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County commission rejects bid on Roanoke property

At Thursday’s Randolph County Commission Workshop meeting, realtor Sonja Hollomon addressed the commission on a bid received for the county’s property on Highway 431 in Roanoke, which was formerly the home of CoreLinc. According to Hollomon, the bid received was in the amount of $390,000. At Monday’s meeting, commissioners voted to reject the bid and make a counter offer of $500,000.

Commissioner Larry Roberts said the property is worth more than the bid. Commissioner Lorenzo Foster said the county needs to counterbid. Roberts made the motion to counter offer with Foster seconding the motion. The vote was 3-0 with Derek Farr absent and Commissioner Pam Johnson abstaining.

In a related matter, the commission will bid out real estate services on county owned property at the corner of Highway 22 and Price Street in Roanoke (the old Huey property) and vacant property in Wadley. The two properties were declared surplus by the county.

Rebuild Alabama projects

At Thursday’s workshop, engineer Burrell Jones told commissioners that projects approved last year for 2023 may have to be scaled back or even deleted from the plan. “The cost of construction and mostly materials have increased and the cost on each project will be more than expected,” Jones said. No final decision will be made until later in the year.

In other business, the commission:

  • Heard a presentation from Grover Herren, owner of Herren’s Tree Service, concerning dead trees and limbs hanging over the sides of roads. Herren said he would like to work with the county cutting these trees before they fall. Herren will talk with Engineer Jones and get back with the commission.
  • Designated April as “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” month (PALS Program) and appointed Dan Christianson as the county’s point of contact. The program urges residents to pick up litter around the county and the state.
  • Approved the alcohol license fees with Foster abstaining. The fees are the same as last year.
  • Approved updated policies on call-ins, return to work, drug and alcohol, seatbelts and use of wireless communication devices.
  • Announced the courthouse and annexes would be closed February 20 in observance of President’s Day.

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