Local News Tidbits July 27, 2016

Congratulations to Chase Miller on winning a VERY NICE brand new truck! Chase is a member of the Alabama Outdoor news magazine and everyone who is a member can enter the buck they kill each week for a contest. The biggest buck for each week wins a seat at the truck buck shoot out, which included three wild card seats. One  for public lands,  one for women and one for kids. Chase won the public lands seat.chase

The Truck Buck Shoot Out took place at the 33rd World Deer Expo in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, July 16. The shoot out started with 19 shooters and they began at 45 feet with a regular size skeet. Then on to 60 feet. Next, they went back to 45 feet with a small skeet and then again at 60 feet. Last, they shot at an egg beginning at 30 feet. Then 45 and last, 60 feet. The 19 shooters were narrowed down to only three people left when they got to 60 feet. The first two people missed at 60 feet and Chase hit it, and was declared the winner of a   4-wheel-drive Chevrolet pickup truck , valued at $45,000 and a check for $1000.00. Not too shabby for a day’s work. chase 2

On July 20, 2016, Central High School of Clay County student,  16 yr old Severe Threats presented his beautiful artwork for display and purchase at Jacksonville State University’s 3rd Annual Autism Conference.

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Severe has been drawing and painting since he was 10 years old and his talents have increased considerably throughout the years, as you can see. Severe has also competed in several Special Olympics as well. Severe is the son of Julie Wester.

ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist is special guest at today’s ( July 27) Health Fair at Bibb Graves High School. If you hurry, you can still have time to get there, they will be there until noon.

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 Tru-Cabinetry announces establishment of a second shift, which will add 46 jobs. This expansion comes after a business increase of 53% during just a year and a half’s time. Sounds like this place is really booming and the sky’s the limit. Anyone interested  in applying for one of Tru Cabinetry’s new jobs can apply in person at 41778 Hwy. 77 North, Ashland, AL, or email a resume to applytoday@trucabinetry.com. The company, he said, is currently interviewing prospective employees to fill positions and start training immediately.13639993_10155106934512576_1771609585_o
Last, but not least, and my personal favorite… Last week, Ashland Police Officer Franklin Few, or possibly better known to many as “Pooh”.few
Officer Few stopped by to show Jacqueline Patterson’s grandchildren the anatomy of a police car and also took the time to speak to them about his role as a public servant and how he keeps them safe.few 2
He gave them a full lecture about the importance of seat belts, car seats and staying buckled. The kids loved it. We Thank you, Officer Few for your service.
On this note, I would like to say how proud I am to live in a place where the law enforcement stay on top of things so well in order which is just one of the things that makes Clay County such a great place to live.

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McDonald’s in Ashland
And while our nation seems to be divided at war with themselves, not to mention striking down our men and women in blue, I am also proud to say that our county stands behind our law enforcement agencies 110% and appreciate everything you do for us.
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SouthEast Tiny Home Festival features BIG Giveaway! Find out how to Enter!

Who does not love the idea of a tiny home? I mean, it’s like the hottest new trend on the market. I absolutely LOVE watching these shows where they utilize every square inch of these compact home in some of the most unique ways is one of my addictions. It is simply fascinating to watch! I think the tiny homes is more than just a passing faze, I think it is here to stay and you will see more and more of it as time goes by.

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The perks of micro-living are too many to count! These tiny homes are extremely energy efficient and they help simplify your life. No big huge house to clean anymore and no room for clutter.  Not only is it an economic investment, but it is literally a home on wheels, which means you can travel the country in style! Or if you prefer, you can stake down some permanent roots. The choice is yours!

The AHDC ( Ashland Housing Development) wants to bring the Tiny Home market to Clay County in an effort to provide affordable homes for our citizens in need and anyone else interested. In fact, they are currently looking for a land donation that will become the future Tiny Acres! The AHDC has leased the EDC ( Economic Development Council) warehouse located on the Ashland Industrial Park, located on Hwy 9 across from Airport Rd, where they will begin manufacturing these Tiny Homes are kicking off this program with a bang!

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On the weekend of September 16-18, The Chamber of Commerce will partner with the AHDC for the the first annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival will be held at Ashland Industrial Park, a spectacular two-day event which will feature a TINY HOME SHELL GIVEAWAY!!!! A ready-made home on wheels with an interior for you to  personalize with your preference, valued at $15,000-$20,000!!!

This weekend event will feature pretty much everything and is expected to draw a large crowd, not  only from Clay County citizens, but from the entire South East, so get your tickets now!

So, how do you go about getting your name in the pot for this dynamic giveaway? Well, there are a couple of routes to go here and they are both a win-win. Simply purchase a  exclusive t-shirt from this link, and there are several to choose from,  and get 100 free entries: https://tinyhomegiveaway.myshopify.com/ One of these designs, and I’ll let you figure out which one, was inspired by AHA Director, Stan Gaither.

