ALA-TOM RC&D COUNCIL
ANNUAL PLAN OF WORK
2012

VISION STATEMENT

Our vision for the ALA-TOM Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area is an area with a sound economy with jobs for all, with all people, communities and governments working together in harmony.  We see an educated and informed citizenry, with small town and rural family values preserved.  We see all land used wisely, with it being both productive and protected.  We see beautiful, clean landscapes and all rivers and streams with clean water.   We see all rural and urban areas adequately served with community facilities and services, and adequate recreational facilities, making the ALA-TOM RC&D Area the best place to live and work.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the ALA-TOM RC&D Area is to conserve and develop all resources to enhance the quality of life in the area.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

The purpose of the ALA-TOM RC&D Area is to provide local leadership in developing and carrying out a plan for the orderly conservation, improvement, development and wise use of natural resources thereby improving economic opportunities.  The organization cooperates and assists in carrying out local and regional plans of other organizations and agencies.  It is working to create and awareness of the need for orderly development and conservation of area resources.  The organization is working to secure the required technical, financial, educational and other services required to develop and apply the Area Plan.
The RC&D Council
The RC&D Council is the heart of the RC&D concept.  The Council is a membership-based nonprofit entity that is established and run by volunteers to carry out the mission of the RC&D.  The Council is composed of members that are key community leaders in soil and water conservation, government, and community development. They are the steering committee and action team to implement the “Area Plan”, a community-driven strategic long-range plan to improve the quality of life in the communities in the RC&D Area. 
The RC&D Council members need to be action-oriented volunteers and leaders that help the Council address needs in the community through good planning and project implementation.  In this “make it happen” style, the Council also periodically evaluates its progress on the Area Plan and gathers input from the community.  The Council members represent all the counties of the Area.  This larger membership body formally meets twice a year to develop the annual plan of work and celebrate accomplishments.
The RC&D Council’s Board of Directors
The Board of Directors manages the affairs of the RC&D Council as an incorporated 501(c) (3) organizations. The Board formally approves the Area Plan, mission, policies, budget, projects, and hiring of Council Staff.  Board members have legal and fiduciary responsibilities.Essentially, the Board of Directors ensures that the organization is well-managed and running properly in order to obtain the objectives of the RC&D Council.
The RC&D Staff
The RC&D Staff, along with volunteer Board and Council Members, other volunteers and partners help implement the goals of the RC&D Council. Staff is hired by the Board to implement the long range goals, policies, and organizational operations that have all been approved by the Board.
The ALA-TOM RC&D Council covers the following nine Southwest Alabama counties:
Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Washington, and Wilcox. Office Location:
ALA-TOM RC&D Council, Inc.
Post Office Box 355
16 West Front Street South
Thomasville, Alabama 36784
Telephone #: 334-636-0120
Fax Number: 334-636-0122
Website: www.ala-tomrcd.org

Board of Directors
Chairman
Johnny L. Flowers, Perry County
Vice-Chairman
Jerry Davidson, Washington County
Secretary/Treasurer
Rhondel B. Rhone, Clarke County
J. Trice Edgar, Choctaw County

Leonard Millender, Conecuh County

Aubrey Carter, Dallas County

Max Joiner, Marengo County

Joe McKissick, Monroe County

Roberta Jordan, Wilcox County
Executive Director
Janice Godwin
Community Forester
Jack Rowe
ALA-TOM RC&D COUNCIL

ANNUAL PLAN OF WORK 2012

The ALA-TOM RC&D Council has developed this plan to direct its effort for the next two years.  It also includes a progress report for 2012.  The Area Plan provides the basis for all activities of the Council.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
MEETINGS

The regular bi-monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and the full Council meeting dates are as follows:

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Full Council Meeting)
Southeastern Association of RC&D Councils meeting this year will be held October 2-6, 2013 in Sandestin, Florida.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Thursday, January 9,2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
National Association of RC&D Meeting June 1-4, 2014 Mobile, AL
Thursday,July 10, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015


B. FINANCE

Urban Forestry City Dues by January 2014.Commission Dues of $3,000 payable by January 2014.

