By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
A long line of people stretched from the first floor room and down the hall to the middle of the entrance way at the Cullman County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.
But they weren't waiting to renew their car tag, nor were they there to pay property taxes.
Instead, this group — made up of family, friends, and colleagues — was waiting to congratulate and welcome Kenneth Walker to his new role as Cullman County Commission Chairman.
"It's just an honor to be sworn in as chair of the Cullman County Commission," Walker said. "I think Darrell (Hicks), Stanley (Yarbrough), and I will work well together for the betterment of Cullman County."
Roughly 140 people packed the lobby and entrance earlier in the morning for Walker's official swearing in by Judge Greg Nicholas, which was assisted by his wife Trina, and mother Marie.
Walker takes over for former chairman James Graves, who served one term in office.
Immediately following, Walker conducted his first commission meeting and the following action was taken:
approved the date and times for commission meetings to remain the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.
removed James Graves, former chairman, from all county bank accounts.
added chairman Kenneth Walker to all county bank accounts.
authorized the County to purchase property located at 2151 3rd Ave. SE — purchase price $285,000.
approved the application for a grant to purchase Joe Walker property by the Airport Board.
authorized the renewal of the property, inland marine, and automobile insurance policy through Smith-Gray Insurance agency, Inc.
authorized the chairman to sign a contract with AT&T for phone service at the Cullman County Water Department.
awarded a contract for the sealing and re-striping of the east parking lot of the courthouse to Richard Cooper in the amount of $5,400.
awarded a contract for the resurfacing and striping of the north drive of the courthouse to Richard Cooper in the amount of $5,800.
approve the purchase of a Gator from Tri-Green for Sanitation Department in the amount of $9,839.75.
approved the purchase of a 6610 Ford/ New Holland Cab Tractor for the Road Department from State Surplus in the amount of $8,500.
adopted resolution 2013-08- an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the resurfacing and striping on County Road 438 from County Road 222 to County Road 447.
adopted resolution 2013-09- an agreement with ALDOT for the resurfacing of County Road 222 from SR 69 to County Road 109- 1.56 miles.
adopted resolution 2013-10- an agreement with ALDOT for resurfacing of County Road 222 for County Road 310 to County Road 410- .98 miles.
considered the surplus of five office chairs from Juvenile Probation Service to be donated as follows: School Resource Officer-Fairview High School; School Resource Officer- West Point High School; Brook's Place.
considered a surplus of 2003 Chevy truck 1.2 ton Silverado from Smith lake Park, VIN # 1GCEC14XX32250954 to be sold on Govdeals.
considered a surplus of a tire changer table from the garage to be put in a scrap dumpster. ratified the following personnel actions:
James Sankey — part time to Juvenile Detention.
Monica Blackwood — full time to Sheriff's Department.
Parish Fitts — part time temp to Commission on Aging.
Haley Vanderburg — full time to Sheriff's Department .
Alicia Ford — Juvenile Detention.
The next regular county commission meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. in the commission meeting room.
Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org