WEDOWEE--Randolph County Healthcare Authority Chairman Bill Caypless visited with Randolph County Commission on Monday to show them a timeline of what is being done in preparation for the building of the new hospital.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be in late April with construction set to begin on May 1. Right now there is a serious amount of paperwork--incorporation, tax exemption, certificate of need for a rebuild, bond issuance, etc.--so the progress is not visible at this point.

County engineer Burrel Jones, who also knows about behind-the-scenes paperwork, said, "My hat's off to you."

In a related matter, the commission approved a resolution to be sent to the Alabama Department of Revenue clarifying that automobiles, boats and farm equipment are to be included in the sales tax for the hospital.

"The fact that the vote was 86 percent should tell the state the county is behind this," said Caypless.

Highway Dept.

The commission approved the annual bids for materials used by the county road department. The bids awarded include: Allen Oil of Sylacauga - gas and diesel (sole bidder); Alabama Guardrail of Oneonta - guardrail (sole bidder); Ozark Striping of Ozark - traffic striping (sole bidder); Randolph County Concrete of Wedowee - concrete; Stringfellow Lumber of Birmingham - timber bridge decking (sole bidder); McCartney of Gadsden - asphalt in place and asphalt from the plant, based on mileage and availability; Ergon of Mulga - bituminous asphalt; and Traffic Signs of Jacksonville - signs.

Metal pipe bids are being reviewed by the Board of Examiners because there is a tie in the bids. Stone will be re-bid.

During the Thursday workshop, the commission heard from a resident of County Road 458. Commissioner Terry Lovvorn said outcroppings of rock have always been a problem. They will try to cover them because the county does not have the resources to remove them.

Lovvorn reported the contractor is working hard to get County Road 59 finished before cold weather. Commissioner Mike Hester noted a water line on the bridge was relocated, but the water should be on again now. Jones thanked Strain Construction for their assistance in getting the water line relocation done as quickly as possible.

Jones told the commission the plans for County Road 51 are in Montgomery, and another two bridges will be in the December letting of projects.

In other road department business, the commission:

Authorized the chairman to sign a railroad crossing agreement with ALDOT to maintain signs and legions painted on the road at the railroad crossing on County Road 3.

Authorized Jones to sign an agreement for utility installation for AT&T from Graham to the Georgia line.

Approved the county workforce assisting the City of Roanoke with debris removal from the old water treatment facility off of Chestnut Street.

Tabled a request for a variance in subdivision regulations for Azalea Point Subdivision. The commission is checking with the county attorney. Lovvorn said they have to treat all developers the same and have continuity.

Other business

Commission Chairman Larry Roberts said the grand jury report is in line with past years in regards to recommendations for a new jail, more parking, more room for the investigators, etc. He said, "We understand; we just haven't figured out how to do it."

Lovvorn reported that the sheriff's department is working hard on a new security plan for the courthouse.

In other business, the commission:

  • Received a first draft of the new budget and will have a budget workshop on Thursday at 4 p.m. "We have to come up with something to cut," said Commissioner Richard Fetner.
  • Approved the renewal of the maintenance and support agreement for Data Works Plus for the jail and the needed upgrades (camera and printer for $2,980).
  • Approved the appointment of Sara Drummond to Randolph County Economic Development Authority to replaced Sid Hare, whose term has expired.
  • Approved the same contract with the Coosa Valley RC&D Council as in the past for mowing for watershed dams.
  • Tabled the sale of the old health department property adjacent to Highway 22 (adjoining American Legion).
  • Tabled an appointment to the Randolph County Department of Human Resources Board of Directors.