“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.