Union Hill senior center 99% complete

Morgan County Commission authorized the final payment to Adams Building Co. for the construction of a new senior center at Union Hill at a regular meetingTuesday.

District 4 Commissioner Greg Abercrombie said the $17,375 payment completes the project, as far as the general contractor is concerned. He said the parking lot has been paved and marked and grass sod is being put down this week.

“We’re 99% complete,” he said. “The building will be opened for the Primary Election on June 3 and a ribbon cutting and open house is being planned.”

The facility is located at the four-way crossing in Union Hill. It replaces an old senior center in the Brindley Mountain Park. It features a safe room, a screened in porch and a wrap-around porch.

In a related but separate item, the commission authorized a change order with the contractor for $2,660.

Abercrombie said the money was used to construct a pull-down shutter for an opening, which connects the kitchen to the main meeting area. “We needed that to close off the kitchen when the center is being used for family events,” he stated.

The commission acted on other matters as follows:

•Approved a $32,087.50 bid from Lynn Layton Chevrolet for a 2014 model truck for District 4. No other bids were received

•Conducted a public hearing to receive written or oral comments on the Morgan County Area Transportation System for the Alabama Department of Transportation to receive an administrative, operating and capital grant under federal transit laws

•Approved a resolution to authorize the chairman, or the vice chairman in his absence, to close the offices of the Morgan County Courthouse and other buildings for special circumstances deemed necessary and appropriate

•Authorized the chairman to submit a request to the City of Decatur for the annual appropriation in the amount of $150,000 for the local match for an urban grant for the operation of the Morgan County Area Transportation System for fiscal 2014/ 2015.

•Authorized the chairman to execute the fiscal 2014/2015 Rural Transportation Grant application to assist in the operation of the Morgan County Area Transportation System public transit services in the amount of $36,732 federal operating expenses, $174,747 federal operating assistance and $200,000 federal capital assistance.

•Authorized the chairman to execute the fiscal 2014/2015 rural transportation grant application to assist in the operation of the Morgan County Area Transportation System for the period Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015, in the amount of $407,454 federal operating assistance and $245,460 federal capital assistance

•Approved a resolution honoring the Falkville High School boys track and field team for winning the Alabama High School Class 1A state championship

•Approved sanitation contracts for the municipalities of Priceville, Trinity, Falkville and Somerville, effective June 1, 2014

•Authorized the chairman to execute a contract with AJ Associates Inc. for temporary employees hired in all Morgan County departments

•Authorized the chairman to declare as surplus property two vehicle assigned to the Engineering Department, a 2000 Ford F150 and a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, and advertise them for sale on GovDeals.com

•Approved a resolution accepting a petition from the State Products Mart Authority to vacate a pubic right-of-way located between Mt. Zion/Mt. Tabor Road and South Cedar Cove Road in District 2 and set a public hearing on July 8, 2014 at 9 a.m.

•Approved a certificate to subdivide for Stephen Robinson on Union Road in District 4.

•Authorized District 4 Commissioner Greg Abercrombie to purchase a Caterpillar excavator under the National IPA contract from Thompson Tractor Co. for the purchase price of $224,104 and authorized the chairman to execute any and all documents for financing on a capital lease agreement

•Authorized payment of $150 to Hartselle Quarterback Club out of the Tourism, Recreation & Conventions Fund.

•Authorized Revenue Commissioner Amanda Scott to fill the position of business personal property appraiser, Grade 7, ($16.05 -$20.94)

•Approved payment of $9,453.55 to Volkert Inc. for services related to bridge replacement projects on Kirby Bridge Road and Vaughn Bridge Road.

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