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The Madison County Commission approved a more than $1.8 million contract to convert the former 911 Center on Oakwood Avenue into a training facility for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
The contract could top $2 million if a pair of options are later approved with contractor Highland Lake Construction.
“I think we bought that building for $1.3 million,” Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said. “To exercise the two options in this contract is about $2 million. We’re going to have less than $3.5 million invested with that many square feet, it is going to be phenomenal for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.”
“It’s not only phenomenal for us, but the training we will be able to give our deputies is probably going to move us five years ahead,” said Sheriff Kevin Turner, who estimated the square footage of the building to be “at least 10,000 square feet if not more.”
“We will also be able to host regional training where we host other agencies from around the region whether it be Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia,” the sheriff told commissioners.
He said the facility could host meetings of the Alabama Sheriffs Association and police chiefs from around the state.
The facility will include a training classroom “where we can do in-service training,” Turner said.
“It will allow us to do our virtual tactical training, teach deputies how to approach cars,” the sheriff said. “It’s typical training that other agencies do around the country. We just didn’t have a training facility. We have one now.”
Turner said the renovation will include painting, carpeting, putting dividers for classrooms and IT work.
County Attorney Jeff Rich said the two options included more than $92,000 for restroom finishes and fixtures and $90,000 for partition installation.
“The alternatives do not have to be selected today, but can be selected in the future if funding is available,” Rich said.
Other Commission business
Commissioners on Wednesday acquired two deeds required for the Blake Bottom Road improvement project. Rich said there were 102 separate parcels to be acquired for the project. He said half of those have either been closed or condemned through the probate courts.
“The others have contracts that have either been signed or in continuing negotiations,” Rich said. “This project is proceeding along accordingly.”
Plans are about 90% complete for the $8.7 million widening project from Jeff Road to State Road 53, according to a report by the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Additionally, the commission:
- approved a resolution applying for more than $334,000 in grant funding from the Department of Transportation for the County’s TRAM program, which provides transportation for Madison County residents in rural areas. The Commission also approved providing more than $189,000 in matching funds for the program.
- approved a $525,000 agreement with Whitaker Contracting Corporation for surfacing work for Cherry Tree Road and Old Highway 431.
- gave final approval for 129 lots as part of phase 7 of the Colonial Point subdivision in District 1. Concord Land Development is the developer of the subdivision.
- approved 68 lots in phase one of the Steger Bend subdivision. William T. and Dorris Jane Ellet are owners of the project. The subdivision is in District 1.
- gave final approval for 61 lots in phase 6 of the Walkers Hill subdivision in District 1. Campbell & Mance Resources LLC is the developer.
Scott Turner reports from Huntsville for The Lede.