Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is losing three valuable members of his staff — two who left last week for an 18-month tour of Iraq and another to retirement.

The Limestone County Commission discussed the replacement of those three employees Monday in regular session. Commissioners voted to update the staffing plan to include one additional Corrections Sergeant at the jail and the replacement of a Limestone County Chief Deputy.

Chief Deputy Jim Landers is retiring, effective Aug. 1 after 21 years as a law enforcement officer. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has not yet recommended a replacement for Landers, but will likely do so by the next meeting on July 3.

In addition to Landers, Corrections Sgt. Roy Brooks and Limestone County School Resource Officer Randy Burroughs, both members of the National Guard unit in Athens, left for Iraq last Thursday.

In other action, commissioners voted to turn over its sewer system at the Delphi complex in South Limestone County to the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority.

The county owns the system which was set up more than three decades ago when General Motors located the plant in Limestone County across from Calhoun Community College.

The county operates the system which pumps the sewer to the City of Decatur for treatment.

Commission Chairman David Seibert said the system has the capability of pumping 3.5 to 4 million gallons daily to Decatur. But he said Delphi has been pumping between 750,000 to 1 million gallons daily.

“We just felt it was time for the Water and Sewer Authority to take it over since they are in that business,” Seibert said. “It will allow them to operate and increase capacity.”

Commissioners took the following action on other items:

• Adopted a resolution to de-annex real property in the county. Commissioners said they are willing to dennex any property that has been annexed into the city limits.

• Adopted a mutal assistance agreement between the commission and Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad and Limestone County Volunteer Fire Departments.

• Adopted an agreement with BellSouth to set up equipment to video court hearings at the courthouse for 24 months for 2,518.75.

• Approved an agreement to allow senior workers project/host agency agreement with TARCOG.

• Voted to make application to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for a juvenile court grant in conjunction with the Limestone Community Corrections Program.

• Approved merit salary increases for Thomas Gilbert, Dusty Meadows, Tammy Waddell.

• Approved new subdivisions Two Rivers Drive at the west end of Snake Road at the Pointe Subdivision; Legacy Grove Addition 1 at Mooresville Road 1.5 miles south of U.S. 72; Spring Lake Estates at Bill Black Road, north of New Cut Road; and Highland Village at Friend Road south of Snake Road at Brigadoon.

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