Marion County Commission

County commissioners sworn in office

Larry Akers, right, is sworn in by Judge Mark Hammitte at the Marion County Commission Office in Hamilton.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Two new commissioners took to their seats as all commissioners were sworn in before the Marion County Commission meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Both Larry Akers and Greg Gunnin got their feet wet in their first meeting, setting rules of order for the next term.

Marion County and Hamilton back animal organizations to help stray issue

Commissioners Dale Holt (left) and Tim “Ears” Estes view photos of stray animals taken in by Hoof or Paw.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — With the stray animal issue in Marion County continuing to be a problem, organizations such as Hoof or Paw have been left struggling to keep up with the demand of caring for stray animals due to the financial restraints.
This past week, both the Marion County Commission and the City of Hamilton have approved appropriations for Hoof or Paw and other organizations in the county.

Commission pledges more than $2K

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Commission has joined the City of Hamilton and Alabama Power in supporting the Veterans Day program in just one month. During a meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, commissioners unanimously voted to pay the City of Hamilton $2,600 in order to financially support the Veterans Day program at the Bevill Community Center in Hamilton. Marlon Holloway, who serves as the veterans service officer in Marion County, addressed the Marion County Commission in August to ask for financial support.


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

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.