The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Athens & Limestone County Today

February 25, 2013

County revving up roadway projects


Central unit system

Another development that would affect county road and bridge projects is the possibility of the county switching from a district system to a centralized unit system.

A central unit system would consolidate the use of equipment and personnel, and funnel all roadway improvements through the engineering department. Currently, each of the four commissioners supervises a district with its own tool shed, road crews and equipment. The districts are funded by gasoline tax revenue, which is split evenly among them.

“With a central unit system, an engineer would schedule for all the districts but we would still have the district tool sheds. Down the road we might end up with two sheds on (U.S.) 72, with one north of County Line Road and one south of it,” said District 1 Commissioner Gary Daly. “I can see where you would save money and avoid duplication of services, and I don’t see any negatives. If it was set up and run right, and if it was going to save money, I would vote for (a central unit system).

During the past few months, members of the Limestone County Commission have not made any public comments about switching to a central unit system. A proposal to consider the switch was removed from consideration last September to allow people more time to study the pros and cons of swapping systems.

Chairman Stanley Menefee, who told The News Courier last August that switching to a central system potentially could save the county $2 million annually, said Limestone is one of the few remaining counties in the state to still use the district system.

After a meeting last month, Menefee said the central unit system is prevalent statewide because the role of commissioners has expanded in the past two decades.

“Commissioners aren’t just road commissioners anymore,” said Menefee, who has served as a commissioner and a chairman.

Text Only
Athens & Limestone County Today


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee