“We opened up a conversation with AMIC and told them what we’ve been doing — the investment the city has made, the grants we have been chasing. They released most of what they have been holding back based on us doing the work in the city,” long term recovery manager Steve Ostaseski said at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Mayor Drew Gilbert said the money has been placed in a certificate of deposit at First Bank of Jasper.
“We’ll set that back for when we start working projects again, potentially some contents for City Hall. The grant and our match covers building it, but we may need to dip into that money for contents like furniture,” Gilbert said.
Ostaseski said the city is set to receive another $133,610 once more progress is made on construction of a fire department, senior center and library.
Also, Ostaseski said the planning and design phase of the new City Hall project should be completed by the third week in April.
Bids will go out in May, and the groundbreaking will be held in June.
The site of the new Piggly Wiggly should be ready within the next week, and the target date for construction of the grocery store to be completed is October, according to Ostaseski.
In other action, the council
•learned that the local school system has been billed for garbage service at a rate of $100 per month instead of the $250 rate that was established in an ordinance passed in November.
Ostaseski said records of the Water and Gas Board show that the previous administration lowered the fee for the schools several years ago. He recommended charging $250 beginning with the April billing.
“We certainly haul away that much trash from the schools on a daily basis,” Ostaseski said.
He added that if the rate were based on volume, the city would be charging the school systems the $350 fee paid by Cordova Health and Rehabilitation for the same service.
•voted to get rid of a 1998 Ford F-150 previously driven by street and sanitation supervisor Wayne Brown. Gilbert said that because the vehicle needs extensive rear end repairs, it would be more beneficial to the city to surplus the unit than to fix it.
Brown has now been assigned a Ford Bronco previously used by the Cordova Police Department.
•recognized graduates of CPD’s Public Safety Academy.
•welcomed Larry Sides as the newest member of the council. Sides replaces Stephen Tidwell as the representative for District 5.
Sides, a longtime local Boy Scout leader, said prior to the meeting that his goals include increasing recreation opportunities for seniors as well as youth who do not participate in traditional athletics.