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Commission approves pine thinning project

Published 12:45pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Tallapoosa County Commission approved a bid for pine thinning at the William T. Thweatt Industrial Park at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The commission approved Lower Tallapoosa Timber Inc.’s $11 bid and 18-month timeline for the project.

County engineer David Moore said the project would only require 6-9 months, but 18 months would allow the timber company time to pause the project if the county had a business development prospect.

“From what I know $11 is a very fair price,” said Thomas Radney, county attorney. “I think 18 months will allow them to leave if we need them to.”

Moore said the timeline should also allow for the restoration of the site.

“The grounds will be left in an aesthetically pleasing manner,” Moore said.

The county commission also:

- approved the bid of $20,200 to purchase a transport for the jail. The commission budgeted $18,000 for the vehicle, so the sheriff’s department will pay the $2,200 difference.

- approved the continuing participation in Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program and not participating in Rural Assistance Match Program. Moore said RAMP would not require matching money from the county but would not allow the county to select projects to be completed with the money.

- approved the final plat for the Teakwood Landing subdivision

- approved the agency agreement authorizing the Secretary of State to pay for postage for the voter file maintenance program

- approved leaving the depositories of the county in their current  banks

- approved giving Moore to authority to post a public meeting notification. The public meeting will discuss vacating Wisel Road and will be held at 8:45 a.m. Jan. 14 at the county courthouse.

The county commission will meet again on Jan. 14.