Commission wades through old issues with Glass

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2007

LINDEN &8212; Deek Glass came before the Marengo County Commission, yesterday, for the sixth time in 12 months to voice his concerns about the work done by the county employees regarding road construction.

Glass asked the commissioners about several projects he has been observing for some time and has addressed the commission about in other meetings prior to yesterday&8217;s. After hearing the concerns of Glass regarding the projects, several of which have been completed, Commissioner Calvin Martin asked Glass what his motives for appearing before the commission to address his feelings on the matter where rather than taking the proper channels in an attempt to remedy his concerns.

Glass also asked the commission why it decided to seek state legislative action to obtain six-year terms rather than its current four-year terms. Commission attorney W.W. Dinning told Glass that extended terms allow new commissioners time to adjust to their positions and also get work done while in office.

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Following Glass&8217; agenda item the commission reviewed and approved the final settlements presented by County Revenue Commissioner W.J. McAlpine.

4A request by Don Evans for a liquor license was tabled until the commission&8217;s next meeting, while another liquor license request by Agee&8217;s Sugar Shack was denied due to concerns from Marengo County Sheriff Jesse Langley.

4A low bid for blinds for the courthouse and adjacent office building was accepted from Southeast Shade out of Birmingham for $8,900.

4The lowest total bid on a 45-day loan to cover a gap between the time the county buys new motor graders and sells its old ones was accepted from Robertson Banking Company at 4.88 percent and a $250 filing fee. The council compared the interest and filing fee of the bid with the bid of BankTrust, at 4.98 percent with a $20 filing fee, and decided to go with the one with the lowest total cost for the $1.16 million.