Week of April 16, 2012

  • Published: April 16, 2012
  • What’s up?
    Registration for this year’s County Day @ the Legislature is well behind schedule. With the myriad of challenges facing counties in this year’s legislative session, it is more important than ever that counties have a show of strength in Montgomery. Please register today for the event, which is scheduled for May 2-3, by clicking here. Also, rooms at the Renaissance Montgomery are still available at the group rate. The rate is $132, and reservations can be made by calling 877-901-6632 or clicking here.

    “The Takeaway”
    ACCA Director Sonny Brasfield appeared on “The Takeaway,” a national syndicated radio production of the New York Times, last week to discuss Alabama’s law that prohibits the release of audio recordings of 9-1-1 tapes in Alabama. You can listen to an archived recording of the show.

    Public Safety Summit
    AAEM is hosting a one day Public Safety Summit on September 27 aimed at public safety personnel and first responders. The summit will focus on the roles and responsibilities of different agencies in a disaster situation, from response through recovery.  The event, scheduled for the Clanton Civic Center, is part of the ongoing process of learning from the April 27 tornadoes. ACCA will announce when registration begins, and there will be no cost for attendance.

    More ‘Bama influence
    In addition to Richie Beyer’s election as president of the National Association of County Engineers, Butler County Engineer Dennis McCall was elected Southeast Region Vice-President of NACE at its annual convention last month.  Dennis will serve on the executive committee of the national organization that represents county engineers from coast-to-coast.  And a third Alabama engineer, Henry County Engineer Chris Champion, is the state representative on the NACE Board of Directors.

    ATRIP review has started
    The seven-member committee established to evaluate the county and city proposals for funding through Gov. Robert Bentley’s ATRIP highway funding program began its work last week.  The committee will ultimately provide Gov. Bentley will a list of suggested projects to be announced later next month. The projects will be let to contract no later than December.