RIVERSIDE – The city has a new water and street superintendent, after the City Council unanimously approved hiring Brien Gulledge of Cropwell at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“I think Brien fills the need we have here,” said Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup.

Gulledge will leave Vincent Water to start his new job for Riverside next week, overseeing both street and water department employees.

He is expected to start his new job with Riverside Monday.

“He brings management experience and water operator experience,” Jessup said. “He also has experience in municipal water, having worked with the City of Vincent over the years.”

The council authorized the mayor to hire Gulledge at the last City Council meeting.

Jessup made the announcement Tuesday evening that Gulledge accepted the job, and he asked the council to formally approve the hiring of the new department head.

Councilman Jimmy Hollander made the motion to approve the hiring of Gulledge, and Councilman Johnny Osborn seconded the motion and the mayor and council unanimously approved the motion.

According to Gulledge’s application, he began working with the City of Vincent Water Department in 2009, and his typical duties included sampling, testing, line installations, taps, line maintenance and repair, flushing and meter reading.

At Vincent Water, Gulledge also performed record keeping duties, was involved in customer service, and assisted in the water department office.

Gulledge said he has nearly 20 years experience in all types of construction, 15 of those years in a supervisory position.

He operated his own contracting company, construction and painting, for more than 12 years.

Gulledge said he also has two years experience in auto mechanics, and worked as a service technician for Pell City Ford.

“He’s a local guy, which gave me the benefit of checking him out through other local folks who know him and his family,” Jessup said. “He will bring a good level of integrity and honesty, and a good work history, all of which we desperately need for this very important position. We look for great things from him.”

In other matters, the council:

O Approved the low bid submitted by Centerline Contracting in the amount of $931,993 for Riverside’s water system improvements, which include radio read meters for all water customers and the installation of 3,500 linear feet of new water line. The approval is on condition that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management approves the recommendation, since the funds are coming from a low-interest SRF loan.  

O Approved a contract with Morrow Water Technologies to install a new booster pumping station at a cost of $46,320. The new pumping station will provide adequate water pressure for residents on Deerfield Road.

O Approved a utility maintenance contract with Tank Pro to perform maintenance work on the city’s water tanks.

O Approved putting cool seal on the Riverside Landing Marina roof to help prevent leaks and the deterioration of the metal roof.

O Announced that the city has received Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Zone Maps, and residents have 90 days to review the maps and file any concerns or objections with FEMA about where and how their property is designated within the flood zone. The maps are at City Hall.

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