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And/or purchase a weekend pass to this event for just $15.00 and get 50 additional entries!!!! Children 12 and under will have free admission.  AND, EVERYONE GETS A FREE ENTRY! Just visit the website to claim yours! https://tinyhomegiveaway.myshopify.com/  This event is going to be HUGE for this county, so get those tickets now!

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets, becoming a vendor or sponsor can contact the Chamber of Commerce 256-396-2828 or call me, Tammy Andrews, 256-283-4281. I have included additional information below about this event, sponsorship and vendor info and the mission of this program:

 First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival, Clay County, AL

September 17th – 18th 2016

Friends of Clay County,

Since 1987, the Ashland Housing Development Corp, a not-for-profit corporation, has been providing affordable housing and funding community services for residents of Clay County, AL.

In July, in order to provide additional jobs and increase economic development in our rural community, we will open our new park model RV manufacturing facility. In partnership with local government, education and industry partners, we will begin building affordable tiny home trailers, shells and custom tiny homes on wheels. To raise awareness in the national market and to promote Clay County, we will be giving away a tiny home on wheels in our Tiny Home Giveaway Summer Sweepstakes 2016. (* must be 18 or older to enter)

To celebrate the launch of our community development plan, we are partnering with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce to host the First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival in Clay County Alabama, September 16-18, 2016, at the Clay County Economic Development Council Industrial Park and new home of AHDC Manufacturing Facility located at 85240 Hwy 9,
Ashland, AL 36251. 

The weekend event will feature tiny home tours, building workshops, demonstrations, artisans, crafts, food and entertainment for the whole family.  Marketing for the event will include social media, posters and yard signs, t-shirts, radio advertisements, etc. and attendance is expected to be 3-5,000 for the weekend.

Due to the “tiny home” trend being a new and emerging “hot market”, we are confident the festival will attract regional interest and will draw people from across the Southeast United States. The Festival is a great opportunity to showcase the best of Clay County, Ashland, Lineville, local businesses, artist and craftsmen to a wide audience.

Attached is the Schedule of Events and Sponsor & Vendor Application, if you have any questions about the event, would like to register for a booth, become a sponsor, or join the Chamber please contact Tiffany Young at (256) 396-2828.

Schedule of Events

Friday September 16, 2016

4pm – 8pm Vendor Setup

 

Saturday September 17, 2016

8am – 10am Vendor Setup

10am – 6pm – Festival Open

 

Sunday September 18, 2016

10am – 3pm – Festival Open

DRAWING LIVE 2pm simulcast LIVE on Facebook.

 

$10 per day admission

$15 weekend pass which includes 50 additional entries for the tiny home giveaway!

Kids 12 and under are FREE

 

VENDOR INFORMATION AND RATES

Business Vendors (20 Booths available)

(10X10 booth)

$100 for chamber members before Aug 1, $125 before Sept 1 and $150 afterwards

$150 for non-chamber members before Aug 1, $175 before Sept 1 and $200 afterwards

 

Artisan and Craft Vendors (20 Booths available)

(10X10 booth)

$50 for weekend

$30 for one day

 

Food Vendors (5 Booths available)

(10X10 booth)

$100 for chamber members before Aug 15, $125 before Sept 1 and $150 afterwards

$150 for non-chamber members before Aug 15, $175 before Sept 1 and $200 afterwards

 

(10X30 booth)

$200 for chamber members before Aug 15, $225 before Sept 1 and $250 afterwards

$250 for non-chamber members before Aug 15, $275 before Sept 1 and $300 afterwards

$25 electricity fee

 

Tiny Home Builders

$250 before August 15, 2016

$500 after August 15 and before September 1, 2016

$750 after September 1, 2016

 

SPONSOR INFORMATION AND RATES

 

Platinum $1,000 (3)

Exposure on all printed and electronic materials

Extra Large logo placement

10 x 10 Booth included

 

Gold $500 (6)

Exposure on all printed and electronic materials

Large logo placement

10 x 10 Booth included

 

Silver $250 (12)

Exposure on all printed and electronic materials

Medium Logo placement

 

Bronze $125 (24)

Exposure on all printed and electronic materials

Text name placement

 

First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival – Sponsor & Vendor Form

Location: Clay County Economic Development Council Industrial Park and new home of AHDC Manufacturing Facility, 85240 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251

 

Business Name ________________________________________________________________

Contact Name ____________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________

City _________________________________ State _______ Zip __________

Bus. Phone ________________________ Mobile Phone __________________________

Email Address ________________________________________________________________

 

_____ YES! I want to be a Sponsor of the First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival

__________PLATINUM SPONSOR $1,000 – FREE VENDOR SPACE?   YES / NO

__________GOLD SPONSOR $500 – FREE VENDOR SPACE YES / NO

__________SILVER SPONSOR $250

__________BRONZE SPONSOR $125

 

