Council accepts bid on road construction at industrial park
by David Lazenby
Sep 10, 2010 | 1953 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Construction equipment sits on land in Jasper that city and county officials hope will one day be home to several industries. Planned adjacent to the site is an access road that will cost more than $3 million to develop. Photo by: David Lazenby
Construction equipment sits on land in Jasper that city and county officials hope will one day be home to several industries. Planned adjacent to the site is an access road that will cost more than $3 million to develop. Photo by: David Lazenby
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Soon after celebrating its recent success in snagging a first-tier automobile supplier, the Jasper City Council returned to the work of setting up industrial park infrastructure.

During a regular Council meeting held Tuesday, the city officials adopted a resolution to accept the low bid on construction of an access road at Jasper Industrial Park.

The city awarded the construction contract to Carcel and G Construction of Cullman, which had a low bid of $3.06 million.

Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey said construction on the project is expected to start up in the next 30 days.

The road will connect the new 400-acre industrial park on Whitehouse Road to Industrial Parkway.

The work is being financed by a $2.5 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“They recognize the need and the potential for right here,” Posey said about state officials. “That potential is the fact between Birmingham and Tupelo we’re it. That’s where the development would be most likely to occur.”

The project is also being funded by a $750,000 contribution from the Jasper Industrial Development Board and a $750,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jasper city officials announced Tuesday that Amtex Inc., a manufacturer of products used in automobile assembly, plans to set up shop in Jasper. The corporation is expected to create 60 new local jobs by the second year of local operation.

Posey hinted that more new corporate partners may be moving into Walker County in the not-too-distant future.

“We still got some bait on the hooks and we’ve got some bites out there,” Posey said Tuesday.

Also during Tuesday’s Council meeting, officials approved three trips being made by city employees for training purposes.

Darlene Boshell, a certified municipal revenue officer, will attend the Municipal Revenue Officers Certificate & Maintenance Training Institute on Oct. 6-8 in Tuscaloosa.

City clerk Kathy Chambless said, “This is for Darlene to maintain that certification.”

Also approved by the Council on Tuesday was a trip to attend a Neighborhood Business Watch training session by Joe Herron.

Police chief Danny Patton said the two-day event will be held in New Orleans.

Also approved was a trip for two city officials, Jennifer Williams Smith and Willie Moore, to attend the board meeting of the Alabama Park and Recreation Association that will be held Wednesday.

Also on Tuesday, councilors approved a parade permit that paved the way for a 5K run planned for Oct. 29 on West Gamble Drive.

City planner Keith Pike told city officials he spoke with Patton about the event.

“He (Chief Patton) didn’t have any problem with it,” Pike said.