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Absentee Voting In Limestone County, Alabama

WHO MAY VOTE ABSENTEE?

Any qualified elector of Limestone County may vote an absentee ballot, provided they meet one of the following:

  • Moved from Limestone County less than thirty (30) days prior to the election;
  • Will be absent from the county on Election Day;
  • Is ill or has physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place;
  • Is a registered voter living outside the county such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person;
  • Is an appointed election worker or poll watcher at a polling place other than his/her regular polling place;
  • Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours.

Business/Medical Emergency voting applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election, if the voter:

  • Is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on Election Day for an emergency business trip, or;
  • Has a medical emergency requiring treatment of a licensed physician.

In addition, the business emergency application contains an affidavit acknowledging that the voter was not aware of the out-of-county business trip prior to the normal absentee ballot deadline. The medical emergency application requires that the attending physician describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.

Addressing: 911 Office of Athens/Limestone County, 1250 W. Elm St.

The Limestone County911 Office assigns street addresses or physical addresses for Limestone County. To obtain an address for a new dwelling, you must have the parcel number, or if it is in a subdivision, the name and lot number of subdivision.

Alabama Veterans Museum

The Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives is a 4,000 square-foot staffed museum. Our collection contains an impressive display of artifacts from the Revolutionary War until present day. Visitors can walk among the actual uniforms, medals, photos, and weapons. Hear stories and experiences about the nation’s wars from men and women who were there in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the present conflict. 100 W. Pryor St.

Animal Control-100 Cherry Street

The Animal Control department receives calls for assistance from the general public, various agencies and county departments. All calls are responded to and appropriate follow-up action is taken as required. Animal control duties also include maintenance on animal cages, keeping cages in an acceptable state of cleanliness, maintaining report of calls and equipment on loan.

Archives-102 W. Washington St.

The Limestone County Department of History and Archives was established by the Limestone County Commission in 1980. In 2004 Limestone County purchased the 1905 L&N Depot and remodeled it to house the Archives.

The Limestone County Archives was established to procure, preserve, restore, maintain, study, and promote manuscripts, instruments, records, charters, evidence, and documents of a public or private nature which may have statistical, legal or historical significance to Limestone County, Alabama, its government or residents, or such documents as might be desirable to the association and to encourage public interest therein.

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Board or Registrars-Voter Registration-Clinton St Courthouse Annex 100 S. Clinton St. Ste E

  • Examination, under oath or affirmation, of all applicants for registration:
  • The Board of Registrars is empowered with the following dutes:
  • Refusal of registration:
  • Assigning voters to precincts:
  • Certify any additions, deletions, corrections or changes when registration is closed before a primary, general or special election:
  • Purgation of registration list:
  • Notify other Territories of new registrations.

Limestone County Schools are located in the north central area of Alabama at the Alabama/Tennessee state line.  The six high schools; six middle schools; nine elementary schools; the Career Tech Center; the Ombudsman Center; and the Limestone County Alternative School in the county accommodating approximately 9,100 students and 1100 employees.

Dr. Tom Sisk is the Superintendent of the Limestone County Board of Education, 300 South Jefferson Street.

Boat Registration-Clinton St Courthouse Annex 100 S. Clinton St Ste B

Alabama registers all mechanically propelled vessels, sailboats, and boats for hire. All Limestone County boat owners may register, renew or transfer ownership at the Limestone County License Commission. If you are not a resident of Alabama, registration can be accomplished at the Marine Police Division office in Montgomery, Alabama. All dealers and livery (rental) must register with the Marine Police Division. A duplicate decal or boat certificate may be issued for a lost or destroyed item. The fee is $ 5.00.

A transfer fee of $ 5.00 applies to vessels with a current year registration but needs to be transferred into a new owner's name. If the vessel has no current registration, then the transfer fee plus the correct class fee above will be collected. Sales and use tax applies to the purchase price of boats at the same local rates as applies to vehicles.

When you purchase a boat, the seller should provide the purchaser the last registration certificate of the boat and a bill of sale.

There is a 72 hour grace period for the registration of a new boat. There is no grace period for a used boat. If you buy a used boat with an expired registration, you must currently register the boat before it is used in Alabama waters.

If your vessel is brought into Limestone County from another state, then no transfer fee is applied. A new Alabama registration number will be issued. Please present your last state registration certificate when registering in this county.

The Alabama boat registration system is on a staggered basis similar to vehicle registration. The first letter of an individual's last name determines the month of renewal. State law does not allow for prorating of the class fees above on a monthly basis.

For boating information related to rules, regulations and enforcement, you may wish to contact the Alabama Marine Police at (334) 242-3673.

Burn Permits- Market St Annex 1109 W. Market St.

Burn permits are issued by the Alabama Forestry Commission in the Montgomery Office.  If you have questions, you may call the local Forestry Commission.

Business License- Clinton St Courthouse Annex 100 S. Clinton St Ste B.

State law requires businesses, vocations and certain occupations to obtain a state and county privilege license for operations in Limestone County. Some licenses require state regulatory licenses and most fees are determined by the exact nature and type of business or occupation.

Before beginning operations in Limestone County, a business, profession or occupation should apply for a business privilege license with the License Commissioner's office at the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex. This includes operations located within the municipal limits of Athens, Huntsville, Decatur, Madison, Ardmore or Elkmont.

The state and county business privilege licenses must be renewed during the month of October each year. The license expires September 30, and should be renewed prior to November 1 each year to avoid penalties and interest. License fees vary depending upon the type of license that is required.

Business License Inspection:
Greg Tucker
License Commissioner
Clinton Street Courthouse Annex
100 S. Clinton Street Suite B
Athens, Alabama 35611

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Camping:

The County offers camping at Cowford Campground, located on the beautiful Tennessee River. Cowford has forty-six campsites. Thirty-six of the sites have full hook up and the other ten sites have water and electric only. We have climate controlled bathhouse facilities with washers and dryers. We have two boat ramps with a pier adjacent to the ramp on the eastside. We have a sand beach area in the park with lots of picnic area. We have a short walking trail on the property for campers and visitors who just my want to walk. The fees for the campground are posted on our website at www.limestoneparks.com

We are presently in negotiations with TVA for the park at Lucy Branch to build another campground on that facility. The Lucy’s park would have some twenty-five sites in the first phase of the campground. We already have a nice boat ramp and pier at the park with plenty of parking on the thirty-five acre site. 

Chamber of Commerce-101 South Beaty Street

The mission of the Chamber of Commerce is to assist everyone interested in Athens and Limestone county, Alabama.  Whether your interest is business, pleasure or relocation, we invite you to contact us and we will be pleased to provide whatever assistance is required.

Child Support-Department of Human Resources 1007 W. Market St.

Custodial and non-custodial parents can find child support payment information on our automated Voice Response System. This service is available 24 hours a day and the Hotline operator’s hours are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Monday through Friday. In order to obtain information about your case through the Voice Response System, your correct Social Security Number must be in our automated system.

1-800-284-4347 (Other counties in Alabama)
1-334-242-0210 (Out of State)

To Send a Payment by Regular Mail

Payment can be mailed to the Alabama Child Support Payment Center at this address:

Alabama Child Support Payment Center
PO Box 244015
Montgomery, AL  36124-40515

Circuit Court-Limestone County Courthouse Annex 200 Washington Street W.
Limestone County Circuit Judges

Bob Baker
James W. Woodroof, Jr.

Circuit Court Clerk-Limestone County Courthouse Annex 200 Washington Street W.

Limestone County Circuit Court Clerk
Charles Page, Jr.

Limestone County Courthouse
200 Washington St. W. 1st Floor
Athens, AL 35611 

Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday

Passports  www.passportlocations.net/Alabama/Athens/ClerkofCircuitCourtLimestoneCounty

Links:
www.alacourt.gov/links.aspx 
www.alacourt.gov 
traffic@alacourt.gov

Canoeing/Kayak:

Just north of Veto is upper Elk River where you can launch your canoe or kayak for a journey down the river. There several stops along the river for food or just to rest for a picnic. The website has a map of the canoe trail and the boat ramps along the river. The Elk River empties into the Tennessee River some fifteen miles from the Veto launching area. 

Coroner-Athens-Limestone Hospital 700 West Market Street.

A coroner is a government official who Investigates human deaths, determines cause of death, issues death certificates, maintains death records, responds to deaths in mass disasters and identifies unknown dead.

Corrections Center-Limestone County Community Corrections, 410 South Jefferson Street.

The Limestone County Community Corrections Plan is a collaborative concept between the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Limestone County Community Corrections Program.  The purpose of the proposed program is to keep violent offenders incarcerated longer by placing nonviolent, low-level offenders in the Community Corrections Program diverting them from the penitentiary.

Specifically, the program is aimed at redirecting the lives of those likely to maintain a productive and law-abiding life as a result of accountability, guidance and direction to services they need.  This will be accomplished through strict offender accountability, intense supervision and referral to special services.  The objective of stressing offender accountability while helping them turn their lives around will be realized through conditional pleas of guilt, assignment to a community corrections officer for referral and follow-up of special conditions of the program plan.  Participation and successful completion in this program will offer offenders the opportunity, incentive and the means to correct behaviors and to appreciate consequences.  Diversion of non-violent offenders from the penitentiary will allow the violent offenders to remain incarcerated longer.

Council on Aging-912 West Pryor Street
 

The Limestone County Aging Program utilizes available resources to empower older adults to enhance their independence, personal satisfaction, vitality, and the ability to enrich the quality of life for themselves and others. Athens-Limestone County Senior Center offers a variety of health, educational, and recreational activities such as arts and crafts, exercise program and games.

Services provided through the Council on Aging for people 60 or older include:

  • TRANSPORTATION is available Monday through Friday to nutrition centers, medical appointments, grocery shopping, and for personal business. A specially equipped vehicle is available for those in wheelchairs.
  • IN - HOME SERVICES available to homebound older adults include light housekeeping, shopping assistance, meal preparations and laundry.
  • MEALS - ON - WHEELS volunteers deliver nutritious lunches Monday through Friday to qualified homebound persons.
  • NUTRITION CENTERS throughout the county provide opportunities for socialization, education, and recreation, and serves noon meals Monday through Friday.
    SENIOR RX/PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM is available for seniors who need assistance with prescription drug bills. Seniors must meet income guidelines.
  • SHIP Insurance Counseling-for Medicare and Medicaid
  • HEALTH PROMOTION activities include routine health screenings, education on all aspects of health and wellness, exercises on Senior Center equipment, health fairs, and in-home health screening by visiting nurses.
  • LEGAL ASSISTANCE, for matters such as consumer or credit and billing problems, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, S.S.I., housing, and wills are provided by an attorney on staff with the TARCOG Area Agency on Aging.
  • THE ATHENS-LIMESTONE FOUNDATION FOR AGING was incorporated in 1986 for the purpose of supporting the Limestone County Council on Aging in meeting the needs of Limestone County's older residents. The foundation sponsors the Poke Sallet Revival, which is held in March of each year. Funds from the Poke Sallet Revival are used for necessary local aging program.

     Demand for services always exceeds the resources available for meeting the needs. The Foundation welcomes and encourages donations, honorariums, and memorials from individuals, church groups, civic organizations, business and industries. All gifts are tax-deductible and will be gratefully acknowledged.
     

There are many needs, which can be met by VOLUNTEERS sharing of their time.

County Administrator-Washington St. Courthouse Annex 310 W. Washington St.

The County Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the Limestone County Commission, who shall carry out the administrative duties of the county and shall perform all the following duties:

  • Keep and record minutes of all meetings of the county commission.
  • Have prepared and presented to the commission chair for proper execution all appropriate documents, such as resolutions, orders, contracts, or directives, as are necessary to carry out the actions of the county commission.
  • Maintain at all times a detailed record of the financial status of the county which shall be kept up to date at all times and shall reflect the true status of all outstanding obligations of the county and the estimated revenue for the current fiscal year.
  • Perform any other duties with reference to accounting, auditing claims, issuing warrants, and supplying the county commission with information as the county commission may deem necessary for the administration of the financial affairs of the county.
  • Serve as signatory for the county on all appropriate documents as authorized or directed by policy adopted by resolution of the county commission.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time and under procedures established by the county commission.

County Commission- Washington St. Courthouse Annex, 310 W. Washington St.

County Courthouse 200 Washington St W

County Water and Sewer, Limestone Water & Sewer Authority, 17216 U.S. Highway 72 W.

WATER LINE LOCATES

Under Alabama state law, excavators must give utility companies a MINIMUM of 48 hours notice before starting to dig. LCWSA is NOT a member of the Alabama One-Call service; therefore, you must contact us at 256-233-6444, fax request to 256-233-8036, or email pmoore@lcwsa.com if you are going to be working in our service area.

If you have an emergency locate after normal business hours please call 256-230-9228 and a LCWSA representative will be dispatched to locate our lines.

When requesting a locate, there are a few important details we need:

  • Company Name
  • Caller's Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Address of Locate
  • Nearest Intersecting Road
  • Type of Work Being Done
  • Road Bore/No Road Bore
  • How is Area Marked
  • Time Frame (48 hrs/Emergency)

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Department of Human Resources - 1007 W. Market St.

Department of Human Resources of Limestone County
1007 W. Market St.
Athens, AL 35611

Mailing Address
PO Box 830
Athens, AL  35612-0830
(256) 216-6380

Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday 

 www.dhr.alabama.gov

Contact Numbers:
Office:  256-216-6380
Fax - Food Assistance, JOBS, FA, Child Support:  256-216-6475
Fax - Adult Services, Family Services, County Director, Finance Officer:  256-216-6476

 Dirt Roads
See Gravel Roads
There are no dirt roads in Limestone County.

District Attorney’s Office- Limestone County Courthouse 200 Washington Street W.

The Limestone County District Attorney’s Office is located on the first floor of the Limestone County Courthouse. The office prosecutes all felonies occurring in Limestone County and misdemeanors not prosecuted by city court. A Victim Service Officer is available to answer questions about the criminal justice system, provided courtroom assistance and file appropriate claims under the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Act. The office has also provided the services of the Worthless Check Unit since 1984. The Unit attempts to collect worthless check and fees and is free to the public. 

District Commissioners: Washington Street Courthouse Annex 310 W. Washington St.

District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4

District Court Judges: Limestone County Courthouse 200 Washington Street W.

Jennie Anderson
Jerry Batts

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Emergency Management Agency “EMA” 1011 West Market St.

The mission of the Limestone County Emergency Management Agency is to coordinate mitigation and preparedness activities prior to a disaster and to coordinate response and recovery efforts in the event of a disaster in Limestone County.

Our all hazards approach includes threats from tornadoes, floods, and other weather emergencies, as well as man-made or technological hazards such as nuclear power plant emergencies and acts of terrorism.

Planning, ongoing training and teamwork have been the key to a quick response and successful recovery from disasters that have impacted our community in the past.

Limestone County EMA is committed to working with local, state and federal agencies to provide to the most comprehensive emergency management program possible to the citizens of Limestone County.

Employement (County Only) Washington St. Courthouse Annex 310 W. Market St.

To fill a vacancy in an existing position, the Human Resource Coordinator will post the position within house to be filled by existing county employees. If the position is not filled with an existing county employee, the vacancy will be advertised by the Human Resource Coordinator in appropriate newspaper media. Vacancy notices will be filed with the State Employment Office. Applicants which meet the necessary qualifications will be referred to the Human Resource Coordinator for scheduling interviews.

Engineer (County) Washington St. Courthouse Annex 310 W. Washington St.

The Limestone County Engineering Department provides technical support and direction to the County Commission in all areas of public works construction and maintenance.  The Limestone County Commission operates on the district system.  We have four elected district county commissioners:  District 1, District 2 District 3 & District 4 Commissioners.  Each commissioner is responsible for maintenance of the roads in his district.  The commissioners work diligently to manage their resources to ensure the citizens of their districts are well served.  These districts are funded by the Gasoline Tax Funds, which are evenly divided among the four districts.

The Engineering Department assists the District Commissioners and Chairman with technical advice and services provided through crews that work countywide.  These crews include a paving crew, sign crew, and herbicide crew.  The Engineering Department prepares construction plans as needed for roadway, bridge, and other public works projects.  They are responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal mandated roadway and bridge inspection regulations, environmental regulations, and other laws pertaining to the construction and maintenance of public improvements. The Engineering Department also reviews subdivision plans submitted by developers and monitors construction of these new subdivisions.  

