By Toni Stauffer
On Oct. 24, The Russell County Commission announced proclamations for Farm-City Week and Bells of Peace after the approval of the Oct. 10 meeting minutes. Jennifer Davis, County Extension Coordinator and Farm-City Week Committee Chair, announced the Annual Forestry Dinner to be held on Nov. 8.
In honor of Farm-City Week, an exhibit “Celebrating 200 Years of Alabama Agriculture” will be displayed in the Russell County Courthouse lobby for a month. The public is invited to view the collection which includes old photos.
Bells of Peace is the World War I Remembrance Day when 4.7 million American families sent their sons and daughters off to war, resulting in 116,516 casualties and more than 200,000 wounded. The tolling of bells expresses honor and remembrance. Bell of Peace also commemorates the end of that war, and this year’s 100th anniversary of the Armistice, signed on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in 1918. Citizens are asked by Governor Kay Ivey to toll bells in remembrance of sacrifice on that day and hour.
Under business, the Commission approved an agreement for professional engineering services in the amount of $7,500. The services are for a traffic study to be done out in Ladonia on Hwy 80 near the McDonald’s. There are been several accidents at that location and the County wants to study to determine possible solutions to increasing safety. The projects is being spearheaded by Commissioner Carl Currington from District 2.
The Commission also approved an agreement for the Gamage Road Emergency Relief Project. The project is to address flood damage, and the department is in the process of preparing for bids.
Sheriff Heath Taylor said he is rejecting the bid received for jail food because the wording in the contract by the merchant allowed for price fluctuations; also, due to a misunderstanding, the Columbus newspaper did not receive the bid request. Bid requests will be resent at next meeting after discussion with merchants.
In honor of Veterans Day, the Courthouse will be closed on Nov. 12 and the work session cancelled. The next Commission meeting will be held on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m., ET at the Russell County Courthouse on Broad Street. The Commission would also like to remind citizens that Sunday, Nov. 4 is Daylight Savings and to move your clocks back one hour.