Council OKs Phase II of paving plan

By RON HARRIS
Posted 8/22/18

Jasper City Council members on Tuesday approved the second phase of a massive paving project of city streets and the use of $1.5 million in funding from the city’s 2017 bond issuance of more than …

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Council OKs Phase II of paving plan

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Jasper City Council members on Tuesday approved the second phase of a massive paving project of city streets and the use of $1.5 million in funding from the city’s 2017 bond issuance of more than $11 million.

The project, which is expected to begin immediately, includes:

•Airport Road South,  from Hwy. 78 to Birmingham Avenue

•Arkadelphia Road, from Airport Road to Blackwell Dairy Road

•Brakefield Dairy Road, from New Prospect Road to Hwy 195 

•Gamble Avenue, from South Walston Bridge Road to Viking Drive at 19th St.

•Jones Dairy Road,  from Hwy. 78 to Old Bham Hwy.

•Oak Hill Road, from Hwy. 195 to Hwy. 78 

•Ridgewood Road West, from Hwy. 257 to Airport Road

• The Trace,  from Hwy. 195 to Airport Road.

Mayor David O'Mary said the second phase of the paving project focuses on the high traffic areas of the city.

"These are streets that haven't been paved in 20, 25, 30 years, and this will serve our city for the next 20 to 25 years" he said. "This will be quality work from start to finish, and make a big difference in our city."

Phase I of the project focused on several downtown streets and drew compliments from many residents, "but when the people of Jasper see Phase II, they're going to be really happy," O'Mary said. 

The citywide paving project is being done in three phases, O'Mary said. Phase III is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.

In other business, council member:

•approved minutes of the council’s Aug. 7 meeting.

•waived rental fees  at the Percy Goode Community Center for the Walker County Steppers, who will distribute clothing and other merchandise to families in need. The giveaway is planned for Oct. 20.

•approve a request from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom to renew contracts for tires, tubes and service.

The council also approved Abrom’s request to send out bid invitations for hauling services. 

•heard from O’Mary on bids for a sidewalk paving project along 19th Street.

O’Mary said bids received for the project have been rejected in order to allow the city to seek grants to help pay for the project.

•approved travel for three police officers to attend the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association summer conference planned for Aug. 27-30 in Gulf Shores.

•approved travel for council member Jennifer Williams Smith to attend a Municipal Leadership Institute and Certified Municipal Officer’s graduation program.

Smith is the first graduate of the program from the city.

•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to enter into a contract with RiverTree Systems, Inc. for auditing. 

•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to enter into a memorandum of understanding  and lease agreement with King, Wiley and Williams law firm for use of a parking lot.

•adopted a resolution to set costs for properties that fall under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

The council also approved placing numerous properties under the ordinance, including several for overgrown grass and weeds.