District 2 Commissioner Jeff Burrough on Monday gave a certificate of appreciate to the family of the late Danny Jones for service to the county and the Townley community, particularly for water …
District 2 Commissioner Jeff Burrough on Monday gave a certificate of appreciate to the family of the late Danny Jones for service to the county and the Townley community, particularly for water authority and fire service activities.
Jones died April 22 at the age of 71.
Burrough made the presentation at Monday's quarterly night meeting of the Walker County Commission.
"I don't guess there were many times that we walk in life and live in our communities that we don't find people who are of a servants heart. Mr. Jones exemplified this," Burrough said, saying people looked up to Jones and sought his advice on needs.
Chairman Jerry Bishop said, "Mr. Jones was very important to Townley. We praised him and we certainly meant it," he said.
Burrough said he talks to the Daily Mountain Eagle frequently, in that "we need a place in the media to show all the good guys, because there is plenty of them in Walker County." He later said in the meeting, "There is so much positive stuff that goes on in our county that don't get no kind of media attention or anything," although he added some people don't want the attention. "There's good people working hard in this county."
A representative of the family thanked the commission for recognizing Jones for his life and work. "He had compassion for people in the community," he said, saying that was instilled in him when he was serving in the military in Vietnam. "When he came back, he wanted to help people, and he did."
In a related development, Bishop announced at the meeting that the commission was sending another certificate of appreciation to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine for helping with the county's animal shelter during the recent distemper outbreak. Medicine, funding and other assistance was given, Bishop said. No one from the school was on hand to receive the certificate, which will be sent to the school.
In other action, the commission:
• Heard from County Engineer Mike Short that the road paving project at Walker County Airport-Bevill Field, which will lead to a new parking area, will be let July 30 for bids.
• Approved an Alabama PALS application for an Adopt-a-Mile from the Townley First Baptist Church youth group on the Wire Road. Alabama PALS forwarded the application for a signature from the chairman. The road adoption for litter cleanup is for the entire section of the road from South Frontage Road to Alabama Highway 124. A request has been made for the Adopt-a-Mile sign to say the adoption is in memory of Jo Allred. Burrough said the church is always energetic and self-sufficient to work on spring cleanups. "They are a role model for my area," he said.
• Approved a request for the county to make application for Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs energy-efficient retrofits of local governments, K-12 schools and non-profit groups, which are due on Aug. 16. Bishop said it would allow replacing windows and windows, and possibly doing other energy efficiency work as the county makes repairs at the Walker County Courthouse. The county can apply for between $10,000 and $25,000, Bishop said, while the county plans to apply for the maximum amount.
• Heard District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt say his crews are doing preparation for road work in the near future. District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said his district is waiting for a paving crew to come in. "A lot of our chip seal projects are finishing up. The striping crew hopefully should be coming in within the next couple of months to stripe and put in fresh roads. We've probably got 35 miles of striping that is about to go down. A lot of the roads are getting fresh reflectors," he said. Burrough said District 2 has road projects, and that one on Yellow Jacket Road, with plans for Nauvoo Road and some secondary roads.
• Heard Davis say the Walker County Farmers Market upgrades project is complete except for striping of the road. The complex received a new sign and roof, and the parking lot was paved, he said, noting it has been a good project in conjunction with the City of Jasper. He said his wife saw the farmer's market completely packed with people the previous Saturday.
• Heard Bishop say the county is up to 70 percent complete on the Walker County Jail renovations, adding that bond payments in the county are continuing to be made.
District 3 Commissioner Ralph Williams did not attend the meeting.