No opposition was expressed at a public hearing on the matter held in May.
An application will be submitted to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs by July 10. Mayor Drew Gilbert said that if the application is approved, the city will be obligated to a $25,000 match.
“Our match will be completely done with in-kind labor, no in-kind funds,” Gilbert said.
The city received a $400,000 grant in 2007 that was used to rid the city of more than 90 abandoned structures.
Property owners must agree for their land to be included in the project and must provide the city with a copy of the deed.
Gilbert also gave council members a brief update on the various recovery projects going on within the city.
A business partner of architect Chip Gardner who is experienced in home remodels will be visiting the proposed site of the new fire station.
In February, the city agreed to purchase a private residence on School Street from the family of the late Paul Love for $85,000.
Contractors hired for the City Hall/police station project will be mobilizing their equipment next week. The realignment of Main Street is also slated to begin this summer.
“Citizens can expect from the bottom of the hill on First Street to Mill Street to be closed for about a year,” Gilbert said.
The utilities are being hooked up at the community storm shelter that was installed last month.
Gilbert said the State Building Commission still has not made a decision about the second storm shelter, which is supposed to be built on Walker County Board of Education property at the site of the old high school.
Roger Wilson, the county’s E-911 director, is reportedly in talks with Superintendent Jason Adkins about deeding the city the portion of the land on which the shelter will sit.
“If you take the lease out of the equation and just have it deeded to us, then it takes that loophole out and we’ll be moving full speed ahead,” Gilbert said.
Construction of the grocery store is still on schedule in spite of eight rain delays. The building is expected to be completed by the end of October.
In other action from the meeting, the council voted to hire Deirdre Lavies as a part-time dispatcher.