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[WATCH] Sylacauga City Council declares Lake Howard bridge unsafe


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Council met Thursday night at Sylacauga City Hall and deemed the bridge entering Lake Howard and the Sylacauga Utilities Board Water Plant to be unsafe for public transportation.

The meeting began at 6:00 p.m. with a work session prior to the meeting at 5:00 p.m.

The council determined that the bridge needs immediate repairs and declared the bridge as being in a state of emergency. The council granted civil engineering service EEFS the ability to coordinate with contractors to come up with the next steps to fixing the bridge in a timely manner.

Other agenda items were addressed at the meeting, including:

The council recommended to adopt Special Paid Time-Off Policy related to the COVID pandemic for calendar year 2022.

They considered requests to rezone properties located at 900 Crestline Avenue from R-3 to MX-2 and at 228 Ray’s Loop from M-2 to AG-2.

The council authorized Addendum #2 to the Transportation Services agreement with East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, at the request of DHR, to amend sections pertaining to Further Financial Agreements and removing all reference to JARC.

They considered a bid received for Replacement of Fencing at Donald Comer Complex.

The council approved a request from Fire Chief Nate Osgood to contract with Vickers Consulting at a fee of $1,200 to file application for Department of Homeland Security FY21 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

They approved the 010-Lounge Retail Liquor-Class I and 990-Tobacco Only application from Kelly Lynn Prince, member of Bourbon on Broadway, DBA Bourbon on Broadway Aperitifs, located at 112 North Broadway Avenue. The council waived the two-week waiting period.

The council accepted new electrical services in the rear parking lot behind 207 North Broadway Avenue, completed as part of the 2018-2019 TAP projects, and authorization to assume monthly charges from Sylacauga Utilities Board.

They amended travel/training dates for Willis Whatley to attend CLEEP training in Dothan Alabama to Feb. 10-11, 2022. (Classes were rescheduled from Jan. 13-14 due to COVID.) (Council approved travel on Jan. 6, 2022).

The council approved travel/training expenses for PD Lt. Jason McNeill to attend the Cartels and Gang, Drug, and Human Trafficking seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, May 8-13, 2022. Registration fee of $495. Additional expenses for lodging, meals, and fuel for a city-provided vehicle will be incurred.  Total estimated expenses for McNeill of $1,460.

They approved travel/training expenses for FD Inspector Chad Toland to attend the Fire Marshals Association of Alabama Spring Conference in Guntersville, March 1-4, 2022. Registration fee of $100. Additional expenses for lodging, meals, and use of a city-provided vehicle will be incurred.  Total estimated expenses for Toland of $427.40.

The council approved travel/training expenses for FD Captain Sam Ogilvie and Lt. Scott Kines to attend the Alabama Fire College Rescue Technician: Wilderness Rescue I/II courses in Anniston, Feb. 21-25, 2022. No registration fee; expenses for meals and use of a city-provided vehicle will be incurred. Total estimated expenses for Ogilvie and Kines are $75 each.

They approved travel/training expenses for PD Investigator Chris Vinson and PD Officer Josh Jones to attend Taser Instructor Recertification in Pell City, Feb. 1, 2022. Registration fee of $375 per employee. Additional expenses for meals will be incurred. Total estimated expenses for Vinson and Jones of $400 each.

They also approved travel/training expenses for PD Investigators Ben Layton and Willis Whatley to attend the Crime Scene Professional Development course held in Gulf Shores, Jan. 27-28, 2022. No registration fee; officers will carpool in a city-provided vehicle. Estimated expenses for Layton of $200; no expenses for Whatley.

The council authorized seeking bids for Phase II Demolition of Structures, for those properties identified and determined to be public nuisances under the FY19 CDBG LR-CE-PF-19-011 project.

The council approved additional FY21 Accounts Payable invoices in the amount of $150.

They approved the balance of December Accounts Payable invoices in the amount of $268,046.62.

Also approved was the December payroll in the amount of $532,582.41.


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