Limestone County’s Legislative Delegation has played a major role in the improvement of the road network within the County.  Senators and Representatives have worked diligently with County Officials to acquire additional funds for specific projects from the Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and others.

Event Center: 114 W. Pryor St.

Hours of Operation rented from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 A.M. (Midnight) Monday through Saturday. Sunday events may be reserved upon approval by the County Commission and, if approved, 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.
County Commission Contact Information
310 W. Washington St. Athens, AL 35611
Phone (256) 216-3425 Fax (256) 233-6403

Mission Statement

The Parks and Recreation Department opened the Limestone County Event Center just off Pryor street west of the Veterans Museum on September 4, 2010.

The Limestone County Event Center is a versatile facility owned and operated by the Limestone County Commission that is ready to accommodate a wide variety of events including banquets, reunions, wedding receptions, business seminars, employee training, arts and crafts shows, and even musical events. We solicit events 400 people and over. The Limestone County Event Center is a single multi-purpose room that can handle groups up to 2,500 persons, and also contains an all-electric catering kitchen. The facility is ADA compliant.

All Renters of the Limestone County Event Center shall enter into this Rental Agreement for use of the Limestone County Event Center and its premises, and be subject to the policies, terms and conditions of herein in addition to any other requirements of law or Limestone County, Alabama.

FEE SCHEDULE

Monday - Thursday
First hour $200.00
Each additional hour $75.00
Setup, tear down and cleanup $20.00 per hour, per person
Security deposit $150.00
Security personnel $30.00 per hour, per officer

Friday and Saturday
Four hours or less $200.00 per hour
Five to eight hours $250.00 per hour
All day fee $2,200.00
Setup, tear down and cleanup $20.00 per hour, per person
Security deposit $300.00
Security personnel $30.00 per hour, per officer

Extension Office-Market St. Annex 1109 W. Market Street Ste A
Extension Office of Limestone County

(Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday 
www.aces.edu 
Limestone County 4-H Clubs
Limestone County Masters Gardeners

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Family Resource Center, Athens-Limestone 408 S. Jefferson St.

The Athens-Limestone County Family Resource Center provides collaboration and communication within the Athens Limestone County community by working with families needing guidance and directions.

The Athens-Limestone County Family Resource Center also provides Classes on Parenting, Self Esteem for Teen Age Youth, and Healthy Parenting.

  • Developed by local communities based on unique community service needs and resources, thus ensuring ongoing local support for its program. 
  • Mobilizes all available public and private resources to support and strengthen families.  
  • Fosters strong collaborations between public and private services providers at the local community level needed to empower families to move from dependency upon state services to maximum self sufficiency.
  • Staff members who know best when service gaps exist in the community and work to create programs to fill such needs.

The Athens-Limestone County Family Resource Center operates under those recommendations and guidelines.  The Center will endeavor to help with whatever resources are required.

Farmers Market:

The Limestone County Farmers Market is created to promote and identify a market place for local grown fruits, vegetables, plants, and other products locally made and/or processed.
Mission:

To promote the sale of local grown farm products by giving local farmers the chance to sell food they raise directly to consumers and allowing consumers to buy fresh food from farmers who raise it.

To promote the sale of vendor produced goods. Some examples of vendor produced goods; honey, syrup, jams, jellies, breads, pastries, eggs, cheese, etc.

To offer a diverse product selection, attract a large and repeating customer base, and afford farmers and producers a profitable location to sell produce and other goods.

Location:
Covered facility at 409 Green Street West

Selling Season:

Market facilities shall be opened in the spring, rain or shine, except in case of severe weather, as seasonable produce for the area becomes available and will be closed as deemed necessary when demand and/or seasonal produce is no longer available.
Limestone County Farmer’s Market

Operational Schedule:

April through December (the market may operate on select days of the week Oct - Dec)

Monday through Friday
6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Market Coordinator:

The Coordinator will supervise and control the activities of the market and the market property. Coordinator has full responsibility for making certain that all rules and guidelines as set forth are followed by each producer and his/her employee. Failure by any producer to comply with any of these rules and guidelines can result in the forfeiture of the right to do business at the market for a period of time.
Questions about the market may be directed to:

Limestone County Commission Office (256)-233-6400

Eligibility Requirements:

Only producers may sell at the market. A producer is defined as the person that grows or makes the product and may also include the producer’s family members, partners, and employees. A producer may be herein also referred to as a vendor in this and other market documentation. Producers should be located in North Alabama or the Tennessee Valley. Individuals offering products for sale at the market must be at least 16 years of age. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for the child’s safety and conduct.

Permits and Fees:

The growers of all produce sold at the market must hold a grower’s permit. They are available at local County Extension Offices. The purpose of the certificate is to ensure that the products sold originate with producer. This allows the producer and the customer to be exempt from state and local taxes for goods sold. A copy of the grower’s permit must be provided to the Coordinator prior to the first market attended. All permits must be available at each vendor’s booth in case of on-site inspection.

Market fee:

Booth Rental: $7.00 per day

Pre-rented booths must be occupied by 8 a.m. unless the market is notified otherwise. A booth may be shared but each producer will pay $7.00 each and each producer will provide grower’s permit.

Space Assignments and Reservation Policies:

Market Coordinator will designate rental space for all producers. Assigned spaces may change depending on the market’s weekly needs. Every effort possible is made to keep each vendor in a regularly assigned space. All applicants will occupy only one space per rental. Displays must be confined to the assigned space. Multiple spaces may be rented as needed.

