Council moving forward with wetlands boardwalk project
by David Atchison
PELL CITY – The council agreed to solicit bids for the construction of a wetlands boardwalk in Lakeside Park.

City Manager Patrick Draper said the city will initially pay for the project, but the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association will reimburse the city.

He told the council at the first Monday morning council meeting in recent history that the only cost to the city is the construction of an asphalt walkway, which will connect the existing non-motorized trail with the newly built boardwalk.

Draper said it is important to move forward with the solicitation of bids, so the project could be completed before Alabama Power Company begins raising the water level of Logan Martin Lake.

Draper told the council that the only thing that could delay the project is if bids come in higher than anticipated. If so, he said, the project could be delayed and LMLPA may have to raise additional funds before the project can proceed.

LMLPA President Mike Riley said all the city must do is maintain the structure once it is built.

Plans are to build the boardwalk with composite materials, so it is more durable.

The boardwalk will extend out 60 feet from shore and measure 60 feet across to complete the T-shaped structure.

The LMLPA has raised about $20,000 for the project.

In other matters Monday, the council:

• Approved rezoning property at 3509 Cogswell Avenue from B-2, a general business district, to R-4, high-density residential.

• Appointed Darrell Luker Jr., and Mike Allen to the Planning and Zoning Board.

• Approved hiring Partners by Design, LLC, to design and maintain the city’s website. The city will pay the company $5,950 for the design and development the website, along with a maintenance agreement fee of $195 a month or $85 per hour as needed. The city will also have the company design and set up an e-newsletter for the city with a monthly service and support fee of $100 a month, which includes 5,000 emails per month and $10 per each 1,000 additional e-mails per month.

• Approved purchasing a heavy duty limb truck from Nextran Truck Center for the amount of $148,273.

• Approved purchasing mobile data terminals for five new police vehicles from Pinnacle Networx in the amount of $27,390.

• Approved a 48-month lease with Pell City Town & Country Ford for three patrol vehicles, one SUV and one truck for the animal control officer for the amount of $116,774.

• Approved the bid submitted by Emergency Lighting by Haynes in the amount of $51,131 for emergency lights and equipment for five police vehicles.

• Approved an ordinance to allow the sale of city water outside the city.

• Agreed to accept bids for a new fire engine.

• Agreed to accept bids for a heating and air unit for the 19th Street Recreation Center.

• Approved installing lights at the Eden 156 exit.

• Approved hiring Trussville Construction & Roofing to repair the library roof for the amount of $21,475.

• Approved adjusting the water bills for 29 water customers because of discolored water.

• Approved a resolution designating Draper as the official representative for administering SRF project funds.

• Approved a new court filing system for the municipal court. Community corrections funds will pay for the new court filing system, which will cost about $50,000.

• Approved participating in the county’s geographic information systems, which will help improve the city’s asset management, according to city officials.

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