Commission approves subdivision plat pending engineer’s recommendation and attorney’s approval

Published 4:59 pm Monday, October 13, 2014

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By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
The Lowndes County Commission tentatively approved a subdivision plat for Fisherman’s Bay subdivision at Heron Point in the Lowndesboro/St. Clair area and a 2014-2015 holiday schedule for county employees at Monday’s regular commission meeting.
The subdivision plat for Fisherman’s Bay at Heron Point was approved based on preliminary plat information received by Lowndes County Engineer David Butts and pending both the recommendation of the county engineer and approval of County Attorney Hank Sanders.
Commission Chairman Robert Harris said the county’s subdivision regulations require that roads be paved “prior to construction” of a subdivision. He said since the roads could not be paved in time, the commission came up with a solution recommended by Sanders that money to pave the roads be placed into a special account.
Sanders told the commission, “You want the money to be safe because you want it (subdivision road paving) to be done. You want it to move fast, but you don’t want the responsibility of agreeing some be paved now and some be paved later.”
Sanders agreed to work out an agreement with the subdivision partners’ attorney regarding the special account.
The commission approved fiscal year 2014/2015 holidays for county employees as follows:
Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Nov. 26-27; Christmas, Dec. 24 (a half day), Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 (to be taken as vacation); New Year’s Day, Jan. 1; Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19;
Presidents Day, Feb. 26; Civil Rights Day, April 28, Memorial Day, May 25; Jefferson Davis Birthday, June 1, Independence Day, July 3, Labor Day, Sept. 7 and Columbus Day, Oct. 12.
Good Friday, April 3rd was not approved as a county holiday.
The commission also approved a letter of recommendation for Tristatz Community & Economic Development Company, which has a proposal before the commission to promote Lowndes County.
According to Tristatz Senior Consultant William Scott, the company will target 14 Black Belt counties to market all the positive resources, services, businesses and tourist attractions in each participating county to the world.
Lowndes County’s cost to participate would be $6,000. Harris asked Scott to provide a sample contract to the county to review.
Under the heading of consent agenda, the commission approved invoices, minutes for Sept. 2-14, an appropriation of $1,700 to Head Start, an appropriation of $200 to the Sandy Ridge Community Center and approved an State Constitutional Amendment 2 Resolution stating that funds withdrawn from oil release moneys will hurt the county commission general fund and county commission gasoline fund.

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