County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 18

FROM THE COVER road improvements. This is equivalent to more than 20 years of normal federal allocations to Autauga County but was accomplished in the span of four years. Despite ATRIP’s impact, the state still lacked sufficient funding to meet its 21st century mobility needs. There were multiple locations around the state where citizens were willingly going “back to the stone age,” with badly-deteriorated paved roads plowed up and returned to unpaved surfaces. Growing out of ATRIP’s momentum, county engineers formed DRIVE Alabama (Developing a Road and Infrastructure Vision for Everyone) to address the urgent need to educate the public about the state of Alabama’s county roads and bridges. The multi-faceted DRIVE campaign clearly moved the needle in terms of the public’s - and legislators’ - understanding of the problem and its significant negative impacts on the economy, public safety and quality of life for Alabamians. The only way to address the crisis is funding. Thus far in 2018, county leaders have taken a two- pronged approach: keeping the need front and center and talking to legislative candidates about their positions on new revenue for local transportation infrastructure. Once again, the time is right for a game-changing road and bridge initiative in Alabama, and county leaders are focused like a laser on making that happen in 2019. n Where we’ve been When I was first elected in 1986, counties were an afterthought in the eyes of many, taking a back seat to cities and other organizations that wielded much more influence on local and state issues. But now, because of the hard work of Association staff and leadership and many commissioners who have given their time and worked to improve counties’ image and place, we are at the table if anything moves forward in our communities or in state government. Hon. Mark Culver 2000-2001 ACCA President Houston County The Association of County Administrators of Alabama salutes its 2018 honorees! ACAA: An Affiliate of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Bill Dempsey, CCA HOUSTON COUNTY County Administrator of the Year Service Awards 18 | COUNTY COMMISSION —20 years— John Gordon, CCA FAYE