Commissioners vote to allow airport project to move forward
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 22, 2014 | 1739 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Walker County Commission approved a resolution for an improvement project at the county airport on Tuesday.

County engineer Mike Short said the Alabama Department of Transportation is in charge of the project to add another taxiway.

“This would allow for a little bit easier access of the planes to the fueling station,” Short said.

The county has agreed to pay $39,000 of the total $900,000 cost of the project.

Commissioners also discussed the new animal shelter on Tuesday.

Short said he will be preparing a bid package for the project that will be reviewed by commissioners at the Feb. 3 meeting and will be mailed shortly thereafter.

The earliest that commissioners could expect to approve a low bidder is March, according to Short.

Short said he is currently investigating whether the county should hire a design firm or develop its own plans.

“I am thinking that it is going to be up to us to draw up exactly what we want as far as exterior walls, interior walls and things like that rather than leaving it open with a little bit of direction,” Short said. “I think it will be something that we have an exact set of plans on, take competitive bids, award it and manage it until completion.”

Short said the budget remains at $200,000 and $250,000 for a facility of approximately 3,000 square feet.

District Four Commissioner Steven Aderholt asked about the possibility of using county employees for part of the project as a cost-saving measure.

Short said that is being taken into consideration.

Luster said he is currently gathering cost estimates for installing fence at the county landfill, the site where the animal shelter is expected to be constructed.

There will be separate gates for the landfill, the animal shelter and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, who uses a part of the site for training.

In other action, the commission:

• moved its Feb. 17 meeting to Feb. 19 because of Presidents’ Day.

• learned that county officials are meeting with the U.S. Corps of Engineers about Frozen Hollow Road, which is currently closed because part of it washed away.

“To reconstruct the road, we are going to have to move about 250 linear feet of the creek bed,” Short said.

• were informed that chargers and batteries have been ordered for the county’s broken sirens and several others are in the process of being repaired.

• agreed to schedule a work session to discuss some water problems at the EMA’s storage facility.