Russell names animal control members

The Russell County Commission appointed its members to the Animal Control Board. The board will control the operation of the joint animal shelter the county will build with Phenix City.

Dr. H.G. Caldwell and Dr. William Smith, both of whom have served the county on its Animal Shelter committee in the past, were appointed to one- and two-year terms respectively on the board by unanimous votes. Phenix City will appoint two members to the board with a fifth member to be selected later by the appointees.

The new animal shelter will be built on county-owned land near the Russell County Jail on Prentiss Drive in Phenix City. The two governments decided to build a joint facility after the county found building its own facility cost prohibitive.

The county commission also ratified the Community Foundation Advisory Board to assist the Community Foundation on funding decisions regarding the Russell County Recreation and Sports Complex in Seale. The foundation will receive charitable gifts and donations for construction at the complex, including a concessions building and athletic fields.

The seven-person board will consist of Russell County School Board member Dillie Elliott; J.C. Dykes of the Seale Athletic Association; Bill Starke, at large; James Magill, at large; Commission Chairman J.D. Upshaw representing Hurtsboro; Eugene Gilmore of Ladonia Athletic Association; and County Engineer Richard Gohde.

The first two fields were recently completed at the complex, off Old Seale Road near the Russell County Middle School. The concessions building is the next planned project on the complex which is expected to cost about $3 million to complete.

The Lee-Russell Council of Governents will have a public hearing at 5 p.m. EDT Monday to discuss a Community Enhancement Grant application to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Barbara Scott of Lee-Russell said the grant, which would fund two ballfields, outdoor basketball courts and a maintenance facility at the complex, would be for $285,000. The county commission agreed to add the cost of architectural or engineering firm to oversee the construction.