HOLMES COUNTY – The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners voted April 20 to de-obligate one million in FEMA funding from the Bonifay-Chipley Road paving project in order to not lose the funds. FEMA requires that all of the $22 million is spent by August 2. The Bonifay-Chipley Road paving project will not be completed by that date so in an effort to keep the funding in the county, Commissioners opted to back out of the project for the time being. The
three additional roads are as follows: Bush Road one mile from Highway
173, Oak Grove Road and Coursey Road, both pavement to pavement. A letter will be sent to Florida Department of Transportation requesting their portion of the funds be transferred over to phase two of the Bonifay-Gritney Road paving project totaling $500,000.
The Board was advised by Engineer Cliff Knauer that Bonifay-Gritney Road was set to be paved by end week which will bring phase one of the project to near completion. Commissioners are expected to begin requesting bids in the next couple of months on phase two of the project.
much advertising to find someone to fill a part time moving position,
the board voted to change the position to full time and increase the hourly pay in an effort to appeal to a wider pool of applicants. The once $12 an hour position will now be set at $14 an hour. The change in the position will be paid for out of Coronavirus Aid, Relief,and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds in the amount of $5,060 which will
cover the rest of this fiscal year. Commissioners are expected to
address this position again during budget meetings in the next few
Commissioners tasked Knauer with putting together a bid package for Alabama Class 2 RipRap rocks to be used on the list of roads to be paved through the FEMA funding. These rocks will aid in lessening erosion on the roads shoulders.
Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet in regular session at 6pm on May 4.