Sumiton to move forward with Rails to Trails projec
by RACHEL DAVIS
Jul 18, 2012 | 1725 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council is sending out a second round of applications for the Rails to Trails project that will create a walking track through Sumiton to join the City of Dora’s walking track.

Dora agreed last year to sell the property, which winds through Sumiton, to the city. Sumiton has also had a survey of the land completed to facilitate the deed transfer from Dora for the property.

No determinations have been made on the amounts allotted to each project, but city leaders are optimistic that their application will be selected.

“We’re excited about this,” Mayor Petey Ellis. “We’ve been working on it for a long time.”

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Their mission it is to create a network of trails from abandoned rail lines.

In other action, the council:

•approved alterations to the city’s newly adopted alcohol sales ordinance. The additions simply set the tax rate for the alcohol tax rate. The rate, across the board, will be 10 percent of the monthly gross receipts from the sale of alcohol. The additional monthly license tax is to be paid to the city on or before the 15th of the following month.

•received three bids on the paving projects the city was considering.

The lowest bid came from Dunn Construction at just over $200,000 for the Hayfield Subdivision and Old Birmingham Highway. The city was also accepting bids for the Bryan Cutoff, but no bids were submitted that included that road.

Dunn said that they could begin the projects as soon as 30 days after they receive the signed contracts.