County Commission moves forward on Gandy Ferry Road project

Probate Judge Laurie Hall, fourth from right, explains how the election cycle works to the newest Leadership Marengo class.

Probate Judge Laurie Hall, fourth from right, explains how the election cycle works to the newest Leadership Marengo class. (Photo by Jan McDonald)

Preliminary engineering plans for paving the Gandy Ferry Road received approval from Marengo County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday morning.

The agreement came after Dist. 2 Commissioner Dan England made sure all in-kind services were considered part of the 20 percent match the county will provide for the project, estimated to be about $735,000.

England, who owns England Surveying and Mapping, has offered to all the survey work for the project, a donation of services estimated at $6,000.

Probate Judge Laurie Hall said qualifying for the primary election March 1, 2016, closed Friday, Nov. 6. Only two races in the county will be contested during the primary: incumbent Clifton McKnight and Rayvell Smith for Board of Education Dist. 3, and DA Greg Griggers and former DA Barrown Lankster for the district attorney post.

With only two candidates for local races, only statewide posts will be on the runoff ballot April 12, 2016.

The general election on Nov. 8, 2016 will have a contest between incumbent Dist. 2 Commissioner England, a Republican, and challenger Jason Windham, Democrat. Other races not contested unless an independent candidate are County Commission Dist. 4, Calvin Martin, and Board of Education Dist. 5, Linda Joiner.

In other action the commission approved:

Hiring Joyce Wilson-Grant for the Marengo County Detention Center.

Appointing Deborah Shepard as a member of the Department of Human Resources board.

Declaring surplus a long list of obsolete and unusable equipment.

The sole bid of S.T. Bunn for paving projects. County engineer Ken Atkins said the bid seemed a little high, so he will negotiate with the company for a better price.

Members of the 22nd class of Leadership Marengo attended the commission meeting and were welcomed by chairman Freddie Armstead.