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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Council held its second monthly meeting for July on Tuesday where it was briefed on the paving project’s delay.

Michael Rice, the head engineer of the project for Engineering, Environmental, and Forestry Services Company (EEFS), told the council and those in attendance  paving should resume in the next ten days. Rice told Mayor Jim Heigl last week paving would resume Monday, July 16.

Rice explained the contractors for paving are completing other projects, which they can afford due to being ahead of schedule in Sylacauga. He said the project is roughly 60 percent complete and only 35-40 percent of the allotted time to complete the project has passed.

Norton Ave. will be top priority when paving resumes. Rice wants Norton to be completed as soon as possible considering school will be back in session in a few short weeks.

Although roads are not being paved in the present, many other projects are being completed on roads. Manholes on city roads are being raised to surface level to ensure a smooth road. Even with a few weeks off, contractors are expected to complete Sylacauga roads before the estimated November completion date.

After an update from Rice, the following actions were taken at the meeting:

  • Fire Chief Adam Gardner introduced newly promoted lieutenants – Ron Machen, Don Blair, and Nate Osgood.
  • Approved resolution 54-2018 authorizing disposal of 1995 Ford F250 Pickup, S/N 1FTHF26HOSNA88578 (repairs exceed value of truck) as recommended by Street Supt. Reed Calfee and Shop Supt. Ed Ford.
  • Approved resolution 55-2018 authorizing Change Order #1 to Comer Ball Field Lighting and Electrical Upgrade, adding Alternate #1 for Scoreboard upgrade in the amount of $10,000 (Parks and Rec has secured funding for project).
  • Approved resolution 56-2018 authorizing agreement between the City, Pyro Productions and the Chamber of Commerce to use City-owned property located on Main Ave. (former Food World property) for a fireworks production event on July 21 at 9:00 pm.
  • Approved resolution 57-2018 amending board appointment procedures.
  • Approved authorization to apply for up to three grants through the Alabama Historical Commission.  Grants to benefit the Marble City Cemetery, Comer Museum, and Historical Commission’s activities. Deadline is Aug. 15.
  • Approves financial statements from Oct. 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 as presented to Council during work session July 3.
  • Approved recommendation from Tree Commission, at the request of Sylacauga City Schools, to have Street Department remove trees in front of Sylacauga High School along Broadway Ave.
  • Approved recommendation from Tree Commission to allow Sylacauga Utilities Board to remove seven trees from city-owned property on Hwy. 21 North.
  • Accepted the resignation of Michael Adair from Commercial Development Authority and declare seat vacant.
  • Authorized expenditure for two employees to attend Leadership Sylacauga.
  • Authorized City Clerk Patricia Carden to enter the Alabama City/County Management Association’s certificate program and approve expenses to attend the Leadership and Effective Public Management course November 15-16, 2018 in Auburn.  Registration fee is $195.  Additional expenses for lodging, meals, and mileage will be incurred. Total estimated expenses for Carden are $599.
  • Authorized Administrative Assistant Kim Morris to enter the Alabama City/County Management Association’s certificate program and approve expenses to attend Leadership and Effective Public Management course Nov. 15-16, 2018 in Auburn.  Registration fee is $195.  Additional expenses for lodging and meals will be incurred.  Morris and Carden will carpool.  Total estimated expenses for Morris are $524.
  • Balance of Accounts Payable received for June in the amount of $629,601.30.
  • June payroll in the amount of $561,331.08.

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