Russell County Projects Get Green Light

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  Wednesday was the Russell County Commission's first meeting in the county's new courthouse and members wasted no time getting down to business.

County officials revealed there is a decline in sales tax revenue due to the state of the economy.

To make up for that, members are reducing expenditures by $72,000 to help keep the budget balanced.

The commission also amended their budget expenditures policy in an effort to keep spending down.

Now, anything that costs more than $7500 has to be reviewed by the commission before it's approved.

The commission also authorized several transportation projects in hopes they'll get some of the stimulus money.

They include the relocation of County Road 4, the widening and resurfacing of Opelika Road, the resurfacing of Fire Tower Road and Hughley Road, and the widening and resurfacing of Nuckols Road.

The Engineering Department will now submit the plans to the Alabama DOT.

County officials say they should know exactly how much money they're getting from the stimulus by the first week of March.

NOTE: A reminder for Russell County residents about a meeting to be held Thursday, Feb. 26th.
At 6:30 p.m. inside the new courthouse, officials will present the findings of a year-long study on the impact of BRAC and how to be prepared for the influx of folks coming to the area.