DeKalb to Add Storm Shelter

DeKalb to Add Storm Shelter

Marla Jones, Managing Editor

FORT PAYNE, Ala.--(Full Video on Southern Torch Facebook) The DeKalb County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 11. 

The Commission approved the purchase of three acres of land beside the Cartersville Fire Department in the amount of $85,000. 

According to Michael Posey of the DeKalb EMA,  the land is suitable for the construction of a storm shelter and will meet all qualifications to use funds from the ARPA grant for this purchase.

DeKalb County Engineer, Ben Luther awarded the CR-78 Guardrail Bid Award to Alabama Guard Rail in the amount of $97,940.  This is for the installation of new guard rails on County Road 78, which will aid in traffic going down the Fort Payne Gap.

Luther also requested that the commission pass a resolution to vacate the remaining section of CR-196 in the Dawson area, from CR-843 to the point of the previous vacation, which was approved by the Commission. 

Tom Broyles, Superintendent of the DeKalb County Road Department updated the Commission on the recent sales of the DeKalb County vehicles.  Thirteen trucks were carried to auction and after fees, DeKalb County made 1.2 million on sales.  Nine trucks are being prepared to carry to the June auction.

“In the twenty-two years that we have been in the program, we have yet paid for a truck” stated DeKalb County Commission President, Ricky Harcrow. 

The Commission also accepted the herbicide bid, for roadside treatments, to IVM Solutions for $129,000.  This will allow spring and autumn treatments. 

The Commission accepted a bid of $25,318.50 for (20) headsets for the Sheriff’s Special Response Team.

The Commission approved the hire of Michael Little as part-time courthouse security, and Heaven Traylor as a part-time dispatcher for the DCSO. 

A new contract to Kellwell Food Management was awarded for inmate feeding.

The next DeKalb County Commission meeting will be held on May 9, at 1o a.m., on the second floor of the DeKalb County Activities Building. 

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