Commission OKs consultant for animal shelter
by JENNIFER COHRON
Nov 19, 2013 | 1246 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Monday, members of the Walker County Commission approved a local veterinarian to act as a consultant for the new animal shelter.

Chairman Billy Luster said Dr. Jeremiah Alexander has already helped the county by providing services at the current shelter at a nominal cost. Alexander would not be paid for his work as a consultant.

“I consider him an expert in his field and would welcome any input from him,” Luster said.

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said based on the input he has received, many residents in the county were excited by the announcement made at the Nov. 5 meeting that commissioners are ready to move forward on a new animal shelter.

At that meeting, Davis recommended a timetable of 30 days for putting a plan in place and expressed a desire to see ground being broken for the shelter in early 2014.

“He (Alexander) has built a veterinary clinic from the ground up, so I believe Jeremiah will be a huge asset to the county,” Davis said.

Luster said Alexander will be presented with a letter of credentials stating he has authority from the commission to explore the various issues that arise as the project gets underway.

In other action, the commission

• approved Preserve Trail to become a county road.

County engineer Mike Short said the developer will be required to provide a deed and a one-year workmanship warranty on recently installed paving, as well as eliminate any drop-off at the edge of the pavement.

“We maintain all the roads surrounding this road. It’s just one of those roads that was not brought into the county before, but it is now and has almost been brought up to speed,” Davis said before making the motion to approve the road.

Commissioner Dan Wright added any residents who wish for their road to be approved by the county must meet with Short and go through the formal process of making sure it meets all necessary specifications.

• approved travel and fees for events and training hosted by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.