Set Up and Clean Up:

Each producer is responsible for setting up his or her booth in the manner specified by the Market Coordinator. Producers will be solely responsible at all times for the cleanliness within their vending area. Each producer is required to leave the space clean.

General Violations:

No firearms, drugs or alcohol will be allowed on market premises. All profane, abusive, discourteous, and boisterous language and/or conduct at or in the market vicinity are strictly prohibited. There is to be no “dumping” of produce at the end of the market day.

Disclaimer:
All producers are liable for their own products.

Fire Departments:
See Volunteer Fire Departments

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Garbage Collection:

An Independent contractor selected by the Limestone County Commission provides garbage collection in the unincorporated areas of Limestone County through bid process.  This service is for collection and disposal of only household solid waste.  The current provider of garbage collection is:

CCS Garbage Service, Inc.
15450 New Cut Rd., Athens, AL 35611
Steve Gatlin, President
256-232-3594. 

Residential collection is established upon application for utility services with Athens Utilities.  Monthly billing for residential garbage service is included on the residential electric bill.

Residential customers may have a total of six (6) garbage cans and/or bags having volumes not greater than 32 gallons per can or bag and a weight not exceeding 40 pounds per can or bag.  The CCS Garbage Service Inc. may decline to collect any garbage exceeding the foregoing per residential customer on any collection day.  CCS Garbage Service Inc. will have no responsibility for
the collection or disposal of hazardous waste or medical waste.  Garbage collection will not commence before 6:00 a.m. local time.

All residential customers and residential customer routes will be serviced at least weekly, including customers who infrequently have garbage for collection.  Any deviation from normal collection day due to holidays will be posted in the local newspaper.

Furniture, appliances, bulk, items, leaves, limbs, yard waste and landscaping/construction debris are not collected in the unincorporated areas of Limestone County.  It is the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of all items other than residential household garbage.

Limestone County, the City of Athens and BFI operate a Waste Transfer Station at Seven Mile Post Road and US Highway 72 west of Athens.  Residents of Limestone County may dispose of items not collected by the residential garbage collection contractor at the Transfer Station for a nominal fee.

Grants-Washington St. Courthouse Annex 310 W. Washington St.

The Limestone County Commission to help increase revenue in the county to implement projects which otherwise may not be possible. The new position of Grant Coordinator was also established to be available as a resource to County departments. The Coordinator provides technical assistance in the grant seeking and grant management process.

Gravel Roads:

If you are considering moving to property on a gravel road in the unincorporated portion of Limestone County, there are some things you should consider beforehand.

Most importantly, determine with certainty whether the road is maintained by Limestone county or is privately maintained. Before you make your final decision, a phone call to the County Engineer’s office would certainly be advised. If the road is not maintained by the county, you should know exactly who is responsible for the maintenance of the road.

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Health Department- 20371 Clyde Mabry Dr.

The New Health Department for Limestone County is a State of the Art facility and is designed to meet the needs of the tremendous growth that Limestone County is experiencing.

The Limestone County Health Department provides the following services to the public.

Vital Records: Certified birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates for the State of Alabama are available upon request for a fee.

Clinical Services

  • ALL Kids
  • Family Planning (Counseling, Birth Control)
  • Women’s Health (Pap Smear, Breast and Cervical Program)
  • STD Clinic (Testing, Treatment, Counseling, Partner Notification)
  • WIC (Application, Voucher Issuance, Nutrition Counseling)
  • Medicaid Enrollment
  • Immunizations (Infants / Children / Adults, Influenza and Pneumonia vaccines)
  • Home Health
  • Life Care
  • Clinical Laboratory Testing
  • Nurse Practitioner on Staff
  • Income Based Fee for most services
  •  No Fee Clinic for Sexually Transmitted Disease Services

Environmental Services

  • Public Health Nuisance complaint investigation
  • Food Service Inspection (Certification Course, Processing Inspection)
  • Hotel Inspection/Public Pool
  • Jail/Prison Inspection
  • Body Art Facilities Inspection
  • Camp Inspection
  • Land Application Inspection/Permits
  • Small/Large Flow Development Permits
  • Onsite Sewage (Application/Permits)
  • Solid Waste Facilities/Vehicles (Applications / Permits)
  • Septic Tank/Grease Trap/Holding Tank (Permits)
  • Sewage Tank Pumper Permits
  • State Issue Performance Permits
  • Vector Control
  • Rabies Control (Testing and Bite Management)
  • Private Well Water Testing

Home Health Services

  • Nursing Care to include wound care, intravenous therapy, diabetic care, cardiovascular care, post hospital assessment and teaching, and urinary catheter management
  • Home Health Aide Services
  • Medical Social Work Services
  • Occupational and Speech Therapies
  • Physical Therapy to include postsurgical therapy

Life Care Services

The following services are available with physician orders

  • Homemaking
  • Personal Care
  • Unskilled / Skilled Respite
  • Companion
  • Medicaid Waiver / Private Pay

Homestead Exemption:

See Revenue Commission

Hiking:

We also have our Rails to Trails area that has ten miles of trail for biking, walking, and equestrian lovers. There are trails heads at Piney Chapel road on the south and Veto road on the north end. The city of Elkmont lies almost halfway of the trail and has a restaurant and a store for some refreshments. 

Hospital, Athens-Limestone Market St.

