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Marengo Commission moves forward on shelter, water projects

The Marengo County Commission during a meeting on June 13 at the Marengo County Courthouse in Linden handled business related to two ongoing projects: a new storm shelter in Thomaston and the water service project on the rural east side of the county.

First was a Hazard Mitigation Grant Resolution for the storm shelter being built in Thomaston. The resolution serves as a pass through for funding of the project in which the county will be reimbursed for the project through the grant.

Related to the project, the commission approved the HMGP DR-1971-454 Invoice worth $344,807 for costs related to construction of the shelter.

Then on the CDBG water project along County Road 53, the commission approved the CY-CM-PF-16-005 invoice as a pass through to help fund and continue moving that project forward.

Two voting locations on the southern end of the county were changed as voters in Nanafalia will not use the Nanafalia Mini-mall as their polling place and Myrtlewood residents will return to the Myrtlewood Methodist Church for the primaries on Aug. 15 for the special election for the United States Senate in Alabama seat left behind by Jeff Sessions.

The commission also approved the following:

• The hiring of Scott McClure as deputy in the Marengo County Sheriff’s department, Joy Lee Gunter as clerk in the Probate License Office and summer workers.

• A salary adjustment for Emily Yelverton upon recommendation from the Probate Judge for added responsibilities.

• Loan agreement with First Bank of Linden.

• Resolutions honoring the Marengo Academy softball and baseball teams and the Sweet Water High School baseball team for winning state championships.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 11.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, June 21, print edition of the Demopolis Times.)