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- Monday storm brings damage
- Judge dissolves JPA giving development
job to County Commission
- School suit dismissed
Monday storm brings damage
A Monday afternoon storm system caused traffic
problems with the downing of trees on interstate 20 and U.S. 78.
Calhoun County EMA Director Dan Long said several homes received
Interview with EMA Director Dan Long
Judge Dissolves JPA giving development job
to County Commission
County Commissioners will meet tuesday to begin decisions on how
they will handle the development of the former Fort Mcclellan
following a Friday court ruling declaring the Joint Powers authority
was not a legal entity and transferring the mcclellan property to
the county. Circuit court judge Joel Laird issued the ruling Friday
ordering the JPA assets be immediately transferred to Calhoun County
directing the county to develop the former fort. Judge Laird named
Calhoun County administrator Ken Joiner as the courts receiver. It
is unsure whether the ruling would be appealed with the JPA being
dissolved and their funds transferred to county control. The County
Commission, while faced with the development of the former fort, may
have some legislative direction. In 1975, with the closure of
McClellan already announced, the legislature passed legislation
placing re-development of the former fort in the county commissions
control. The legislature later amended the law in 1982, in a bill
submitted by then Representative Mike Rogers to set up the creation
of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council to assist in the
development effort. The act, approved by the legislature in the
1982 regular session, created a board of 9 members and one ex
officio non voting member. Five of the members were to be appointed
by the legislative delegation, two by the county commission, and two
appointed by the council of mayors and set term limits for all of
the appointees. In his Friday ruling, judge Laird said his ruling
will not affect any prior transactions or sales of property by the
JPA. Laird also directed the JPA staff for the immediate future to
work for the county commission on McClellan Development. Commission
chairman ← Eli Henderson
said the county will try to take the politics out of McClellan
redevelopment saying the county commission would set up a board or
committee made of up professional people with real expertise.
Interview with Calhoun County Commission
chairman Eli Henderson
School Suit Dismissed
A lawsuit challenging the hiring of Anniston
City Schools Superintendent Joan Frazier was dismissed Friday.
Circuit Court Judge John Thomason said state law and an attorney
general's opinion back the board's decision to hire Frazier without
advertising the position. The board hired Frazier, on April 24. In
May, the Birmingham education reform group Citizens for Better
Schools sued the school board, claiming it had violated the Open
Meetings Act by meeting secretly before the meeting at which Frazier
was hired. The group also argued the school board did not properly
advertise the position.
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