Cleburne commissioner wants $4K for community center upgrades
by Laura Camper
Nov 04, 2013 | 3002 views |  0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HEFLIN – Cleburne County Commissioner Laura Cobb requested $4,000 for renovations to a community center in her district at the commission’s work session today.

The money, Cobb said, would be used to finish renovations that were started with a $6,000 grant from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The building, on County Road 49 near the Fruithurst Winery, has been used as a community center for residents of Muscadine, Fruithurst, Oak Level and Rosewood for years, Cobb said. Fruithurst Elementary School holds its annual graduation party there, she added. But the building was getting run down and it isn’t handicapped-accessible, she said, so she applied for the grant to pay for renovations.

“I requested $3,500 and was very fortunate to get $6,000,” Cobb said.

Her goal for the grant was to make the bathrooms handicapped-accessible. With the additional funding from the commission, the group maintaining the building could paint the exterior, build an outside handicapped-accessible entrance and finish the renovations inside, Cobb said.

In county property tax records, the building is called Crossroad School, however the building has never been used as a school, Cobb said. The school building burned and the community center was built on the same 2.5 acre lot. Cobb said she was unsure when the building burned or when it was rebuilt.

“My area is such a rural area,” Cobb said. “It’s important that they have a place to go to come together as a group.”

The proposed allocation is scheduled to be discussed and voted on at the commission’s Nov. 18 meeting.

In other business the commission:

— Heard that the Road Department probably will hire staff in February. Shannon Robbins, county engineer, said he was unsure yet how many positions will be filled.

— Heard that the county received funding from the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission to hire two part-time office workers for the Cleburne County Mountain Center on U.S. 78. County Administrator Steve Swafford said applicants need to be low-income and at least 55 years old and should contact him for information.

— Heard the Cleburne County Emergency Management Agency will host storm-spotter training on Thursday beginning at 6 pm. The class is free, but trainees must pre-register with Swafford.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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