Dues to the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils, Southeastern Association, National Association of RC&D Councils and the Monroe Heritage Association will be paid annually.
Items requiring expenditure of Council funds, except for budgeted items and
This plan may be amended, revised or terminated by mutual agreement of the parties. Hereto, except for cause. ALA-TOM RC&D COUNCIL

 

By ______________________________

Title              Chairman
Date            October 31, 2011
Authorized at the ALA-TOM RC&D Council meeting held on September 1, 2011

 

Annual Report
Projects Completed in 2011
The ALA-TOM RC&D Council completed 70 projects in 2011.

 

21st Century Youth Organic Farms #614 - The Council helped 21st Century Youth Organic farms install a well on their property. 168 youth participated in workshop sessions to help learn basic gardening practices. A total of $6,310.94 was the cost of this project.

After School Enrichment #603 The Council provided a grant in the amount of $13,800.00 to provide after school tutoring, summer enrichment programs, a computer lab, and at risk youth mentoring. The total project cost was $13,805.90.

ALA-TOM Area Food Show #720 –The Council provided Alabama Rural Heritage Center a grant in the amount of $1,200.00. This grant helped the center to organize and establish a venue/event for the food entrepreneurs and gift shop owners to meet. The total project cost was $1,995.53.

Advance of Early Childhood Services #806 – The Council provided HIPPY Clarke County with $2,557.08 in grant funds to help equip parents and preschoolers with the supplies necessary to help them with the program they have for home instructions. The total cost of the project was $2,557.08.

Alabama Tale Telling Festival #663– The Council provided The Alabama Tale Telling Festival with $5,000.00 in Community Development Funds for a festival to promote family entertainment and tourism in Dallas County. Well known tale teller and musical groups entertained at this festival.  The total spent on this project was $9,024.63.

Arts Culture and Heritage #503 – The Council provided $5,000.00 in education funds for this project. This grant enables a tourism director to compile and catalog all regional assets in an 18 county area of the Blackbelt. This helped facilitate these assets into a guide for tourism.  A total of $10,000.00 was spent on this project.

Auburn Natural Resource Center #715 -The Council provided $5,000.00 in education funds to complete hiking trail bridges for the natural resource center. A total of $12,450.00 was spent on this project.

At Risk Youth Mentorship #673 – The Council provided $2,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project. This grant enabled video equipment to be purchased to teach at risk youth video production training as well as mentoring. A total of $2,147.49 was spent on this project.

Auntie Litter Monroe County #600 – The Council provided $1,800.00 in education funds to fund this project. These funds provided an award winning education program about anti-litter to be presented at all Monroe County schools. The total spent on this project was $1,800.00.

Backyard Beef # 728 The Council provided $1,194.96 in education funds for this project. This project allowed students to grow and sell beef to local consumers. This project won awards at the state and southeastern level.

Blackbelt and Central Alabama Housing #669 – The Council provided $4,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase roofing materials, truck rental and gasoline as well as providing skilled workers to install four new roofs for those living in substandard housing with low income. A total of $5,520.24 was spent on this project.

Blackbelt Treasures Moving Forward #697 – The Council provided $8,984.23 in education funds for this project. The funds were used $1140.47 the funds were used to develop and coordinate arts education programming opportunities in underserved counties within the Blackbelt region. An arts education coordinator was employed to expand the arts education component of Blackbelt Treasures. A total of $11,140.47 was spent on this project.

Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Alabama #653 - The Council provided $5,000.00 in education funds for this project. These funds helped pay personnel to help with afterschool and summer tutoring and education programs. The areas focused on were education and career development, the arts, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation and computer technology. A total of $45,464.20 was spent on this project.

