Commission votes to remain host of task force

Published 10:58 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Marengo County Commission approved a request by District Attorney Greg Griggers to remain the host for the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

The commission agreed to be the host of the Task Force for an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant last October. Griggers said the Task Force has to reapply for the grant by Aug. 1.

“We’re in the process of moving toward a position that we can fund ourselves,” Griggers said. “We aren’t there yet, but we’re getting closer to the point that we can operate without the grant.”

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Griggers added that the grant will be worth less money this year than last year.

“Because of the seizures the Task Force has made, it won’t be a problem,” he said.

The grant requires a 25 percent match, which Griggers said the Task Force won’t have any trouble getting it together.

The commission also approved a project agreement brought to them by county engineer Ken Atkins.

Atkins secured grant money to have County Road 33 repaired where there had been a slide.

“We’ve been working to fix it ourselves over the last couple of years, but we keep running into the same problems,” Atkins said. “I secured federal funding, and the first part of that will be geotechnical engineering work. I want to go ahead and get the project rolling.”

The grant requires a 20 percent match from the county.

During Tuesday morning’s meeting, the commission also approved a payment request from Kevin McKinney for the Hazard Mitigation Plan that started two years ago.

“This is the first draw on the grant we received two years ago,” he said. “We’ve been gathering information on our current facilities and are hoping to make a report to you in August.”

The grant was worth $25,000 and the first payment will be $10,000.

In other business, the commission heard an election update from Probate Judge Laurie Hall. She thanked the commission for the work they put into the election and told them there were “no significant problems” during the election.

One concern brought up by Commissioner John Crawford Jr. was the Business Incubator location in Linden, where there is no air conditioning in the large room used for the polling place. His concern was with the July 15 runoff election. Hall said she was going to look into some mister fans to put in the location to make it more comfortable.

“By the end of the day last week, it was getting uncomfortably hot, and I’m sure the temperature will be considerably higher in mid-July,” Hall said. “We need to look at some large fans before the runoff.”

The commission also announced that the annual sales tax holiday will be Aug. 1-3.