_____ YES! I want to be a Vendor of the First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival

__________Artisan / Craft Vendor (10 x 10 BOOTH) $_____ PAID   

__________Business Vendor (10 x 10 BOOTH) $_____ PAID   

__________Market Vendor (10 x 10 BOOTH) $_____ PAID   

__________Food Vendor (10 x 10 BOOTH) $_____ PAID   

                                              (10 x 30 BAY) $_____ PAID   

__________ Need Electricity + $25

Please mail this sponsorship form with your logo and your check made payable to the:

CLAY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

P.O. Box 85 Lineville, Alabama 36266

If you have any questions, please call Tiffany Young at 256-396-2828 or e-mail claychamber@gmail.com

Thank you for your support of the Ashland Housing Development Corp, Clay County Chamber of Commerce and the 2016 Southeast Tiny Home Festival.

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Ashland Council Accepts Resignations, Open Positions

The Ashland Council held their very first meeting at the new location, the former PNC Bank. Mrs. Zeola Echols passing was recognized during invocation and prayers were sent out to her family. 13633355_10206031273493546_1811320264_o

The safety of the maintenance dept workers was discussed with the limb route, where some of the crew were having to pick up limbs in areas that could be potentially dangerous with oncoming traffic.  Police Chief Joseph Stanford said that he would be glad to get his on duty Officer to assist with traffic control when they were in these dangerous areas. The League of Municipalities has a strict policy to avoid getting on private property while performing this task, which is what created most of these safety concerns.

Council member Brad Wolfe was concerned with a issue in his district at the produce stand across the Blue & White. Wolfe said they needed to get in touch with the management at Dollar General to see if there was a better way to access that store. Wolfe said he had personally seen three severely busted water meters, which Wolfe learned had to replaced every couple of months by the Water Department. Stanford said the truck drivers had always used that particular road as an access route to the store as long as he could remember and it had also caused another problem with another businessman in the same area. ” Its a tough spot, a real tight area they are having to back for store access”, said Stanford, “It’s an area that needs to addressed but unsure of direction. Maybe possibly widening the road would help to get  those trucks some space to maybe maneuver in and out of that parking lot.”

“You just can’t continue to tear up somebody’s property and there not be an issue” said Wolfe. Fetner said that acting Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown was working on some kind of solution for this, but that the trucker’s insurance is paying for these broken water meters that have to be replaced.”

On that note, Brown had inquired to the Mayor beforehand about getting more pay for being the acting Supervisor until someone was hired to fill that position. The council agreed to raise Brown’s pay to the same salary that former Supervisor Jeremy Nash was receiving, a  sum of $16.56, with no overtime, but will be reverted back to his original pay when someone was permanently hired for this position. Fetner said he was very pleased with the job that Brown was doing in this role. Nash is now employed with the Water Department.

Options for custodian to maintain all of the city buildings was briefly touched upon and it was decided to get some estimates from Cleaning Services and then come back to it at a later date.

Wolfe wanted to clarify that just because he wasn’t supportive of the new building purchase or approving any monies for improvements for City Hall along the way, did not mean that he didn’t think the new building wasn’t a good thing and was going to make a nice home for the city.

Stanford spoke of the Officer involved hostage situation that took place in Randolph County a couple of weeks, in which two of his Officers assisted in mutual aid. Stanford said with all the recent police shootings,  he had extensive conversations with his Officers on how they carried themselves and addressed various situations for safety reasons. Stanford did not that it was mandatory wear policy for bullet proof vests.

There was more discussion about the amount of monthly rent the Water Dept would pay in the new building, which had began at the previous meeting.

Catrett thanked the maintenance guys for their hard work in the move and also thanked the council for the new window partition because sometimes it was a safety issue during traffic court.

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Chamber Director Tiffany Young gave her monthly briefing to the Council. Young thanked everyone for attending the Chamber Office’s Grand Opening that took place on June 24, 2016, which was very well attended.” We are very pleased about having an Office again, and we believe it will help restore the communities faith in the Chamber”, said Young.

Young also reported attendance was down drastically at their free monthly movie night on June 24 and the Chamber had decided not to hold this event in August, until they could figure out how to boost attendance. The Chamber had one new member, Charter HR.

Young was also happy to announce the Chamber was partnering with the Ashland  Housing Development Corporation with the first annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival.  Accompanying her with his presentation on this event was AHA Executive Director Stan Gaither.

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As Gaither handed out an information packet to the council members, he explained this event would be held September 16, 17, 18th, 2016 at the Ashland Industrial Park located on hwy 9 N across from Airport Rd. The AHDC has leased the warehouse at the Economic Development site where the construction of these tiny homes will also take place in the future. Gaither said they were expecting a huge turnout of anywhere from 2500-4000 people over this weekend event. There will be numerous vendors at this festival and more details would be released at a later date.