Brotherhood Initiative Project #664 – The Council provided $10,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project. The funds were used to educate members of the community in computer skills. Meals were also provided for homebound and needy citizens. A variety of summer tutoring and activities were planned for the children on the community. A total of $10,000.00 was spent on this project.

Cahaba River Canoe Ramp Project #688 - The council provided $5,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project. The funds were used to build a road to provide ingress and egress to the Cahaba River for tourists, canoeist and students. The construction of this access road was a much needed improvement and will be of great benefit for the educational opportunities it will provide for students and tourists. $5,000.00 was spent on this grant.

Choctaw County Rural Education #579 – The Council provided $6,000.00 in education funds for this project. The funds enabled the Choctaw County Development Center to purchase fire insurance for its building. This center provides a meal program, after school tutoring, art and education programs as well as mentoring for the community youth. A total of $6,000.00 was spent on this grant.

Castleberry Summer Program #756 The Council provides $680.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to staff the summer program which included breakfast, devotion, math and reading, exercise, lunch, special activities, computer room and a snack at the Castleberry Community Center. The total spent on this project was $1,222.22.

Central Alabama Child Advocacy #701 – The Council provided $10,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project. These funds enabled CARCAC to purchase equipment to complete set up of the office where children will be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted and recorded so that copies can be given to law enforcement and other investigative agencies so that the child can be protected from further abuse, $10,005.70 was spent on this project.

Clarke County Board of Education Dual Enrollment #701 - The Council provided $7,104.00 in education funds for this project. These funds were used to fund English IV dual enrollment for Jackson High School and Calculus Dual Enrollment for Clarke County High School Students through a partnership with Clarke County Board of Education and Alabama Southern Community College. A total of $7,104.00 was spent on this project.

Collective Leadership #722 - The Council provided $7,104.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to provide leader development training for 30 Dallas County participants, 6 youth alumni mentors, as well as collaboration with other rural youth leadership participants around the Blackbelt. A total of $ 9,337.43 was spent on this project.

Men Making a Difference Community Pavilion Project #716 - The Council provided $8,007.68 in General Funds for this Project. These funds were used to help build a pavilion. The community needed a safe outlet to hold structural and cultural activities and these funds helped provide that. A total of $8,030.20 was spent on this project.

Pavilion Insulation Phase II #743 - The Council provided $3,250.00 in General Funds for this project. These funds enabled potable water and sanitary bathrooms to be added to the community pavilion. A total of $5,750.00 was spent on this project.

Continuous School Improvement #698 - The Council provided $800.00 in general funds for
this project. The funds were used for an after school tutoring program to help students
who need help with math and language arts. A total of $22,000.00 was spent on this project.

Culture and Heritage Oral History Tourism Project #471The Council provided $4,000.00 in
education funds for this project. The funds were used to collect oral histories of farm life in
Wilcox County. Volunteers went door to door and interviewed elderly residents of Wilcox
County, recorders and other supplies were purchased for this project. A total of $9,489.80 was
spent on this project.

Dallas County School Drop-Out Prevention #755 The Council provided $7,000.00 in
education funds for this project. The funds were used to hire a coordinator to target at-risk
students, and provided assistance for credit-recovery, in-school tutorials, after school
remediation, and individual and small group instructions for work force skills and graduation
exam basic competencies. A total of $52,603.00 was spent on this project.

Destined for Success #708 – The Council provided $3,604.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase Destiny, a user friendly library management software program. This program will not only serve students directly while they are at school, the web-based program will enable them and their families with home access to information, eBooks, databases, and educational websites tied to curriculum. A total of $11,247.78 was spent on this project.

Economic Boost and Tourism for Washington County #703 -- The Council provided $6,062.20 in funds for this project. These funds were used to help with expenses related to the annual In the Pines Music Festival. The event was held on May 14, 2011. Over three thousand people were in attendance for this festival. A total of $64,000.00 was received for this project.

