Commissioners show support for Amendment 3
by James Phillips
Oct 19, 2010 | 1687 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Monday to support an upcoming statewide constitutional amendment.

Amendment 3, which will be voted on in the Nov. 2 general election, proposes utilizing up to $1 billion in revenue from the Alabama Trust Fund to fund road and bridge construction in Alabama over the next 10 years. The amendment would include up to $225 million specifically earmarked for county roads and bridges and another $390 million which can be utilized for state or county roads and bridges.

"We want to urge all Alabama voters to support Amendment 3," Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick said. "When counties across the state are facing significant budget challenges, this money will allow for construction and maintenance that we can't do without it."

County engineer David Edgil said Walker County would receive $353,225 per year for 10 years if voters approve Amendment 3.

"That would be more than $3.5 million for much needed work in our road and bridge program," he said.

Bill Cleghorn, a Winston County resident at Monday's meeting, said he opposes Amendment 3.

"For our counties, I just don't think that is enough money to do anything," he said. "That would pave about three miles per year. Each county would need to get about $1 million per year to be able to do significant projects."

In other action from the meeting, the commission:

*Accepted a low bid from Good Hope Contracting Company Inc. for resurfacing on Barney Road.

*Proclaimed Oct. 24-30 as Pro-Bono Week in Walker County.

*Approved a contract with the Alabama Department of Youth Services for the use of one free bed at the Coosa Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

*Approved a contract with Intergraph Services Company for the county's DIS system.

*Reminded businesses that it is time to purchase new business licenses from the county.

*Scheduled the 2010 Walker County Veteran's Day Parade for Saturday, Nov. 6.