Improvements coming to Veteran's Park
by Chris Norwood
The Talladega City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve a $754,533.43 capital improvement contract with Waites Construction for work at Veteran’s Park.

The project includes reshaping a drainage channel, completion of the northern walking track, installation of new pedestrian bridges, installation of underground power lines and construction of a gravel overflow parking lot.

The project will also include an additional $105,756 to replace water and sewer lines along Spring Street, with that amount being billed to the Water and Sewer Department.

According to a memo presented to the council, all three of the initial submitted bids were too high. Negotiations lead to savings of some $65,000, according to the memo.

Two alternates, paving the auxiliary lot and replacing the culvert under George Holdridge Drive, were deemed too expensive, but will be addressed later.

A much larger project was initially bid in 2010, but the funds were not available at that time to go forward. The city has taken on various improvement projects at the park in-house since then, however, according to City Manager Brian Muenger.

Specifically, the work on the drainage channel will include reshaping the ditch and installing permanent erosion control and grass. Work on the walking track will include an additional 1,500 feet of unpaved track and seal-coating 1,600 feet of existing track.

Two new pedestrian and bicycle bridges will be installed, and the Spring Street culvert will be removed, realigned and replaced, according to Muenger. The new bridges will be both more sound and more esthetically pleasing, he added. All above ground utilities will be removed, and lights and security cameras will be replaced, all powered by underground cable, as required by an Alabama Department of Economic and Commercial Affairs Grant. The new lights will be shoebox type lights on cement poles, which will provide greater illumination than the acorn type lights currently in place. There will be one additional security camera in addition to the ones being replaced.

The overflow lot will accommodate 65 vehicles, and 600 linear feet of eight-inch water main and valves will be replaced. Another 500 feet of sewer line with manholes will also be replaced.

The project is expected to be complete in 120 working days.

The vote to approve the bid was 4-0. Councilman Jarvis Elston was absent, but excused by the remainder of the council.

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