WEDOWEE - Randolph County Commission blazed through a handful of agenda items in a brief meeting Monday in Wedowee.
The county moved forward with a handful of road projects, made an appointment to a state committee and handled some housekeeping in the revenue department in a meeting that lasted just 30 minutes and proceeded in the absence of commissioners Lathonia Wright and Derek Farr.
- At the of county engineer Burrell Jones, the commission approved the contract and agreed to issue a notice to proceed for the project that will include repaving County Roads 127, 286, 35, 253 and 296.
- The commission also awarded the bid for the resurfacing of County Roads 37 and 133 to Gary Ingram Grading and Paving, the only bidder on the project.
- The commission also agreed with the Alabama Department of Transportation's awarding of the contract for a state-funded guardrail replacement project to Alabama Guardrail out of Cleveland. That project will replace the guardrails on bridges on County Roads 67 and 46 to increase safety on those bridges.
- Commissioner Larry Roberts asked Jones to make an assessment of County Roads 203 and 427 after safety concerns arose from both roads.
- The commission appointed Wright as its representative to the Association of Alabama County Commissioners (ACCA). The ACCA needed the county's appointee by the end of June, so Wright will serve until his retirement following the upcoming November election. The three newly-elected commissioners will then have a voice in naming Wright's replacement to the association.
- The commission also renewed its memorandum of agreement with the Alabama Department of Revenue, which provides administrative support to revenue departments on the county level. Revenue Commissioner-elect Tammy Farr was on hand to voice her support for the decision.
- The county set dates for its budget hearings for the 2021 budget. Those hearings will take place Aug. 25 and 27 at 3 p.m. Commissioner Doyle Allen asked that all county department heads be made aware of those dates so they can prepare their departmental budgets in a timely manner.
- At Sheriff David Cofield's recommendation, the county approved an agreement for video visitation fees at the new county jail, once it opens. People who show up at the jail and use the video visitation system will not be charged, but visits that take place remotely will cost callers 20 cents per minute, and 20 percent of those fees will go to the county commission, per the agreement.
- Cofield also commended deputy Corey Parks, who responded to Sunday's lightning strike at Flat Rock Park and successfully performed CPR on one of the victims, who is now expected to make a full recovery.