Marion County Commission

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.

Public hearing announced for Mitchell Loop


Marion County Commission Chairman Keith Nichols (center), Commissioner Dale Holt (left) and Commissioner Kenneth Cochran (right) are shown during the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, June 13, at the commission office in Hamilton.

HAMILTON -  The Marion County Commission passed a resolution to hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10, concerning the closing of Mitchell Loop off of County Road 53 in Hackleburg.
This occurred during a brief Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, June 13, at the Marion County Commission Office in Hamilton.
District 3 Commissioner Dale Holt stated that residents near the road have complained of unwanted activity going on and would like the road permanently closed.

County moves forward with major road projects


Rebuild Alabama project signs were placed on County Road 14 in Winfield following the unanimous vote to start the major road project.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission unanimously voted to award the bid for the planing, resurfacing and traffic striping of County Road 14 in Winfield to S.T. Bunn Construction Company during a regular meeting on Monday, June 8, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw was in attendance during the meeting to recommend bid approvals for various projects and discussed the state of various roads in the county.

Officials reopen courthouse


Marion County Commission Chairman Keith Nichols (center) announced that the Marion County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, May 18, during a meeting on Monday, May 11, at the commission office in Hamilton. Also shown are commissioners Dale Holt (left) and Kenneth Cochran. [LOUIS MELLINI/STAFF]

Commission buys Bedford Industrial Park land for new jail

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

Nichols takes chair


Marion County District 1 Commissioner Keith Nichols is shown taking his place in the chairman’s seat during his appointment on Monday, April 20, at the commission office in Hamilton

HAMILTON -  Marion County District 1 Commissioner Keith Nichols was appointed Marion County Commission Chairman during a regular meeting on Monday, April 20, at the commission office in Hamilton.
The Marion County Commissioners voted unanimously to rotate the chairman position, as they do every nine months.
“The first thing I need to do is thank Tim for the job he’s done for the last several months, he’s done a good job,” said Nichols.
“This is new to me--first time--I guess the best thing to do is just do it.”

 

Unanimous vote approves 180k loan

HAMILTON -  Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran was given unanimous approval to borrow $180,000 from PeoplesTrust Bank for the purchase of excavating equipment.
Marion County Administrator Kalyn Moore informed the commissioners that the loan will be paid over a 72-month period at $2,700 per month, with an interest rate of 2.42%.

Moore also stated that, although District 2 will acquire the loan funds, the entire county will be required to pay the debt if Cochran’s district is unable.

 

Crucial two weeks for county

HAMILTON -  Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams stated that the two-week curfew period will be crucial to the county’s future during the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, March 30, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“Our numbers are going to go up, I can guarantee you that. We may have our first death in the next 48 hours here in Marion County, that’s just how serious this is. It’s spreading pretty quickly,” said Williams