Siphon hoses

WEDOWEE - At Monday's meeting of Randolph County Commission, the commission tabled any discussion on the issue at Crystal Lake.

The commission is waiting to schedule a meeting with the City of Roanoke, Roanoke Utilities Board and USDA (Department of Agriculture). At Thursday's workshop, engineer Burrell Jones said there would be two siphon hoses installed near the dam that would replace the four pumps currently pumping water out of the lake to bring the water level down.

County Attorney John Tinney was at the meeting and told commissioners he could not offer any advice due to a conflict of interest with the City of Roanoke. As of Thursday, the county had paid out in excess of $47,000 to help control the situation.

Commission Chairman Terry Lovvorn said all involved parties need to come together and make some type of agreement on interest in the lake. As of Monday, only one of the siphon hoses had been installed.

Road conditions

All five commissioners agreed the dirt roads in the county are a mess due to the large amount of rain the county has received. At Monday's meeting, commissioners expressed their appreciation to county road department employees, the engineer and assistant engineer for the work they had done.

Commissioner Doyle Allen said the engineer and his employees were called out in an emergency situation in District 3 on Saturday and they did an excellent job. "This is very unusual weather," said Lovvorn. "It's one of those things where we have to do what we can as quick as we can."

Jones said assessments are still being done, and hopefully when cost estimates are complete, there would be some emergency funds available to the county.

Sheriff's Report

As of Monday, Sheriff David Cofield said there were 81 inmates in the county jail, 62 males and 19 females. The sheriff said work is continuing at the new county jail, but the rain is delaying some work, even on the inside. The sheriff said a couple of new patrol vehicles had been shipped but he did not know when they would arrive.

In other business, the commission:

  • Approved Saturday, April 18, as a Free Day at the landfill.
  • Tabled an appointment from District 4 to the E-911 Board.
  • Tabled an appointment from District 2 to the Department of Human Resources Board.
  • Tabled an appointment from District 5 to the Department of Human Resources Board.
  • Announced for all county citizens to make sure they are counted in the upcoming census.

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