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Commission hears from jail architect, awards road projects

The architect of a new jail-judicial complex for Pike County spoke with the commission on Monday to update them on the process.

The county hired JMR+H to handle the jail architecture in November after a committee including representatives of the commission, judges and Sheriff’s office narrowed down candidates.

The representatives of the firm told the commission on Monday that they had discussed plans with the concerned parties, including the courts and the sheriff’s office, and will now be moving forward with schematics and designs. The commission is expecting the firm to bring back its first schematics at the second February meeting.

The commission also unanimously approved two project resolutions funded by the Alabama Department of Transportation to provide safety improvement in five “high-risk rural roads.”

County Engineer Russell Oliver said the project addresses pavement markings and striping and guardrails on bridges. The five roads covered in the projects are county roads 6600, 2238, 2209, 3319 and 2253.

The commission also announced that there will be a public hearing at its next meeting on Feb. 10 to consider naming the road at Rex Lumber Troy as C. Finley McRae Drive in order to make it easier for emergency responders to quickly locate an emergency on the property.