Educational Outreach #705 -- The Council provided $2,368.00 in education funds for this project. These funds were used to help fund the Alabama River Festival held for over 500 students from five surrounding counties on Thursday and Friday and over 450 individuals and their families on Saturday. It is a living history program that brings people and history together. A total of $13,110.00 was spent on this project.                          

El Camino Scenic Byway #693 – The Council provided $8,000.00 in education funds for this project. These funds were used to develop tourism loops in the eleven counties of the Southwest Tourism area. Weekly meetings were held and historical places were photographed and documented. A total of $15,825.00 was spent on this project.

Equipment Playground #671 –The Council provided $3,500.00 in Community Development funds for this project. The funds from this project were used to prepare the area and then install playground equipment. Tutorial services and after school activities were also provided. A total of $5,165.00 was spent on this project.

Eradication of Invasive Species #621 – The Council provided $3,031.01 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase equipment and supplies to help eradicate cogon grass. A total of $3,424.76 was spent on this project.

Evergreen Elementary School Beautification #718 – The Council provided $850.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to landscape and enhance the grounds at Evergreen Elementary School. A total of $973.00 was spent on this project.

Flatwood Recreation Improvements #685- The Council provided $1,832.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to expand dugouts at the park facility, purchase a fish cooker, tables and chairs and improve the park pavilion. A total of $6,925.51 was spent on this project.

Capital Improvements to Freedom CDC Center #667 - The Council provided $4,500.00 in Community Development funds for this project. The funds were used to help purchase a heating and cooling unit as well as a security fence. A total of $6,700.00 was spent on this project.

Gees Bend Quilt Mural Trail #471 - The council provided $13,500.00 for this education project.
The funds were used to construct quilt murals along the trails in Wilcox County to increase tourism and help educate tourist and residents about the Gees Bend quilters. The funds were also used to purchase materials, supplies and services for this project. A total of $28,499.97 was spent on this project.

Hippy Conecuh #649 - The Council spent $10,000.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to provide teachers and supplies for this pre-school education program. This program helps preschoolers and their parents with an at home learning program. A total of $10,690.05 was spent on this project.

Grove Hill Library Summer Reading Program #708 – The Council provided $1,128.00 in general funds for this project. These funds to help pay for a teacher for the five week summer program as well as provide books, supplies and crafts. A total of $1,223.00 was spent on this project.

Homeless Shelter Resources #672The Council provided $2,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project. The funds were used to provide counseling, hold workshops, and provide direct services to clients in need of assistance. A total of $3,097.26 was spent on this project.

Job Readiness Skill Building Class #702 - The Council provided $7,104.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to help pay instructors to teach basic computer skills and assist with job searches to the community free of charge. A total of $9,475.70 was spent on this project.

Millry Ball field and New Park #681The Council provided $5,000.00 in Community Development funds for this project.  The funds were used to help build three new ball fields, a new bridge for the walking trail, and provide materials and supplies for these projects. A total of $20,000.00 was spent on this project.

Monroe County Forage and Turf Precision Ag #706 - The council provided $1,725.50 in education funds for this project. These funds were used to hold a field day incorporating using the guidance system that was purchased for educational meetings and on-farm demonstrations.
A total of $2,368.00 was spent on this project.

Monroe County Youth Leadership #626– The Council provided $2,368.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used for field trips and hands-on training. The history of Monroe County its people, history, jobs and resources, was part of the hands on training. Health care and economic development were also part of the training. A total of $19,349.79 was spent on this project.

Monroeville Birdhouse Project Phase III and IV #691The Council provided $2,000.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to layout and print bookmarks and also to design, construct, and paint a smaller scale birdhouse. A total of $1,340.00 was spent on this project.

Multijurisdictional Training #605 The Council provided $7,500.00 in education funds for this project .The funds were used to purchase and install a Smart board System (Smart board, computer, and projector) for the training room at Assembly room at the Clarke County Courthouse. This is located adjacent to the Clarke County Emergency Operations Center. It will be in a secure location with controlled access. The total spent on this project was $8,130.68.

