New Pell City mayor, council officially take office

The new Pell City Council and mayor were sworn into office Nov. 7, 2016, at the Pell City Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the new administration are (from left) Council President and District 2 Councilman James McGowan, District 1 Councilman Jay Jenkins, Mayor Bill Pruitt, District 5 Councilman Jud Alverson, District 3 Councilman Blaine Henderson and District 4 Councilman Jason Mitcham.

PELL CITY -- The City Council approved moving forward with applying for a grant to replace aging water lines in the Mill Village community.

The council voted unanimously to apply for a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace the lines.

“The proposed project is the renovation of the existing water system with the replacement of new water lines in Avondale Mill Village and the surrounding area, including 26th Street North, 27th Street North, 28th Street North and a portion of 9th Avenue North,” City Manager Brian Muenger said.

He said the project includes the installation of new fire hydrants and sidewalks.

Muenger said this is not the first time the city has applied for the CDBG grant to help pay for the project. He said the city’s match, if the grant is approved, would be $106,990, plus engineering costs.

According to a preliminary engineering report by the city’s contract engineers, Municipal Consultants Inc., the existing water system in the Mill Village area was installed in the 1950s, and only reactive maintenance, leak repairs, has been performed.

According to the report, the majority of the water mains in the project area consist of unlined cast iron pipe.

In other matters Monday night, the council:

  • Approved a resolution to vacate a portion of Plaza Drive. The road was never built, and part of a medical facility covers a portion of the area where the road was originally outlined on the development plans;

  • Tabled a resolution regarding the purchase of two cardiac monitors for the Fire Department;

  • Approved a request from AT&T to co-locate equipment on an existing wireless telecommunications tower at 507 Martin St. N.;

  • Awarded the low bid in the amount of $46,598 from Dell EMC for compellent storage for the city’s computer system;

  • Awarded the low bid in the amount of $22,544 from Pinnacle Networx for extreme switches for the city’s computer system; and

  • Tabled the appointment of a new municipal judge, who will take the office occupied by Judge Van Davis, who is retiring July 31.