July 16, 2014 Edition

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Quorum Court names
county road after Wallin

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

County Judge Dale Freeman requested the approval of the Lawrence County Quorum Court to rename County Road 615 in honor of the late Michael "Button" Wallin. The request was approved unanimously.

The road leads to Wallin Agri Aviation, and Freeman said that Wallin worked hard to get the road blacktopped. The contract to blacktop the road will be let in early August, according to Freeman.

Also at the meeting, the Lawrence County Ham Radio Club president, Glendal Floyd, and other representatives of the club requested the county invest in a new radio repeater.

Repeaters are used to retransmit low-level signals on higher frequencies to cover a greater distance and can be used in emergency situations when other forms of communication fail. The current repeater being used, while functional, is out of date in both hardware and software.

Floyd explained that the club is very serious about its work and Lawrence County currently has 70 licensed amateur radio operators who could make use of this equipment during a disaster.

"We are a public service in case of an emergency," Floyd said.

Justice Jim Jones recommended the county use grant money if possible to cover the expense of the equipment. Freeman requested information on the repeater and any other equipment that would assist them in their efforts so that he could apply for the grant.

In other business:

  • Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management Director Buddy Williams gave a report on road repairs required after the April 27 storm, which caused damage to approximately 150 roads in Lawrence County. He said any outstanding repairs and reports to go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster aid should be complete within the next 30 days.

  • justices approved a resolution allowing the sheriff's department to apply for a GIF community enhancement grant to purchase three pick-up trucks.

  • the court approved the street department to lease purchase a new backhoe loader at the rate of $1,700 a month over four years.

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