County moves forward on Helena road projects

COLUMBIANA – Acquisition of rights-of-way will begin soon for two roadway improvement projects in Helena.

The Shelby County Commission, at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, approved two resolutions related to acquiring rights-of-way.

The projects include improvements to the intersection of Shelby County 52 and Shelby County 93, and the replacement of a bridge over the Cahaba River on Shelby County 52.

Rights-of-way to be acquired for the intersection project include seven tracts of land and a combined 1.5 acres.

Rights-of-way to be acquired for the bridge replacement project include five tracts of land and a combined 5 acres.

In a separate resolution, the Commission proclaimed 2018 as the year of Shelby County’s Bicentennial.

Shelby County was established on Feb. 7, 1818, and was named for Issac Shelby, a Revolutionary War hero and first governor of Kentucky.

“The Shelby County Commission recognizes 2018 as the Bicentennial year for the county as a unique opportunity to celebrate and uplift the county during this historic time,” the resolution read. “Shelby County cities and communities are encouraged to acknowledge and celebrate the Bicentennial during 2018 to educate our residents and visitors on all our county has to offer and promote lasting initiatives while celebrating our 200th year.”

Also at the meeting, the county was presented three Flag Awards by Jim Price of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The awards are presented to organizations for proper display of the American flag.

Price said flag displays at the Shelby County Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office and license office all met the group’s criteria.