Capping off this event, a tiny home shell ( exterior finished, interior ready to finish) valued at $15,000-$20,000 range will be given away by drawing to a lucky recipient.

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“We’re looking to expand our opportunities to do economic development that will benefit our community and to do this, we’re looking to venture into the tiny home manufacturing business”, said Gaither, “The tiny home market is one of the hottest emerging market trending in this country and we are hoping to bring some people and money into the county, which will  hopefully increase job and tax revenue here as well.”

Gaither encouraged everyone to support and promote this event through sponsorship and to hopefully bring in more foot traffic for the festival. This concluded Gaither’s presentation.

Tammy Meeks, from Air Med Care was there to make a presentation to the Council about the expense of a city-wide municipal site plan ( MSP), an offer  to the cities that would cover the residents who live within the city limits in the event they have a medical emergency and have to be flown out via lifesaver, which is a common thing here in Clay County. Any citizens participating in this MSP who have to be flown out from some medical emergency will have no out of pocket cost. Sometimes a life flight can cost anywhere from $25,000-$60,000.

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Meeks said in addition to city residents be being covered throughout Clay County, each household, regardless of size,  could also upgrade to full membership that would cover them in any other county or state they were visiting in, if they  had to be flown out, for just $35.00.

The city of Ashland’s cost that would cover all households within the city limits, would be $7909 annually. Fetner thanked Meek and said they would certainly consider this option when budget time came around.

Other agenda items approved were:

  • Accept resignation from Equipment Operator Jeremy Nash
  • Open Maintenance Position and advertise for two weeks and to also move Corey Robbins from part time maintenance employee to full-time position at starting pay for $8.24 hourly.
  • Accept resignation from part-time library worker, Tiffany Higgins
  • Approval to pay M2 Connections $3,989.87 for repair of fiber cables damaged in 2015.
  • Approval to hire Peyton England as part-time dispatcher, with a starting salary of $8.21 hourly.
  • Approval to purchase radiator for repairs in patrol car for $470.00

The Job description for Maintenance Supervisor was tabled, because they had not nailed down exactly what they were looking for, before advertising.

Resolution No. 07-18-01-2016 was adopted, which appointed City Clerk Chelsey Wynn as municipal election manager.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

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List of Qualifying Candidates for Lineville/Ashland Municipal Elections

Qualifying has ended for the City of Ashland and Lineville municipal elections at 5:00 PM today.  These elections will be held August 23, 2016 in both cities and polls will be open from 7:00 am-7:00 pm. Ashland citizens will vote in the Wynn Building and Lineville’s will vote in the old Primary School Building below the old elementary school. If a runoff  election is needed, it will be held October 4, 2016. Only citizens who live inside the city limits are allowed to vote in these elections. Here is a list of your candidates:

Ashland

Mayor

  • Larry Fetner (Incumbent)
  • Jerry Bennett
District 1, Council
  • Joe Smith (Incumbent)
District 2, Council
  • Bobbie Steed (Incumbent)
  • Patty Munroe
District 3, Council
  • Kim Crist Cain
District 4, Council
  • Melissa Character
  • Ann Gaither
District 5, Council
  • Brad Wolfe (Incumbent)
  • Tommy Cantrell

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Lineville

Mayor

  • Roy Adamson (Incumbent)
District 1, Council
  • Carolyn Smith (Incumbent)
District 2, Council
  • David Proctor (Incumbent)
District 3, Council
  • Joseph Appleby (Incumbent) 
  • Bobby Carter
District 4, Council
  • Robert Milstead (Incumbent)
District 5, Council
  • Johnny Appleby (Incumbent)
  • Lola Heflin

 

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Board Appointments, Police Officer Hired at Lineville Council

The Lineville City Council met on Monday, July 18, 2016 for their regular session. All members were present with the exception of Robert Milstead.

Chamber Director Tiffany Young gave her monthly briefing to the Council. Young thanked everyone for attending the Chamber Office’s Grand Opening that took place on June 24, 2016, which was very well attended.” We are very pleased about having an Office again, and we believe it will help restore the communities faith in the Chamber”, said Young.

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Young also reported attendance was down drastically at their free monthly movie night on June 24 and the Chamber had decided not to hold this event in August, until they could figure out how to boost attendance. The Chamber had one new member, Charter HR.

Young was also happy to announce the Chamber was partnering with the Ashland  Housing Development Corporation with the first annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival.  Accompanying her with his presentation on this event was AHA Executive Director Stan Gaither. 

