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March 13, 2013

Commission signs agreement with Chamber to fund 222

By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times

— The Cullman County Commission took another step forward in helping the I-65 and County Road 222 interchange project become a reality this week.

During a meeting Tuesday, the commission agreed to ratify Chairman Kenneth Walker to sign the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce agreement to fund the project. With $2 million of local matching money to meet the required 80/20 Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) funding, the Chamber of Commerce offered in January to put in $1.3 million of that from its share of a local lodging tax that was recently made available with the payoff of a bond. The county, city of Cullman, and City of Good Hope will each pay 10 percent of the remaining balance. In addition, the Chairman was authorized to sign the memorandum of understanding for the project, which encompasses the agreement between the three entities.

“I just want to say a big thank you to the Chamber for doing 70 percent of the 222 interchange project,” Walker said. “Because of that, we’re able to do a huge project for a lot less cost.”

A resolution was also passed to authorize the issuance, execution, sale and delivery of $2 million principal amount General Obligation Warrant of the Cullman County Commission and the payment thereof. County Administrator Gary Teichmiller was authorized to co-sign with Chairman walker on the bank account at Premier Bank for project funds.

In other business the commission:

 authorized the signing of the Revised Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) for Cullman County.

 authorized the County Administrator to sign the Memorandum of Participation for the Actuarial Study for Post-Employment benefits by Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, LLC.

  approved Commissioner Yarbrough's appointment of Cynthia Dodds to fill the unexpired term of Brett Adams on the Department of Human Resources Board for a term expiring May 15, 2014.

 approved Commissioner Yarbrough's re-appointment of E.H. Duke to the Walter Water Authority for a six year term to expire March 1, 2019.

 considered correction of information of vehicle purchased for CARTS from Surplus Department at Eva; vehicle was 2005 Chevrolet Colorado.

 considered the surplus of 1995 Ford F-150XLT from the County Garage to be donated to the town of Colony, serial #FTEF15N2SCA07140.

 considered surplus of the following items from the Water Department to be sold on Govdeals:

* Smith air compressor- serial #100D7258

* 50/60 kw generator- serial # A675367F

* WB Bucket- serial # 63374

* WB Bucket "88 Komatsu PC 48"

* Bucket 96" JCB Loader Bucket

 awarded bid no. 1125 for computer equipment.

 rejected and re-bid bid no. 1126 for fireworks for 4th of July celebration at Smith Lake Park.

 awarded bid no. 1129 for grader blades.

 awarded bid no. 1130 for used railroad tank cars.

Because of the special run-off election being held for the District 11 House seat on March 26, the next commission meeting was moved to Friday, March 22 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 agraves@cullmantimes.com