At its regular meeting, the Calhoun County Commission approved a recommendation from the Animal Control Board to hire Shannon Shanks as the center’s new full-time director. The county hired Shanks as an assistant director in January.
“She just has the experience and she’s proven to us she can do the job,” said Janet Odom, chairwoman of the board of directors. “Just the paperwork experience, the vet tech experience, she has earned this opportunity, and the board supports her 100 percent.”
Odom said the board received 25 applications for the job. Shanks’ appointment marks the second time this year the county has hired a new director for the center. Dani LaPlant, who was hired in January, resigned less than two months later.
The commission will have to decide Shanks’ salary before awarding her a contract. Odom said the Animal Control Board is not involved in that decision.
Shanks wasn’t at the meeting Thursday because she was busy working at the county’s animal control facility, Odom said.
The commission also approved a recommendation from the Alabama Regional Communication System to form a committee to find a solution to the ongoing funding question plaguing the 800 megahertz radio system that first-responder agencies use. A bill which potentially could have funded an upgrade to the radio system died before reaching the floor of either chamber of the Legislature in Montgomery.
“If those storms come rolling in today and we didn’t have that communication system, I don’t know what we’d do,” said commission Chairman Rudy Abbott. “We’ve all seen what tornadoes can do.”
The committee will include County Administrator Ken Joiner, 911 board members Rita Carlise and Curtis McCants, Anniston fire Chief Tony Taylor, Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge, Alexandria fire Chief Mike Howard, Calhoun County Schools Director of Safety Mike Fincher and county attorney Tom Sowa.
In other business, the commission:
• Awarded a contract to Kilgore Construction for $113,600 for a bridge cover for Alexandria-Wellington Road. County engineer Brian Rosenbalm called it a “beautification” project for an “iconic” structure.
• Awarded a contract with EMC Excavation Contractors and Teague Hauling and Demolition for debris removal on several nuisance properties in the county. The total contract is for $18,450.
• Approved an allocation of $500 YMCA of Calhoun County.
• Approved a $1,000 allocation for the Anniston Runners Club to help fund the Woodstock 5K.
• Approved a $1,200 allocation for the Special Kids Fishing Classic in Oxford, an event for local children with special needs.
• Awarded $4,900 to the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame to host an awards banquet to promote tourism.
• Awarded $7,500 to the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association to help fund the Noble Street Festival.
• Approved a contract with Savin Business Systems for printers and scanners for the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
• Declared nuisance abatements at 600 Parker St., 401 Rice Ave., 1504 Willett St., 331 East 54th St., 325 Rice Ave., and Moose Lodge Road in Anniston, 6834 Alabama 21 in Piedmont and 1110 Whites Gap Road in Jacksonville.
• Dismissed a nuisance abatement at 203 Smith St. in Anniston.
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