Commissioners discuss need for road repairs
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 20, 2012 | 1220 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District Two representative Dan Wright highlighted the need to repair a dozen roads that recently failed a state inspection during Monday’s meeting of the Walker County Commission.

Wright said the county stands to lose half a million dollars in government funding if the roads are not fixed.

Wright pointed out three roads — Coal Valley Road in his district, Cordova Gorgas Road in District 3 and Campbellville Road in District 4 — that he expected would pose the most problems.

He explained that the roads that failed inspection take precedence over others in the county that need repairs because of the funding that is tied to them.

Wright suggested earmarking proceeds from the coal severance tax for road repairs but said that he was open to other ideas after commissioner Randy Bridges expressed concerns about the plan.

“It doesn’t have to be coal severance tax. We just need to figure out a way to save $500,000 a year,” Wright said.

County engineer David Edgil added that a road must fail inspection for three years before funding is cut off.

The commissioners agreed to schedule a work session after Edgil receives a report from the Alabama Department of Transportation detailing the deficiencies of all the roads that failed to meet inspection.

In other action from the meeting, the commission:

• approved a cooperative agreement on a Homeland Security grant that will be used for tactical equipment for the Parrish Police Department.

•appointed Greg Zachary to the county’s Housing Authority Board

•appointed Phillip Ballenger to the East Walker Sewer Board.

•adopted several resolutions to ratify and confirm the school sales and excise taxes that were adopted in 1977, 1992 and 1995.

•approved a $4,000 budget amendment for telephone repairs in Judge Jerry Selman’s office

•approved a $1,500 budget amendment for siren repairs made by the local Emergency Management Agency

•approved a $38,000 budget amendment for a new salary in the district attorney’s office

•approved a budget amendment for an unspecified amount for the sheriff’s department.