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County approves paving project

The Dallas County Commission approved a motion Monday allowing the county engineer to proceed with the resurfacing of Dallas County Road 115.

The resurfacing is a part of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, which provided state funds for 10 road projects around the county. The total cost of the resurfacing is $423,330 and the commission will pay approximately $84,600.

County engineer Coosa Jones said the bidding process will begin in four to six weeks. Jones said five of the ATRIP projects will be complete at the end of the 2014 fiscal year — running from Oct. 2013 to Sept. 2014.

“We budgeted for about half of the ATRIP projects this fiscal year,” he said after the meeting. “We plan to do the rest next fiscal year.”

Other projects included in ATRIP include resurfacing segments of County Road 45, County Road 7 and County Road 31.

In other news from the meeting:

  • The commission approved the Dallas County Solid Waste Management Plan.

The plan must be approved every ten years, according to Environmental Services Director Larry Friday.

Friday said the plan outlines how the county plans to handle and dispose of garbage.

It also outlines proposed ideas that the county currently does not practice. Friday said the plan is unchanged from its previous passage.

“We have to submit a plan to [the Alabama Department of Environmental Management] every ten years,” he said after the meeting. “We don’t recycle, but we put it in the plan, just in case. You aren’t allowed to do something if it isn’t in the plan.”

  • The commission also approved a bid for concessions at two sports complexes — one of which includes memorial stadium.

Probate Judge Kim Ballard said concessions were previously bid separately, but controversy evolved surrounding who received more games. Now, both complexes are bid together, in a joint venture between the city and county, to avoid controversy.

Ballard said only one company submitted a bid for the concessions. The company —named Cheykate — will pay a total of $25,000 — $16,500 to the county and the remainder to the city.