13702425_10206080122714746_698381578_oAs Gaither handed out an information packet to the council members, he explained this event would be held September 16, 17, 18th, 2016 at the Ashland Industrial Park located on hwy 9 N across from Airport Rd.The AHDC has leased the warehouse at the Economic Development site where the construction of these tiny homes will also take place. Gaither said they were expecting a huge turnout of anywhere from 2500-4000 people over this weekend event. There will be numerous vendors at this festival and more details would be released at a later date.

Capping off this event, a tiny home shell valued at $15,000-$20,000 range will be given away by drawing to a lucky recipient. 

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“We’re looking to expand our opportunities to do economic development that will benefit our community and to do this, we’re looking to venture into the tiny home manufacturing business”, said Gaither,”The tiny home market is one of the hottest emerging market trending in this country and we are hoping to bring some people and money into the county and hopefully increase job and tax revenue as well.” This concluded Gaither’s presentation.

Assistant Police Chief Shane Dunnagan recommended to employ Jeremy Parsons to the open position of patrol officer, effective August 15. Dunnagan explained Parsons had been with their Reserves program since 2014 and felt he would make a great addition to the department.  Council members approved his request.

 

Mayor Adamson reported he had contacted City Attorney, Keith Warren, about the complaint/request Diana Cline had inquired about at the last meeting. Cline had stated the activity at the vacant lot next to her house was causing problems with her utilities and was seeking answers from the city about what to do. Adamson said that their hands were pretty much tied with this activity on the lot, as long as no laws were violated. 

Adamson  told the council to be thinking about the presentation made by Air Evac Representative at the last council meeting, which involved insurance coverage for citizens who lived within the city limits of Lineville at a cost of $9000 a year to the city. This would include emergency airlifts at no cost to the citizen. Adamson thought it was worth looking into more with budget time coming up soon. 

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Council members approved the resignation of Brenda Farr from the Library Board and, in turn, approved Carolyn Smith’s recommendation to appoint Margaret Davis for the remainder of her term. Also appointed to this Board was Ginger Caldwell. This appointment was an addition to the Board, which makes a total of five (5) total members.

Council members also agreed accept the resignation of Charles Perry from the Park Board, and approved David Proctor’s recommendation to appoint Nancy Benefield to serve out the remainder of this term,

Resolution 7-18-2016, Transferring of Election Duties, was approved with no discussion. This resolution recognized City Clerk Cynthia Harris and City Administrator Donna Mathews as persons designated to perform the duties required in the upcoming  municipal election of City Officials.

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

 

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Clay County 911 Partially Down Due to Lightning Strike

Clay County 911, which is housed in the Farmer’s Market, took a direct lightning hit over the weekend, resulting in major damage and hindering communication efforts through the facility. Lightning struck the building shortly around 1:30 PM early Saturday afternoon and the staff on duty began to smell smoke and some smoke was visible very shortly afterwards. Staff members immediately noticed that their call system and radios were down. Since there was no way to dispatch any emergency personnel to the scene, 911 Coordinator Derra Simmons called Lineville Police Department, who in turn, got Lineville Fire Department enroute to 911.

Simmons transferred all incoming 911 traffic to Clay County Sheriff’s Office and attempted to transfer admin lines to Lineville Police Department. Simmons then called the vendors who service the 911 equipment to get them enroute. 13711493_10206080137795123_68192182_o (1)

All Clay County volunteer fire department chiefs were notified of the problem, so they could know to expect a phone call in the event they were needed for an emergency. Responding to the scene were several County Commissioners, EMA, Lineville Fire and Police Dept, Clay County Rescue Squad.

Despite this issue, Simmons wants to assure everyone that this setback has not and will not cause any delays or conflicts with any emergency calls.  911 calls are being transferred through Randolph County until the call taking system can be repaired, which will hopefully take place today ( Tuesday, July 19). Clay 911 are still able to dispatch and answer their admin calls at this time.   Simmons said is grateful for the support they have received with this incident and hope everything is back up and running soon.

No watches or warnings were released for this storm. Other damage reported from this storm were several downed trees.

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On the same note, there were also several downed trees last Thursday night, July 14 around 6:30 PM. Assistant EMA Director  M.L. Irvin said there were calls of reports of trees down in the roads in the following areas:

  • Newbury Rd
  • Clairmont Springs
  • Skyview Rd
  • Apricot Rd & County Rd 31
  • Corinth Rd
  • Hanging Rock & Mountain View Rd
  • Hwy 9 Ashland across from hospital

Several volunteers and members of Idaho Fire Dept, along with a County Commissioners Roy Johnson and Wayne Watts responded to these scenes to help clear road blockage. Irvin stated there was never any watches or warnings for this storm either. The National Weather Service called it a cloud burst.

 

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Mother & Child Survive 25 ft. Plunge off Bridge, Charges Filed

Update on this story: The driver of this vehicle and mother of 20 month old child, Nakita Hardy, has been charged with reckless endangerment and is also under investigation with DHR. 

