The Calhoun County Commission on Thursday passed an agreement with Bailey Land Group of Birmingham for a preliminary study of land between Alabama 21 and Cane Creek where residents have said rainwater has done extensive damage to their property. The area is within a flood zone designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I promised the people out there we’d do something about it,” said J.D. Hess, the commissioner for District 4, which includes the flood zone. “This is a start.”
The agreement includes a corridor study of an area of about two square miles, starting near the intersection of Alabama 21 and U.S. 431 and including portions of Lenlock Lane.
The agreement calls for an estimated 144 survey hours, but cost projections weren’t included. Calhoun County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm said the total costs will be determined when the county enters into a final contract with the company.
Rosenbalm said the county thinks the main culprit in the flooding has been ongoing construction of the Veterans Memorial Parkway near the intersection of Alabama 21 and U.S. 431. Rosenbalm said Thursday there’s an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to build a retention pond after construction is completed near the intersection. He said county officials hope the pond will bring water flow rates back to the levels before construction began.
“That won’t alleviate all the water,” Rosenblam said. “But it should help out that area, because all the water is flowing to Cane Creek.”
Rosenbalm said the agreement is just a study, and the commission will have to look at the findings to figure out how to curb the flooding.
In other business, the commission:
• Passed a resolution requiring door-to-door salesmen in the county to purchase $10 licenses from the License Commissioner’s Office starting on Oct. 1. Calhoun County License Commissioner Barry Robertson said at the meeting he encourages residents to ask for a license if a salesperson comes to their home.
• Renewed a three-year agreement with the County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The commission will give the foundation $4,125 per month to be used for tourism purposes. Commissioner Tim Hodges said the commission should consider only a one-year agreement because the period would extend past the next election cycle and possibly become the obligation of a new commission. He was outvoted by the other commissioners.
• Agreed to a contract with Freedom Riders Park Inc. for an allocation of $35,000 to host a public input session for park designs on Sept. 16 and 17 at Jacksonville State University. The money comes from state Rep. Barbara Boyd’s Legislative Community Service Grant Fund.
• Authorized Melissia Wood to sign deposits for the county with BB&T Bank in Anniston. Wood is replacing Faye Robertson as county assistant administrator in October.
• Approved a contract with Munroe and Jenkins Architects for roof repairs, and electrical, heating and plumbing improvements at the County Substance Abuse Center for an estimated $150,000.
• Approved a contract with Kellogg, Brown and Root Services to design a bridge on Brown Bridge Road in Rabbittown. The project is part of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.
• Declared nuisance abatements at 4511 Old Birmingham Highway, 522 Hollingsworth Drive, 2191 Parkwood Drive, 1520 Parkwood Drive, 901 West 32nd St., 3408 Greenwood Ave., 4439 Saks Road, and 133 Glade Road in Anniston.
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