The County Commissioners met Tuesday and reminded the public to attend Saturday’s 10 a.m. send off for Charlie Company, First Battalion, 167th Infantry, Cullman’s local U.S. Army National Guard Unit, in an outdoor ceremony at the south end of the county courthouse.

Charlie Company will deploy on June 9. Commissioners issued a proclamation expressing its heartfelt gratitude to the men and women comprising Charlie Company, several of whom are residents of Cullman County.

In other business, commissioners approved a Cullman County Emergency Management Agency grant and approved a 20-year contract between the county and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources .

Director Phyllis Little for the Cullman County EMA said the agency is working on a Hazard Mitigation Grant Plan.

Following the meeting, Little said, “We do a vulnerability assessment for natural hazards for the entire county; and then from that, we do a plan to address those hazards like for a tornado warning.”

The EMA office has contracted with Lee Helms Associates in Clanton. A company representative will meet with a representative from each municipality.

“We’ll have to meet and discuss what we think are the shortfalls in the current plan,” said Little. Lee Helms Associates will write the plan so it can be submitted to FEMA for approval.

FEMA will pay up to 75 percent of $13,000 or $9,750. The county’s match is 25 percent or $3,250. If a mayor or his representative spends time in planning meetings or reviewing current plans, the time can be converted into in-kind costs so the county does not have to pay its percentage in cash.

In another matter of business, Little said the Department of Homeland Security provided EMA with $14,731.26 for personal protective gear for the State Mortuary Operations Response Team.

Commissioners approved a 20-year contract between the county and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Department of Conservation paved the parking lot at Smith Lake Park twenty years ago and drew up a 20-year agreement with the county to maintain the area. The contract expires next month.

The county keeps the garbage picked up and makes sure no vandalism is occurring down there, according to Sammie Danford, director of the Cullman County Economic Development.

Commissioners passed a motion to get quotes for a livestock trailer for the animal shelter since the commission did not receive any responses to a bid.

Associate Commissioner Doug Williams said the money was being donated for the trailer. The money will not come out of the general fund.

“Somebody made a donation, and they’re going to spend it for a livestock trailer for larger animals that need to be confiscated,” he said.

In other business, the commission approved:

‰ Turned down a $15,949 bid from Eckenrod Ford for a used minivan. A new van can be purchased from the state bid list for $13,000 to $14,000, said Williams.

‰ Passed a resolution to lower the speed limit on County Road 775 to 25 miles per hour.

‰ Passed a resolution to lower the speed limit on County Road 1078 to 20 miles per hours.

‰ Passed a resolution to lower the speed limit on County Road 827 to 30 miles per hours.

‰ Appointed Jimmy Haynes, Gerald Schafer and Gary Dean to the Park Board.





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