Council receives new funding for sewer project
by Rachel Davis
Dec 07, 2011 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council agreed Tuesday to suspend the rules of procedure to approve three resolutions related to the ongoing city sewer project after receiving a letter of conditional commitment for $350,000 from the Community Development Block Grant program for sewer projects in the area around Main Street and Hull Road.

The first two resolutions authorize Mayor Petey Ellis to enter into a contract with Community Consultants to provide administrative services for the project and Nelson Engineering to engineer the project.

The third resolution approved a 60-day extension of a temporary sewer note with Compass Bank in anticipation of receiving money from the government for the sewer grant project. All three motions passed unanimously.

“There is a major problem in that area with sewer,” Ellis said during Tuesday’s semi-monthly meeting of the Sumiton City Council. “We didn’t have any idea this would get funded but I’m certainly pleased that it has because it alleviates problems in the area out there.”

Ellis said that the city will be completely on its own sewer system by next week.

The Council also agreed to a two-year ad placement for the city in the Walker County Chamber of Commerce’s book.

“I believe it is worth it,” Ellis said. “It’s something you’ll never know the benefit of though.”

Councilman Kenneth Russell brought two matters to the Council’s attention that he wants to “aggressively pursue.” The first is the purchase of the walking track property from the City of Dora. The purchase was agreed on by both councils two months ago but has not been finalized.

The other item Russell wants to be aggressive with is the purchase of the property for a new fire station, located on Bryan Road. Ellis and Russell both expressed frustration with the timetable for purchasing the property and beginning the project.

“There are two sets of lawyers involved, there is an estate and that’s just not moving as fast as I would like it to either. I don’t think there is any problem about the property, the price is agreed on but it’s a slow process,” Russell said.

Fire Chief David Waid notified the Council that the department’s annual Toys for Tots event will be Dec. 17 and the department already has more than 200 children registered for this year, not including the children that are younger than school-age who will also be included.

Ellis committed the city to assist with funding for the project. “We’ve always done that,” Ellis said. “We’re going to do whatever we have to do. The kids have got to have their Christmas.”

Because the Council’s Dec. 20 meeting has been canceled, its next meeting will be held Jan. 3.