Progress Begins on Old Hwy. 35

Progress Begins on Old Hwy. 35

By Zach Hester, Reporter •

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The DeKalb County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 8. 

In the meeting, DeKalb County Road Superintendent Tom Broyles delivered an update on the progress of County Road (CR) 835, also known as Old Highway 35. 

As previously reported, in February 2019, a large amount of rainfall caused damage to CR835 and it was forcibly closed after several slides made the road impassable. 

Broyles reported that work had begun two weeks ago on the two spots that slid with the upper portion repaired and work beginning on the lower portion. Broyles stated he hoped the road would reopen later this fall. 

In other business, The Commission: 

  • Hired John Freeman in the Road Department for the open position in District 3
  • Approved two speed limit resolutions, the first on CR86 between 221 and 68 at 35 mph and the second on CR88 between Lebanon and Pine Ridge at 40 mph
  • Forwarded a damage claim from John Miller to insurance
  • Amended the FY2021 County Transportation Plan
  • Awarded all regular annual bids
  • Agreed to receive bids for a new boiler at the DeKalb County Courthouse

The Commission approved the following personnel changes in the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office: 

  • Terminated Sarah Slaton, promoted Tim Smith to corrections sergeant to replace her
  • Hired Miles Underwood to replace Seth Butler, and Jordan Leeth to replace Logan Smith
  • Hired Sarah McAnelly as a part-time dispatcher
  • Transferred Hunter Akins from patrol to a full-time agent with the DeKalb County Narcotics Task Force
  • Hired Tyler Pruett as a patrol officer

Due to the absence of DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Anthony Clifton, the presentation of the 2020 Emergency Operations Plan was passed over.

The next meeting of the DeKalb County Commission will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. in the DeKalb County Activities Building. 

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