Atmore resident honored by county

Published 9:53 am Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Atmore resident Sandra Gray was honored Monday during the regular meeting of the Escambia County Commission.

Commissioner Karean Reynolds presented the Impact Award to Gray to honor her continuing work in the community.

“Ms. Gray does a lot for our community,” Reynolds said. “She works with Red Cross in Atmore and does so much more. She has a uniform closet and helps throughout the community in many ways.”

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Gray said the work she does comes from her heart and she helps wherever she can.

“I’ve always loved to help people,” Gray said. “My daddy taught me that. I do a lot, but it’s because of folks like you (commissioners) who make donations and help in many ways. I thank you for this.”

In other business Monday, the Commission:

• approved a change order in a Community Block Development Grant for a water project in the Ridge Road area. County Administrator Tony Sanks said the change order would approve a reduction in the contract amount by approximately $55,250. The reduction is primarily due to the City of Brewton doing work on the project requiring less funding from the grant.

• approved the annual certification and assurances for the Federal Transportation Authority to agree to the rules and regulations set forth by the agency complying with them in order to continuing funding for ECATS in the county;

• heard from Sheriff Heath Jackson in reference to the new animal shelter under the county’s control. “We expect to be open to the public in a week and a half,” Jackson said. “We are excited about the work done there already and we want ya’ll (commissioners) to come out and see the results. About 80 percent of the work done has been done by our inmates who have been happy to do it. They have enjoyed working with the animals and getting out a bit. Right now, our kill rate doesn’t really exist. We have been able to adopt out most of the animals we’ve taken in.” Jackson said a public announcement would be made when the shelter is officially open for business’

• approved a new resolution regarding temporary premium pay for county employees in relation to COVID-19 pay.