Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS -

“There is a lot go­ing on in the recre­ation area,” said Cen­tre City Coun­cil Mem­ber Cedric Wil­liams. “I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­body who has con­trib­uted and sup­ported that. We are proud of our teams. We are still try­ing to get some things done down at the Babe Ruth Field. Weather has got us un­der the bar­rel. But we are go­ing to get it beau­ti­fied and fixed up.”

Upon the rec­om­men­da­tion of the city zon­ing board, the coun­cil ap­proved re­zon­ing a par­cel of land on U.S. High­way 411 East ( East Main Street) from a Mo­bile Home Area ( MHA) to High­way Com­mer­cial (HC) clas­si­fi­ca­tion, Auc­tions United Inc. for Prop­erty Owner Benita J. Robin­son.

The coun­cil, af­ter meet­ing with There­asa Hul­gan of the Cen­tre Ro­tary Club, ap­proved plac­ing a memo­rial park at the cor­ner of Park Street and Ar­mory Road in Cen­tre.

On a re­lated mat­ter, the coun­cil ap­proved plac­ing a Blue Star Memo­rial at the Ar­mory as dis­cussed in a pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

The city also ap­proved a COLA ( Cost of Liv­ing Al­lowance) for City re­tirees. Mayor Wilkie said it has been ap­prox­i­mately six or seven years since city em­ploy­ees re­ceived a COLA and that it would be min­i­mal cost tot he city.

Mayor Wilkie and the coun­cil ex­pressed their con­do­lences to City Build­ing In­spec­tor Ray­mond Matthews, whose mother passed away re­cently.

“The Fourth got here be­fore we knew it,” said Wilkie. “I want to wish ev­ery­one a happy Fourth of July. The ladies in the of­fice work aw­ful hard and we don’t al­ways give them the credit they de­serve. The Fourth of July is on a Tues­day. They are will­ing to take a va­ca­tion day. It would be noth­ing to the city. But I am okay with them tak­ing that Mon­day off and let city be closed.”

The coun­cil ap­proved clos­ing of city hall for both days, Mon­day and Tues­day, July 3-4.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil:

- Reap­pointed Josephine Ban­dini to the Cen­tre Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

-Ap­proved the min­utes of the re-sched­uled meet­ing of Tues­day, June 6.

The Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion re­cently pro­claimed June as 2017 World El­der Abuse Aware­ness Month.

The com­mis­sion signed the proclamation dur­ing its Mon­day, June 26, meet­ing with Al­li­son Lord and Stormy Puck­ett ac­cept­ing the proclamation on be­half of the Chero­kee County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources.

The proclamation ref­er­enced those who are el­derly or who have dis­abil­i­ties as “val­ued mem­bers of so­ci­ety” and noted that num­ber of older ci­ti­zens is fast grow­ing and the in­ci­dence of abuse, ne­glect and ex­ploita­tion of older adults is out­pac­ing the growth of the pop­u­la­tion.”

“Abuse of per­sons who are older and have dis­abil­i­ties is a sig­nif­i­cant and com­plex so­cial and health prob­lem that im­pacts all cul­tural, so­cial, eco­nomic and de­mo­graphic groups,” stated the proclamation.

“Com­bat­ting abuse of peo­ple who are older and have dis­abil­i­ties will help im­prove the qual­ity of life for all se­niors and adults with dis­abil­i­ties in this county and will al­low se­niors and adults with dis­abil­i­ties to con­tinue to live as in­de­pen­dently as pos­si­ble and con­trib­ute to the life and vi­brancy of Chero­kee County,” stated the proclamation.

Chero­kee County se­niors and adults with dis­abil­i­ties, as stated in the proclamation, have a right to live free of abuse, ne­glect and ex­ploita­tion and to be treated with re­spect and dig­nity to en­able them to be val­ued mem­bers of this com­mu­nity.

The proclamation fur­ther stated that the pro­tec­tion of Chero­kee County se­niors and adults with dis­abil­i­ties is in the in­ter­est of all and fur­ther adds to the well-be­ing of Chero­kee County.

The com­mis­sion rec­og­nized June 2017 as El­der Abuse Aware­ness Month and en­cour­aged all ci­ti­zens to raise aware­ness of abuse of el­ders and adults with dis­abil­i­ties.

“Thank you for com­ing and all you do to help those in our county in need,” said Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion Chair­man/ Pro­bate Judge Kirk Day to DHR rep­re­sen­ta­tives Lord and Puck­ett.

Chair­man Day an­nounced the ap­point­ment/re-ap­point­ment of two six year terms of the Chero­kee County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources will take place at the July 24, 2017, reg­u­lar meet­ing. Sub­mit­tal of re­sumes, let­ters, etc., will be ac­cepted through July 19, 2017.

The com­mis­sion also ap­proved ex­cess land re­demp­tions to Ryan Prid­more for $492.35 and to Bar­bara Mackey for $6,781.36.

MONT­GOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants to­tal­ing $950,000 to as­sist low-in­come and el­derly Alabama res­i­dents who need help re­duc­ing their home’s util­ity bills.

The grants are sup­port­ing Alabama’s Weather­iza­tion As­sis­tance Pro­gram which pro­vides funds to im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and safety of qual­i­fy­ing homes. Pri­or­ity is given to those with dis­abil­i­ties, the el­derly and low­in­come house­holds with chil­dren.

