County hires assistant engineer

L-R are County Commission Chair William “Nick” Underwood, Assistant Engineer C. B. Wellman and County Engineer Arzo Abrams.

At the recessed meeting of the Greene County Commission on Thursday, November 18, 2010, the commissioners selected C. B Wellman as its Assistant Engineer.
Wellman is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering. He will be responsible for developing plans and designs for the expenditure of $2.8 million in road and bridge set-a-side funds available for use in Greene County.
County Engineer Arzo Abrams and Wellman must develop and submit these plans to the Alabama Department of Transportration by April, 2011. The commission must come up with the matching funds for the $2.8 million grant, a sum of $460,000. If they fail to draft the plans or raise the matching dollars, the funds will be recalled and transferred to another county.
According to Commission Chair William “Nick” Underwood, they will be looking at any and all reserve funds, funds that have been pledged and possible staff furloughs or even lay-offs as a means of raising the match capital. “We have placed priority on the construction, restoration and upkeep of our roads” said Undewood.
The first item on the agenda was a report from County Engineer Arzo Abrams concerning whether or not the county should asssit the city in tearing down the city swimming pool.
To do what the city needed done would cost the county a significant amount of money – about $13,000 – and there would be no reimbursement from the city.
Commissioner Tennyson Smith moved to table any decision until the next meeting. This was unanimously approved.
A discussion of whether or not to enter into a contract with Maude Whatley Health Service to furnish medical care of the prisoners in the Greene County Jail was also postponed until the next meeting.
In other business, the commission;
*Nominated Loretta Webb Wilson to serve on the Greene County Hospital Board as the representative from District 4.
*Approved an alcoholic beverage license for Williams Convenience Store in Mt. Hebron.
*Approved adding Commissioner Marvin Childs as a signatory on the bank accounts of the commission.
*Approved correcting erroneous balances on some of the county financial statements. This was requested by Commissioner William Underwood, who had asked for all fund balances. This will be a one time thing.
*Approved terminating payment to Don Woods as financial advisor to the county.
*Discussed retaining Lakisha Gaines as driver of a bus to transport senior citizens to a nutrition site for daily meals. In the past, Greenetrack provided the money for this service. With the removal of electronic bingo, they no longer have the funds for this and many other services to the people of Greene County.
*Agreed to continue action in legal claim CV-2009-15. It was explained that legal claims could not be discussed in open meetings by name, only by number


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