Council discusses safety of city’s bridges
by Rachel Davis
Nov 13, 2013 | 892 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — The Dora City Council discussed the city’s bridges at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Randy Stephens said Kyle Sanford, bridge inspector for the Alabama Department of Transportation, had inspected the two bridges the state and federal government listed in the city. Both bridges are on Sellers Road.

During the process, Stephens said he realized the city had another bridge on Commerce Street, which was not on transportation maps and had not been inspected. He asked for $300 to have the bridge inspected and have a file created for the bridge so it can be numbered.

“I would rather report it and have it inspected than ignore it and a bridge be unsafe,” Stephens said.

Council members approved the request, but also brought up several other areas around the city that they believe may meet the legal definition of a bridge and be required to be inspected. Stephens asked them to give him a list and said he would get Sanford to check the status of those roadways as well.

In other business, the council:

•approved a safety manual for the city’s employees.

•approved moving attachments and spare parts for the city’s former tractor to surplus to be auctioned off.

•approved the purchase of a new laptop for the city’s new police car and uniform shirts for the city’s full-time dispatchers.

•approved sending Police Chief John Duchock to a chief’s conference.

•approved up to $1,000 for the purchase of the winter uniforms with reflective striping for the city’s street department workers.

•approved sending the golf course superintendent to a class about the chemicals used in maintenance at the golf course.

•approved $250 for the city’s float in the East Walker Christmas parade.

State Rep. Bill Roberts was in the crowd and agreed to donate an additional $100 to the effort.

The council moved its next meeting, scheduled for Nov. 26, to Monday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.