The following is a press release issued by Lineville Assistant Police Chief, Shane Dunnagan: 

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Last Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at approximately 7:17 pm Lineville Police Department, Clay County Rescue Squad, and the Lineville Fire Department responded to a one vehicle accident on East College St. The vehicle was driven by a 29 yr old female and was also occupied by a 20 month old child. When the vehicle came to the one lane bridge on East College St., it struck the guard rail and went over the embankment down approximately 25ft to the railroad tracks.

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Through investigation, it was determined that this vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it came to the narrow bridge. Police, Fire, and Rescue responded to find the vehicle upside down beside the tracks.

CSX was notified to stop any trains coming on the tracks. Both the mother and the child were transported by the Clay County Rescue Squad to the hospital and released later with no life threatening injuries.  Details of the accident are still under investigation by police. Any further information will be released at a later date. 

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Lineville Council Leases to HeadStart

The Lineville Council met Wednesday, July 6 for the regular meeting with two council members absent, David Proctor and Joseph Appleby.

Representatives from TCR ( Talladega, Randolph, Clay) Headstart  were present to discuss their plans for their expansion of services in their new location of the old Lineville Primary School. Both representatives stated they were excited about the possibilities this new location held for this program. This expansion of services will include eligible pregnant women to Pre-k services and will create a minimum of 15 jobs, possibly higher over an extended period of time.13646984_10206031276133612_568112028_o (1)

 

TCR has applied for a grant to perform renovations and improvement to this building to bring it up to code. The renovations proposed would allow more children to receive services, such as early head start center, a head start center, and a pre-k program at this location.  TCR explained they would be able to have vision, health and dental screenings for the children and also hope to expand their hours to accommodate parents who have to be at work at 6:00 am.  

TCR reps explained that as of right now, Clay County does not have an early HeadStart program and they were in a prime position to make this happen. The grant application TCR has submitted for these improvements will be awarded in February and TCR reps feel they are at an advantage due to location. Because it is such a rural community, Clay County will get extra points which means their grant would get priority over others.13499731_10205897861998342_1052505475_o

TCR also has plans to utilize the old Elementary School as well over time. Some of their future plans include:  the creation of a computer lab for parents or community members,  possibly bringing Gadsden Community College or Central Alabama Community College to be held for GED classes as well. ” HeadStart brings a lot of resources to the community and we are very excited about the community, especially serving infants and toddlers, because we understand that child care in Clay County is very limited. “We did a community assessment in the Lineville area here and we have multiple, multiple families that need infant and toddler care and we are thrilled to be able to provide this service”, says Kelly Mumper.

At present time, the Headstart program is located behind Perryland Foods and they have 28 children in pre-k and headstart. Reps explained their plan as of right now is to get the small building ( primary school) licensed, to hopefully get in there before the next calendar year begins in late August. If possible, the addition of an Early HeadStart program would open up 24 slots. They are hoping to get as much as $100,000 in start up funds to make this happen.

“We are so appreciative for this opportunity. This has never been about us trying to profit off the community, it’s always been about us being able to provide a service to the benefit the community. This is going to be a unique program to be able to start off serving pregnant women and then see that child all the way through the scope of a Pre-k program. When these children leave this program and go just across the street to elementary school, they should be ready mentally, socially, emotionally and cognitive in all aspects.” said Mumper.

Council members approved to enter into an agreement with HeadStart to lease them the property of old elementary school.

Tammy Meeks, from Air Med Care Evac, made a presentation to the Council about the expense of a city-wide municipal site plan, an offer  to the cities that would cover the residents who live within the city limits in the event they have a medical emergency and have to be flown out via lifesaver, which is a common thing here in Clay County. Any citizens participating in this MSP who have to be flown out from some medical emergency will have no out of pocket cost. Sometimes a life flight can cost anywhere from $25,000-$60,000.

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The city of Lineville’s cost that would cover 721 households out of the 967 households within the city limits, would be $9009.  The deficit of households not covered were due to other coverage and cannot cover medicaid patients. Meeks explained this payment could be broken down quarterly is preferred.  This plan does not charge for those households or residents not covered. MSP also offers the individuals in these household covered a full membership at the cost of $35 that would cover all members of the household wherever they traveled to, in the event of a medical emergency.

Mayor Adamson stated they would look into and discuss it further and get back to them with their decision.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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Ashland Council discuss monthly rent with Water Dept; Police Chief gives reports

The Ashland Council met Tuesday, July 5, 2016 with only one member absent, Becky Boddie.

Representatives of the Water Department, Brent Wheeler and Dan Worthy were present to discuss a monthly sum their department would be responsible for in the new City Hall. At present, their monthly expenses are $385.00 at their current location, which included members of this department doing their own custodial work. Council member Gail Thompson stated a custodian or cleaning service would be needed at the new City Hall, that would also include cleaning the old City Hall and the Wynn Building as well.

