County Commission considers ally closure

Published 4:00 pm Thursday, October 17, 2019

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The Marengo County Commission is pursuing closing an ally connected to East Coates Avenue, near the intersection between that road and Hwy. 43. They must first discuss with the City of Linden and all adjacent landowners in order to move forward with closing the ally and incorporating it into a new parking lot.

Two bids were also placed to resurface the parking lot at the Business Development Center. As the lowest bid lacked a bid bond, the commission accepted a $58,489 bid from Mitchell Contracting Service, Inc.

However, the bid was only for overlay, so the commission set the county’s engineering department to the task of adding a base and filling any holes prior to the resurfacing.

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The commission also briefly discussed opening the shooting range at the center to the public before ultimately deciding against it.

County Attorney Woody Dinning saw too much liability in letting the public come and go unless it was staffed full-time. The commission took no action, which resulted the in the shooting range’s use being open to law enforcement only.

The commission passed a resolution honoring Dennis Holt, who recently retired after 22 years of service to the county.

They also accepted the highest bid pending approval for several surplus items from the engineering department.

Probate Judge Laurie Hall announced that the probate office is accepting poll workers for the special election on Dec. 10. To apply, visit the probate office or call 334-295-2210.

Following Hall’s announcement, the commission entered executive session based on good name in character.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, October 16 issue of the Demopolis Times.)