Madison County’s food bank will soon move to the old forestry office on Hwy. 98.
County commissioners approved the move 5-0 recently, noting that the current locale on Sunset Drive in Danielsville is too small.
Commissioner John Pethel said it’s a shame not to have a better facility for the food bank.
“With the good things they are doing, we need to have a proper place for them,” said Pethel. “It’s terrible down there.”
Commission chairman Anthony Dove agreed that the food bank is short on space. He said food bank director Bobbie Rooker does a great job keeping things in order.
“She (Rooker) does the most with as little square footage as I’ve ever seen,” said Dove.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood said that he’d like to see some of the old forestry area used for recreation department day camps.
The group agreed to see how much space is needed for the food bank, then determine how much would be available for the camps.
Commissioner Stanley Thomas noted that the ceilings are high in the old forestry office and that heating might be an issue. He said the county might consider a dropped ceiling to improve utility costs. He also noted that the new locale will be convenient for those who use the food bank.
“A lot of people who use that service also use the health department and perhaps the library and senior center,” he said, pointing out that all the facilities are near each other on Hwy. 98.
The state government closed the forestry office in Madison County last year, but agreed to allow the county to use the facility.
You mean the Strickland house from the 1700s? Sure would be nice to at least protect and preserve it if not fix it up for some purpose. I know it costs money to do so and we have the more attractive and larger historical courthouse to work on, but the house is smaller so would maybe take less money. I could see a county history museum there until the old courthouse gets renovated. The old courthouse could be an event facility upstairs.
Really Mike ? More waste at that dang Rec. Dept. ! It aint enough that we hand them thousands every time they whimper and now you are going to voluntarily give it to them !
Be for freaking real !
Just remember elections are just around the corner !
Good point, but the aerial photographs are not available to the public, only the property assessors and other government entities. I believe the aircraft conducting the surveilance criss-crossed over my house February 4th.
Check Google Earth. Updated photos just a few months ago. VERY high resolution. And FREE. Instead our some of our ding-a-ling commissioners spent over $30,000 to do duplicate what is freely available, and that money, as we see, could have been better spent ON THE FOOD BANK.
Has anyone ever gotten a satisfactory explanation as to why this project was deemed advantageous? I can't seem to get detailed answers except that our representatives are qualified to make decisions for us so I don't need to know.