Commission hears proposal

Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 9, 2013

The Pike County Commission heard a pitch from the engineering firm Volkert, Inc. during its bi-weekly meeting on Monday night.

The firm explained how it may be able to serve the county in the future through engineering projects.

The firm specializes in highway and bridge construction, an area where Pike County needs work done.

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Philip Russell, a vice-president of the company, said his company prides itself on serving the community. “We are an employee-run company,” Russell said. “We take pride in our projects. When we move in to an area, we become a part of that community.”

As the largest engineering firm headquartered in Alabama, Russell said the company has a lot to offer the county. “We have offices in Mobile, Foley, Birmingham, Decatur and Montgomery,” Russell said. “We’re just up the road from you. We have the whole state covered, and we’re committed to the advancement of our nation’s infrastructure. If we are on a project, and you need something changed, we are close enough that we can provide whatever you need.”

While the commission is currently not letting out any projects that Volkert could bid on, the commissioners thanked the company for their time and assured them they would keep them in mind as contracts come in.

In current business, the commission approved four items.

• The commission confirmed that the FY 2012-2013 finance statement would be released to the public on time.

• The commission provided approval to begin the process of filling a vacancy in the Revenue Commission office.

• The commission recommended that Donny Mobley be appointed to the Coffee County Water Authority.

• The commission cancelled its next scheduled meeting on Dec. 23.

In its closing comments, the commission wished all of its constituents a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014.