County to establish Scenic River Trail campsites

COLUMBIANA – The Alabama Scenic River Trail will soon include three stops in Shelby County.

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Shelby County Commission approved a resolution for County Manager Alex Dudchock to establish canoe-in campsites at Beeswax Creek Park in Wilsonville and Gorman Park in Vincent.

“…We endorse and support the plans of the Alabama Scenic River Trail and wish the organization success and encourage other communities along the trail to support and assist in the development of the Alabama Scenic River Trail,” the resolution read.

At about 700 miles long, the trail is the longest river trail in the United States located within one state. It stretches from the Coosa River at the Georgia state line in Northeast Alabama to Fort Morgan on the Gulf of Mexico.

The resolution calls for the establishment of two campsites at Beeswax Creek Park and one at Gorman Park.

The sites will have a maximum of two-night stays for campers.

The trail will benefit the communities by increasing tourism, enhancing industrial and commercial development, developing better recreation facilities on rivers and making them accessible, according to the resolution.

“We’re excited about it,” Dudchock said. “We’ll be part of the 700-mile trail.”

In other business, the Commission:

•Awarded the bid for field uniform garments to the only responsive bidder, and awarded the bid for aviation fuel to the lowest responsive bidder, Campbell Oil Company.

•Appointed Jim Martin to the Shelby County Board of Equalization.

•Appointed Michael Smith to the Harrison Regional Library Board.

•Appointed Fredericka Henne to the Shelby County Department of Human Resources Board.

At its Feb. 12 meeting, the Commission:

•Heard from Oak Mountain High School Principal Kristi Sayers about her intention to seek election to the position of superintendent for Shelby County Schools.

•Re-approved an off-premises retail beer and retail table wine license for Rockett’s Bug Juice Gardens.

•Approved the transfer of an off-premises retail beer license from Ulch Companies Inc. to Vrajshree LLC for Country Store, located at 8044 Hwy. 155, Montevallo.

•Approved a new off-premises retail beer and retail table wine license for D.C. Oil Co. Inc. at Quick Stop No. 21, located at 1314 Dunnavant Valley Road.

•Approved fees for alcohol license, which will remain the same as the previous year.

•Awarded bids for critical incident kits, gas convection ovens, heated proofer cabinets, air cooled chillers, and stone and sand to the lowest responsive bidders.

•Approved the appointment of Charity Havercroft to the Alabama Department of Human Resources Board.