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County vacates public road

LINDEN — The Marengo County Commission approved two measures dealing with county roads at its monthly meeting yesterday.

The commission approved a resolution to vacate a public road just north of the Marengo County-Clarke County line and west of U.S. 43/County Road 13. It will remain a public road, but will no longer be a county public road.

The action came following a petition from landowners who owned property adjacent to that road that was filed with the commission in April. A public hearing was held, and there was no opposition to the petition.

The commission also approved a resolution to resurface County Road 33 from its intersection with U.S. 43 to its intersection with County Road 47.

Other actions taken by the Marengo County Commission included:

County engineer Ken Atkins opened bids on several commodities.

The commission voted to approve the bid of $361,560 in stone materials from Southeast Materials Co. Others making bids included Martin Marietta Aggregates and SRM Inc.

The commission approved bids on gasoline and diesel. The commission accepted the bids totaling $129,032 for super unleaded gasoline and $855,750 in diesel from Parr’s Chevron and the bid totaling $318,580 for unleaded gasoline from Pruitt’s.

The commission accepted the bid totaling $229,023 for asphalt from Hunt Refining. Ergon Inc. also submitted a bid.

The commission accepted the bid totaling $21,790 for plastic pipe and couplings from Harvey Culvert Co. Rush Enterprises also submitted a bid.

The commission accepted the bid for corrugated metal pipe from Rush Enterprises. Hanson Pipe & Products and Harvey Culvert Co. also submitted bids.

The commission heard from Mary Jane Fitts and Kayte Melton about the proposed Marengo County History and Archives Museum. Fitts told the commission that the county would represent all of the cultures inherent in Marengo County, from the Native Americans to the people of today.

Melton asked the board to provide nominees from each county district to serve on the museum board. “We want to include all of Marengo County,” Melton said.

“We applaud your efforts,” said commissioner Dr. Ken Tucker. “It’s a good thing for the county.”

The commission approved a resolution to support an application filed by the Demopolis Industrial Board for the procurement of industrial access road funds for the Airport Industrial Park.

The commission approved an agreement with Digital Information Cooperative, contingent on approval of county attorney Woody Dinning.

The commission approved a contract with the Alabama Dept. of Youth Services.

The commission tabled discussion on an agreement with an architect for the library for the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 14.

Marengo Co. Emergency Management Agency director Kevin McKinney informed the commission of a Dept. of Homeland Security grant that he plans to use to put a two-way radio system in all 62 school buses in Marengo County, including the buses in the Demopolis and Linden city school systems. The radio system would include a Global Positioning System (GPS).

McKinney said the county has put $400,000 in Homeland Security grants to use over the last five years.

The commission appointed Anne Bridges as the District 3 representative to the Dept. of Human Resources board.

The commission approved moving its November meeting to Wednesday, Nov. 12, so as not to meet on Veteran’s Day.