DORA – The Dora City Council made the faculty, staff, and students of Dora High School a little happier on Thursday when they passed a resolution that will lead to the resurfacing of the part of …
DORA – The Dora City Council made the faculty, staff, and students of Dora High School a little happier on Thursday when they passed a resolution that will lead to the resurfacing of the part of Glenn C. Gant Circle from the school’s parking lot to the Highway 78.
The road has been in bad shape for years, but the Walker County Board of Education didn’t have the funds to make repairs. Neither the city nor the county could legally work on the road because it was considered private property.
A motion to deed the property to the City of Dora unanimously passed at the board's March 21 meeting. This motion started the ball rolling. Mayor Randy Stephens has had conversations with District 4 Walker County Commissioner Steven Aderholt, who agreed to resurface the short section of road if the city would take over maintenance of the road in the future.
The council passed Resolution 2-2019, which allowed the city to take ownership of the 1.8 acres of land. Usually, a resolution of this nature would have to be read at two consecutive council meetings to be official. The council chose to pass a motion suspending the rules so the matter could be considered immediately. This maneuver was necessary so that the city could piggyback on other paving work that the county will be doing in early April.
“This is a win-win situation for us because we’re acquiring some land that we didn’t have to pay for, and the county is going to pave it,” Stephens said. The city will have to keep it up in the future, according to Stephens.
In other action, the council:
• Heard a request from the fire department for equipment and shirts. The total cost for the shirts is $510 and $1,014 for the equipment. The money will come from the fire department fund. That fund has money left over from the donation made when Shanghi Baptist Church disbanded.
• Heard Stephens make a request for a wood chipper for the street department. In the past, the city picked up limbs for residents and burned them. But the Alabama Department of Environmental Management now has regulations that will not allow the city to burn the debris.
“Our options are to chip it or haul it to the landfill,” Stephens said. A chipper would allow city workers to chip limbs up to 6 inches thick into mulch. “Once it’s chipped up, we could dispose of it anywhere, but this might be something people would want,” he said.
The council passed the motion to buy the used chipper from ARTEC of Nauvoo for $5,100.