At least two tenants living in houses now owned by Limestone County may soon be asked to move out.
County Commissioner Bill Latimer said a county maintenance worker visited three rental homes near the old L&S shopping center late last week, and found two of them to be beyond repair. He said it would be more cost effective to tear down the structures than fix them up.
“Both need rewiring and replumbing. In at least one, the floor is sagging,” he said. “I have since concluded the properties aren’t worth saving. They have naked wires exposed and they are a hazard.”
A house on the north side of the property, however, was found to be safe.
Latimer said an old restaurant also on the premises “is not conducive” to the county’s plans for the property. He made a motion that it and two of the three homes be demolished, and the other commissioners voted in agreement.
Commissioners had spoken to tenants in the rental homes after the county voted to buy the seven-acre property, and Latimer said tenants said there were issues that needed to be fixed. The tenants were told at the time they could renew the terms of their lease for one year, but no leases have been signed.
“They’ve been warned (about the situation),” Latimer said, adding tenants could be asked to move out within 30 days.
Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee said tenants should be “given a reasonable amount of time” to find a new place of residence.
Elsewhere, the commission approved a resolution allowing Underwood Associates Architecture to provide $4,500 in architectural services necessary to renovate the old Fred’s building on the property.
In other business Monday, the commission:
• Approved hazardous duty compensation for eligible members of the Limestone County Detention Center;
• Approved a contract with the Tennessee Valley Youth Detention Facility in Tuscumbia for youth services;
• Approved a three-year contract with Dr. Robert E. Pittman of Limestone Veterinary Clinic for $18,825 per month, effective Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015. County Administrator Pam Ball said a three-year contract with the clinic locked in the county’s monthly rate, thereby barring future increases during the contract period;
• Approved a contract for the Athens-Limestone Hospital dialysis transport van for $30,284;
• Approved annual TARCOG contracts for Alabama Cares ($14.50 per hour) and Senior Rx Program ($20,738);
• Approved a TARCOG host agency agreement for a senior aid in District 1;
• Approved a memorandum of understanding regarding backup data services;
• Approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to cooperate in the traffic signal, striping and markings at the intersections of Capshaw and Jones roads; Zehner and Quinn roads; and Easter Ferry and Fort Hampton/Coffman roads. The county’s share of the $60,183.11 project will be $6,018.31, with federal funds used in the difference;
• Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Athens-Limestone GIS consortium for Community Mapping and Data Management System participation;
• Approved a resolution allowing Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc., to provide architectural services necessary to construct a community safe room at 19667 Sandlin Road in Elkmont. The cost of services is estimated at 7 percent of construction cost, or about $11,290;
• Reappointed Jerry Crabtree and Mike Besh to the E-911 Board of Commissioners, representing Places 1 and 2, respectively. The terms are from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016;
• Approved a request by Judy Griffin to abandon a utility and drainage easement on lot 20 of Sewell Acres Subdivision;
• Approved selling a 2004 Ford Explorer and 1999 Ford Taurus on GovDeals for Community Corrections, and transferred a 2003 Ford Explorer from the engineering department to Community Corrections;
• Approved a four-cent increase in the solid waste fee to $12.83 per month;
• Approved a new modified duty, return to work and seat belt policy for county employees;
• Approved a motion to initiate legal proceedings against David and Elizabeth Jones for violation of the county’s junk and debris law. Menefee said the couple’s home was hit by a tornado on April 27, 2011, and the couple moved away without tending to the property;
• Approved a measure to solicit bids for the demolition of the remainder of the old county jail; and
• Approved 1.4 miles of repaving Wales Street from Elkton to Holt roads at a cost of $18,000.
The commission will meet again for a work session at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 at the Washington Street annex.