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County commission approves striping bid

The Marengo County Commission accepted a bid from Ozark Striping Co. Inc., the lone bidder, to stripe fourteen county roads for a total of approximately $150,000. The striping will include both solid yellow and broken yellow traffic stripes, traffic control markings and traffic control legends.

“I will say these are great prices because I anticipated about another $100,000 because of the lone bidder situation,” County Engineer Ken Atkins.

The county roads that will be striped are CR 1, 6, 7, 17, 21, 33, 37, 39, 51, 54, 55, 57, 63 and 76.

The commission also passed a resolution to resurface CR 33, which Atkins said would take approximately two years before the project starts as it is a federal aid project.

The commission also passed a resolution to place signage along CR 33 that warns drivers of areas where the sides of the road have eroded and potholes have formed.

“We need to address that pretty quick,” Commission Chairman Calvin Martin said.

Commissioner Freddie Armstead suggested making an appointment with Highway Director John Cooper and one of Alabama’s senators and show them the state of the road in order to make it a higher priority project.

Other items discussed by the commission are as follows:

• The commission heard Georgia Thurman requesting striping on CR 21 and CR 57. Atkins said that they were opening bids at that meeting for striping. Thurman also requested that Bamboo Street be widened. Armstead said that the county would need right of way before taking on the project. Martin said that they would revisit the land owners along the road and try to obtain right of way.

• The commission accepted a bid of approximately $5,500 for publication of the 2018 voter list.

• The county will be participating in the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday from July 20-22. Participation did not require a motion from the commission.

• The commission renewed the office space agreement with American National Red Cross in the Marengo County Courthouse Annex building for three years.

• The commission approved participation in 2018 Don’t Drop It On Alabama Statewide Spring Cleanup from April 21-28. They will work with Solid Waste officer John Bell and the Road Department to collect bags after cleanup. Bags are available in Meredith Hammond’s office in the Marengo County Courthouse.

• The commission approved the purchase of 18 new, electronic poll pad units for $15,300. Probate Judge Laurie Hall is looking into purchasing a warranty, as well.

• The commission entered an executive session on the basis of general representation of character.

• The commission approved purchasing a half-page ad with PMT Publishing for $1,645. The ad will be featured in the June 2018 issue in which Marengo County will be given a spotlight.

• The commission approved placing five security cameras in the Annex building.

• The commission approved the Refinancing of Outstanding Debt Resolution.

The Marengo County Commission meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Marengo County Courthouse in Linden. Meetings are open to the public.

(This article originally appeared in the Saturday, April 14 issue of the Demopolis Times.)