“Those with lim­ited and fixed in­comes, many of whom are el­derly and dis­abled res­i­dents, strug­gle to pay higher util­ity bills in the hot sum­mer months,” Ivey said. “I am pleased that with th­ese grants we will help per­ma­nently lower the en­ergy bills for our most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents by mak­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments to their homes, free­ing up funds in their bud­get for other es­sen­tials like med­i­ca­tion and food.”

An en­ergy au­dit is con­ducted of each home that qual­i­fies for weather­iza­tion as­sis­tance to de­ter­mine the most cost­ef­fi­cient mea­sures. Com­mon im­prove­ments in­clude in­stalling ex­tra in­su­la­tion in the at­tic, walls and floor; seal­ing air leaks around doors and win­dows; re­pairs or tune-ups for air con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing units; and re­plac­ing in­can­des­cent light bulbs with high­ef­fi­ciency com­pact flu­o­res­cents. In ad­di­tion to low­er­ing en­ergy bills, the im­prove­ments can re­duce the risk of fire and other haz­ards.

Ivey awarded the grants to 16 com­mu­nity agen­cies across the state that man­age the pro­gram at the lo­cal level and re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions from in­di­vid­u­als who wish to be con­sid­ered for as­sis­tance. The Alabama Depart­ment of Eco­nomic and Com­mu­nity Af­fairs is ad­min­is­ter­ing the grants from funds made avail­able by the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy.

“Gov. Ivey is com­mit­ted to help­ing those who truly need it most through­out the state,” ADECA Di­rec­tor Kenneth Boswell said. “Through the Weather­iza­tion As­sis­tance Pro­gram and ADECA’s part­ner­ships with our state’s Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agen­cies, Gov. Ivey is get­ting aid to as many el­derly, dis­abled and un­der­served res­i­dents as pos­si­ble dur­ing th­ese hot sum­mer months.”

Be­low is a list of each grant, the re­cip­i­ent agency, coun­ties served and the

In other busi­ness, the com­mis­sion:

- Ap­proved the agenda for the June 26, 2017, reg­u­lar com­mis­sion meet­ing.

-Ap­proved the con­sent agenda for the pre­vi­ous meet­ing min­utes and ap­proved payables.

-Ap­proved the pro­fes­sional ser­vices agree­ment with Con­stan­tine En­gi­neer­ing Inc. for the com­ple­tion of an ADEM ground­wa­ter per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion and pol­lu­tion abate­ment plan for $3,750 and ap­proved the ADEM per­mit fee of $5,850 and au­tho­rized the chair­man to sign.

-Adopted the let­ters of recog­ni­tion hon­or­ing the name­sakes and re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Baker-Dean Me­dia Award.

-Adopted a let­ter of recog­ni­tion hon­or­ing Coach Wil­liam Rus­sell Ja­coway for his ca­reer ac­com­plish­ments and his re­cent in­duc­tion into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

-Ap­proved hir­ing Keith Hill and Kevin Weaver to fill two HMT-1 po­si­tions ( Grade 3, Step 1) at the high­way depart­ment.

- Ap­proved con­tract­ing with AMEC Foster Wheeler for manda­tory ground wa­ter test­ing at old Lees­burg Land­fill for $10,000.

The next meet­ing of the Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion is Mon­day, July 10, at 10 a.m. The work ses­sion be­gins at 9 a.m. agency tele­phone num­ber:

-$42,923 to Cen­tral Alabama Re­gional Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment ComGov. Kay Ivey mis­sion (Lee, Ma­con and Rus­sell) 334-262-4300

-$25,607 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Com­mit­tee Inc. of Cham­bers-Tal­lapoosaCoosa ( Cham­bers, Coosa and Tal­lapoosa) 256-825-4287

-$60,755 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency of Cen­tral Alabama (Au­tauga, Chilton, Dal­las, El­more, Perry and Shelby) 334567-4361

-$17,279 to Alabama Coun­cil on Hu­man Re­la­tions Inc. (Lee) 334-821-8336

-$ 25,745 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion of Etowah County (Etowah) 256-567-4361

-$52,045 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Part­ner­ship of Huntsville- Madi­son and Lime­stone Coun­ties Inc. (Madi­son and Lime­stone) 256-851-9800

-$113,065 to Jef­fer­son County Com­mit­tee for Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­nity (Jef­fer­son) 205-327-7500

-$86,939 to Mo­bile Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Inc. (Choctaw, Mo­bile and Wash­ing­ton) 251-457-5700

-$51,768 to Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion (Mont­gomery) 334-832-1210

-$61,025 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Part­ner­ship of North Alabama Inc. (Cull­man, Lawrence, Mar­ion, Mor­gan, Walker and Win­ston) 256-355-7843

-$69,293 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency of North­east Alabama Inc. ( Blount, Chero­kee, DeKalb, Jackson, Mar­shall and St. Clair) 256-638-4430

-$34,577 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency of North­west Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Laud­erdale) 256-766-4330

-$102,793 to Or­ga­nized Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Pro­gram Inc. (Bar­bour, Bul­lock, But­ler, Cof­fee, Cov­ing­ton, Cren­shaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Hous­ton, Lown­des and Pike) 334-566-1712

-$68,770 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency of South Alabama (Bald­win, Clarke, Conecuh, Es­cam­bia, Marengo, Mon­roe and Wil­cox) 251-626-2646

-$60,236 to Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency of Tal­ladega, Clay, Ran­dolph, Cal­houn and Cle­burne (Cal­houn, Clay, Cle­burne, Ran­dolph and Tal­ladega) 256-362-6611

-$77,180 to Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Pro­grams of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, La­mar, Pick­ens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) 205-752-5429.

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