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Mayor Fetner said he felt $500 a month would be a good well-rounded figure for the water department to pay and Mr. Worthy felt this figure would be adequate, but he would have to get with the other board members for their opinion. Wheeler felt that maybe the department could cover the water and sewer bill to possibly get that amount down to $400, because he hated to see that much of an increase for moving buildings because they weren’t really given a choice in the matter.

Fetner  stated they didn’t want to be a burden on the water department and Wolfe echoed his sentiments. ” I don’t want to burden the water department because it wasn’t their decision for the city to spend a tremendous amount on a new building and they were fine right where they were”, he went to  explain to Wheeler and Worthy: ” I dont want you guys to feel like you have no choice because the last thing we need is friction there. We work really well together right now and we need to keep that relationship. I don’t want you guys leaving here tonight thinking you have no options.”13663392_10206031273653550_2146693032_o

 

Thompson said to set a rate for three to five months and see how that rate works because they had no idea how much the utilities were going to run in the new building and then let the newly elected council discuss if this amount was fair after this length of time.

City Administrator said she had gotten some past power bills for the building and in the summer months it peaked at $2000, but over a 13-14 month period it averaged $1200-$1400.

In the end, it was agreed to draw up a business proposal of $400 monthly to take back to the Water Board for their approval. This amount also included the Water Dept providing water and sewer for the new facility as well.

Council members were given handouts of job descriptions of Maintenance Supervisor/Animal Control/Safety job to study before they searched for a new candidate for this position. Chief Stanford said there were several local places the future candidate could go to get certified. Stanford said his only concern was that animal control could get called out on weekends too, so he felt that they needed to visit having an alternate person for this area.

There was discussion of putting a fueling station at the Airport as well.

Committee Reports:

Thompson thanked the maintenance department, especially the City Hall girls, Chelsey, Morgan and Robin, whom she stated did an outstanding job, and thanked the East Central Alabama Gas as well. Thompson reported the signage was not up, but it is ordered and the drive-thru window is not completely finished yet, but that the “The City Hall is open and Ready for business”. 13633355_10206031273493546_1811320264_o

 

Wolfe said he had the opportunity to go for a ridealong with Officer Hubbard and he was impressed. ” You guys do a good job and I appreciate what you do.” directed towards Chief Stanford.

On that note, Stanford invited Mayor and all council members to ridealong as well to see what his guys were doing.  Stanford  also stated the dept. was down to two tasers, and wanted to look into purchasing more.

Stanford reported the AED ( automatic electronic defibrillator) and Trauma kits were in and sent in for reimbursement. Stanford was able to attain these seven (7) AED and six (6) trauma kits with funds through the State Department of Homeland Security, with the help of EMA Director Theresa Daughtery.

Four of the units will be issued to patrol officers, one unit will be placed in City Hall, another unit placed in the police department, and unit placed in the Library. These units could provide a person who is unresponsive a new chance at life.

The trauma kits will be issued to patrol in the event that they encounter someone with a serious wound, and they would be able do triage on the wounds.  12167926_10204440446963877_857933064_n

“We at the Ashland Police Department are always looking to provide new services to our citizens, and visitors. ” stated Stanford.

Stanford touched on the work release inmate escaping from Koch Foods. He said Koch Foods had identified some problems and not sure if the Department of Corrections have identified that there were some problems there too but he had intended on pointing some of them out with the leadership, because there was a fault somewhere when we have an escaped convict and knew nothing about until almost 18 hours later.

Stanford commended the Department of Corrections, Clay County Sheriff, Lineville Police Department, Cleburne County Sheriff Department,  ALEA supporting units, State Fire Marshall Office who were very instrumental in isolating the area the escapee was is in and keeping him there and apprehending him on Friday. Each of these Officers probably had about 31 hours total working on this case. “We were blessed to not have more incidents outside him just escaping and apprehending him” said Stanford.

Wynn thanked the maintenance department as well for working in such a timely manner to get them moved in to the new building. Wynn also reported the new playground equipment should be delivered by the end of July.

On that note, Fetner invited everyone to go visit the new beautiful building.

The following agenda items were approved:

  • Approval of current bills
  • Approval for Ashland Piggly Wiggly Alcohol application.
  • Approval for Jerry Phillips to serve on the Alcohol Review Board Committee to run concurrent with Mayor and Council term.
  • Accept resignation from City van driver, Vicky Shaddix.
  • Open and advertise Senior Center van driver position, starting at minimum wage at 20 hours per week.
  •  Purchase back up battery for server at a cost of $324.00.
  • $318.00 to replace air conditioner fan blower at City Hall.
  •  to hire commercial appraiser to get Water Building appraised at a cost of no more than $1500.

