Metro Roundup: Shelby County hopes to buy mobile clinic with COVID funds

The Shelby County Commission voted on Monday to submit a request to use community development block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to purchase a mobile screening and immunization clinic.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs would administer the grant funds for the state and, if awarded, Shelby County would use the funds to meet the block grants program’s national goal of “Respond to other urgent needs of the community posing a serious and immediate threat to the health or well-being of the community when other financial resources are not available.”

In association with the nonprofit Community of Hope, the county wants to explore mobile equipment for performing vaccinations and remote testing sites in Shelby County to meet the needs of rural and underserved residents of the county. , as well as all residents. impacted by COVID-19.

“Whatever arises as needed, we would have a mobile unit,” County Director Chad Scroggins said. “We can take care of communities that may have populations that don’t move as much. Community of Hope has been a very good provider to the community including the prison population, 911 and the juvenile detention center. This is a good opportunity for us to take advantage of some of these federal grants.

The Shelby County Commission also approved a $ 13 million revenue obligation for capital improvements at Indian Springs School, including classrooms and administrative spaces, library renovations, gymnasium renovations, a storm shelter and a new dining room. The school will own and operate the project and plans to pay back the deposit over seven years. A local government must approve the location of the site, which is why it was submitted to the commission.

At the October 11 meeting, the committee also:

  • Agreed to purchase audiovisual equipment for County Service buildings on US 280 from Reliant Media.
  • Accepted to purchase water fittings and accessories from Ferguson Waterworks.

Scroggins also informed the commission that the County Services Building on US 280 is scheduled to open on November 16.

County CFO Cheryl Naugher provided an update on actual tax revenue for fiscal 2021, which ended September 30:

Sales taxes increased by almost $ 200,000 from the previous year.

Rental taxes have increased by over $ 400,000.

Accommodation taxes have increased by $ 810,000.

Gasoline taxes have increased by over $ 438,000.

Rebuild Alabama taxes increased by more than $ 365,000

“All income continues to grow or remain stable,” Naugher said.

County Engineer Randy Cole mentioned in his report that a tunnel is being built under Shelby County 14 to connect Westminster School to Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.

The next Shelby County Commission meeting is scheduled for October 25 at 6 p.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building in Columbiana.

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