Commission opts to keep polling place at Westside Elementary

Voters who use Westside Elementary School will continue to cast ballots there now that safety issues have been resolved.

Probate Judge Laurie Hall told the Marengo County Commission Tuesday that a Demopolis policeman will be on site to ensure the safety of students and keep an orderly flow of traffic.

Hall asked for and received approval from the commission to move a voting site from the VFW hall on U.S. Highway 43 to the Providence Town Hall. Final decision on moving the precinct rests with a vote of the Providence City Council, she said.

County Engineer Ken Atkins presented resolutions to remove 37 county roads from annual road inspection. The commission approved all 37 in one motion.

Atkins assured commissioners that “anything eligible for federal funding is not on this list.” The commission also passed a resolution that Atkins requested to pave County Road 53. The $2.6 million project would resurface 13 miles from Thomaston to the county line, he said.

Commissioners passed a resolution opposing HB447 and SB369 which calls for counties to base the probate judge’s salary on that of the district judge.

Demopolis Delivery Service was the only bid for the Summer Feeding Program. The commission awarded the bid of $15,000.

Commissioners voted to vacate an alley in the Starmont subdivision. The 150-foot road, while shown on maps, never has been paved.

In other action the commission voted to:

  • Approve the appointment of Tremell Owens to the Department of Human Resources.
  • Deny a claim against the county.
  • Approve a liquor license for a business under new management.
  • Approve two employees in the county roads department to permanent status.