Nelson reviews Sumiton sidewalk project

By RICK WATSON
Posted 4/18/19

SUMITON – City engineer Robert Nelson was on hand at the council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the scope for the new sidewalk project along Main Street. Nelson rolled out the blueprints on the …

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Nelson reviews Sumiton sidewalk project

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SUMITON – City engineer Robert Nelson was on hand at the council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the scope for the new sidewalk project along Main Street. 

Nelson rolled out the blueprints on the council table to give the mayor and council members a look at what all the project entails.

The sidewalk will begin at the city park across from the Methodist Church and continue on the north side of the street until it reaches State Street. Starting at State Street, the sidewalk will be on both sides of Main Street. The project is not for beautification, according to Nelson, but to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which makes the area wheelchair accessible.

Some sections on the lower end of Main Street will have a sidewalk on one side only, because the sections cannot be configured for wheelchair access. The project will continue and crossover at the Sumiton Post Office, where it will connect onto existing sidewalks. 

Ellis wants to hold a meeting with property owners along Main Street and show them what’s going to take place here with this project and how it will affect their property.

In other action, the council:

• Heard Mayor Petey Ellis report that he is still waiting for the city attorney to draft an ordinance increasing the sales tax from 9.5 percent to 10 percent, so no action was taken at Tuesday’s meeting. Ellis expects the ordinance to be ready for consideration by the council at the next scheduled meeting, which is May 7.

• Approved sending the city’s court clerk to the Annual Court Clerk Conference in Perdido Beach on Sept. 18-21. The cost for the conference including mileage, lodging, per diem, and registration fees is $1,384.84.

• Approved sending a police officer to an Evidence Technician Class hosted by the Jasper Police Department. The training is June 3-14 and costs $550.