Broken weather sirens can bypass bid process
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 08, 2014 | 989 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The county does not have to accept bids for most of its inoperable weather warning sirens and repairs can begin soon.

Regina Myers, the new coordinator of the Walker County Emergency Management Agency, gave the update at Monday’s Walker County Commission meeting.

Commissioners recently received a report from Myers stating that only 14 of the county’s 45 outdoor warning sirens were confirmed to be working. Problems ranged from improper installation to dead batteries.

There was a question about how quickly the repair process could proceed because it was unclear if the county would have to bid out the project.

Myers said she has since learned that the bulk of the project is categorized as public works because it involves the repair of county property located on public property.

“So we could go ahead and start working on 38 of those, and then the seven that are not on public property would be in the bid with the two for purchase,” Myers said.

Two sirens, one on Burrows Crossing Road and another in the Dilworth community, need to be replaced as a result of being struck by lightning.

Myers said Bobby Jackson, owner of Jackson Communication Service, can begin on the repairs as soon as he receives word from county officials.

“I say start him on it,” said commissioner Bobby Nunnelley.

In other action from the meeting, the commission:

•passed a budget amendment to fix an elevator at the Walker County Jail.

Chairman Billy Luster said the money for the repair will be transferred from the sheriff department’s budget to the jail. The total amount of the $22 million budget passed by the commission in October remains unchanged.

The funds will be transferred from an appropriation made for new vehicles. Luster said a new van and two patrol vehicles have been purchased, and county officials had planned to purchase another vehicle with the leftover money until the elevator stopped working.

•adopted a resolution allowing the Alabama Department of Transportation to make improvements to a portion of Highway 195. The project will include widening, resurfacing and striping.

•made several appointments to the Walker E-911 Board with an emphasis on making representation more equal across the four districts.

The names approved were Tommy Johnson, Jeris Crump, Tim Stockman and David Edgil.

•agreed that their next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.