Oxford project added to list of 14 county roadway improvements paid for by $20M from state program
by Brian Anderson
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The final phase of a state-funded road improvement program includes an Oxford project, giving Calhoun County a total of $20 million in funds spread across 15 projects in the county.

County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm announced Thursday at the Calhoun County Commission meeting that the state Department of Transportation had selected adding lanes to the Leon Smith Parkway as the final project for the Rehabilitation and Improvements Program. The 15 approved projects include improvements in Weaver, Anniston and Jacksonville.

Rosenbalm thanked the commission at its meeting Thursday for its work and cooperation in securing the funds.

“This is a big deal for Calhoun County,” Rosenbalm said. “This is going to bring a lot of needed improvements.”

Rosenbalm said it’ll be years before all the projects are complete, but said the county’s next projects will include fixing bridges on Wellington Road, Choctaw Street and Gilbert’s Ferry Road.

In other business, the commission:

--Appointed Melissia Wood to the Coosa Valley Youth Services Board of Directors. Wood, Calhoun County’s assistant administrator, will replace former Assistant Administrator Faye Robertson on the board. Thursday’s meeting was Wood’s first in the new position.

--Approved a resolution giving $10,000 for Freedom Riders Park maintenance and development. The money will come from state Rep. Barbara Boyd’s Legislative Community Service Grant funds. Boyd made the request for the money.

--Reappointed Willie Burnett to the Calhoun County Department of Human Resources Board of Directors.

--Approved a $5,000 contract with Community Enablers Developer for the nonprofit to provide medical services for senior citizens in Calhoun County.

--Passed abatement resolutions on properties at 908 Lehman St. and 3202 Old Birmingham Highway in Anniston, 37 Koko St. in Alexandria, and 245 Smith St. in Oxford.

--Declared public nuisance properties at 162 Gardendale Drive, 850 Anniston Beach Road, 125 1st St. and 217 Tillman Ave. in Anniston.

--Dismissed nuisance abatements at 117 Robanna Circle in Alexandria and 2985 Old Downing Mill Road in Anniston.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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