County moving forward to claim road money

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are expected at their meeting Monday to vote to set up a County Energy Transportation Zone in the southern half of the county. This is one of several required steps for the county to receive at least $431,109 from a fund the state set up to reimburse counties for road damage caused by the large trucks used in oil and gas exploration.

The county held a public hearing Dec. 23, which was the first step; then waited 30 days, as required. If the commissioners vote to set up the zone, they discussed in their Dec. 9 meeting using the same boundaries as those of Emergency Service districts No. 1 and 2 since they were already drawn and time was short.

Also on the agenda is the appointment of members to an advisory board for the zone.

Once those actions are accomplished, the county would apply for the funds by submitting a plan during the week of Feb. 7-14 describing the projects for which it would use the grant.

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