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Crenshaw County Engineer Benjie Sanders has been named the 2014 County Engineer of the Year by the Association of County Engineers of Alabama in recognition of his service to his county and the profession.
Sanders was selected by a committee of his peers from around the state for ACEA's highest honor.
has 19 years of experience in county engineering, and he
has held his
current position since 2000.
, left, and Dan Dahlke
has also represented county engineers on a number of Alabama Department of Transportation committees, including the Director's Technical Advisory Committee and the High Risk Rural Roads Committee
This focus on safety issues has carried him into the national arena as well.
Sanders was recently appointed to the Roadway Safety Committee of the National Association of County Engineers, which has also designated him as the Alabama Roadway Safety Champion.
County Commission Chairman Rickey ...
County Commission Chairman Rickey McElwain and County Engineer Benjie Sanders attended a legislation workshop earlier this week and reported to the Commission about upcoming logging legislation.
"It's a pretty complicated subject," Sanders
"There's a lot of information and understanding that goes along with that."
said there will be a lot of work involved in getting the measure implemented and more work getting employees educated and trained.
Under the proposed legislation, a logging company would have to submit a form to the county, which would review the proposed logging site for safety or drainage problems.
"We would have a certain amount of time to give approval - four business days for new access or two business days for existing access," Sanders
feels like the site inspections can be done without the need for another employee.
The proposal doesn't include any fees or requirements for a bond, unless an organization has been fined $500 three times in the last 24 months.
"I think it'll be the most significant thing in allowing us to maintain unpaved roads," said Sanders
, who added that logging has been a major factor in unpaved road conditions.
"What I'd like to do is get the documents to you before the first meeting in October so you can be reading through them," Sanders
told the Commission.
said that the Association of County Commissions of Alabama
would like to get all counties passing the legislation on the same timeline of passing it in October and getting it in place by Dec. 1.
In other business, County Administrator David Smyth said that he
and county attorney Levi Nichols are working with Advanced Disposal
to resolve problems with garbage pickup.
The Commission also approved a number of bids, but refrained from approving a bid for concrete.
said that the bids received for concrete weren't competitive, and he
also addressed the problem of having to travel to Troy or Greenville to get concrete.
"You would have to spend time and fuel for a 50-mile round trip to Troy or Greenville," he
The only local source of concrete is Stephens Concrete, which is owned by County Commissioner Michelle Stephens, and Sanders said that would be a conflict of interest.
Benjie Sanders, Engineer, Crenshaw
At Monday night's Crenshaw County ...
At Monday night's Crenshaw County Commission meeting, the Commission approved a motion to give Chairman Ronnie Hudson the authority to coordinate between Sheriff West and county engineer Benjie Sanders to work on the new security measures at the jail.