County Commission approves $50M budget, lease for Ayers Building
by Brian Anderson
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The commission on Thursday also approved a lease transfer between Tri-County Outreach and Interfaith Ministries for use of the Ayers Building on West 10th Street in Anniston. Photo by Bill Wilson.
The commission on Thursday also approved a lease transfer between Tri-County Outreach and Interfaith Ministries for use of the Ayers Building on West 10th Street in Anniston. Photo by Bill Wilson.
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The Calhoun County Commission on Thursday approved a $50 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

County Administrator Ken Joiner said most of those expenses are tied into funds overseen by the commission, but over which they have little control, such as state and federal money earmarked for highway projects.

“That’s an extraordinarily large number of funds included in that, but we don’t have any control over them,” Joiner said.

The county’s general fund, over which the commission has more control, has total projected expenditures of $15.8 million. Joiner said the biggest change from last year’s budget is a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time employees. This is the first cost-of-living raise the county has given to employees in three years, Joiner said.

After passing the budget, each of the commissioners thanked Assistant County Administrator Faye Robertson for work on what will be her final budget for the county. Robertson is set to retire on Monday after working as assistant administrator for 28 years.

“She’ll be off the hook after that,” said Commissioner Tim Hodges. “I don’t think she’ll sit in on any more budget meetings.”

The commission on Thursday also approved a lease transfer between Tri-County Outreach and Interfaith Ministries for use of the Ayers Building on West 10th Street in Anniston. Interfaith Ministries operates a monthly adult dental clinic in the building, and its lease to use the building has been transferred to Tri-County Outreach, a rehabilitation center that is in the process of purchasing the building from the county. The commission approved a $107,500 roofing repair contract with Tecta American Southeast in Birmingham for the building as part of the agreement with Tri-County Outreach to sell the building. Joiner said the sale of the building has not been finalized, and the lease agreement is pending final sale.

The commission also passed a resolution to support the McClellan Area Regional Development Compact. Hodges, who has worked closely with the McClellan Development Authority on the compact that has shored up support for infrastructure and technology improvement to grow business at McClellan, said the commission will pass a final contract in the upcoming weeks to fund the compact with $50,000 annually for seven years. Hodges said the compact has support from every municipality in the county.

“I was born and raised in Anniston, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen everyone come together and agree to a project like this,” Hodges said. “This is an all-county thing, it doesn’t just benefit Oxford, or Anniston, or Jacksonville. It’s everybody.”

In other business, the commission:

• Passed a resolution in support of Jacksonville State University’s bid to host Alabama High School Athletic Association semi-final football games for the next four years. If JSU’s bid is selected, the commission would provide the university $10,000 per year for each of the four years. The Jacksonville City Council on Monday also voted to provide the same amount in support of JSU’s bid.

• Extended a contract with Praisekleen of Jacksonville for continued custodial service at the Calhoun County EMA and 911 building at a cost of $1,212 per month.

• Approved an agreement with Motorola Solutions for maintenance of a server used by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. The $9,150 cost of the agreement will be paid by the Sheriff’s Office.

• Accepted maintenance of a right-of-way on Dallas Drive near Piedmont.

• Passed a resolution expressing intent to purchase eight heavy dump trucks, eight 16-inch steel dump truck bodies, and two heavy-duty tractors in the upcoming fiscal year at a cost of $1.2 million.

• Re-appointed Dennis Reaves to the Calhoun County Library Board of Directors.

• Passed abatement resolutions on 4511 Old Birmingham Highway, 522 South Hollingsworth Drive and 2191 Parkwood Drive in Anniston.

• Dismissed nuisance abatements at 2704 Simpson St. and 4614 and 4618 Saks Road in Anniston.

• Declared public nuisances at 908 Lehman St., 3202 Old Birmingham Highway and 245 Smith St. in Anniston and 37 Koko Ave. in Alexandria.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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