The following item agenda item was tabled until they could get more information:

  •  to pay M2 Connections $3,989.87 for repair to fiber cables caused by City Limb Truck in 2015.

The next meeting will be held at the new City Hall.

 

 

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Beth Wheeles becomes first female Clay County Commissioner

Those who were in attendance today at the monthly commission meeting were witnessing history in the making as Beth Wheeles was sworn in as District 4 Commissioner. IMG_4656 Beth is the wife of District 4 Commissioner John Wheeles, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. Beth was recommended by her fellow Commissioners and appointed to her husband’s seat by the Governor and will finish out the remainder of his term.IMG_4657

Beth was sworn in by her son, Todd Wheeles, in a room filled with family, friends, and spectators. Chairman Roy Johnson welcomed Beth with these words ” Beth, we’re very, very proud to have you serve with us and I know that’s what John would want.”

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Afterwards, it was back to business as usual.

There was a moment of silence before the agenda in memory of Melinda Reana Voss, who passed away. Mrs. Voss was the sister of one of the counties’  maintenance men.

 

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in memory of Mr. John G. Wheeles, as he was sworn in by his son, Todd, with Beth at his side

Commissioner Ray Milstead gave a brief update on the Mt. Zion Millerville Water Project. Milstead reported that the contractor was testing the water system with ADEM right now, and as soon they had ADEM’s approval, they will start running the distribution lines  to the customer’s houses.

Chairman Johnson referred to County Attorney Greg Varner about some lack of funds on this project. Varner stated there were questions raised at a previous session about concern with the compliance of this project by the contractor of what had originally been bid. ” I think we were quite short of the distance that was called for by the initial project, but after  reviewing the specifications of the contract and it’s very specific. It raises a legal question that was materially different and if there is provisions for cost increase for shortening of the project. The Engineer needs to review project and then make an opinion and then from that, we can make an opinion whether to proceed in the litigation of breach of contract”, said Varner.

Johnson stated that most water projects end up costing more and taking longer than originally anticipated. Watts agreed with Johnson and also stated that there were some chicken farmers had some wells drying up in the county and they were really suffering. Watts said he had a meeting with the Water Authority that afternoon to see when the 10 million water project could get underway and hopefully provide some relief to some of these drought areas.13639744_10206028611226991_1590823199_o

 

Commissioners declared five (5) cars surplus from the Sheriff Office fleet. Sheriff Latham explained that since  two ( 2) of these vehicles were attained through ADECA grants, the standard procedure was to donate these vehicles to another agency for further use, or have them destroyed.  Latham stated these vehicles were old, but operable and still had some service left. Commissioner Watts suggested donating at least one of these vehicles to the Road Department for traffic control. Latham said he thought this was a good idea.

Commissioners voted unanimously to allow County Engineer Jeremy Butler the  authority to purchase a new Side Cutter to cut the right of ways from the state bid list, providing he could find the funds to cover the cost, whether inner funds or loan. The side cutter currently being used is a 1980 model that breaks down often, so the need is dire. Johnson reminded everyone that the Road Dept. was funded through local fuel sales within the county, and this was why it was so important to buy local.13646928_10206028611546999_2130205000_o

Representatives from Reid Cavnar, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co, Inc.,  the largest municipal Bond Underwriter company in the U.S.,  were present to address the Commission of the advantages of refinancing at a much lower interest rate and would still pay off at the same time as the current. The new low interest rate would be 2.87, versus the 4.4 rate the county is paying now, a net savings of $100,000. This information was very interesting to the Commissioners and all agreed they would look at the numbers and discuss it further at the next work session.
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Also present to address the Commission was a Representative of Schneider Electric, Keith Harris with a cost analysis on utilities through a energy savings performance contract with no up front investment.  Steps to this program included making facility renovations and upgrades to buildings for  environmental sustainability and energy efficient measures that would cut costs of utilities. Harris stated his company could guarantee these energy savings up to 20 years and would be at no risk to the county.  Harris explained that this program could save the county over $55,000 in utilities and telecommunication expenses in a year’s time. The Commission told Mr. Harris that they would have to discuss this more in depth at the next work session  and thanked him for his time.

Citizens residing on Eagle Lane were requesting this road be placed on the County map and maintained by the county. Commissioner Wheeles stated she had been to observe this road and there were 10 houses total on this road, but was asking County Engineer Jeremy Butler to go check it out as well.

The Commission approved to appoint the following people to the these Board:

DHR Advisory Board    District 1     Sherry McKinney

DHR Advisory Board     District 2     Tommy Hayes

Industrial Board           District 2      Russ Shushack ( unsure of spelling)

The meeting was then adjourned. After the meeting, everyone in attendance enjoyed a catered meal in honor of Commissioner Wheeles’ new appointment. This meal was of no cost to the county, but paid by fellow commissioners.

 

 

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