Scottsboro awarded grant for Snodgrass

by Martha Smith The Scottsboro City Council designated funds from bond money at the last council meeting held on January 13, 2020. The bond will come in with a total of $426,565. Council voted to approve earmarking $50,000 on a new storm shelter for the south side of Scottsboro, $130,000 for batting cages and $15,000 to go toward the purchase of a tractor for the Rec-Com. The remaining $231,565 will go toward road repairs this year, bringing the road repair budget for 2020 to $517,504. The KPS Group invoice of $11,053.58 for the Heritage Center addition was considered. Council voted to cover 50% of the invoice, with $5,526.79 coming from bond money. The Heritage Center will be responsible for the other 50% of the architectural fee invoice. A position has opened on the Zoning Adjustment Board. Anyone interested in filling this vacancy should apply in writing to the City Clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. on January 24, 2020. Scottsboro City Mayor Robin Shelton stated the city has been awarded a grant at 90% of $73,905, the estimated cost for the guardrails for the bridge on Snodgrass Road. The city will be responsible for the remaining amount of $7,390. The guardrails shouldn’t interfere with the planned paving for Snodgrass as they are two separate projects. Council member Mike Ashburn stated there were 173 people who signed in at the courthouse shelter when inclement weather hit the valley on Saturday, January 11th. He also issued a reminder that Jackson County EMA has an alert program, CodeRed that is free. If there is severe weather headed your way, CodeRed will call your phone to notify you. The program can be found on the EMA’s website at jacksoncountyal.gov/241/EMA or on the EMA’s Facebook page. All the council members agreed the new shelter going in is necessary and will be installed just in time for warmer weather and the dangers that come with it.

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