Council looks at sidewalk blueprints

By RICK WATSON
Posted 8/7/19

SUMITON – The Sumiton City Council moved a step closer on Tuesday to making the new sidewalk project on Main Street a reality. City engineer Robert Nelson brought blueprints to show the council the …

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Council looks at sidewalk blueprints

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SUMITON – The Sumiton City Council moved a step closer on Tuesday to making the new sidewalk project on Main Street a reality.

City engineer Robert Nelson brought blueprints to show the council the layout. The sidewalk on Main Street will extend from Church Street near the Sumiton ball field to Oak Drive, which is near the Sumiton Post Office. 

The low bid for the project came from Powe General Contractor in Hanceville, with a bid of $425,996. The council approved the first stages of the project back in May. The final bid was $649 more than the original estimate so to move to the next stage, the city council had to approve the additional spending.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), which is funding a 80 percent of the project, will have to review the bid before it is awarded to the contractor, but this is a more of a formality, according to Nelson.

Once approved by the city and ALDOT, the contractor will begin work in mid to late August.

In other action, the council: 

• Approved a motion to renew the annual dues for the Alabama League of Municipalities at the cost of $1,382.07.

• Approved a motion to send Sumiton Park Director Deb Hampton and Roger Williamson to the Annual Deep South Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show in Biloxi, Mississippi. The event is Oct. 1-3 and registration is $250 per person.

• Approved a motion to renew the Annual Nutrition Program agreement. This agreement is for the meals of participating senior citizens at the Sumiton Community Center.

• Approved a letter drafted by Sumiton Fire Chief David Waid concerning the Lock Box proposal. This is the proposal discussed in the July 16 council meeting. The fire department wants to approach schools, large businesses, and churches and ask them to consider installing a lockbox on their premises. The fire department will have one key that fits all the lockboxes in the city.

In the event of a fire alarm, firefighters can use the lockbox to gain access without damaging the doors into the building.

The cost for these lock boxes is from $500 to $600 each. “It’s not our place to pay for their protection,” Ellis said in the July meeting. “In order to give them the kind of protection they would want, this would be something they would want to participate in.”

The council approved the action. Waid will distribute the letters in coming days.

• Heard Nelson report that the company responsible for replacing the defective floor covering in the new firehouse will begin work next week. The new covering will resolve issues of high moisture content in the concrete slabs at the station. It will take nine days for the crews to make the repairs.