County targets stimulus funds

Published 7:54 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Butler County could receive upwards of $450,000 in federal stimulus funding for paving Rocky Creek and Rocky Lane in Georgiana.

County commissioners, though, said don’t count on it.

“We want to be realistic about this,” said Lynn Harold Watson (Dist. 5). “It’s very unlikely we receive this money.”

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Engineer Dennis McCall said the federal government and state allotted $7 million in stimulus funding for rural road projects, money that 67 counties and 453 municipalities in Alabama are competing for. McCall estimated the money would fund as little as 14 projects in the state.

Odds are the Rocky Creek/Rocky Lane project won’t be one of those.

“There were stipulations as to what projects met federal government requirements,” said McCall. “It has to be projects ready to be let within 30 days of an award, as well as low-to-moderate income requirements for the people serviced. The Rocky Creek/Rocky Lane project was one that fit the criteria, because we had the design plans completed from a previous grant we’d applied for.”

Tracy Delaney with ADECA, administrators for the grant, said approval would benefit approximately 28 households in that area. There is no match required by the county.

In other business:

– During Thursday’s workshop meeting commissioners met with Brian Buck of Allied Waste to discuss how residents serviced by the garbage company should identify themselves when bringing garbage to the facility.

An issue arose last week where a citizen brought waste to the facility, but was charged a $40 fee.

Buck said those bringing garbage to the site should bring proof of residency, such as a recent bill.

– The commission approved a tentative agreement with the Greenville Jaycees to explore the possibility of establishing a farmers market on the site of the old Butler County Jail.

Commissioners met with Bobby Skipper, acting president of the civic club, on Thursday night.

Skipper said the Jaycees would handle all costs associated with the project, leasing the property from the county, and building a metal facility that would house bathrooms on site.

– EMA Director Bob Luman said there is no FEMA money available for any flood damage that occurred in Greenville and around Butler County on Wedneday, May 27.

“To receive money we would have needed half of Greenville to be wiped out,” said Luman. “Luckily, that was not the case.”

n The commission reappointed Linda V. Tisdale to the South Central Alabama Mental Health Board for a term of six years.