Marion County Commission

Members vote no on relief guidance

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Marion County commissioners chose not to use 6% of its $5.7 million in American Rescue Plan monies to pay the Alabama County Commission Association (ACCA) for legal and administrative aid on how the funds can be used.
By doing so, the commission will not be using  $346,294 to participate in the ACCA’s Investing in Alabama Counties (IAC) program, which will help participating counties plan and spend the Rescue funds.

Gun rights affirmed Cochran: ‘We’re backing up the Constitution’

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON – Marion County commissioners have formally affirmed the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
County officials voted unanimously during a commission meeting on Monday, June 21, to enact a resolution to “ensure and publicly communicate” to Alabama and federal politicians their support of free speech and the right to bear arms and to call on elected officials not to “dilute or violate” these rights with any policies.

COVID-19 emergency conditions ended

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON – A year-and-a-half-old emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic has officially ended in Marion County.
The Marion County Commissioners unanimously ended the local orders on Monday, June 21, formally acknowledging that emergency conditions declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus no long exist throughout the county.
Commission attorney Scott Hunt told the council that the county’s emergency orders technically end with the State of Alabama’s order.

Officials weigh Rescue Fund program

By Scott Johnson General Manager Marion County commissioners will weigh whether or not they want to use 6% of its $5.7 million in American Rescue Plan monies to pay the Alabama County Commission Association (ACCA) for legal and administrative aid on how the funds can be used. Marion County Administrator Kalyn Moore told county commissioners during a work session on Thursday, June 10, that they have through Friday, July 16, to decide if they want to participate in the ACCA’s Investing in Alabama Counties (IAC) program, which will help participating counties plan and spend the Rescue funds. The

Commissioners approve new hires

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission approved two new hires for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department during a regular meeting on Monday, May 10, at the Marion County Commission office in Hamilton.
Kyle Engle was hired as a jailer at the Marion County jail at $14.06 per hour and Riley Cagle was hired as a deputy at $16.23 per hour.

 

County faced with major road repairs following inclement weather

HAMILTON - Following several weeks of extreme weather since the start of the new year, Marion County is now faced with major roads in need of repair after facing extreme freezing and flooding on roads within the county.

Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw released a statement regarding the state of the roads and what needs to be done in the coming months.
“The Marion County roads have suffered significant damage as a result of the recent flood event and ice storm,” stated Shaw in his release.

 

Extension office offers update

HAMILTON -  Lisa Murphy, Marion County Extension Coordinator, addressed the Marion County Commission with updates on activities at the extension office during a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Marion County Commission Office in Hamilton.
In attendance with Murphy were extension employees Rebecca Danley, Ginger Avery, Ginger Eatman, Lucy Edwards and Tim Crow.
Murphy stated that the Extension Office has been effected by COVID-19, but has been able to adapt and return to normal office operations.

Tucker, ROSS offer free recovery to county residents

HAMILTON -  Chuck Tucker, representative of Birmingham-based  Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (ROSS), offered his services to any in Marion County during a presentation at the Marion County Commission regular meeting held on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Marion County Commission office in Hamilton.
Tucker stated that he is an individual in long-term recovery and stated that he has not used mood-altering substances since 2008.
Tucker stated that ROSS is being offered to any individual in the State of Alabama at no cost to the person in need.