Council awards site prep contract for grocery store
by Jennifer Cohron
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Site preparation for the new Piggly Wiggly in Cordova is expected to start in approximately 10 days. Special to the Eagle
Site preparation for the new Piggly Wiggly in Cordova is expected to start in approximately 10 days. Special to the Eagle
CORDOVA — The Cullman-based company that oversaw the demolition of downtown Cordova last spring will also be in charge of preparing the site for the city’s new grocery store.

The Cordova City Council awarded the contract to Civicon, LLC Tuesday night. Civicon’s bid of $281,125.60 was the lowest in a field of 10 firms who submitted bids for the project last month.

Long-term recovery manager Steve Ostaseski said work should begin at the site in 10 days, and Civicon will have 90 days to complete the job.

The contractor, which has yet to be named, will have 200 days to build the store.

“We still have some background work to do,” Ostaseski said.

PTI Inc. is in line for the job with a low bid of $1,005,000.

Ostaseski said that he and Mayor Drew Gilbert will also be meeting with architects this week about the new City Hall and police station, a project funded through a $3.7 million federal grant.

Bids are expected to go out in May. As part of the grant agreement, the city must complete the project in two years or risk losing funding.

In other action, the council

• declared four properties to be public nuisances. The property owners will receive a courtesy letter from the city and a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Nine local property owners received similar letters in December in the city’s first round of nuisance abatement.

• approved a retail alcohol license for BP FoodMart, making it the second establishment to sell alcohol since a wet-dry referendum held in May. The council approved an alcohol license for Sheri’s One Stop on Dec. 10.

• raised the pay for magistrate Roger Moore’s from $13.50 to $14 an hour. Moore, a former police officer, was appointed to the position last January and completed the Municipal Magistrates’ Certification Program in September.

• declared a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche and a 1992 Honda Accord seized by the Cordova Police Department to be surplus property. Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will be given to the police department.

• hired Austin Moore to work part time for the street and sanitation department. Moore has been working for the city on a contractual basis for several months.

• learned that a property on School Street is being looked at as a possible site for the city’s new fire department. The department recently moved back into the old fire station, which was damaged in the April 2011 tornadoes.

• were told that construction of a community shelter on East Columbus Street should begin soon.

• were made aware of a community service project that will be held at Disney Lake on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Alabama Power Foundation’s Good Roots program has purchased five Bald Cypress trees to be planted. Other organizations participating in the event are the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Arley Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hands On Birmingham and the Alabama Power Service Organization.