Marion County Commission

Public calls for water solution

Marion County Commissioners (from right) Kenneth Cochran, Keith Nichols and Tim “Ears” Estes look over photos of items stained by the iron in well water during a public hearing on Sept. 13.
[Louis Mellini / Staff]E

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission meeting held on Monday, Sept. 13, saw several members of the community gather to plead to the commissioners to use American Rescue Act funds to serve those in Marion County who do not have access to water.
This matter was discussed during a public hearing that took place during the meeting at the commission office in Hamilton.
Among the crowd gathered during the meeting was Marion County Water Authority General Manager Jan Cummings and State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield.

Officials suggest uses for rescue act monies

The entrance to Arrowhead subdivision in Winfield, one of several streets that will be repaved in the city. The city will conduct a poll and talk to residents about additional improvements that could be made, such as removing a tree from the middle of a cul-de-sac that has damaged the road. [Luke Brantley]

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — During its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the Winfield City Council voted to hire the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale law firm out of Birmingham to help the city find out how it can spend the over $500,000 of American Rescue Plan money without incurring any fines for improper usage.
Mayor Randy Price addressed the council and explained that when the city received the funds from the federal government, there were no clear instructions on how the money could be spent.

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