission meeting is June 14 at 9 a.m. in the office complex in New Brockton.