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“This year, ADECA, for the state has re­ceived $21,398,440 to al­lo­cate through the CDBG pro­grams,” Glenn ex­plained. “The state di­vides that al­lo­ca­tion into sev­eral dif­fer­ent funds. And they do that so they can have dif­fer­ent spend­ing pri­or­i­ties.”

“One of their spend­ing pri­or­i­ties is Qual­ity of Life in the com­mu­ni­ties of Alabama,” said Glenn. “And they serve those needs through com­mu­nity en­hance­ment funds. That is the fund for which we will be ap­ply­ing.”

In this par­tic­u­lar fund, Glenn said, $2,930,400 has been com­mit­ted.

“One of the re­quire­ments of the CDBG pro­gram is that the ap­pli­cants meet one of their ob­jec­tives,” said Glenn. “There are three ob­jec­tives and one of them is to serve prin­ci­pally low to mod­er­ate in­come per­sons. That was the pri­mary rea­son for the pro­gram being estab­lished.”

“Gen­er­ally we have to prove that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the pro­posed project meet a 51 per­cent thresh­old, how­ever, with this par­tic­u­lar project we are us­ing what is called lim­ited clien­tele to qual­ify,” said Glenn.

“The pro­gram also strives to do other things such as cre­ate suit­able living en­vi­ron­ment and ap­proved avail­abil­ity or ac­ces­si­bil­ity to com­mu­nity ser­vices,” said Glenn.

“This money is re­served to pro­vide fund­ing for el­i­gi­ble CDBG ac­tiv­i­ties which com­mu­ni­ties con­sider im­por­tant to en­hance the qual­ity of life for area or com­mu­nity res­i­dents,” said Glenn. “El­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants are non en­ti­tle­ment lo­cal gov­ern­ments who meet ap­pli­ca­ble thresh­olds.”

Ac­cord­ing to Glenn, the com­mu­nity en­hance­ment fund grant is a $250,000 max­i­mum and a $50,000 min­i­mum.

“Not all the pro­grams have a min­i­mum but this one does prob­a­bly be­cause of the na­ture of ac­tiv­i­ties sub­mit­ted,” said Glenn.

Glenn stated that all ap­pli­ca­tions are re­viewed and rated on a point sys­tem with the higher num­ber of points get­ting top pri­or­ity.

“The En­hance­ment fund does re­quire a lo­cal match,” said Glenn.

“What that means is they ex­pect you to con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to the project. The county com­mis­sion is not ex­empt. There is a 10 per­cent match. Most fed­eral pro­grams have an 80- 20 or 75- 25 but the CDBG match re­quire­ment is ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial to our com­mu­nity.”

CED Men­tal Health along with the Etowah County Com­mis­sion, Glenn said, have adopted a res­o­lu­tion com­mit­ting to a por­tion of this match.

The com­mis­sion opened its Mon­day, July 24 meet­ing by lead­ing in thee Pledge of Allegiance in honor of Army Pri­vate First Class Billy Wayne Bright who served in the United States Army Re­serves in the 299th En­gi­neer Bat­tal­ion Com­pany B. He was killed through hos­tile ac­tion in South Viet­nam Nov. 11, 1967.

Pvt. Bright earned the Pur­ple Heart, the Na­tional De­fense Ser­vice Medal, Viet­nam Cam­paign Medal and the Viet­nam Ser­vice Medal.

Pvt. Bright is buried in Unity Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Ceme­tery in Chero­kee County.

“We want to re­mem­ber him and all of those oth­ers who have given their lives from this county in ser­vice to their coun­try,” said Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion Chair­man/ Pro­bate Judge Kirk Day.

The com­mis­sion met in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion for dis­cus­sion with the county at­tor­ney over the le­gal ram­i­fi­ca­tions and le­gal op­tions (Sec­tion 7a of Act 2005-40)

The com­mis­sion heard a state­ment from Chero­kee County At­tor­ney Bill Hawkins that this is a valid rea­son un­der Alabama Law (Sec­tion 7a of Act 2005-40) to go into ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved a mo­tion to go into ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion which was fol­lowed with a roll call vote by Com­mis­sioner Randy Jones, Com­mis­sioner Kim­ball Parker, Com­mis­sioner Mar­cie Foster and Com­mis­sioner Carl­ton “Bubba” Teague.

The com­mis­sion took no ac­tion fol­low­ing the ses­sion.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved re-ap­point­ing Troy Pat­ter­son to a six year term on the Chero­kee County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources Board and ap­proved tabling an­other ap­point­ment to the board.

“If you are in­ter­ested in serv­ing it is a very im­por­tant board,” com­mented Chair­man Day. “That is

quite a com­mit­ment but the work they do is very im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity. For any­one who is in­ter­ested, please sub­mit a letter or re­sume to the county com­mis­sion.”

The com­mis­sion also ap­proved Tammy Jones as the District One rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Chero­kee County In­dus­trial Development Au­thor­ity as dis­cussed in a pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved a change in polling place lo­ca­tion for McCord’s Cross­roads voter precinct num­ber 18- 1. The cur­rent polling place lo­ca­tion is the old McCord’s Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment sta­tion. The new polling place lo­ca­tions is the new McCord’s Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment sta­tion Num­ber Two lo­cated at 1150 County Road 157, Cen­tre, Ala. This change is being done be­cause of HAVA re­quire­ments and for cli­mate con­trol. The change will be ef­fec­tive as of the Aug. 15, 2017 U.S. Se­nate Spe­cial Elec­tion.

In other busi­ness, the com­mis­sion:

- De­clared an at­tached list of items as sur­plus prop­erty to be dis­posed of or sold at pub­lic auc­tion.

-Ap­proved an agree­ment with the Chero­kee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for School Re­source Of­fi­cers for the pe­riod of Au­gust 2017 through May 2018.

-Ap­proved ad­ver­tis­ing re­quests for bids for the High­way 9 cause­way clear­ing project.

-Adopted a res­o­lu­tion en­dors­ing the Alabama Bi­cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion by form­ing a Com­mu­nity Cel­e­bra­tion Com­mit­tee to ob­serve and com­mem­o­rate the bi­cen­ten­nial of the State of Alabama and au­tho­rized the chair­man to sign.

-Ap­proved the re-ex­e­cu­tion of the Mem­o­ran­dum of Lease with Branch Tow­ers, LLC.

-Ap­proved posting for a new rev­enue ap­praisal Clerk Grade Four.

-Ap­proved grant agre­ment be­tween Cen­tre, Pied­mont, Chero­kee County Re­gional Air­port Au­thor­ity and the and U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and au­tho­rized the chair­man to sign. -Ap­proved the agenda. -Ap­proved the con­sent agenda. The next reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion is Mon­day, Aug. 14, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. The work ses­sion be­gins at 9 a.m.

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