Cullman County Commission invites Colony Mayor Curtis Johnson to speak about inclusion of Colony Town Cemetery on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Registry

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Colony Cemetery houses the graves of the town’s founders (Photo courtesy of findagrave.com)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Commission welcomed Colony Mayor Curtis Johnson to their meeting Tuesday evening to speak about the Colony Town Cemetery’s recent listing on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Registry. At the commission’s June meeting, a proclamation was presented for the achievement, though Johnson was unable to attend.  

Johnson thanked the commission for the invitation and the proclamation. “Our cemetery was created back in the 1860s on property designated to the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church. Since it was the first and only church in the community, everyone who died was buried at Pleasant Grove and through the years, it was known as Pleasant Grove Cemetery. When other churches were built, due to the lack of property because the roads had already been established, Pleasant Grove became known as the Colony Community Cemetery,” Johnson explained.  

In other business, the commission approved the following agenda items: 

  • Recognition of Kenneth Calvert who is retiring after 17 years of service with the Sanitation Department.  
  • Resolution 2021-28 authorizing the filing of a grant application for Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs funds for Stoney Lonesome OHV Park in the amount of $346, 244 and authorized Cullman County Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons to sign all related documents.  
  • Resolution 2021-29 authorizing the filing of a grant application for Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs funds for Stoney Lonesome OHV Park in the amount of $178,693 and authorized Clemons to sign all related documents.  
  • Ratified change order for two garage motors and associated electrical work from CH Harris, Inc. for CARTS Bus Wash in the amount of $4,105. 
  • Reappointment of Cliff Harris to the Health Care Authority Board for a six-year term expiring June 30, 2027.  
  • Reappointment of Perry Knight to the Health Care Authority Board for a six-year term expiring June 30, 2027.  
  • Surplus of a 2010 Chevy Malibu from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office to be disposed of on GovDeals.  
  • Surplus of a 2006 Canon Digital Copier from the Cullman County Commission Office to be disposed of on GovDeals.  
  • Surplus of 56 Automark handicap voting machines and dispose of by trade-in on new Express Vote machines.  
  • Additional allocation of $350 to the United Way of Cullman County to support the mission of serving the residents of Cullman County under the existing contract for services. 
  • Authorized Clemons to sign an agreement with Evan Terry and Associates to provide ADA Facilities consulting services.  
  • Purchase of three 2022 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW (W4H) XL 4WD Crew Cabs under Sourcewell (formerly known as NJPA) Contract 120716-NAF in the amount of $55,596.10 each for the Cullman County Water Department.  
  • Purchase of two Takeuchi TB240 Compact Excavators from the Alabama County Joint Bid Program in the amount of $50, 983 each for the Cullman County Water Department and authorized Clemons to sign all related paperwork.  
  • Purchase of two Solar 24/7 flashing beacons for warning light and signs on Alabama Highway 69 at County Road 54 and Alabama Highway 91 intersections in the amount of $9,158 and authorized Clemons to sign all related paperwork.  
  • Chain link fence to be installed by Parris Fence Company at CARTS in the amount of $12,665.50. 
  • Authorized Clemons to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Alabama Department of Public Health and Cullman County Commission.  
  • Authorized Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham to sign TransUnion agreement for the Cullman County Revenue Office.  
  • Authorized EMA Director Phyllis Little to sign grant agreement in the amount of $10,000 with the Alabama Department of Public Health to purchase supplies and/or equipment for mass fatality response and to provide training and/or exercises for the State Mortuary Operations Response Team.  
  • Authorized Clemons to execute an agreement with CDG Engineers for design, management and final inspection of Power Backup systems at five community storm shelters at a cost of $9,500.  
  • Proposed Plat Ebenezer Subdivision- a minor subdivision containing eight lots located on County Road 615. 
  • Proposed Plat Cotton Patch Estates- a minor subdivision containing 17 lots located on County Road 349.  
  • Proposed plat Eastern Shores Phase 2- a major subdivision containing 21 lots located on County Road 1452 and Orchard Drive.  
  • Bid #1355- Jail supplies for the Cullman County Jail–North Alabama Chemical for jail supplies in the amount of $126,061.20 and Central Paper for kitchen and laundry chemicals in the amount of $28,850.  
  • Bid #1358- Aggregate to Blount Springs Materials, Vulcan Materials Company, C.A. Langford Co. Inc. and Madison Materials Inc. Purchase will be based on vicinity and availability of materials.  
  • Extension of Bid #1356- Unleaded gasoline and diesel from B&B Petroleum for one year.  

The next Cullman County Commission meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room.  

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