The deadline to remove debris left in waterways after the April 27, 2011, tornadoes has been extended to Nov. 30, so work can be completed in Limestone County.
Limestone County Commissioners agreed during their regular meeting Monday to extend the contract with the Natural Resources Conservation Services from Oct. 29 to the end of November. This is the second extension of the project, which first took effect April 11.
Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee asked the commission to suspend the rules and immediately approve the contract extension, which commissioners unanimously agreed to do.
Crews began removing debris from county creeks and streams May 30 — 13 months after the tornadoes struck Limestone County. The first contract ended July 31 but was extended to Oct. 29.
The county initially received $659,090 from the NRCS to clean up 10 sites. The NRCS paid 90 percent and the county paid 10 percent or $73,232. The following waterways are scheduled for cleanup:
• Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road at Piney Creek (main creek and two relief channels), $72,680 (which will require special requirements due to federally protected snails present in the waterway);
• French’s Mill Creek from Capshaw Road to U.S. 72, $284,939;
• Nick Davis Road at Limestone Creek, $61,719;
Seven other waterways have already been cleaned.
In other business Monday, commissioners accepted a $40,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Youth Services Agency to be used for juvenile counseling, outpatient therapy and electronic monitoring, according to District Judge Jeanne Anderson, who briefed the commission on the grant.
Menefee said after the meeting he was particularly pleased that the grant could be used for electronic monitoring of juveniles because the county rents only three beds at the juvenile probation center in Tuscumbia and because he believes monitoring a juvenile works better than counseling or outpatient therapy.