“It would be very little expense to the county to change the road just a little bit,” said Miller. “The road now makes about a 90-degree turn to the left to enter County Road 1. When County Road 1 was blacktopped years ago, they went ahead and put a culvert in for the entrance on the road where the road originally went. Mr. (Roger) Hall (county engineer) and I walked it out a couple of years ago and checked the feasibility as far as economics adding the safety of entering the highway. We both agreed it would be advantageous to everybody concerned to go straight out with it because it would take the bend out of the road and would take a lot less footage and maintenance out of the road to go ahead and do it straight across and besides, there’s not enough room to cut ditches on the side of the road now. I’ve only talking about 400 feet or something like that. The other landowner has agreed to sign whatever right-of-way he needs to sign on his side. I would like for somebody to look at it and consider putting it straight out.”
The commission directed local highway department personnel to look into the situation and report back to the commission.
Wayne Cochran, Cherokee County solid waste supevisor informed the commission that the 10-year solid waste plan now is completed and ready for public comment. It will be available at the county commission office from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to review it. There will be a 45-day comment period. It will be a public notice and the public hearing will be held at the end of this 45 days. “This is just a re-write of the 1990 solid waste plan for Cherokee County,” said Cochran. “It updates all the information in this plan and provides this to ADEM for their review to get us into compliance with our waste program.”
The commission also met with Thereasa Hulgan, executive director, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, and voted to give $2,000 toward the Lookout Mountain Parkway Association as discussed in a previous meeting. LMPA, Hulgan explained, is seeking a study on how to better promote the area and is seeking funds for this study from local municipalities and also municipalities in surrounding counties.
In other business, the commission:
*voted to pay $10,000 for computer software.
*approved two excess land sales, one to Reba Ray for $258.68 and another to Gary Tuttle for $33.71.
*upon Administrator Tim Burgess’ recommendation, voted to include an item in the meeting minutes stating that the Leesburg Wastewater Treatment Plan Expansion has been completed and received final inspection certification from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, dated April 5, 2004