Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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- Obit lint 256-77!-0934Residents opposed to marina
By Karf.n Middleton
Lauderdale County Elk River residents say a proposed 50-slip marina complex on TVA property 1.5 miles from the mouth of the Elk will be bad news for the environment.
Gilbert "Bubba” Doss of Bubba’s Marine Construction EEC, has applied to TVA for a 30-year easement to build the marina, recreational vehicle park and tourist cabins on a 92-acre tract.
The Rogersville Special Interest Group, which is associated with the Shoals Environmental Alliance, will lead a public rally Thursday at 1 p.m. at Rogersville City Hall to protest the proposed complex.
The group, w hich has a couple of dozen
members, has listed concerns on a Web site, which include environmental impact on endangered species, whether the developer has financial resources to complete the project, the proposed dredging of 2,700 cubic yards of materials from the river, drainage, displacement of an equestrian trail, county road maintenance, bank erosion, noise, sewage disposal, fuel leakage, litter and trash disposal, boat traffic, crime, overpopulation and infringement on bird habitats and wetlands, among others.
Both Doss and a TVA spokesman said they are addressing these concerns and the public can comment on them once they complete an impact study.See Marina, Page 2A
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This site on the Elk River is near the proposed marina complex.
County workers get raise
3 percent cost of iving increase in $21 million budget
By Sonny Tirnlr
1 he Limestone County Commission approved a record S21.2 million budget Monday that includes a three percent cost of living raise for the county's 200 employees.
The new budget takes effect Oct. 1.
County Administrator Pall Ball said the cost of living raise for employees w'ill cost the county another S215,000 per year.
All public appropriations in the budget remains the same as last year with the exception of a SI0,000 increase from $60,000 to S70.000 for the Mental Health С enter of North Central Alabama.
The Limestone C'ounty Sheriff’s Department, jail, courthouse security, school resource officers and debt service that includes 1 1 patrol cars all total approximately S5.1 million in the new' budget.
In other action, the commission approved a four percent cost of living pay raise for the 40 county retirees and agreed to enter into a contract w ith the Alabama Department of Youth Services for long term detention subsidy. Commissioners agreed to pay S75 per day for three beds. Chairman David Seibert said the county will receive a portion of that money back from the state at the end of the year.
The commission approved the following:
• Family medical leave for Patricia Moore, beginning Aug. 26 and ending Oct. 21.
• 3()-cent per hour assignment compensation for investigators with the Sheriff’s Department.
• Employed Sherry Craig as a van driver for the Limestone Council on -Aging, pending drug and alcohol screening.
See Budget, Page 2A
2 roads leading from quarry will be resurfaced
A portion of Cross Key and Easter Ferry roads in western Limestone County will be repaired and resurfaced, a project that will cost $334,262.
Rogers Group which owns and operates a rock quarry off Easter Ferry Road w ill finance the project at six percent annual interest rate, county commissioners said Monday.
Limestone County Engineer Richard Sanders said the project w ill consist of more than three miles. Cross Key Road and Easter Ferry Road connect.
Commissioners have said rock quarry trucks coming in and out of the quarry are tearing up the roads and m an agreement with Rogers Group, the county is receiv ing fees to help recover some of the costs involved in the resurfacing.
fhe rock quarry has been in operation for about five years.
Fingerprinting the young
\cws-Councr Kim Ryndcrs
3-year-old Carson Collins gets fingerprinted by Athens Police Officer Tom O’Hara at Lindsey Lane Baptist Church Monday during Moms Morning Out. The officer was at the church talking to children about safety and fingerprinting nine classes of students.
Starting at courthouse (lower right) orange route shows how bike trail will cross county.
Bike trail across county gets approval
A 163-mile bike trail through Limestone County was a Rails to frails walking track in the county, said
approved Monday by the Limestone County Limestone County’s share for the project is $62,580 with
Commission. bike clubs supplyng $30,000, the City of Athens $6,300
A group of bicycling enthusiasts proposed the and the tow n of Mkmont $1,120.
$500,000 project last week as part of the Athens- Martin told commissioners theii $62,580 share is
Limestone Chamber of Commerce lourism Master Plan.
Richard Martin, who headed up the effort to establish See Trail, Page 3A