A State of The Art High-Tech Hospital
Emergency Services
Diagnostic Imaging Services (Radiology)
       General Radiology
       Mammography
       Bone Density
       Nuclear Medicine
       CT
       MRI
       Ultrasound
Laboratory Services
       Hematology
       Blood Bank
       Chemistry
       Microbiology
       Urinalysis
Best Start Program
Medical East
Sleep Disorders Center
Cardiology Services
Cardiopulmonary Services
Educational Classes
Home Medical Equipment
Mother/Baby Services
Physical Therapy Services
Sports Medicine Services
Surgical Services
Volunteer Services
Wellness/Fitness Programs
East Limestone Services
Waddell Center Family Medicine

Hunting and Fishing License-Clinton St Courthouse Annex 100 S. Clinton St. Ste B:

The cost and kinds of hunting and fishing license in Alabama changed significantly beginning September 1, 2007 due to the passage of The Wildlife Heritage Act of 2007.

To qualify for a resident hunting or fishing license, a person must be a bona fide resident of Alabama for a minimum of 90 days continuously immediately prior to purchasing any such license. Resident and nonresident annual hunting licenses are valid from September 1 through August 31. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. Licenses must be in possession while hunting or fishing.

In addition to our office, Alabama hunting and fishing licenses are available in all sections of the state from approximately 950 special agents in many sporting good stores, marinas and other courthouse offices. A person without an Alabama driver’s license must present proof of residency to the local licensing office at the courthouse to purchase hunting or fishing license. Nonresident licenses may also be purchased by mail from the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (64 N Union St. Ste 567, Montgomery, AL 36130).  

Licenses are also available by calling the toll free number: 1-888-848-6887 or online (click here).

Residents 65 years of age and over are exempt from buying hunting and fishing  licenses, wildlife management area license or state duck stamp, provided that qualified resident has on his person while hunting or fishing a drivers license or proof of permanent Alabama residence and age.   

Hunting license are required for residents 16 years of age and under 65 years of age and nonresidents 16 years of age and older. 

  • State hunting license $24.00
  • Nonresident All Game $275.00
  • Nonresident Small Game $90.00

State and Federal duck stamps are required when hunting migratory waterfowl. All licensed hunters who hunt doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, coots, ducks or geese in Alabama are required by federal law to obtain a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit prior to hunting. The permit is free and available at all license agents. (The permit should be affixed to your license similar to the duck stamp).

Fishing licenses are required for residents 16 years of age and under 65 years of age who fish with rod and reel or artificial bait in public waters.

  • Freshwater Annual    $12.00        
  • Saltwater Annual    $21.00
  • Nonresident Annual Freshwater  $46.00

A nonresident license is required for fishing in any Alabama public waters regardless of tackle used. Also, special license fees apply to residents of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee due to reciprocal license costs. 

For additional information regarding hunting or fishing laws or regulations, you may wish to contact the District Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Office for Limestone County at 256-353-2634.

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Illegal Dumping:

To report illegal dumping of garbage, rubbish or other waste material, contact the following:

Limestone County Commission
310 West Washington Street
Athens, AL  35611
256-216-3423

Or

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office
101 W. Elm St.
Athens, AL  35611
(256) 232-0111
www.limestonesheriff.com

Information Technology Services “ITS Clinton St Courthouse Annex, 100 S. Clinton St. Ste F.

ITS is responsible for the direction, control and effective operation of the County's information assets. It provides internal support services relative to communications and information accessibility and directs resources and equipment to meet the needs of the County's departments. The department consists of two divisions; Information Technology (IT) and Helpdesk. The core functions provided by ITS are as follows;

  • Desktop support services for the County's computer assets
  • Data security services for the County’s information assets 
  • Administration and support of the County's network and telecommunications 
  • Support of the County’s geospatial information storage 
  • Help Desk support and administration 
  • Application support services 
  • Database management services 
  • Inter/Intranet development and support services 
  • Business consulting services associated with technology and workflow redesign 
  •  Project management services 

Inspections:

No building inspections are required in Limestone County.

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Jail

See Sheriff Department and Detention Facility

Judges

Circuit
District

Junk Yard Inspection:

The Limestone County Health Department will inspect junk yards that are in the County districts.

Limestone County Health Department
20371 Clyde Mabry Drive
Athens, AL 35611 
 www.adph.org 
 Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Juror Information
See Board of Registers

Juvenile Probation:
Juvenile Probation of Limestone County

1109 W. Market Ste D & E
Athens, AL 35611

Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday
www.alacourt.gov 

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Landfills:

The Limestone County Commission and the City of Athens, along with BFI operate a Transfer Station at 7 Mile Post Road.  The household garbage, trash and debris are deposited here daily by CCS Garbage Service Inc. and the City of Athens and then transferred to a landfill in Lawrence County.
 

Residents of Limestone County are also provided opportunity to dispose of trash and debris for a nominal fee.

BFI Transfer Station
16100 BFI Lane
Athens, AL  35611
(256) 729-8505 

Law Enforcement:

(See Sheriff Department)

Library- Athens-Limestone Public Library 405 E. South Street

Alabama families can now visit their public library and communicate visually with their loved ones deployed overseas.

The Athens-Limestone Public Library is honored to participate in the Connecting Families initiative launched by Governor Bob Riley.  Connecting Facilities is a partnership between the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) and the Alabama Broadband Initiative started by Governor Riley earlier this year.  The program got its start thanks to grand funds given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Families can now communicate visually thanks to computers equipped with video web cameras.

