New commission in place
by James Phillips
Nov 15, 2012 | 2657 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keith Davis, newly-elected District 1 commissioner, takes his oath of office from Judge Jerry Selman Wednesday on the steps of the Walker County Courthouse. Photo by: James Phillips
Keith Davis, newly-elected District 1 commissioner, takes his oath of office from Judge Jerry Selman Wednesday on the steps of the Walker County Courthouse. Photo by: James Phillips
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After being sworn in as chairman of the Walker County Commission and presiding over his first meeting, Billy Luster said Wednesday that his first few moments in office had been a learning experience.

“This is all new ground for me, but I think it has gone pretty smooth so far,” Luster said. “I’m surrounded by good people, who want to do what is best for Walker County. Our commissioners and our county employees are top-notch, and I feel we got a good start today.”

Luster took his oath of office on the Walker County Courthouse steps Wednesday morning from Circuit Judge Jerry Selman. Commissioners Keith Davis, Dan Wright, Bobby Nunnelley and Steven Aderholt were also led in their oaths of office by Selman during a short ceremony attended by more than 100 area residents, elected officials and county workers.

“Four years ago, I did this for the first time, and I wasn’t too sure I would get another chance,” said Wright, the only returning member of the commission, before he took his oath. “I worked hard for four years, and I think the people who supported me saw that. I am going to continue to work hard.”

During the ceremony, Aderholt said he is honored to be serving with godly men.

“I thank God for everything, and if there is one thing about this group of men, it is that we all believe in ONE God, and we all want to work together to serve Him,” he said.

Shortly after the swearing in ceremony, the newly-elected commission held its first meeting.

Davis said during the meeting that he expects the county’s citizens to hold the group accountable for their decisions.

“We work for you and are accountable to you,” he said. “This county is your county, and we want to do our best to do what’s right. We are going to need your help.”

Nunnelley said he hoped to see more participation from citizens at future meetings.

“We just ask that they call ahead and be put on the agenda if you want to speak. That will help us plan things out,” he said.

In action from the meeting, the commission:

•Approved the first and third Mondays of each month at 9:30 a.m. as the group’s regular meeting dates through the end of the year.

•Cancelled the Nov. 19 regularly scheduled meeting, making the commission’s next scheduled meeting Monday, Dec. 3.

•Set the county’s holiday schedule for the remainder of the year.

County employees will receive Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23 as Thanksgiving holidays, Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, as Christmas holidays and Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s holidays.

•Awarded yearly bids for uniform rentals to Ameripride and cold mix patching material to Advanced Asphalt Products.

Commissioners also extended several bids for one year. Those extensions went to J&G Culvert, Hager Oil Company, Vulcan Asphalt, Wade Sand and Gravel, Ozark Striping Company and Viking Office Supply.

•Approved a project at the Walker County-Bevill Field Airport, which would provide a new lighting system for the facility. David Edgil, the county’s engineer, estimated the project would cost $192,000. Most of those funds would be provided from a $150,000 grant.

Edgil said the project could also be changed in the future, but it had to be submitted in order for the county to secure the grant funding.