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Commission tables talk of vacating Wisel Road

Published 12:27pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Citizens crammed into the Tallapoosa County Courthouse Monday morning to be heard on the subject of the county vacating Wisel Road.

A public hearing was held before the regularly scheduled commission meeting to give citizens a chance to share their beliefs and ask questions about what would become of the road if the county relinquished rights.

“We don’t have a deed on it. Any rights we have to maintain that property are by prescription,” said county engineer David Moore. “We don’t own the property. It will go back to the land owner.”

Citizens had differing opinions, which County Commission chairman Frank Tapley said the commission would take under advisement.

The question of a court order involving the road was raised during the public hearing, but county attorney Thomas

Radney said he had not seen any order and requested time to gather further information.

“We’ve been told there’s a court order in place that somehow directs the use of a portion of this property,” Radney said. “Other than just being told about it, I haven’t seen that court order. I would request the commission table this until next month so we can see the parties that participated in that court order, what led to that order and whether that order is now enforceable against everybody out there.”

The commission voted to follow Radney’s recommendation and table the resolution until its next meeting.

The commission also:

- Approved the resolution requesting that Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs amend the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of the Buttston water project to include the Dudleyville Community and reduce Jackson’s Gap match commitment to the project by $100,000. Terry Acuff said the Buttston water project had savings that can be used to bring water to 41 homes in Dudleyville, as well as reduce Jackson’s Gap match commitment from $1.5 million to $1.4 million.

- Voted to not participate in the 2013 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The tax holiday will be held Feb. 22 to 24 and will waive the 4 percent state tax on severe weather preparedness items such as batteries, duct tape, smoke detectors and first aid kits. County administrator Blake Beck recommended the commission follow the lead of the local boards of education, which he said did not support the holiday.

- Approved the purchase of a transport vehicle for the Wall Street Senior Center. Beck said a grant provided by the Alabama Department of Transportation will provide 80 percent of the amount, and the county has already budgeted the 20 percent matching money.

- Approved the resolution updating purchasing policies and procedures for all CBDG projects.

- Approved the resolution updating Citizen Participation Plan for all CDBG projects.

The courthouse will be closed Jan. 21. The commission will meet again Feb. 11.

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