Licenses:

Business 256-233-6430
Driver’s Testing/New Issue & Out of State Transfer
Tags/Title Boat 256-233-6430
Manufactured Homes 256-233-6435
Business License Inspection 256-233-6427
Marriage Licenses 256-233-8083  

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Manufactured/Mobile Homes Clinton St Courthouse Annex-100 S. Clinton St Ste A.

The registering of manufactured homes, 1990 and newer models, requires a title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO). All models require a b ill of sale (must be notarized or have 2 witnesses). You have 30 days from purchase date in which to register your manufactured home without penalty.

A citation fee can be issued if the manufactured home decal is not properly displayed. If not paid within 15 days, an additional penalty will be charged.

A move permit must be obtained from the office of the Revenue commission before a manufactured home may be moved on the highways of Alabama.

A fee of $10 will be charged for the moving of each manufactured home (regardless of the number of transportable modules to be moved.)

Proof of payment of any applicable property taxes or the current registration fee, issuance fee and any applicable penalties shall be required before the move permit will be issued. This move permit shall be in addition to any other move permits required by law.

Contact the Revenue Commission Office for permit information to set up a manufactured home within Limestone County.

Marriage License-Clinton St Courthouse Annex Probate Judge Office 100 S. Clinton St. Ste D.

Marriage Licenses are issued at the Probate Office in Limestone County.  Both the prospective bride and groom must be present to obtain a marriage license.

The marriage license costs $41.  The marriage license and ceremony performed by the Probate Judge costs $61.

Mobile Home:

See Manufactured Homes

Mosquito Control:

See Health Department

Motor Vehicle Title Clinton St Courthouse Annex, License Commission Office 100 S. Clinton St Ste  B.

Alabama is a title state. A title is a document which proves ownership of a vehicle.  State law requires an Alabama resident who owns a motor vehicle to obtain a title for that vehicle if it is a 1975 or newer model. A new Alabama resident is required to title and register his vehicle within thirty (30) days of moving into he State.

You may apply for an Alabama title at the License Commission. Titles are printed in Montgomery and mailed to the vehicle owners or lien holders. There is a fee for applying for a title.

For more information, call the Limestone county License Commission.

Museums:

Also see Alabama Veterans Museum

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Notary Public:

Contact the Probate Office

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Parks and Recreation-Washington Courthouse Annex 310 W. Washington St.

The Limestone County Parks and Recreation Department has lots to offer for campers as well as the trail lovers. The County offers camping at Cowford Campground, located on the beautiful Tennessee River. Cowford has forty-six campsites. Thirty-six of the sites have full hook up and the other ten sites have water and electric only. We have climate controlled bathhouse facilities with washers and dryers. We have two boat ramps with a pier adjacent to the ramp on the eastside. We have a sand beach area in the park with lots of picnic area. We have a short walking trail on the property for campers and visitors who just my want to walk. The fees for the campground are posted on our website at www.limestoneparks.com

We are presently in negotiations with TVA for the park at Lucy Branch to build another campground on that facility. The Lucy’s park would have some twenty-five sites in the first phase of the campground. We already have a nice boat ramp and pier at the park with plenty of parking on the thirty-five acre site. 

We also have our Rails to Trails area that has ten miles of trail for biking, walking, and equestrian lovers. There are trails heads at Piney Chapel road on the south and Veto road on the north end. The city of Elkmont lies almost halfway of the trail and has a restaurant and a store for some refreshments. 

Just north of Veto is upper Elk River where you can launch your canoe or kayak for a journey down the river. There several stops along the river for food or just to rest for a picnic. The website has a map of the canoe trail and the boat ramps along the river. The Elk River empties into the Tennessee River some fifteen miles from the Veto launching area. 

The Parks and Recreation Department will open the Limestone County Event Center just off Pryor street west of the Veterans museum in June of 2010. The Event Center will be used for special events and will be for rent to the public. The Event Center has a seating capacity of over 1500 and will have a kitchen and stage area for renters to have concerts, weddings, class reunions and many other events. 

Limestone County also has a Bicycle Trail along county roads for the biker lovers who want to ride the beautiful countryside of the Tennessee Valley. The Trail has directional signs for easy navigation that leads some seventy-five miles around the County. 

Limestone County Commission established the Recreation Department in 2003 with the vision of providing recreation for its citizens and the visitor who might want to enjoy the wonderful area in which we live. The Parks and Recreation has been an overwhelming success and a great addition to Limestone County.

Park Committee Board Members Message: 

The Limestone County Parks and Recreation department is dedicated to developing new areas of recreation and maintaining the parks of Limestone County. The Limestone County Parks Board was established in 1992. Its board members are hard working volunteers who want Limestone County to be a great place to work and play. 

    The board is currently working on goals and projects that will enhance the beauty of our county and broaden recreational opportunities. We are currently in the process of finishing our rails to trails project, which is a trail dedicated for horseback riding, biking, and walking. The 12 mile trail is located near Elkmont in the northern part of the county. We also have a public campground on the Tennessee river, a canoe trail and a two wheel bike trail that covers over 100 miles around the county. 

Passports:

Contact Circuit Court Clerk
Limestone County Courthouse
200 Washington St. W. 1st Floor
Athens, AL 35611 
(256) 233-6406

Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday

Passports  
www.passportlocations.net/Alabama/Athens/ClerkofCircuitCourtLimestoneCounty

Planning and Zoning:
There is no Planning and Zoning in Limestone County.

Probate Judge-Clinton Street Courthouse Annex 100 S. Clinton St. Ste D.
 
