Council votes on sewer work, trail lighting

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/2/17

SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council on Tuesday discussed matters related to city improvement, including sewer improvement and lighting the city’s portion of the East Walker walking track.

The council voted to adopt a resolution that would …

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Council votes on sewer work, trail lighting

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SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council on Tuesday discussed matters related to city improvement, including sewer improvement and lighting the city’s portion of the East Walker walking track.

The council voted to adopt a resolution that would allow Mayor Petey Ellis to submit an application for a $350,000 sewer improvement grant. The city match on this grant would be $70,000.

Bids for the lighting project on Sumiton’s part of the walking track were opened last Thursday and the bid was awarded during Tuesday’s meeting.

The bid was awarded to S & G Waldrop and council members passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the company to complete all construction activities on the lighting project.

“The project came in under bid,” Ellis said. “It’s a lighting grant, but we’re going to see if we can get a rest stop put halfway through [the track] with some of the extra money.”

S & G Waldrop submitted a bid of $70,735. The initial budget was $100,000.

Ellis said work on this would likely begin in the next 30 days.

In other business, council members:

•heard from Ellis about replacing the city’s street lights with LED lights.

“We pay around $5 per light,” he said. “Changing these lights out would run around $4 per light. There’s 313 of them.”

He explained that, according to Alabama Power, LED lights produce a larger area of lighting.

“There’s no cost saving for us [by doing this]. We don’t pay a power bill for our lights; we pay a fee per light,” Ellis said.

The council voted to put a small number of LED street lights on Azalea Drive in Sumiton.

•heard that the city’s annual Frog Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7.

•approved sending Officer Greg Glover to an Interrogation Strategies class later this month at no cost and to attend a Missing and Abducted Children class at a cost of $225.

The council also voted to send Chief T. J. Burnett to an FBI Leadership Development class at a cost of $650.

Both officers will receive continuing education credits for these classes.