County approves grant match for Cahaba River Park trails

COLUMBIANA – Shelby County will receive $200,000 through a grant program, and match the grant with about $85,000 of local funds, to construct recreational trails and a trailhead in the planned Cahaba River Park.

The Shelby County Commission at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, approved a resolution authorizing County Manager Alex Dudchock to execute the agreement.

The county was selected by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to participate in the Recreational Trails Program, which will cover a maximum of 80 percent of the project.

The project is estimated at $285,520, Shelby County will accept $200,000 from ADECA and provide the required match of $85,520.

The matching funds will come from the county’s lodging tax revenues and/or in-kind labor services.

The project will produce about five miles of trails serving hikers, walkers, trail runners and mountain bikers.

In other business, the commission:

-Approved a resolution for acquiring easements related to a project to construct a new bridge over Spring Creek on Shelby County 24 in Montevallo.

-Approved a resolution to allow Jesse Creek Mining LLC to conduct mining and reclamation activities within a 100-foot buffer of Shelby County 260 in western Shelby County.

-Awarded bids for brand specific cleaning items (awarded to American Osment), non-brand specific cleaning items (American Osment), car care items (NAPA Auto Parts-Columbiana) and razors (CPR Savers and First Aid Supply).