Russell County Commission Work Session

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By Toni Stauffer

Items discussed at the Russell County Commission work session on Monday were family cemeteries, among others. Danny Phillips has requested to establish a family cemetery plat, which will consist of 40 grave sites. Christ is the Answer Seventh Day Adventist Church Cemetery has also requested to establish a cemetery.

Probate Judge Alford Harden said both petitioners meet legal requirements. Alabama doesn’t have any laws permitting home burials, but establishment of a family cemetery is usually more permissible in rural areas and must be approved by the Russell County Commission.

Harden said that Russell County follows Alabama state law and there are regulations that must be met first, such as the land must be surveyed, have access to a public road, and has to perk—the latter meaning you can’t establish a cemetery in a swampy area. There must be enough space. A half-acre isn’t big enough.

Russell County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Director Bob Franklin let the Commission know his department is purchasing an Access Control System with funds from a Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Protection grant. The system allows them to install locks on the doors that are card readers with magnetic locks. This will give the emergency operation center controlled access security.

“This will allow us to issue badges to people who need access,” Franklin said.

Russell County Highway Department Chief Engineer Shawn Blakeney said annual bids will be received no later than Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. at the commission’s chambers.

Bids being accepted are for striping and marking, liquid asphalt, grassing, corrugate steel and HDPE pipe, aggregate, concrete pipe, trucking hauling, motor grader blades, maltene-based emuls asphalt, crushed concrete, fencing, and bituminous paving.

Anyone wanting more information on the bids or to submit a bid can call the department at 334-855-0209.

No action was taken on items discussed during the work session. The regular session was held Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m. ET.