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Commission accepts bid for 4 tornado shelters

Published 9:44am Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Morgan County Commission approved a

bid from Aqua Marine

Enterprises totaling

$193,960 for the construction

of four community

safe rooms in three separate

locations at its regular

meeting on Thursday.

Two of the safe rooms

will be located in the

Town of Eva. The other

two will at Brindlee

Mountain Volunteer Fire

Department and Oak

Ridge Volunteer Fire

Department near Hartselle.

Each room will be

equipped with a bathroom

and emergency generator

and will seat approximately

96 people.

“This project has been in

progress for more than a

year,” said Commission

Chairman Ray Long.

“Families in these communities

without safe

rooms will be able to

breathe a sigh of relief

now that the shelters are

under contract. They

should be operational

within a couple of


Eva’s safe rooms are 100

percent funded by federal

and state grants while

those at Brindlee

Mountain and Oak Ridge

are subject to a 75 percent

federal and 25 percent

local match.

District Commissioner

Don Stisher said he has

made plans to provide a

concrete slab for Eva’s

safe rooms.

The commission acted on

other matters as follows:

•Accepted a low bid of

$22.25 per uniform from

Sextons Inc. for dry cleaning

and laundry services

for the sheriff’s office,

license inspector and recycling


•Authorized the chairman

to execute an agreement

on behalf of Sheriff

Ana Franklin with the

Town of Trinity for a

three-year agreement to

provide space and services

at the Morgan County Jail

for the housing of municipal

prisoners, effective

beginning March 27,


•Approved the appointment

of Newell Johnson to

the newly formed Decatur

Downtown Parking

Advisory Task Force

•Approved the reappointment

of Charles Ray

Alexander to the Regional

Housing Authority Board

for a five-year term beginning

March 27, 2014.

•Approved the 2014 holiday

schedule for employees

working eight and 10-

hour days as follows: personal

day, New Year’s

Day, MLK Day,

Presidents Day, Memorial

Day, Independence Day,

Labor Day, Columbus

Day, Veterans Day,

Thanksgiving Day and

Christmas Day

•Authorized Debra

Garner, director of

COA/MCATS, to fill the

position of MCATS clerk,

Grade 2 ($9.97-$13.01)

•Authorized Sue Baker

Roan, commissioner of

licenses, to fill the position

of assessment clerk,

Grade 2 ($9.97-$13.01)

•Authorized the refund of

sales tax for $880.09 to

Beltline Shell for

November 2013, due to


•Authorized the chairman

to declared workstations

and chairs located in

the Probate Office, as surplus

and to advertise them

for sale on

or to be disposed of at

Judge Greg Cain’s discretion

•Authorized the chairman

to execute an agreement

with Davis &

Associates Auditing for

auditing services for the

Morgan County Sales Tax

Office for $50 per hour,

payable out of the Sales

Tax Office fund

•Authorized the chairman

to advertise for bids

for an equipment shed at

the District 3 shop

•Approved $3,000 for the

Morgan County Vocational

Advisory Board,

payable out of the

Tourism, Recreation &

Convention Fund.

•Approved payment of

$37,800 to Godwin,

Barnett, Woods Architects

for the Morgan County

Jail Annex, payable out of

the Jail Capital Improvement


•Approved payment of

$101,375 to Adams

Building Co. for application

7 on the Union Hill

Senior Center, District 4,

payable out of the Road

and Bridge Fund

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