Nichburg Community Action Group #717The Council provided $6,132.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to install asphalt topping for the basketball playing area, remove trees, stumps, and other foreign property from the property. A total of $12,100.00 was spent on this project.

Opine Tallahatta Springs VFD #646The council spent $12,500.00 in community development funds on this project. The funds were used to replace the roof, install wiring and complete the first phase of work involved in installation of heating and air conditioning. The total cost of this project was $13,082.15.

Opine Tallahatta Springs VFD Phase II #740 - The Council spent $12,500.00 in community development funds on this project. The funds were used to complete the heating and air conditioning installation, install a handicap accessible bathroom, finish walls and flooring in hall and back stage area and install a handicap ramp inside and outside the community center. A total of $14,019.16 was spent on this project.

Partners for Healthy Communities #713 - The Council provided $3,500.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to help purchase a new oven, desktop cooker, grill and vacuum cleaner for the Partners in Progress center. The center provides nutritious meals for senior citizens and the needy. A total of $3,500.00 was spent on this project.

Perry County Center for Economic Development #723The Council provided $3,400.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to establish and provide a quality website that identifies the cities of Uniontown and Marion as marketable areas for economic growth and development. A total of $4,000.00 was spent on this project.

Perry County Center for Economic Development #550 -- The Council provided $25,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to hire a director for the center. A total of $26,839.76 was spent on this project.

Perry County Auntie Litter #725The Council provided $3,442.45 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to pay for an anti-litter education program to be conducted in the elementary schools in Perry County. The total spent on this project was $3,442.45.

Perry County Dual Enrollment #726 – The Council provided $3,553.00 in education grant funds for this project. The funds were used offer dual enrollment classes for grades 10th -12th at Francis Marion High School and Robert C. Hatch High School. The total spent on this project was $13,363.08.

Promoting Environmental Stewardship #692 The Council provided $2,104.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to provide environmental field days during the 2010-2011 school years with students from Camden School for Arts and Technology. Four field days were in the fall 2010 semester and four were in the spring 2011 semester. The focus of these field trips was environmental awareness. The trips were to Bridgeport Park, Roland Cooper State Park, Auburn University Archaeological Liddell-Stroud Site and Auburn University Natural Resource Center in Camden, AL.  A total of $4,965.49 was spent on this project.

Repair and Improvement at Murphy Park #689The Council provided $2,000.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase materials and supplies to improve the dugouts at Murphy Park. The total spent on this project was $2,681.62.

Renovation of Arts Revive Carneal Building #676The Council provided $25,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to remove a fallen roof, repair the roof, re-enforce the inside structure, asbestos removal, lead base paint removal, framework for Art wall fence, and basic plumbing and electricity. The total spent on this project was $37,985.77.

Restoration of Midway Church Foundation #610 - This Council provided $10,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to hire and pay an architect to assess the foundation problem and design plans to correct the problem and hire a foundation constriction contractor. The total spent on this project was $10,000.00.

Economic Development for Limited Resource Farmers #546The Council provided $20,385.00 in funds for this project. The funds used to develop an extensive teaching and demonstration garden at The Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston, AL. A part-time director, farm laborers and agriculture students were hired to conduct demonstrations and programs related to the production and marketing of produce by the limited resource farmers of the Rural Heritage Center. The total spent on this project was $42,952.70.

Technology Enhancement #674– The Council provided $10,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase five new computer workstations with software and a new network copier/scanner for the Selma Dallas County Public Library. The total spent on this project was $12,198.70.

Selma Police Athletic League after School Program #677 The council provided $5,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase materials supplies to operate a hot dog stand; snow cone machine and lemon shake up machine. The program targets distressed neighborhoods affected by high crime, drug use, high unemployment, and high juvenile crime. Selma PAL is the only non-adversary organization that exists between “at-risk” youth and Selma law enforcement.  The total spent on this project was
$6,655.25.

