Sumiton council approves LED street light work

UPDATED 1 p.m. 6/15/2021 - Updated with follow up actions and statements at the June 15 meeting, as well as the adoption of a plan at the June 15 meeting. 

SUMITON - The Sumiton City Council recently approved a quote for a street lighting repair project on 16 fixtures on Highway 78, provided that Alabama Power does not agree to take over the lights. 

Carter Sound Solutions (, which has done other work for the city, submitted the prices, which were effective until June 17. The bids were revealed at the June 1 council meeting. 

According to an Instagram account, the company was founded in 2011 by Brandon Carter "with the goal to provide quality solutions to a variety of industries."

Two estimates were given, one to replace 11 fixtures and another to replace 16 fixtures. All the repairs, which would include replacing lights with LED fixtures recommended by the Alabama Department of Transportation, would at at intersections where Walmart, Walgreen, Bevill State Community College and Masco Parts are located. Only the Sumiton side of the Masco Parts area would be worked on, Mayor Petey Ellis said. 

The first estimate was for $11,716.36, while the second estimate is for $16,552.66. 

In answering a question from Councilman Bill Fowler, Ellis quoted state officials as saying the lights were owned by the city, not Alabama Power. Councilman Floyd Burton asked if Alabama Power would take control of the lights, and Ellis said officials at the utility could be asked. 

"I would rather pay them to maintain them," Fowler said. 

Burton moved to have Carter Sound Solutions to do the work if Alabama Power did not take back the lights. 

At a brief June 15 council meeting, Ellis said Alabama Power would not take the lights and that they would remain with the city.

The council also introduced an ordinance for annex some property belonging to Nick Bridier, on the northbound and southbound sides of Bethel Road. "There are some telephone stations there. There is telephone company property near where he wants to annex, and it crosses (Highway) 78," Ellis said. The council did not suspend the rules for action, but instead introduced it for possible action at the next council meeting. 

The annexation was approved at the June 15 meeting.

Ellis said the city is still awaiting bids for replacing the city welcome signs, as the company who put up the current signs wants to submit a quote, as well as from Deep South Printing. 

Also, at the June 15 meeting, the council also adopted the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazardous Mitigation Action Plan.