Guest visits Pike County Commission

Published 4:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2015

With two county department heads absent from the County Commission meeting, commissioners made quick work of their agenda on Monday including a visit from a local non-profit organization.

Assistant County Engineer John Bergschneider filled in for County Engineer Russell Oliver while Oliver was away on vacation. Bergschneider gave the commission an update on the county’s CDBG program.

“These funds are available from the Alabama Environment Economic Development,” Bergschneider said. “We were fortunate to get this project for our low income areas to pave the roads. We were provided the money for paving and base, the county was generous to fund a large portion of this project in terms of labor and equipment.”

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Bergschneider said there had also a personnel request on the list, but because he had gotten no instructions he assumed Oliver would bring up the request at the next meeting.

The commission also approved the 2015-2016 ABC License for Pike County. Sanders said this year’s license would be the same as last years.

“As we said at our previous meeting, this is just adopting the standard rates we already have,” Sanders said. “We are at the maximum right now so we can’t go any higher.”

Pike County Child Advocacy Center Director Camille Downing was present during the county’s work session.

“I know I am always here asking for funds, but I’m not asking for anything today,” Downing said. “I just want you guys to participate in our proclamation day service April 6 at noon. We hold it every year, and we wanted to ask you guys to participate by doing a proclamation as well.”

Downing said the center services approximately 40 child abuse investigations a year for Pike County.

“This has decreased from last year which was about 65. We are thinking that we may have an impact because children are disclosing early and parents are getting the help they need,” Downing said.

The commission also approved the minutes from the previous meeting and approved the claims. There were no Social Security exemptions to be approved. The next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be held on Monday, April 6, with the work session beginning at 5:15 p.m.