Adoption of Minors
Alabama Conservators and Guardians
Deed, Mortgages, liens and incorporation papers
Elections
Estates
Involuntary commitments
Marriage License
Notary Public

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Recreation:

See Park & Recreations

Recording:

Contact the Probate Office to record documents such as deeds, mortgages, liens and incorporation papers.

Recycling Locations:

Organized in 1981, the Recycling Board promotes recycling efforts in Athens and Limestone County.

Recycling Center Location and Hours of Operation: 

  • Location:  15896 Lucas Ferry Rd., just south of Hwy. 72 in Athens
  • Hours of Operation:   Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  - closed for lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30
  • Drop-Off:   Outside drop-off bins available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

County Recycling and Location of Trailers: 

Recycling Center services 8 county trailers strategically placed throughout Limestone County.  For your convenience, these trailers are located at the following locations, and can be used by the public:

  • East Limestone High School
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Cedar Hill Elementary
  • Owens Elementary
  • West Limestone High School
  • Elkmont High School
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Clements High School 
  • Bay Hill Community Center
  • Mooresville Community

Please do not leave your recyclables in plastic bags.  One plastic bag can contaminate a large amount of paper.  Exception:  Shredded paper may be placed in a bag

Revenue Commission- Clinton St. Courthouse Annex 100 S. Clinton St Annex.

The Limestone County Revenue Commissioner,
G. Brian Patterson, and his office are proud to announce that beginning October 1st, of each year at 8:00 AM, Limestone County citizens will be able to view Parcel Data and pay property taxes online. Click on the following link to gain access to this website.

https://www.limestonerevenue.net

The purpose of this web page is to acquaint you with Alabama law concerning property tax. There are 67 counties in Alabama. In some counties the responsibility to access and collect taxes is handled by two offices, a tax assessor and tax collector. The people of Limestone County voted to combine the offices of tax assessor and tax collector into an office of revenue commissioner. In 1986, the first revenue commissioner of Limestone County was elected to a six-year term beginning October 1, 1987.

The office of the Revenue Commissioner handles the mapping, appraising, assessing and collecting of property taxes. The Revenue Commissioner is also responsible for granting exemptions from taxes and collecting and disbursing taxes to the agencies of the State of Alabama, Limestone County, Limestone County Board of Education, Athens City Schools and numerous other municipalities.

On our Citizen Access you can search property tax records by Name, Parcel Number or Address. You can view all of our tax information; appraised value, assessed value, buildings that may be taxed on the property and also tax amounts. You can also view a map of the property. You can pay your property taxes online with a credit card or your bank account information. Also, our Business Personal Property accounts can file their yearly renditions online.

We have all the information listed for any exemptions that property owners may be entitled to on the Assessment link. 

On our Collections link we give you a general overview of the tax collection process; for example, when property taxes are due, when our notices are mailed, how delinquent taxes are calculated and also information on our tax sale process.
On the Millage Rate link we show a chart of all the Millage Rates for all the Municipalities.

We also have a link to Limestone County’s website. 

We have all our office contact information if anyone needs assistance with anything online.

RSVP

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program provides civic participation and volunteer service opportunities to persons 55 years and older in Athens and Limestone County, Alabama. RSVP allows senior volunteers to use their skills and time to make meaningful contributions to non-profit and public agencies in our communities. RSVP is part of a network of over 760  RSVP’s throughout the United States.

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Sheriff Department and Detention Facility 101 W. Elm St.
www.limestonesheriff.com

State Probation Office -410 S. Jefferson St.

State Probation Office of Limestone County
Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday
 www.alacourt.gov 

Signs, County Roads:

To report a missing or damaged street sign in Limestone County, please contact the County Engineer’s Department.

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Tags and License-Clinton St Annex 100 S. Clinton St. Ste

Contact the License Commission Office with questions regarding motor vehicle tags, boat registration, manufactured home decals, business licenses, hunting and fishing licenses.

Tax Collection:

Property Tax - See Revenue Commission
Sales and Use Tax - See License Commission

Tourism

We would like to invite you to stop by the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North when you visit Athens and all of Limestone County, Alabama.  

Whether you are interested in a quiet morning walk, beautiful antebellum homes, birds, festivals, art, rodeos, tractor shows and pulls, hunting and fishing, horseback riding, picking cotton, shopping, or eating Southern style cooking, you will find it all right here!   

Call me at 256-232-5411 or email jeanette@tourathens.com

If I can help you with your plans. To view our online brochures or to see our tourism calendar of events, please click appropriate link above. Thanks for visiting our web site! 

Transportation:

Limestone County does not have a rural area transportation system.

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Veterans Affairs, Dept. of

Department of Veterans Affairs of Limestone County

Market St. Annex
1101 W. Market Ste B
Athens, AL 35611

Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday
Link:
www.va.state.al.us 

Volunteer Fire Departments:

The Limestone County Volunteer Fire Departments provide needed Fire and EMT services to the residents of Limestone County by acting as first responders in many emergency situations. These services are provided through donations, limited appropriations, and shrinking tobacco tax. The ACTS of Alabama 2008-123, which was passed by legislation to levy a fire protection service fee for volunteer fire departments, was approved by the majority of qualified electors in the June 3, 2008 Primary Election. Under this law, Limestone County Volunteer Fire Departments gain financial assistance in the form of a monthly fire protection fee of $2.50 from each dwelling and $5.00 from each building located in Limestone County, excluding those houses and businesses located within the corporate boundaries of the City of Athens. The Guidelines for Fire Protection Service Fees were established by the Limestone County Commission on October 20, 2008.

Voter Information

See Probate Judge


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