Silas Outdoor Reading Room #710 - The Council provided $3,031.01 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to landscape and construct an outdoor reading room at the Silas Public Library. A total of $3,031.01 was spent on this project.

Staying Connected #714The Council provided $5,323.11 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to pay tutors and buy supplies and pay utilities for an after school and summer program at the Castleberry Community Center. This tutoring helped those students who were failing in math and reading below grade level, also had no foreign language classes. A total of $5,323.11 was spent on this project.

SWAMH Container Nursery #574 - The Council provided $5,000.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase trees and landscape materials for the nursery at Southwest Alabama Mental Health. This nursery will provide mentally challenged patients with social and marketable job skills. A total of $5,000.00 was spent on this project.

Pine Hill Pocket Park #628 - The Council provided $5,000.00 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to help build the park, landscaping, lighting, ground work, sidewalks and general beautification. The total spent on this project was $4,5013.77.

Town of Vrendenburgh Sewer Project #642 -- The Council provided $2,662.20 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to help repair the sewer system. Overgrown trees and their root system that were causing the sewer problems were removed. The total spent on this project was $2,737.59.

Uriah Athletic Club Fieldhouse #609 - The Council provided $5,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to renovate the concession stand and build a storage shed for J U Blackshear School. The total spent on this project was $9,500.00.

Valley Grande Sports Complex #729 The Council provided $25,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to help construct the Valley Grande Sports Complex. Two minor league and one major league ball field with adjacent parking areas were built. A total of $210,000.00 was spent on this project.

Vegetable Production #735 The Council provided $5,350.00 in education funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase greenhouse supplies to develop starter plants, utilities, pay student stipends, and adult labor for working with educational training project and pay for supplies and travel associated with the project. A total of $5,769.15 was spent on this project.

West Dallas Advancement Community Project #721The Council provided $6,062.20 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase a computer, printer, tables, chairs, septic tank gravel and pay utilities for the Community Center. A total of $6,393.00 was spent on this project.

West Dallas Community Project #678 –The Council provided $4,000.00 in community development funds for this project. The funds were used to purchase a building to accommodate senior citizens, supervised recreational activities, computers and software and an after school tutoring program. The total spent on this project was $5,075.00.

Wilcox County Farmers Market #704 The Council provided $1,474.81 in general funds for this project. The funds were used to pay labor and purchase signs for the farmers market. The total spent on this project was $1,474.81

 

The Following Projects are In Progress but Have Not Been Completed.

Silver Creek Park #686 –This general funds project was approved for $12,000.00 in Alabama grant funds. This project will help provide needed upgrades to the park, including, bathroom facilities, playground, and running water. It will be an economic boost to the entire area.

Scott Park Renovation #656– This general funds project was approved for $5,042.20 in general funds. The funds will be used to purchase a cover to protect the playing fields from rain. This cover will prevent undue redundant travel for guest and enable tournaments and key games to be played as scheduled.

Washington County Transportation #811This general funds project was approved for $3,000.00. The funds will be used to help the Education Center for Independence provide transportation for the needy in the area.

Book Talk Series #810 - This general funds project was approved for $1,128.00. These funds will be used at the Washington County Public Library for a series of author visits to the area. The Book Talk Luncheons will be open to the public and encourage citizens to read more and also bring tourism and revenue opportunities to the area.

R.E.A.C.H. Enrichment Program #668This community development project was approved for $3,000.00. The funds from this project will be used to purchase new computers, supplies, printers and supplies for after school and summer programs.

Fusion of Arts and Literature #762 This community development project was approved for $5,000.00. The funds for this project will be used to hold children’s art and storytelling workshops in partnership with the Kathryn Tucker Windham Storytelling club and the Wilcox County Library.

West Dallas Antique and Tractor Show #741This community development project was approved for $5,000.00 and will be used to help build a stage for the annual West Dallas Antique and Tractor Show. It will boost tourism and economic development in the area.

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