Two areas on Walker Circle are in need of attention, according to Mayor Randy Stephens. He had asked for an estimate from the contractor working along Horsecreek Boulevard and said he was also going to approach the County Commission to see if they could provide any assistance.
Stephens suggested purchasing pipe and having the city’s street department do smaller repairs in front of Burnwell Bible Church of God, where Stephens said water is washing over the street and eroding the street away, and on Doliska Road, where he said water was washing over the road because of a clogged culvert.
Council member George Sides Jr. asked to table this item and have the county engineer come in and look at the projects.
“I would just like to have him come look and get his professional opinion,” Sides said. He continued that he didn’t want to delay the project, but thought the engineer might have another suggestion on how to remedy the problems.
The council agreed to table the matter until the engineer could look at the problem spots and report back to the city.
The council also discussed the condition of Burnwell Road. A company that has previously mined in the area put up a certain amount of money to repair any damage done to the road from the mining operation. The resolution regarding the matter was passed in 2006. T
he company is now asking that their money be returned based on the fact that he has not received any complaints on the road. Council Member Clyde Nix said the road was not repaired after the mining operation closed two years ago and is still in need of repairs. Stephens said he would contact the company and they could either repair the road or the city could keep the money and use it to repair the road. Sides once again suggested having the engineer look at the road to see what repairs need to be done.
In other business:
•The council discussed a new policy regarding the police officers uniform allowance. Currently the city does uniform buys twice a year, Stephens’ proposed changes would make an initial allowance when the officer is hired, an allowance at six months and another on the one-year anniversary of the hire.
•The council voted to send Police Chief John Duchock to the Alabama Police Chief’s Conference in Montgomery in January.
•The council approved $200 for decorations for the City of Dora’s float in the East Walker Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade on Thursday night. Stephens also recognized the Dora’s Neighborhood Watch for their efforts on decorating the float.
•The council approved a bid for $1,240 to have a contractor come in and make minor renovations inside city hall.
•The council rescheduled the next regular council meeting from Dec. 25 to Dec. 20.
•Stephens reminded residents that trash put into the cans for city pickup must be in bags. Loose trash placed in the cans is not acceptable.
•The city will host its first Winterfest event this weekend at the city’s civic center. The event will be open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.