In a previous meeting, a representative who works with the AA and other programs asked the commission’s help in this project, noting that the City of Centre plans to demolish the current building located adjacent to City Hall for construction of a new fire department building. The city offered AA the use of the Odd Fellows Building in Centre City Park, but noted that the building needed some work.
The Commission expressed concerns about spending the money on a city-owned building, especially when it would not be a permanent home, and A-A could be asked to move if the City needed the building for other purposes. However, the AA has used the current facility and worked well with the city for the past 10 years, the representative noted. The city has also offered to assist the groups with relocation should it become necessary. Groups who use the building include AA, Al-Anon, NA the building is also used for DUI, parenting and anger management classes among others.
“If we could get some financial help to get the materials bought, we have some men in these groups that will do the work,” said the representative.
To date, the city has put a new roof on the building and has run a gas line, water line, and put a hot water heater in the building. Once in the building, the groups will take care of the utilities costs and maintenance/upkeep of the building.
The Commission agreed to match any funds the city of Centre gives to the renovation project for construction materials up to 50 percent of the $6,000.
Upon the recommendation of Roger Hall, Cherokee County engineer, the commission ap-proved Good Hope Construction for previously bid F.A.S. road projects for repaving in Cherokee County in the amount of $660,000. The county portion of the tab will be $57,000.
“In January, they let four projects, County Road 107 from Alabama 68 to Alabama 35, County Road 13 from County Road 22 around 22, County Road 71 from Terrapin Creek Bridge north to Alabama 9 and County Road 31 from Alabama 9 to an unnamed branch,” said Hall. “There’s approximately $660,000 worth of paving and the state has said we need you to concur in the awarding of the project to Good Hope Contracting and to send us a check in the amount of $57,100 for your match.”
“We had a problem with a bridge on County Road 14,” said Hall. “It was not ready to carry a school bus. We got that upgraded. We will have plans for County Road 14 done by the end of the month. It is in the June letting. I think we will get it done this year.”
The commission also met with local bidders who expressed interest in demolishing four buildings on property adjacent to the Cherokee County Detention Center, which the county has purchased for its new administrative building. The county advertised for bids from companies to get rid of the four buildings, however, the bidding period is over and the county received no bids for the project during the bidding period. The commission will consider re-bidding the project.
In other business, the commission declared a 1976 model motor grader as salvage property, removing it from the fixed assets list